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The 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, IL brought 760 exhibitors and more than 17,000 attendees together to highlight the latest developments in the snack food industry. Euromonitor International highlights five key trends that emerged from the event. In confectionery, manufacturers innovated with spicy flavors while the lines between gum and mints continued to blur. In savoury snacks, new products featured vegetables, pulses and ancient grains, and “healthy indulgence” was a key industrywide theme at the event. Even cookies aimed for a more healthful positioning at the show, as high-protein cookies emerged as a new potential star in the snacks market.

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