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2020 RCI Annual Convention




Education sessions and the Industry Expo will take place Level 3 of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center which is a short 10-15 minute walk from our host hotel.

 *Listed event times are subject to change.
More information available soon.

Sunday, June 14, 2020
All Day  Early Arrivals
Monday, June 15, 2020
All Day  Arrivals

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

NEW! Merchandising Boot Camp
(Additional ticket required.)
Take advantage of this unique, full-day education course, designed to help retail confectioners build a merchandising and marketing strategy that will make your business POP. 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. 

1:00-7:00 PM  Exhibitor Move-In
4:00-6:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

4:00-6:00 PM

Welcome Party
Sponsored by The Blommer Chocolate Company
Pop on in and stay awhile as we kick off an exciting convention week with a festive welcome! This reception will coincide with registration, so you can mingle with fellow attendees while you enjoy eye-popping food stations and drinks. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

8:00-9:00 AM

Welcome Breakfast and Annual Membership Meeting

9:00-10:00 AM Education: Scale Your Brand with Packaging that Pops

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Industry Expo

12:00-1:00 PM 

Reception on Expo Floor

1:30-2:30 PM 2020-2021 Executive Board Meeting

3:00-5:30 PM

Candy Clinic (RCI Member Exclusive)
Get recognized for your creative, new ideas! If you have a clever concept that has worked well in your business, you're invited to share!

5:45 PM

Next Generation Event
RCI members in their twenties and thirties are invited to meet up for happy hour at Il Tetto's Rooftop Beer Garden. Enjoy drinks and appetizers while getting to know the next generation of industry leaders and taking in a unique view of downtown Pittsburgh.

Directly following Candy Clinic, we will take a short walk to the destination as a group. 

9:00-11:00 PM

Sweet Meet

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
7:00-9:00 AM 2020-2021 Board of Directors Meeting
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM Registration Desk Open
8:00-9:00 AM


9:00-10:00 AM

Education: How to Capitalize on Viral Success

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Industry Expo

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education: Rethinking Social Media as an HR Tool

12:00-1:00 PM

2019-2020 Board & Spouses' Lunch
Thank you to the 2019-2020 board members for your contribution to this sweet association over the past year. RSVP is required.

2:00-3:00 PM

Education: Build an Exceptional Team through Coaching and Mentoring

3:00-3:30 PM  Education: Positioned for Growth

3:30-4:30 PM 

Kettle Talk (RCI Member Exclusive)
Join this open discussion where confectionery professionals ask questions and share knowledge on the topics of chocolate techniques, production, regulatory affairs, labeling laws, business ownership and more. 

6:30-7:00 PM  Reception

7:00-11:00 PM

Awards & Afterglow
Set the night aglow as we celebrate highlights of the week and give award recipients a chance to shine. After dinner, the festivities will continue with a silent disco. Join us for an experience you'll have to see to believe. You'll be oh-so glad you did!

Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:00-8:00 AM  Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Off-Site Confectionery Tours

  • Anderson's Candies
  • Duerr Packaging
  • Rosalind Candy Castle
  • Sarris Candies

7:30-10:30 PM

Night at The Warhol: Sponsored by Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate
Get inspired by the famous works created by Andy Warhol, known as the "Prince of Pop Art." Along with guided tours of the museum, enjoy an interactive silkscreen printing experience and unique keepsake. Appetizers and beverages will also be provided. Don't miss an opportunity to connect during this fun, interactive event while celebrating the conclusion of another great convention week!

Friday, June 19, 2020
7:00-8:00 AM  Breakfast and Registration

8:00-5:00 PM

Off-Site Confectionery Tours
Tour participants will have the option between two tour experiences on Friday. 

NEW! EduTour

  • Romolo Chocolates

Mercer County Tours

  • Daffin's Candies
  • Wendell August Forge