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Registration is Open for 2020 Annual Convention & Industry Expo in Pittsburgh!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020   (0 Comments)
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SPRINGFIELD, MO – March 3, 2020 – Discover ways to make your business POP in 2020 and beyond! Explore what’s new in the confectionery industry and take away effective business and production strategies to help build a more successful business.

Join Retail Confectioners International (RCI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 2020 Annual Convention & Industry Expo June 15-19 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. If you’re a candy maker, chocolatier or confectionery retailer looking to grow all aspects of your business, this event is for you!

Take your business from fizzle to POP with thought-provoking education led by experts in their fields and crafted to meet the unique needs of the retail confectioner.

Maximize your convention experience with the opportunity to add on a full-day Merchandising Boot Camp on Monday, June 15. RCI will host this new, education course on-site, immediately before the Annual Convention & Industry Expo, offering attendees two great events in just one trip. Get your business on track and on point with in-depth training where you’ll learn how to engage and connect with customers in your store, online and on social media, led by expert retail strategists, KIZER & BENDER.

Come early for Merchandising Boot Camp and stay for more relevant education programming, where you’ll learn how to:

  • Create eye-popping packaging that looks expensive, while spending less with tips for packaging design on a budget.
  •  Discover opportunities to grow your business based on the same metrics and attributes used by Wall Street traders to select winning companies for investment.
  • Hear from a panel of RCI candy maker members who have experienced various forms of viral success. Learn how they made the most of their opportunities to capitalize on viral success.
  • Rethink social media as a human resources tool used for recruiting and employee engagement.
  • Build an exceptional team through coaching and mentoring techniques.

Convention education sessions will be presented on Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17. While both events are hosted by RCI, all confectionery professionals are invited to attend. A variety of ticket packages are available, giving attendees the option to create an experience that fits any schedule and budget. RCI offers a 1-Day Education Ticket for just $225 for those looking to focus on strictly on education.

Registration is required for Merchandising Boot Camp, education sessions, the Industry Expo and the full week of convention events. For best rates, register by April 24 at For more information about RCI, visit or call 417-883-2775.


Lacey Hesse, Marketing Manager



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