SNX April 14-16, 2024, Dallas, TX, Hyatt Regency Dallas

Success Reigned Supreme at this Year's
SNX in Dallas, Texas

Over 460 snack producers and suppliers gathered in Dallas this  week for the 2nd ever SNX Education and Networking Forum, a conference that allows customers and suppliers to hold private business meetings, learn, and network. The event grew by 35% from the initial SNX launch in Phoenix in 2022.

65 participating supplier companies held over 700 meetings over the course of two days, providing an efficient way for snack manufacturers and brands to improve their business operations.

“I think the industry has really established this event as a moment on the calendar,” said Christine Cochran, President and CEO of SNAC International. “And they are fully invested in it and provide a lot of feedback to help guide us in its growth.” Read more from Christine and SNAC’s Chairman of the Board, Justin Spannuth, VP/COO, Unique Snacks from Sosland Publishing: SNX 2024 ‘a great success,’ sees big boost in attendance.

SNX EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS

Keynote Speaker Martin Otto, Board Member and Former COO at H-E-B, discusses ways to better our economy and healthcare systems, as well as solutions for primary care, insurance coverage, pricing transparency, business practices, and our overall view on nutrition as an industry.

Brand Level View of Marketplace moderated by Sally Lyons Wyatt (left) and a panel featuring Erik Sword, Brand Director of Salty Snacks, Conagra Brands; Megan Reamer, Co-Founder, Jackson’s Food Company; Justin French, Senior Director of R&D North America, PepsiCo Foods; and Dina Reagan, Associate VP, Snacks R&D, Campbell Snacks shared their perspectives on top trends through the lens of their companies’ products.

What’s New with the American Consumer? Americans are committed to snacking and that trend is not slowing down, but higher prices are forcing consumers to alter some of their buying habits. Circana’s Sally Lyons Wyatt and Darren Seifer presented the latest snacking trends at SNX. 

Surveying the Regulatory Landscape: Martin Hahn, SNAC International’s general counsel and partner at Hogan Lovells LLP, provided an in-depth look at the regulatory issues facing the snack category.

AI 2030: The Future of Manufacturing: Tom Kurfess, CMO and Processor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, outlined AI’s anticipated functional trajectory over the next decade and what entails for snack manufacturing. 

Building Markets for Packaging Sustainability moderated by Dani Diehlmann, VP of Communications, FPA and a panel featuring Patrick Clark, VP Research and Development, Bryce Corporation; Rob Cotton, R&D Director, Packaging Sustainable Materials, PepsiCo; Tom Seidel, Director, Sustainability and Market Development, Printpack; and Joe Buxie, Purchasing Manager, Wise Foods shared insights on current and future sustainability goals and how it impacts the entire manufacturing and packaging category. 

Nico Roesler, North American Pretzel and Snack Equipment Sales Manager at Reading Bakery Systems detailed How and Why You Should Implement a Fully Automated Mixing System.

Driving Sustainable Snacking Solutions from the Roots of our Supply Chain: U.S. Soy and Jess Bollinger, Head of Sustainability at DTN, outlined sustainable ingredient solutions, how to build stable supply chains that support environmental stewardship and social responsibility, as well as sustainable farming practices and sustainable sourcing. Watch session>>

Packaging Power Hour: Patrick Clark from Bryce Corporation and Tom Seidel from Printpack highlight highlight exciting new sustainable innovations occurring across the flexible packaging industry, including more curbside and store-drop recyclable options and industrialized compostables.

SNX featured an Experience Zone, allowing snack manufacturers to meet with suppliers at each step of the manufacturing process – Ingredients, Processing, Flavors, Packaging and Go-To-Market. The Zone featured a SNAC Tank Showcase, where SNAC Tank finalists and semifinalists presented their innovative products for attendees to sample.

Confetti Snacks was the big winner of SNAC International’s SNAC Tank pitch competition and $10,000 at SNX in Dallas.
 
Five entrepreneurs pitched their snacks in front of a panel of judges that included ABC’s Shark Tank judge Daymond John. A special thanks to Food Entrepreneur for covering the competition. 
Within the Packaging Sustainability Showcase, attendees put their packaging knowledge to the test to determine which products are either commercially compostable, landfill waste, curbside recyclable, or store drop-off recyclable.
 
In addition, attendees were asked a series of questions on which sustainable packaging strategy they feel the industry should pursue and when. Here are the results!
 
Congratulations to Chesapeake Spice for taking the winning vote in the Texas-Inspired Flavor Showdown and the title of SNX Flavor of the Year for its El Valle Fajita flavor.
 
Thanks to Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery for providing coverage of the Flavor Showdown.

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