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  • July 25, 2019 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greg D'Alesandro seated in a room of drying cacao

    Q: You were elected by your peers to the FCIA Board late last year. What excites you about the direction of fine chocolate and the role FCIA can play in growing the sector?

    A: This is a really exciting time in chocolate! Chocolate making at a small scale is popping up all over the world. Every country I've been to has at least a handful of new chocolate makers doing something interesting with local flavors, customs, or beans. The specialty cocoa industry is just getting started, and you can taste amazing beans from places such as Sierra Leone, St. Vincent, Tanzania, and Taiwan. Chocolate based confections are becoming more popular in a variety of places that classically had lower interest in chocolate, such as India. Now is a great time to help figure out how we can all work together to make a better and more sustainable industry for everyone. What we do now could resonate throughout the growth of the industry for decades.

    Q: What accomplishments you would like to see the organization reach within your board tenure?

    A: I'd love to see the FCIA start to work on a more international level. We are already engaging with industry members from all over the world, but let's formalize that. As this industry grows it will be looking for information as to how we can work together and form an industry group that helps each of us in our businesses.

    Q: What advice would you give to companies considering FCIA membership?

    A: The FCIA is the most comprehensive set of industry members working together. I'm constantly excited by the people I meet and get to know through FCIA. You could have the same experience!

  • July 09, 2019 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cacao production is slowly growing in Hawaii. It is replacing other large agricultural plantation crops. The Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council received a grant from the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program to test and demonstrate the best ways to establish new cacao orchards. Read the full article here

  • July 07, 2019 7:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a recent and thorough article published on her blog Foodensity, FCIA Member Antonella Tromba details everything about the origin, role, and use of lecithin in chocolate.

    Read more on "The Misknown Role Of Lecithin In Chocolate"

  • June 27, 2019 10:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • June 20, 2019 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Union Confectionery Machinery Company is pleased to announce their appointment as the exclusive auctioneer for a complete bean-to-bar chocolate plant located in Tulsa, OK. 

    The cacao machinery, built by PackInt, was purchased new in 2017 and never used in production. The roaster was built by US Roasters.

    The auction is online only and bidding is now open. The bidding closes on Thursday June 27th.

    If you wish to view the machinery or register to bid please use the link below:


    If you have any questions please contact Jim Greenberg at 203.913.9656 or Jim@unionmachinery.com



  • June 14, 2019 6:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Listen to a podcast discussing how the fine chocolate industry and specialty coffee sectors can push for more sustainable production and learn from each other. You can download the podcast or listen to it on SoundCloud.

  • June 13, 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "The trade group focused on the craft chocolate industry will honor four individuals and one family on June 22 at its Elevate Chocolate event in New York City."

    Read the full article by Kristine Sherred on Confectionary News.

    Congratulations 2019 Award Recipients!

    Congratulations to the winners of our Recognition of Excellence awards!  Each has followed their passion and by doing so, has raised the bar for the fine chocolate segment of our industry. Each has made a significant positive impact to our industry and their contribution has been recognized by their peers.

    Outstanding Service to the Industry
    Hector Jose Rizek, Rizek Cacao

    Outstanding Contribution by a Fine Chocolatier
    Christopher Elbow, Christopher Elbow Chocolates

    Outstanding Contribution by a Fine Chocolate Maker/Manufacturer
    Maria Fernanda Di Giacobbe, Chef, Entrepreneur, Artist, Chocolatier

    Outstanding Contribution in Communications
    Clay Gordon, The Chocolate Life

    Lifetime Achievement
    Franceschi Family, Casa Franceschi

    Read more about the Recognition of Excellence Awards.

  • June 12, 2019 8:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    151 Year Old Company Continues to Strive for Top Quality and Innovation through Allergen-friendly Facilities and Product Offerings

    Burlingame, CA (June 11, 2019) — Guittard Chocolate, the family company that has expertly crafted chocolate in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1868, is proud to announce that its manufacturing facility is now tree nut free. Throughout its 151 year history, Guittard Chocolate has worked to represent quality and innovation at every level of its production and product line. Guittard’s tree nut free certification joins the company’s existing Cultivate Better commitments including non-GMO, peanut free, gluten free, sunflower lecithin and Fair Trade CertifiedTM with the goal of bringing thoughtfully sourced and allergen-friendly products to customers. 

    The tree nut free claim applies to Guittard Chocolate products produced after July 31, 2018. All Guittard Chocolate consumer products are now tree nut free, including the entire line of baking chips, organic baking wafers, baking bars and cocoa powders. 

    “At Guittard, we’re constantly striving to produce the best quality chocolate. This touches every level of what we do--from partnering with cacao farmers at origin to pushing innovation at our manufacturing facility to celebrating our chef and retail customers,” says Gary Guittard. “Being tree nut free represents our ongoing commitment to improving our product by making it as allergen-friendly as possible.”                                                     

    Guittard Chocolate is available wholesale, direct, through distributors, at specialty grocery stores nationwide, and online at Guittard.com. Find recipes and baking tips at Guittard.com/in-the-kitchen.         

    About Guittard Chocolate Company 
    As the oldest continuously family-owned and operated chocolate company in the United States, Guittard Chocolate Company, now under the fourth and fifth generation of family management, continues to grow with the same innovative spirit and commitment to sustainability that has made it one of the world’s most respected makers of premium chocolate over the past 150 years. For more information, please visit us online at www.Guittard.com or @GuittardChocolate.

  • June 11, 2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out this article by Steve LeVine on The Craft Chocolate Revolution. 

  • May 29, 2019 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recent NCA research, conducted in partnership with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association, uncovers traits of chocolate consumers. Read the full article in Candy & Snack TODAY.

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