Chew on this: Packaging trends for new sweets and snacks

Candy and snacks are big business. The industry boasts approximately $35 billion in annual sales in the U.S., accounts for 465,000 jobs and brings about $10 billion in tax dollars into the U.S. Treasury’s coffers, according to the National Confectioners Assn. (NCA).

This booming business took center stage in Chicago’s McCormick Place May 22-24 at NCA’s 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo. During the event, more than 800 manufacturers showed off their latest and greatest products across 4 acres of exhibit and seminar floor space.

According to the show company, nearly 18,000 industry pros from more than 90 countries traveled to the Windy City to see all the latest product debuts, packaging innovations and hot flavors.

Here are 10 nifty new items and fascinating trends on display at the show:

Same candy, new format
Snack manufacturers have long put their savory and sweet treats in shiny film and foil bags and pouches.

Recently, brands started trying out matte-finish packages to impart a smoother look. At this year’s Sweets and Snacks Expo, multiple makers showed off packs with a mix of matte and spot-coated elements, offering an...

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