SNAC International is committed to ensuring your health and safety as we reunite as an industry to create a safe yet enjoyable and productive environment for all participants of SNAXPO21. We continue to closely monitor evolving CDC and local guidance, and are working closely with the Charlotte Convention Center to ensure necessary protocols will be in place at the time of the event.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to SNAXPO21 at the Charlotte Convention Center (CCC), August 22-24, 2021. The venue is walkable from the three official SNAXPO hotels, The Westin Charlotte, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown and Hampton Inn Uptown, alleviating the need for local transportation.
The Charlotte Convention Center has invested in many upgrades to protect the health and safety of its guests since March 2020, and has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation which recognizes the implementation of stringent cleaning protocols and best practices for disinfection and infectious disease prevention. In addition, the convention center has integrated needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI) air purification technologies into its HVAC systems as another layer of protection. For more information, please see the Charlotte Convention Center’s safety and cleaning protocols overview.
While the 2021 show presents us with the opportunity to get back to business, we recognize that this year will be a little different. SNAXPO attendee safety is our top priority. We are taking steps to bolster the world-class safety protocols already in place at the convention center. Additional policies and safety measures will be added and/or updated regularly based on city, county, state and federal mandates and guidance.
To encourage a safe and successful show, we are providing the following resources and highlighting the COVID-19 protocols that you can expect to see on-site:
Indoor masks, regardless of vaccination status, are now required by the City of Charlotte, in accordance with the latest CDC guidance. The mask policy includes an exception for eating & drinking and medical conditions. You will not be permitted to enter the Convention Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Westin receptions without a mask. Masks will be provided to everyone in attendance.
All attendees will be required to complete a daily health assessment prior to entering the convention center.
Additional meeting space has been secured resulting in capacity never exceeding 25% of the maximum.
All education sessions will feature socially-distanced seating.
Enhanced physical cleaning will be a priority with hourly sanitizing of high-traffic areas throughout the show floor and common areas, including doorways, elevators and escalators.
Social distancing will be promoted along with frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the show and hand sanitizer will be provided to everyone in attendance.
There will be dedicated entry and exit points and more access areas to the exhibit halls to spread people more evenly throughout the facility.
Visual signage/floor clings will be used throughout the building to ensure proper flow and social distancing.
Show floor hallway carpeting has been eliminated to allow for more effective daily cleaning.
Registration counters will be spread out to accommodate social distancing. We will employ additional contactless badge pickup kiosks with more locations and longer hours to reduce crowding at registration.
Contactless lead retrieval will be offered to eliminate the need to exchange business cards.
Buffet stations on the exhibit hall floor will be replaced with prepackaged meals. All food service provided will have masked and gloved attendants.
All product samples must be individually wrapped or provided by a designated attendant wearing gloves and masks.
Exhibitors are required to bring hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to keep booth surfaces clean.
All attendees are required to adhere to government issued travel restrictions and guidance.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“SNAXPO is a tremendously efficient way to get everybody together. We’re talking all the ingredient suppliers, equipment companies, software companies, and industry peers I don’t see often enough; they are all here under one roof. SNAXPO also has all the educational sessions and opportunities to talk about international business. We are increasingly bringing more of our people to SNAXPO each year and they feel like they are getting a lot done while they’re here.”
President and CEO, Wyandot
"I think it's a great venue when it comes to snacking in terms of having customers who are current as well as potential customers to bring the opportunity to actually show the product - whereas people cannot just hear about it, but they can actually taste it and talk with their team about all the different opportunities within this space."
Business Development, Kerry
"SNAXPO is unarguably the most valuable few days of the year for a snack professional.”
CEO, Savor Seasonings
“SNAXPO19 was a great way for APC to network with our existing customers, but it also gave us great access to other members of the salted snack market with whom we have never met in the past. It was a great event and we look forward to 2020.”
National Account Manager, American Packaging Corporation
“For me SNAXPO means the great pleasure of seeing old friends and making new ones. It is a place where trust and long-term commitment are still highly valued when doing business.”
Owner/CEO, BluePrint Automation Group
“2019 was our first time exhibiting at SNAXPO, and we were very impressed by the networking opportunities as well as the wide range of educational sessions that were offered. We are looking forward to displaying our packaging machinery solutions at SNAXPO2020 in Charlotte.”
Regional Sales Manager, Midwest, PPi Technologies Group
“SNAXPO is a great opportunity for Bryce Corporation to support SNAC International and a unique opportunity to see all of our customers in one location.”
President, Bryce Corporation
"We get valuable time with our most trusted partners/suppliers in a great setting."
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Rudolph Foods
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