With the uncertainty created by the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections firmly in the rearview mirror, SNAXPO 2013 attendees will learn how those results will affect the business climate moving forward. SNAXPO 2013 will take place March 16-19, in Tampa, FL.

Keynote speaker Paul Reilly, CEO at St. Petersburg, FL-based Raymond James Financial, will discuss the election results and what he believes their impact will be for business. Mr. Reilly will speak Tuesday, March 19, addressing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and his assessment of its effect on snack food company owners. He will also share his outlook for the economy and discuss what his company is doing to be competitive in the current economic and business environment.

More than 1,000 owners, executives and buyers from every segment of the snack foods industry are expected to attend SNAXPO 2012, which will feature a tradeshow as well as an educational program.

Sunday morning’s general session will feature a Snack Innovation Panel allowing industry entrepreneurs with successful products to share their experiences. This session also will include the Circle of Honor presentation.

Individual educational breakout sessions will focus on the Food Safety Modernization Act, package labeling issues and legislation, commodities and ingredients, direct-store-delivery issues and transportation rules, and sustainability.

Monday morning’s general session will feature the 2013 State of the Industry presentation by SymphonyIRI Group. The presentation will review industry developments over the past year and discuss trends that can be expected in the year ahead.

For more information about SNAXPO and the latest program developments, please visit www.snaxpo.com.