2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo opens in Chicago

The 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo (SSE) opened in Chicago Tuesday.

More than 760 companies, from the largest multinational firms to boutique and gourmet snack manufacturers, put on show their candies, chocolates, biscuits and snacks at the McCormick Place, attracting some 17,000 candy and snack professionals from 90 countries and regions.

Such big names in candy industry as Lindt, Hershey, Russell Stover, Jelly Belly, GoBitos, Meiji, M&Ms, and Dove all showed up at the expo, which is hosted by U.S. National Confectioners Association.

Different from the previous sessions, the 2017 Expo, the 20th session in a row, added a Small Business Innovator Award, designated to recognize incubating companies with net sales of 500,000 dollars and under.

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