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Diane Trout Recognized with RCI's 2019 Henry J. Bornhofft Award

Thursday, June 13, 2019  
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HARTFORD, CT – June 12, 2019 - Retail Confectioners International (RCI), a trade association serving the chocolate and confectionery industry, recently awarded the 2019 Henry J. Bornhofft Memorial Award at their Annual Convention & Industry Expo. Diane Trout, account manager and business development for The Blommer Chocolate Company, was this year’s honored recipient.

“Diane Trout embodies the values and culture of what makes RCI and this industry so special: camaraderie; loyalty to family, colleagues and customers; and passion for chocolate and everything related to it,” stated Steve Blommer, former VP of Business Development for The Blommer Chocolate Company. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this recognition than my dear friend, Diane.” 

Since 1993, Diane has served Blommer’s key strategic accounts within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, focusing specifically on the retail confectioners segment. She is an active contributing member of RCI, having served on the Board of Directors as well as on the Convention Planning Committee. Diane has been instrumental in helping to plan and coordinate many RCI events, including annual conventions, regional conferences, as well as RCI’s recent Winter Getaway to Costa Rica.

Diane’s high energy and positive attitude has been a gift to her colleagues, RCI’s association and the industry. Her passion for the success of others within the industry is evident by the way she continues to go above and beyond to ensure her customers receive the service they deserve.

Due to her dedication to RCI and the industry, the Board of Directors felt she was the best choice for this honor. "Diane has been an incredible supporter of the confectionery industry. Her loyalty and commitment does not go unnoticed, and we were privileged to present her with this award recognizing her contributions," says John Asher III, Asher’s Chocolates, 2018-2019 RCI President of the Board.

“I am honored to be to be chosen to receive the Henry J. Bornhofft Award, said Diane. “To be recognized by RCI is humbling and so very much appreciated.”

The Henry J. Bornhofft Memorial Award was established by the RCI Board of Directors in 1985. Each year a member of the confectionery industry is selected to receive the Henry J. Bornhofft Memorial Award at the annual convention in June. The recipient is a stand-out supplier member, who has exhibited many years of outstanding leadership, loyalty, friendship and has made significant contributions to the confectionery industry. 

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Lacey Hesse, Marketing Manager
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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