Fine Chocolate Industry Association 

FCIA in the News

What's Happening in the Fine Chocolate Community?
Check out articles that mention FCIA or where FCIA contributed . . .

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


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 protect and 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 to you.


Kick-Off of FCIA's National Research Project

This Saturday, October 1st, FCIA kicksoff our
national research on consumer perception of fine chocolate with a
focus group and consumer surveys at . . .

October 1, 2016
11:00am - 5:00pm
The Pasadena Center, Conference Building
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

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The 2016 Flavor Trends Report is available to Members for free

on the Members-Only section of FCIA's website. 

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FCIA Welcomes Newest Sponsor Member

Hexx Chocolates & Confexxions

Hexx is a complete bean-to-bar operation connected to Paris Hotel right on the Las Vegas Strip.

It is the ONLY bean-to-bar facility in Las Vegas. My first question?  What's a nice craft chocolate 

operation doing in Sin City?  Answer - everything you would hope and more. 

FCIA will be telling you more in the coming days.  Until then, check it out here . . .

HEXX chocolate & confexxions - Paris Las Vegas

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Diary of a (Slightly) Mad Chocolate Event Planner

FCIA's Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2016 in New York was a big success with 270 in attendance.  
Would you like to know what a major chocolate event looks like from an insider’s point of view?

That's me smiling at the camera with Pam Williams, Past-President of FCIA

Karen Bryant (left), Executive Director of FCIA with Past President Pam Williams.  
Read Red, White & Chocolate for the inside scoop.

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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!

Candy Industry  
Casa Luker
 Chef Rubber

Cocoa Town

Dessert Professional

Diamond Custome Machines


ECOM Trading






Manufacturing Confectioner



Oro Maya

Perfect Puree

Savage Bros

TCF Sales




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Executive Director: Karen Bryant / 1.206.577.9983 / Email Karen
For membership and event registration inquiries: Stephanie Bechel / 1.412.241.3172 / Email Stephanie
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