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A highlight for many attendees, RCI takes education to the next level through exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours. Gain a new perspective of your craft from rockstar local businesses, sure to inspire ideas to take home to your own retail shop.


b.a. Sweetie Candy Company
Coined as “the largest candy store in North America,” b.a. Sweetie Candy Company started in 1950 when brother-in-laws Frank Stansky and Al Tokar started bagging bulk candy in the basement of Al’s Cleveland home. Discover how “Sweeties” has developed into a destination place with over 500,000 pounds of candy in stock, more than 200 varieties of soda, 30 flavors of ice cream made in-house daily and even their own candy-themed miniature golf course.


Malley’s Chocolates
In the height of the Great Depression, Albert “Mike” Malley aspired to achieve his version of the American Dream: to own a candy making business. Starting with $500 and skills acquired from making chocolates for a local candy shop, his dream eventually came to fruition. Three generations and more than 80 years later, Malley’s Chocolates operates 23 locations, serving customers in their hometown of Cleveland and around the world. Come meet the Malley family and tour their 5-acre campus, which houses a modern candy kitchen, factory and retail store.


Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates
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Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates prides itself in preserving the long-standing traditions of European chocolatiers put in practice by its founder, Christ Mitchell, a Greek immigrant. For nearly 80 years, Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates has been using the same recipes to make European-style confections by hand. Owners, Emily Bean and Jason Hallaman invite you to experience their homemade marshmallows, caramels and truffles, each coated in their signature dark chocolate.


Tap Packaging Solutions
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Originally established to provide presentation packaging for photographers in 1906, Tap Packaging Solutions learned to evolve as consumer demand quickly diminished with the arrival of digital photography in 2000. With smart business decisions, this employee-owned business facing a new-age adversary, adapted to become one of the industry’s leading packaging manufacturers. Experience each step of their packaging manufacturing line from start to finish, including their game-changing, 80-foot and 30,000-pound digital folding carton press.



Gorant Chocolatier
From the beginning, brothers Charles and Sam Gorant were focused on crafting premium quality confections, selling homemade sugar mints door-to-door. Building on the success of their sugar mints, the two brothers expanded into the chocolate business and eventually created a reputation for exquisite taste extending far beyond Cleveland. Today, Gorant Chocolatier offers contract and private label manufacturing, producing over 350,000 pounds of chocolate products a year, staying true to original recipes and practicing time-honored candy making methods as much as possible.


Linnea’s Candy Supplies, Inc.
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With the help and support of their family, Linnea and Frank Romocean transformed a passion for candy making into a successful wholesale and distribution company. Now celebrating 50 years, Linnea’s Candy Supplies distributes more than 5,000 cake and candy supplies, including over 250 varieties of chocolate and compound coating, thousands of packaging supplies, as well as chocolate-making machinery. Tour Linnea’s warehouse to see, firsthand, how they are able to serve candy makers of every size.


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As the culmination of years of experimenting with caramel popcorn recipes at home while raising her four children, Gwen Rosenburg opened Popped! in 2012. Her collection of recipes would become the foundation for a menu of unique products featuring popcorn, confections and artisanal ice cream, all made using natural ingredients, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Take part in the Popped! experience, including a tour of the chocolate production room, popcorn and confectionery kitchen and retail space.


Sun America LLC
Founded in 1993, Sun America is the leading manufacturer of candy cups for the confectionery industry, specializing in automatic denester candy cups and thermoformed plastic trays and containers. Sun America is also a leader in the design and development of new fluted paper cup manufacturing technologies and processes. See how their in-house design and state-of-the-art machine and tooling capabilities enable them to take an idea from concept to finished product.