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Fine Chocolate Industry Association Expands Its Flagship Event

February 01, 2020 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

New Opportunities Abound for Chocolate & Cacao Suppliers, Makers, and More

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) has taken a new approach to their traditional events calendar and announces a partnership with the Craft Chocolate Experience: San Francisco to highlight their flagship industry event, Elevate Chocolate 2020.

Photos from past Elevate Chocolate eventsFCIA’s Elevate Chocolate events are known for their valuable cross-disciplinary networking and knowledge-sharing. Partnering with the Craft Chocolate Experience, a festival-style celebration of craft chocolate.

Registration to Craft Chocolate Experience is open to the public, which will broaden exhibitor exposure to the public and further raise awareness of FCIA members and of fine chocolate.

Elevate Chocolate 2020 will be held at the historic Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA, on March 5-6, 2020.

Registration is open at www.finechocolateindustry.org/Spring2020Event.

President of the FCIA Board of Directors, Brad Kintzer, says, “FCIA continues to grow year by year. Expanding our Elevate Chocolate event allows our community to strengthen ties among ourselves, while also raising the profile of fine chocolate with the public.”

The theme of Elevate Chocolate 2020 will be Celebrating Fine Chocolate Flavors from Around the World. The event will include four general session speakers, ten technical workshops, and a day-long Trade Fair. Attendees will have opportunities to exchange insights and information, building their businesses and working to raise the profile of fine cacao and chocolate among a larger audience.

Find the full agenda with workshop description and speaker bios online.

Discussions will cover key topics relevant to the fine chocolate industry, such as cocoa supply chain and quality sourcing strategies, marketing and communicating fine chocolate to a larger audience, and best business practices. The Trade Fair will display exhibitions by companies and individuals across the industry of fine chocolate, including chocolate makers, chocolatiers, bean traders, farmer groups, equipment suppliers, and more. (See the list of exhibitors.)

The conference will also include a regulatory update, a report on the results of a business survey conducted by the National Confectioners Association and FCIA in 2019, and updates from the Heirloom Cacao Program. Supplementing the information and educational opportunities will be an opening reception, featuring a performance by dancers from Peru and tasting tables by chocolatiers and chocolate makers.

Pair of dancers from Peru




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