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RCI Announces 2019 Annual Convention & Industry Expo

Wednesday, July 25, 2018  
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SPRINGFIELD, MO – July 24, 2018 – Following another successful annual convention in Cleveland, Ohio last month, Retail Confectioners International (RCI) is pleased to announce its 2019 Annual Convention & Industry Expo will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut on June 3-7. Chosen for its close proximity to a large concentration of both candy makers and suppliers in New England, Hartford is also home to the award-winning Connecticut Convention Center overlooking the Connecticut River.

For over 100 years, education has been a fundamental component to the attendee experience at the RCI Annual Convention & Industry Expo. “As an association, we exist to help retail confectioners succeed and this event is one of the ways we do that,” says Angie Burlison, RCI Executive Director. “Through formal education sessions as well as a confectionery suppliers’ expo, we provide relevant education attendees can take home and apply in their stores immediately.”

Suppliers of equipment, packaging, chocolate, ingredients and more are invited to reserve their booths now for RCI’s Industry Expo on June 4 and 5, 2019. “The Industry Expo is a great opportunity for candy makers to not only connect with suppliers, but also see, touch and, in some cases, taste new products,” adds Burlison. Interested in exhibiting? Visit for more information and to reserve your booth.

A favorite of many attendees, RCI takes education to the next level with behind-the scenes tours of area businesses. With more tour locations to be added, RCI has confirmed these New England confectioners as tour hosts:

  • Fascia’s Chocolates
  • Hauser Chocolatier
  • Munson’s Chocolates
  • Sweenor’s Chocolates

For additional information, including events and education courses hosted by the organization, please visit


Lacey Hesse, Marketing Manager
417-883-2775 or 800-545-5381




Retail Confectioners International (RCI) is a not-for-profit trade association serving the confectionery industry.  Based in Springfield, MO, RCI has represented the interests of confectionery manufacturing retailers and promoted public interest in these products for over 100 years. RCI provides a forum for confectioners to network, share ideas and develop their candy-making and entrepreneurial skills. For more information, please visit