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CHICAGO -- Just a few weeks after the National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced it was changing the dates of its 2012 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show to avoid overlap with the Global G8 and NATO Summit, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) is now doing the same.
The 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the NCA, is moving to May 8 to 10 in an effort to avoid the G8 Summit activities happening later in the month. NATO's annual Global Summit for world leaders will take place at Chicago's McCormick Place May 15-22, which would have coincided with the Sweets & Snacks Expo originally scheduled for May 22 to 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," stated 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."
Despite the change in dates, the 2012 expo will still be held in the popular West building of McCormick Place and retain the Tuesday-Thursday date pattern customers have asked for year after year. In addition, the NCA event will again overlap with the 2012 NRA Show, May 5 to 8.
"We recognize a huge value to our industry in keeping the event anchored in Chicago and worked hard to secure dates that would not interfere with other industry events, both domestic and internationally," said Tim Quinn, vice president trade development at Mars Chocolate North America and chairman of the Sweets & Snacks Expo committee.
More than 14,000 industry professionals from nearly 70 countries visit the expo each year.