The National Confectioners Association, sponsor of the Sweets & Snacks Expo, changes dates for the 2012 show to May 8-10, which is two weeks earlier, to avoid a conflict with the G8 Summit activities happening later that month.  

New dates have been set for the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association, Washington, D.C. The annual show moves to May 8-10 in efforts to avoid G8 Summit activities happening later in the month. NATO announced its annual Global Summit for world leaders will take place at Chicago’s McCormick Place, May 15-22, coinciding with the 2012 Expo originally scheduled for May 22-24.

“Chicago has welcomed our annual expo since its inception 15 years ago, so it is no surprise that city officials, along with leadership at McCormick Place, have gone above and beyond, and together we decided on a mutually acceptable alternative," says NCA president Larry Graham. "Due to the comprehensive security and logistics requirements surrounding the G8 Summit, shifting the dates made the best business sense for our industry.”

Graham added that despite the change in dates, the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo will still be located in the West building of McCormick Place and will retain the Tuesday-to-Thursday date pattern customers have asked for year after year. In addition, the expo will again overlap with the NRA Show happening May 5-8, which also altered its dates due to the G8 Summit. The NRA Show is hosted by the National Restaurant Association, Chicago.

Occupying more than 140,000 sq. ft. and hosting more than 550 exhibiting companies, the Sweets & Snacks Expo is billed as the largest confectionery, cookie and snack event in the Americas.