Fine Chocolate Industry Association 

FCIA in the News
Check out articles that mention FCIA or where FCIA contributed . . .


Linking fine flavor characteristics to genotype

The best tasting chocolates in the world are poised for extinction. As growers
continue to remove or replace fine flavor cacao trees with less flavorful, high-yield,
disease-resistant cacao hybrids and clones, a world of ordinary flavor dominates
the chocolate universe. Connecting genetics to flavor offers an important new way to
protectand preserve the finest flavors for future generations. Alas, no genetic
initiative has ever focused on flavor first. Until now. Read more.....


Supporting Partners

Check out our new Supporting Partners page listing events, activities,
educational offerings and more of value for members.

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2018 Good Food Award Finalists Announced

Winners will be announced Friday, January 19, 2018 at a gala
event in San Francisco. For more information and to read a complete
list of the finalists, click here.

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April 22-25, 2018 Maritim Hotel Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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PMCA offering Caramel, Fudge, & Toffee workshop

Please check out their flyer for more information.

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Limited Space -

Get your Chocolate UnConference Tickets now!

All Professionals of the Cocoa, Cacao, Chocolate Manufacturing Industry and Trade
are welcome to attend. 
For Industry Passes and More Info:

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Want to Sell Your Chocolate?

October 6 - 8, 2017, NYC
FCIA Members get discount to exhibit.
Contact Maura at

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The 9th Annual Seattle Chocolate Salon
returns 2018
For more information, visit the website.

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FCIA Member Happenings
FCIA Members - got some news?  Let us know and we'll help spread the word.

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Academia de Cacao is Open

Ingemann Cacao Fino is offering a week-long,
hands-on program focused on cocoa quality
from May 7-11, 2018. For more information and to
register, follow this link.

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Caputo's 6th Annual Chocolate Festival

Caputo's 6th Annual Chocolate Festival features
Lithuania's Chocolate Naive 
November 8, 2017.
For more information, see their press release.

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Cocoatown Bean-to-Bar Workshops

October 18-20, 2017, For details see Roswell, GA USA

 November 20-23, 2017, For details see Coimbatore, India

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indi chocolate & Honest Biscuits Grand Opening Party

You're invited to join indi chocolate and Honest Biscuits Grand Opening Party 
Thursday, September 21st from 4:30-7:30 pm. 
We are celebrating in the brand new Pike Place MarketFront.
Get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of indi chocolate, and try biscuits, chocolate, and beer!
There will be music, a photo booth and lots of opportunities to try their hand crafted goods. 

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Endorfin Wins Gold, Silver, & Bronze at International Chocolate Salon!

Endorfin chocolate bars took home 7 medals at the
2017 Internation Chocolate Salon Awards.
Check out the details....

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GRAND Opening - indi Chocolate Cafe

indi chocolate Café, Factory and Gathering Space is having its GRAND OPENING
in Pike Place Market Friday July 28th. Come visit between 10-2
to try the first batch of chocolate ever made at the indi chocolate Factory!

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FCIA Director Richard Tango-Lowy

Richard Tango-Lowy, owner and head chocolatier of Dancing Lion Chocolate,
is featured in article 
What Physics Tells Us About Making the Perfect Chocolate

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For the Love of Making Chocolate

For The Love of Making Chocolate - Micelli Interviews Art Pollard From Amano Artisan Chocolate

Micelli interviews Art Pollard
From Amano Artisan Chocolate

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Lake Champlain Chocolates

Creates Fifth Limited-Edition Bar 
for 2017 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Benefitting the Artist-in-Residence Program

Check this out for more information......

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Breaking News from America's Leading
Chocolate and Candy Companies

Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, Ghirardelli,
Russell Stover, and Ferrara Candy Company today
announced that they are coming together with NCA and the
Partnership for a Healthier America to provide consumers with information,
options, and support as they enjoy their favorite treats.
Read the NCA media release for more information.

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The Slow Melt: Episode 7 - The Craft of Chocolate

FCIA's Executive Director Karen Bryant was happy to be included in Simran Sethi's Slow Melt podcast,
along with some of the important voices in the fine chocolate community. If you've wondered what the terms bean-to-bar,
craft and fine chocolate really mean, then you might enjoy listening to Episode 7 where a number of us squirm while we try to answer that question.

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Just released!

 Marañón Chocolate's video shot in the Marañón Canyon in 2016 by one of their small bean to bar clients in the UK .
You can see it here including spectacular shots taken from a drone in the Canyon. 

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indi chocolate is expanding to the new MarketFront in Pike Place Market, Seattle.
Please help us spread the word and celebrate the opening of their factory,
cafe and gathering space. Check out the website for more information
on its progress and opening date.

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Red, White & Chocolate Road Trip

FCIA Executive Director, Karen Bryant,  completed a 2-month cross-country personal road trip exploring the people, companies and dynamics shaping the US chocolate experience.

Blog posts chronicling this adventure can be viewed at
Learn more about 
Red, White & Chocolate


The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) is the only organization focused 100% on supporting fine chocolate professionals. We promote the artistry and craftsmanship of the chocolate professional focused on producing superior products made from premium chocolate and natural ingredients. We believe in using best practices in cacao processing and chocolate production; and transparent labeling and marketing practices.

Who is eligible to become an FCIA member?

FCIA membership includes professionals involved in chocolate from blossom to bonbon and bar: growers/producers, chocolatiers, chocolate makers, pastry chefs, chocolate manufacturers, marketers, writers, educators and specialty retailers.

If you are a professional in the fine chocolate industry or focused on supporting the fine chocolate niche of this industry - and agree with our Vision & Mission, we invite you to consider membership.  There's a level to fit everyone.

"Our membership in the FCIA has produced much greater ROI than we anticipated. Meeting and consulting with other members of the artisan chocolate community plus key vendors allows us to keep on top of where the industry is heading, and in turn, provide a better overall product for our customers."
Chris & Darcie Farro, The Art of Chocolat
Become an FCIA Member

We celebrate our members and the fine products they create.

Our members include:

  • Chocolatiers crafting bonbons and bars from fine quality chocolate.
  • Growers that are pushing the boundaries with fine flavor cacao using innovative farming, fermenting and drying techniques.
  • Suppliers supporting the production of fine quality products.
  • Chocolate makers who are using a combination of dedicated craftsmanship and scientific know-how to turn dried cocoa beans into fine chocolate.

Each is passionate about fine chocolate. Each has a role in offering fine chocolate products so that you can savor them passionately.

We hope you will discover a new chocolate experience, and enjoy some fine chocolate every day!



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For membership inquiries: Jennifer Wicks / 1.406.370.8606 / Email Jennifer
For San Francisco Event inquiries: Brianna Goldberg / 1.818.400.5154 / Email Brianna
Executive Director: Karen Bryant / 1.206.577.9983 / Email Karen

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