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FCIA Educational Webinar Series

"Through their events, the Fine Chocolate Industry Association offers its members and guests a unique and wonderful opportunity to learn more about the world of chocolate and its on-going evolution as well as sharing on a one-on-one basis its knowledge, achievements and experiences. This is a unique forum not to be missed!" Jacques De Waele, Savage Bros. Co.

Chef Gonzalo Jimenez to host fCIA Webinar in Spanish 

Upcoming events

    • March 04, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • FCIA Zoom
    Registration is closed

     


    Building a Million Dollar eCommerce Business

     

      


    Thursday, March 4, 2021

    Presented by:

    Ori Zohar | Co-Founder, Burlap and Barrel


    Join Burlap & Barrel co-founder Ori Zohar as he shares tips and tricks for going from zero to $1 million in eCommerce sales. Burlap & Barrel is a social enterprise that sources incredibly flavorful single origin spices directly from smallholder farmers around the world. During the pandemic, their business shifted from primarily working with restaurants and grocery stores to providing home cooks with spices through their website, while significantly growing.

    There isn't a silver bullet, but Ori will share:

    • How to really listen to and connect with your customers
    • How to build a high converting eCommerce site
    • How to find customers without advertising


    Registration deadline for live webinar is March 2, 2021


    March 4, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here

    • March 11, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • FCIA Zoom
    Register



    Heirloom Cacao Preservation 

    Sharing the Story with Customers

       

    Thursday, March 11, 2021

    If a customer asks what does HCP designation mean for chocolate, how do you respond? Join HCP Executive Director, Anne Zacek as leads a conversation on how tell the story of heirloom cacao to educate consumers and raise awareness of the beans, regions, and farmers. The panelists bring diverse perspectives that span from the farm to retail shelf.

    Panelists:

    Matt Caputo, Caputo's Market

    Jacob Marlin, BFREE

    Jenny Samaniego, Conexion Chocolate


    Registration deadline for live webinar is March 9, 2021


    March 11, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here

    • March 16, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    Register

    Regional Member Virtual Meetup

    For Central and Mountain Regions 

    Virtual Member Meetup For Central and Mountain Regions

    March 16, 2021 

    4:00 - 5:00 p.m. MST | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. CST 

    FCIA is experimenting with a virtual regional meetup format as we navigate ways to serve our members in a time where in-person gatherings are restricted. After hosting our first successful virtual regional meetup last year, we are ready to connect with members in the Mountain and Central time zones. In order to ensure enough time for participants to interact, we have capped attendance to 30 people.


    Hosts

    Bill Guyton-Executive Director FCIA


    Brad Kintzer - Chief Chocolate Maker, TCHO and

    FCIA Board President


    Karen Fienberg - Owner, The Chocolate Enthusiast and

    FCIA Education Committee Member

    Focus

    New Member Introductions and Conversation


    Icebreaker Questions

    select one of the three questions below to answer during meetup

    1. try a bar from another company that intrigues you and share with the group what drew you to it, flavor, packaging, origin etc. 
    2. find a chocolate themed podcast or youtube channel that you liked and share with the group
    3. top 3 chocolate festivals you have attended, exhibited at or are on your bucket list and why


    Audience

    Limited to members based in Mountain and Central Time Zones  



    Agenda 

    Welcome and Trends - Brad (10 min)

    Regional Meetup Concept - Karen  (5 min)

    Moderated session: Bill Guyton                 

    New Membership Introductions (15 min) 

    Open Discussion (30 min)

    Wrap Up - Brad (5 min) 


    Register by March 14, 2021

    Register

    • March 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCIA Zoom
    Register



    Latin American Women Leaders in Fine Chocolate and Cacao

       

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

    Details to be announced soon


    Registration deadline for live webinar is March 16, 2021


    March 18, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here

    • March 25, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCIA Zoom
    Register



    Luker Chocolate

       

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

    Details to be announced soon


    Registration deadline for live webinar is March 23, 2021


    March 25, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here

    • April 01, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCIA Zoom
    Register



    Kahkow Chocolate

       

    Thursday, April 1, 2021

    Details to be announced soon


    Registration deadline for live webinar is March 30, 2021


    April 1, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here

    • April 08, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCIA Zoom
    Register



     American Women Leaders in

    Fine Chocolate and Cacao

       

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

    Details to be announced soon


    Registration deadline for live webinar is April 6, 2021


    April 8, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here

    • April 15, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCIA Zoom
    Register


    Creating a Revenue-Focused Social Media Strategy for 2021


      

    Thursday, April 15, 2021


    While likes and shares may feel good, many companies fall into the trap of solely measuring vanity metrics. Yet, a revenue-focused social media strategy has the potential to add real dollars to the bottom line. In this webinar, Shawn Wenner, Owner of Pastry Arts Magazine, will share Facebook and Instagram techniques and strategies – both organic and paid – that can turn your social media accounts into viable sales channels.


    Registration deadline for live webinar is April 15, 2021

    April 15, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here


    Members must be logged into FCIA website in order to receive complimentary registration for this webinar. A separate email will be sent out through Zoom with the link to access the live webinar the day before the webinar.

    • April 22, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCIA Zoom
    Register



     Market Growth for Traditional Cacao Varieties in Peru and Mexico

       

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    Attendees will learn:

    1. Growth in specialty markets has increased producers awareness and skills in supply a high quality product.
    2. Diversification of cacao markets provides many opportunities for smallholders and small scale processors.
    3. Increased market sophistication and agility will be needed to take full advantage of these changing market realities


    Registration deadline for live webinar is April 20, 2021


    April 22, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here

Past events

February 25, 2021 Sensible Indulgence
February 18, 2021 Bonbons, Bourbon, and Beer
February 11, 2021 Latin American Women Leaders in Fine Chocolate & Cacao
January 28, 2021 FCIA Membership Assembly
January 28, 2021 Think Outside the Booth: Maximize Your Chocolate Festival Experience
January 14, 2021 Descubriendo el mundo del chocolate y su pre cristalización
December 17, 2020 The Nitty Gritty of Building Your Company: Branding, Scaling Operations and Finances, Tackling Obstacles Along the Way
December 10, 2020 Participating in Virtual Trade Shows
December 03, 2020 The Art of Flavor and How to Celebrate it Through Pairings
November 20, 2020 Impact and Adaptations of COVID-19 on Fine Chocolate
November 19, 2020 Specialty Cacao in Mexico
November 12, 2020 Cocoa Flavors From Africa
November 05, 2020 Demo - Gananche
October 22, 2020 Overcoming Defects in Temper
October 15, 2020 Hosting Online Tastings and Demos
October 08, 2020 Merchandising for the Holidays - Curating an Experience That Sells
September 24, 2020 B-Corp Status - The Benefits to Fine Chocolate Companies
September 23, 2020 Planning For the Holidays to Maximize Your Business Success
September 16, 2020 Post Harvest Practices to Maximize Flavor
September 10, 2020 Classic and Caramel Cremeux with Valrhona Chocolate
August 03, 2020 Artisan Chocolate and the Hershey Company, a Business Case for Corporate Dissonance
July 28, 2020 Artisan Chocolate and the Hershey Company, a Business Case for Corporate Dissonance
July 23, 2020 Breaking Barriers: FCIA Strategies for Supporting Minority-Owned Fine Chocolate Businesses
July 21, 2020 Tempering Chocolate - Demonstration and Discussion of Techniques
July 16, 2020 Colored Cocoa Butter - hosted by Netflix "Nailed It" Pastry Chef Charity George
July 09, 2020 FCIA Educational Webinar Series - Cocoa Butter Part 1- Video and Discussion on Temperature and Methods (spraying/painting/splattering)
May 27, 2020 Online Cacao & Chocolate Summit
March 05, 2020 FCIA's Elevate Chocolate & Trade Fair 2020
January 19, 2020 FCIA Fine Chocolate Pavilion at SFA Fancy Food Show
August 25, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northern California
August 13, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern States
June 22, 2019 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2019
June 09, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern California
May 16, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America
January 12, 2019 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2019
October 21, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - New England
June 30, 2018 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2018
June 03, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northern California
May 04, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America
April 26, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northwest
March 29, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Upper MidWest
March 16, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - SouthWest States
March 14, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern States
January 20, 2018 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2018
October 18, 2017 FCIA Texas Regional Meet-Up
June 24, 2017 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2017
January 21, 2017 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2017
September 12, 2016 ECOM Ecuadorian Cacao Experince
June 25, 2016 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2016
January 16, 2016 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2016
June 27, 2015 FCIA: Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2015(Members login to get your discounted registration)
January 10, 2015 FCIA Winter Event 2015 (Members login to get your discounted registration)
June 28, 2014 FCIA Summer Event 2014
January 18, 2014 FCIA Winter Event 2014 (Members login to get your discounted registration)
October 20, 2013 FCIA Networking Party: Chicago-Midwest Region
June 29, 2013 FCIA Summer Event
January 19, 2013 FCIA 2013 Winter Event
June 16, 2012 FCIA's 2012 Summer Event
January 14, 2012 FCIA's January 14th Event: Fine Cacao...Protect the Species & Share the Passion!
July 11, 2011 FCIA / USDA-ARS Tour Confirmation
July 09, 2011 FCIA - 2011 Summer Event - The Future of Fine Flavor Cacao
January 15, 2011 2011 Winter Event
June 26, 2010 Registration for the FCIA Summer Event on June 26th in New York City
January 16, 2010 Join us for the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Party
January 16, 2010 January 16th Program: Mystery, Myths, and Facts of Chocolate Health Benefits
June 27, 2009 FCIA Members, Friends, & Industry Cocktail Reception
June 27, 2009 June 2009 Educational Session
June 27, 2009 June Members Only Networking Session & All Members Meeting- 2009

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