Fine Chocolate Industry Association 



Saturday, June 27, 2015
InterContinental Times Square Hotel
300 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Introducing:  New name. New format. New value-added activities
FCIA announces a new name for our events - Elevate Chocolate.  
It proudly trumpets our commitment to elevate the art and flavor of fine chocolate.

With our new name comes a new format where questions you want answered form the 

foundation of the educational program - via Table Talks.  A shorter but more focused formal presentation
gives you more time to network and visit the Gallery Showcase and chocolate sampling table.

And it doesn't end there.  We're pleased to provide more value-added activities to the event experience:

Pre-Event Meet-Up on Friday, June 26th

A Chocolate Guide to Manhattan 

Block of special rate rooms at the InterContinental Times Square Hotel

The theme of Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2015 is:

Designing Success:  Visual Identity and Packaging for Fine Chocolate
Join FCIA in an exploration of the many facets of packaging to: 

Enhance your brand identity
Learn about the latest packaging options for bars and bonbons
Protect your product 
Gain "shelf-awareness"
Work effectively with your packaging partners  

"As a new member in the FCIA the last year's event was my first exposure to the membership. Not only was I welcomed as a peer, I was exposed to suppliers and fellow chocolatiers that cared as much as I do about Chocolate. The evening provided a wealth of information, from quality packaging suppliers to extremely unique Chocolates to work with and educational resources. I look forward to a continuing membership as "Papa's Chocolates" continues to grow."
John Walter, Papa's Chocolates
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Upcoming events

    • 26 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Ca Va Todd English Brassier, InterContinental Times Square Hotel, 310 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036

    If you are in town on Friday, June 26th and would like to connect with other FCIA members, please stop in at Ca Va Todd English Brassier in the InterContinental Times Square Hotel for a casual no-host gathering. Please feel free to include your colleagues and/or significant other.  

    This is an informal opportunity to connect and kick off your event weekend.  No RSVP necessary.  Just stop in between 6:00 and 7:30 PM and enjoy.

    Everyone will be responsible for their own food and beverage. 

    • 27 Jun 2015
    • 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • InterContinental Hotel - Times Square, 300 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036

    Join us - Saturday, June 27, 2015 
    InterContinental Times Square Hotel 
    New York 


    (Note: see special room rate message below)

    Designing Success: Visual Identity and Packaging for Fine Chocolate 


    3:30 PM     Registration Opens

    Educational Program:
    Table Talks NEW!
    4:00 - 4:35:  (session #1 - repeats in session #2)
    4:45 - 5:20:  (session #2)    

         Table #1: A Designer's Perspective on Projecting Your Visual Image
                            Michael Dyer of Remake Design, New York
         Table #2: Owing the Retail Shelf- Enticing the Uncommitted Consumer
                            Matt and Yelena Caputo, Caputo's Deli
         Table #3: Make it Instinctive: Building a Breakthrough Chocolate Brand
                            Sadie Dyer, Beardwood & Co.
         Table #4: Working Effectively with Your Packaging Partners
                            Bill Copeland, Glacier Confections
         Table #5: Chocolate Maker Forum - Quality Assurance 
                            Brad Kintzer, TCHO
         Table #6: Chocolatier Forum - Marketing, Pricing & Wholesale vs. Retail
                            Richard Tango-Lowy, Dancing Lion Chocolate

    5:20 - 6:45:  Gallery Showcase

    6:50 - 7:15:  Heirloom Cacao Preservation Update & Tasting
                        Presented by:
                          Dan Pearson, FCIA VP and Treasurer, HCP Executive Committee
                          Ed Seguine, Seguine Cacao Cocoa & Chocolate Advisors
                          Lyndel W. Meinhardt, USDA/ARS Sustainable Perennial Crops Lab

    7:15 - 7:45:  Keynote: Navigating the Landscape of Visual Identity                      Presented by Jonathan Wajskol of Design Wajskol, New York              

    7:35 - 9:00:  Networking
    • Complimentary coffee, tea, and water will be available during the event.
    • A  no-host bar will be open from 4:30-8:30 PM
    • An appetizer buffet will be offered during the evening

    Special Room Rate
    Note: Limited number of rooms at block rate at InterContinental Times Square Hotel through June 3rd while they last.  Call 1-866-875-1978 for all reservation requests. Guests should identify themselves as part of the "Fine Chocolate Industry Association" to receive the $309+ room block rate.  Guests are also able to secure the rate with the following personalized weblink: Fine Chocolate.


    FCIA Event Sponsors

    We are extremely grateful to the generous support from these event sponsors


    ------FCIA Gallery Showcase Vendors ----- 

    Our (vendor) Gallery Showcase is a great way to check out new products and get advise relevant to you business. Visit companies like:

    Swiss Calet/Felchlin, Aspecialtybox.comCasaLuker, Clear Candy Bags, CocoaTown, Chef Rubber, deZaan Gourmet, Duerr Packing, ECOMEZ Temper ifiGourmet, Mesocacao, Savage Bros, Co.,  The Confectioners Friend-TCF Sales, Tisano Cacao,Tea & ChocolateTomric, Trufflymade, Valrhona

    Each offers a wide variety of chocolate/ingredients, tools/equipment, and deep knowledge.

    FCIA Refund Policy

    All cancellation requests must be received at least 1 week before the event date, sent via e-mail to: Unfortunately, no refunds will be made for requests received after that time.

    Refunds are subject to a $20 cancellation fee. Refunds will be issued in the same form payment was made. Please allow two weeks for processing.

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