By Bill Guyton, FCIA Executive Director
Are you seeking ways to better promote your products to retailers, consumers, and specialty food buyers? Would you like to learn and share experiences with other leaders in fine chocolate industry? Would you like to sell product during a conference in order to cover travel costs? Are you looking for guidance on growing or expanding your business? FCIA has two upcoming events in 2020 to help you accomplish these goals.
Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
First, we are excited to announce a new partnership with the Specialty Food Association (SFA) for their upcoming Fancy Food Show in San Francisco on January 19-21, 2020. We will host our first ever FCIA Fine Chocolate Pavilion at SFA Fancy Food Show, offering a limited number of exhibit kiosks at the amazing price of $1,200. In addition, FCIA will have a stage area for guest speakers, tastings, and pairing demonstrations over the three days to further promote our members, their products, and fine chocolate in general. FCIA members will also receive deep discounts on registration to the Fancy Food Show to attend the Pavilion and Education forums if they are unable to get or didn't want a kiosk. This is a great way to showcase your products to retailers. For more details, please contact Bill Guyton or Nicole Price.
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Second, we have partnered with the Craft Chocolate Experience in San Francisco, March 2020. FCIA will hold our Elevate Chocolate Event on March 5-6, 2020 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, directly before the Craft Chocolate Experience consumer festival. Elevate Chocolate will have nine educational workshops and general sessions on key topics important to your business. We are also replacing and expanding the Gallery Showcase with our first ever FCIA Trade Fair. This will be a perfect exhibit space for chocolate makers, chocolatiers, bean traders, farmer groups, equipment suppliers, and our affiliated partners to promote their products and organizations. Our goal is to double the number of exhibitors from last year. Please contact Bill Guyton or Nicole Price for details.
In addition to these two events, FCIA is also preparing for June 2020 in New York. Details will follow.
We are as always very thankful to our affiliate partners who provide discounts to FCIA members attending their events. I have personally had the pleasure to attend the Dallas Chocolate Festival last month, and the New England Chocolate Festival this past week in Boston. Next month I will be joining our member companies for the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle and then heading to Salon du Chocolat in New York. Congratulations to the organizers of these events who are helping to promote our industry in many different geographies.