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Membership General Assembly

8:00 - 9:00 AM  
FCIA Membership Assembly Meeting (members and invited guests only)

      • FCIA's President's Remarks and FCIA Organizational Update: Clark Guittard, Bill Guyton
      • Committee Panel Reports: Jean Thompson, Jenna Derhammer, Dan Domingo, John Kehoe
      • ICCO Director General Remarks: Michel Arrion


9:00 - 9:15 AM


Theme 1: Value Chain Partnerships, Sourcing, Quality Standards & Sensory 
Theme 2: Product Development & Innovations
Theme 3: Communications & Market Research


Session 1 (9:15 - 10:15 AM)
Theme 1: Quality Cocoa in Vietnam: Sylvestre Awono, Sonia Gregor (Eric Lampman, moderator)

Theme 2: Aromatics and the Chocolatier: Nikki Woolfolk (Mark Harman, moderator)

Theme 3: A Panel Discussion on Marketing and Media in the Fine Chocolate Industry: Jenny Samaniego, Regina Varolli,
Håkan Mårtensson (Jenna Derhammer, moderator)

Break (10:15 - 10:30 AM)

Session 2 (10:30 AM - 11:30 PM)
Theme 1: Transparent Trade: The Future of Ethical Sourcing: Emily Stone, Nathan Hodge (Dan Domingo, moderator)

Theme 2: 
 Using Chocolate As a Chef: Angelina Jacobs (Pam Williams, moderator)

Theme 3: Building Consumer Demand in the Craft Chocolate Market: Brad Kintzer, Greg D'Alesandre, Etienne Patout (Lauren Adler, moderator)

Break (11:30 - 11:45 AM)

Session 3 (11:45 AM - 12:45 PM)
Theme 1: Overcoming Farmer Obstacles in the Dominican Republic: Massimilianio Wax (John Kehoe, moderator)

Theme 2: 
 Building Institutional Understanding of Chocolate Flavor: Martin Christy (Maricel Presilla, moderator) (Attendees please bring an iPhone or tablet to this session)

Theme 3: Scaling Craft Chocolate: Maintaining Quality: Lorenzo Datei, Jael Rattigan (Greg D'Alesandre, moderator)


12:45 - 1:45 PM 

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


1:45 - 2:45 PM 

Theme 1: Chocolatiers Huddle (Rich Tango-Lowy)

Theme 2: Chocolate Makers Huddle (Lauren Adler)

Theme 3: Pastry Chef Huddle (Greg D'Alesandre)


2:45 - 3:00 PM

Silent Auction Bidding & Partnership Exhibits

Plenary Discussion

3:00 - 5:00 PM  

  • Panel: Future Foundations for Fine Chocolate Demand (Greg D'Alesandre, Arun Viswanathan, Jeffrey Lee, Martin Christy as moderator)
  • Panel: Future Foundations for Fine Cocoa Supply: MOCCA Program Announcement (Carolina Aguilar, Brigitte Laliberte, Darin Sukha, Bill Guyton)
  • HCP Update (Pam Williams, Ed Seguine, Anne Zaczek)
  • FCIA Recognition Awards (Clark Guittard, Brad Kintzer)

Gallery Showcase

5:00 - 7:30 PM 

Gallery Showcase, Chocolate Sampling Table, Bidding on Not So Silent Auction Items  

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

Think you've seen it all in chocolate? We will have the rare treat of experiencing chocolate in ways you've probably never seen before! Watch internationally known chocolate sculptor, FCIA member Paul Joachim from The Chocolate Genius, sculpt live during the Gallery Showcase in celebration of the FCIA and sustainable sourcing of fine cacao.

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