Fine Chocolate Industry Association 

January 16th Program: Mystery, Myths, and Facts of Chocolate Health Benefits

  • 01/16/2010
  • 4:00 PM - 9:59 PM
  • Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA


This Event was Sold Out with standing room only.


4:00 - 5:00 PM  Member's Only Networking Session. Open to Members Only, Guests will be asked to join at 5PM for the Gallery Showcase. This is a great time to meet other members, discuss exciting new business opportunities, or get information to help you solve an existing business problem.


5:00 – 6:00 PM: Gallery Showcase – Open to everyone.

The Gourmet Buffet is set-up so that you can help yourself at any time between 5 and 7:30PM.


6:00 – 7:30: Educational Program - Panel Discussion on Mystery, Myths and Facts around the health benefits of chocolate.


Join us as we explore the Mystery, Myths and Facts around the health benefits of chocolate. Our panel consist of Health and Chocolate Industry Experts:

  • David A. Stuart: Director, Natural Product Sciences; The Hershey Company, will share news about their ongoing and latest chocolate health benefit studies.
  • Catherine Kwik-Uribe, PhD and research scientist for Mars has authored and co-authored numerous articles on cocoa flavanols and their health benefits; she'll share her expertise and help clarify information on this topic.
  • Joan Steuer (FCIA Member and president of Chocolate Marketing) will talk about the psychological health benefits of chocolate.
  • Clay Gordon ( will talk about the dangers of over-promising and under-delivering on health claims made for chocolate; specifically - using ORAC numbers as the basis for claims.

This will be a spirited and lively discussion as we sort through what's real and what's not. 

7:30 – ??? PM: Immediately following the Discussion, we will adjourn to enjoy the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception - open to everyone. Our last Industry Cocktail Reception was so successful no one wanted to leave! This year, we're hoping for an even better turn-out. Mingle with fellow fine chocolate makers and chocolatiers. Meet new friends, catch-up with old friends.

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