Log in

Members, log in to access Member-Only Section

Membership General Assembly

9:00 - 9:50 AM  
FCIA Membership General Assembly (for members only)


Theme 1: Value Chain Partnerships & Sourcing Quality Ingredients
Theme 2: Product Development, Innovations & Communications
Theme 3: Tastes & Quality Standards


Session 1 (10:00 - 10:50 AM)
Theme 1: Cacao Capacity Building in West Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC)
Kameron Burt, Irina Gonzalez, Robert Shubert, Marc Steen, Jorges Brenes

Theme 2: Health Benefits of Chocolate: Facts, Caveats & Questions
Joshua Lambert
Theme 3: New Sensory Standards for Finished Chocolate: Attribute Scoring & Evaluation Methods
Brian Cisneros, John Kehoe

Session 2 (11:00 - 11:50 AM)
Theme 1: A Sustainable Treat: The Future of Biodiversity-friendly Chocolate
Ruth Bennett, Justine Bowe
Theme 2: Five Ways to Communicate Your Responsible Sourcing Message
Louise Kramer, Priscilla Martel
Theme 3: Fresh Chocolate with a Connection to the Palate
Megan Hile, Maya Schoop-Rutten

Session 3 (12:00 - 12:50 PM)
Theme 1: The New Generation of Cocoa Farmers: A Nicaragua Case Study
Jorge Brenes
Theme 2: Use and Care of Chocolate Machinary
Dr. Balu M. Balasubramanian, Alvaro Bejarano, Javier Sanchez
Theme 3: Creating Inclusive and Practical Systems for the Sensory Analysis of Cocoa
Stasi Baranoff, Laura Sweitzer, Mey Choy Paz, Hernan Garcia Meza


1:00 - 1:50 PM 

Lunch on your own. Participants will break for lunch. No lunch will be served at the event.

Partnership Showcase

1:00 - 6:00 PM

The "FCIA Partnership Showcase" is designed to highlight important programs or topics related to the fine chocolate industry. Examples might include: programs in cocoa origins which support fine flavor cacao, new technologies in supply chain management and certification schemes or other similar types of efforts. 

Not So Silent Auction

1:00 - 6:00 PM  

Please join us as the fine chocolate community makes some noise and raises funds for FCIA's educational programs.

Breakout Groups

2:00 - 2:50 PM 

  • Meet the Baker: This session is a fireside chat with a few prominent pastry chefs from San Francisco, moderated by Todd Masonis, Dandelion Chocolate. It is geared toward chocolate makers to better understand how chefs use their products or those interested in using chocolate as an ingredient.
  • Chocolatier's Hardcore Business Session: Richard Tango-Lowy, Master Chocolatier and owner of Dancing Lion, will lead this discussion on the three critical keys to success as a small chocolatier. Based on performance excellence methods that have been used by some fo the world's most effective businesses for decades, these tools will help you start, grow, and sustainably thrive as a small business in the fine chocolate industry.
  • Regulatory Update for Chocolatiers: Marlene Stauffer, Blommer Chocolate, will provide an update on various regulatory topics impacting the fine chocolate industry including: chocolate standards of identity; FSMA; nutritional labeling; organics; nonGMs; and gluten free.

Plenary Discussion

3:00 - 4:20 PM

  • President's Remarks: Clark Guittard, Guittard Chocolate Company, President, Fine Chocolate Industry Association
  • Industry Outlook / Regulatory Update: John Downs (NCA)
  • HCP Presentation: HCP President Dan Pearson, Maranon Chocolate, will provide an update on the success of the HCP effort and Ed Seguine, Seguine Cacao, Cocoa and Chocolate Advisors/Guittard Chocolate Company, will announce the newest HCP designees and conduct a tasting.

Keynote Presenter

4:20 - 5:00 PM  

Chi Bui - head chocolatier of K&M Extravirgin Chocolate

Gallery Showcase

5:00 - 7:30 PM 

Gallery Showcase & Chocolate Sampling Table 

The Gallery Showcase is a great way to check out new products and get advice relevant to your business. Please visit our exhibitors.  

© 2018 Fine Chocolate Industry Association, all rights reserved.  Privacy Policy  Site Map

Executive Director: Bill Guyton / 1.206.577.9983 / Email Bill

Event Manager: Nicole Price / 1.312.953.4541 / Email Nicole

For membership inquiries: Jennifer Wicks / 1.406.370.8606 / Email Jennifer


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software