The National Restaurant Association Show / Sweets & Snacks Expo takes Dre Buchanan & Chicago back!

BY William Andre Buchanan

June 2, 2022

As a foodie, sweetaholic, & self-proclaimed snack-master, the past week has been probably the most exciting for me in 2022 and believe me I live a pretty exciting life from tech investing to Hollywood. I attended the National Restaurant Association Show & the Sweet and Snacks Expo in the same week hosted in my hometown of Chicago at the McCormick Center.

William Andre Buchanan hanging with the Nerds!

National Restaurant Association Show (NRA Show) is the platform to connect, discover, learn, inspire and gain the tools needed to innovate and thrive in the international food & beverage marketplace. It offers a unique, forward-thinking experience for the restaurant industry and its leaders, focused on tools and resources to deliver actionable strategies for exponential growth while providing resources that are critical to success in the industry.

William Andre Buchanan and the Beyond Meat Crew at the National Restaurant Association Show

The Sweets & Snacks Expo is a trade event formerly known as the Candy Show that showcases candy and snack innovation/products & brings together the manufacturers and the retailers to make decisions about what heads to retail store shelves or through ecom sites. The show highlights confectionery and snack products and the companies that created them in a three-day event.

These conventions highlight several resources and programs represented at the show and did i mention product? From award ceremonies to “Workforce Day” to training opportunities and presentations on current DEI initiatives, to good old-fashioned face to face interaction, the events produce an excellent environment to connect with peers and embrace the foodservice & Sweets and Snacks industry as the country attempts to recover from what I pray is a lingering pandemic in retreat.

For me however, this was heaven in disguise as I connected with familiar brands and discovered some new ones as well. You can check some clips & reactions from my personal Instagram page where I highlighted some brands while sampling. Feel free to view the entire personal highlight stories HERE. Will take about 5 mins. Catch some exiting coverage of this event exclusively only on RIDEPLAY tv the next time you take a rideshare!

William Andre Buchanan with Smarties Candy.


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About William Andre Buchanan

William Andre Buchanan also known as Dre Buchanan is a managing partner of RIDEPLAY tv and an angel investor, marketing and advertising executive & film financier.

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