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Presenters: Bernard Pacyniak, Candy Industry
                  David Burton,  The Capital Candy Jar

What's hot and what's not in the confectionery industry? Discover popular trends in chocolate and confections throughout the US and Canada. Gain insight on regional trends and top-selling products from RCI members.

Bernard Pacyniak has been the editor-in-chief of Candy Industry magazine since 2001. Prior to that, he was editor of its sister publication, Snack Food and Wholesale Baking, having joined BNP Media's Food, Beverage and Packaging Division in 1994. Pacyniak has more than 30 years experience in B-to-B magazine publishing as a writer and editor, the bulk of that time spent covering the baking, snack and confectionery industries. He has won several press writing awards.

David Burton is the owner of The Capital Candy Jar in Washington DC. He has been making candy since he was 14 years old. In 2014, Burton decided to make his dream of owning his own business a reality, so he left a successful career as a marketing consultant and started his own candy business. His confections have been featured by much of his local press, and he also was a featured confectioner on an episode of The Food Network's Rewrapped.

Marketing Outside of the Box
Presenters: Anna Dolle Bushnell, Dolle's Candyland, Inc.
Pam & Bill Hartley, Joy Lyn's Candies

This two-part session will focus on creative marketing techniques for the retail confectioner. First, learn how to strengthen your brand by incorporating your company history into the marketing plan. Second, find out how to promote your brand through events that also benefit your local community.

Anna is a fourth generation owner of Dolle's Candyland in Ocean City, Maryland. Her concentrations are in marketing and project management. Bushnell uses her love of history and all things candy to combine the two worlds which are depicted in the company's brand in everything from print ads to candy packaging.

Bill Hartley, a retired police officer, and Pam Hartley, a former executive secretary, purchased Joy Lyn's Candies in 2000 and became the fourth owners of the business. The Hartley's have doubled sales and created several award winning candy pieces as well as created the Paradise Chocolate Fest, a fundraising event in their community to celebrate chocolate.

  A Practical Approach to HACCP Planning
Presenter: Virginia Whetstone Maguire, Whetstone Chocolates 

If you ever thought your company was too small to implement a HAACP plan this session is a must. Learn more details about HAACP plans, their importance, and how to write one to implement at your business. 

Virginia Whetstone Maguire has been in the chocolate business for over 30 years supplying her own retail stores and wholesale customers. In the mid-1990's, Whetstone Chocolates expanded into contract manufacturing producing chocolates for Hershey, M&M/Mars, Nestle and Mauna Loa. It was through this larger scale production Maguire gained extensive knowledge in quality assurance practices including writing the company's HAACP program.

  Getting Into Fair Trade
Presenter: Kip Walk, The Blommer Chocolate Company

How does your company manage your customer concerns on the availability of cocoa beans in the future and questions on whether your ingredients are responsibly sourced? What role can Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and other certifications play in providing attractive options to your customer base? Learn to develop an internal strategy for launching sustainable products and educating your customers.

Kip Walk is Blommer Chocolate's Corporate Director of Sustainability, designing, implementing and managing Blommer's global sustainability efforts from farming through to customer product. Walk has also served as Chairman of the industry's leading sustainability organization, the World Cocoa Foundation.

  Candy Clinic & Kettle Talk
RCI Member Only Sessions 

Candy Clinic: Are you looking for practical ideas to implement in your store? Do you have a clever idea that has worked well in your business? You're invited to share it! This session will give you many creative ideas for your shop as fellow candy makers give a short presentation of their ideas including samples and handouts for you to take home. Attendees vote for their favorite entrants and awards are presented to winners during the Awards Banquet.  Categories include: 
  • Best Summer Idea
  • Best Christmas, Valentine or Easter Idea
  • Best Misc. Holiday Idea
  • Best Marketing/Merchandising Idea
  • Best Packaging Idea
  • Best New Piece
  • Best Innovation
Kettle Talk: Do you want to know the secrets to making great confections? Join this open panel discussion with our experts to ask any question you have about chocolate techniques, production, regulatory affairs, labeling laws, business ownership and more. Drop off questions in advance at the registration desk or ask questions directly during the session.