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(continued NCA's Sweets and Snacks from previous column)
Hershey's exhibit captures the Sweet & Salty! trend.
At Innovation Avenue, Dolce Italian Sweets showcases its niche specialty imports. Candymail's sampling reveals soft-coated, fresh ingredient centers in flavors shown above.
Fruitivity Snacks capitalizes on Unique Flavor! trend using apple chips soaked in 100 percent fruit juice before drying.
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(PMCA Production Conference from previous column)
At the Tuesday night dinner, Walter Vink offered the blessing. Special guests were introduced from visiting associations, including Laura Shumow, of National Confectioners Association and Lacey Hesse, of Retail Confectioners International.
(Above, from left) PMCA Program Committee Chair Judy Cooley, of Global Confection Connections LLC, presents Marie Kelso Memorial Award to Jeffrey Bogusz, Ferrara USA. Bogusz is honored for his 2017 Production Conference Presentation: Panning Equipment - Classic, Belt, Automated and Future State of the Art.
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Dinner speaker Peter Greweling (above, right) of The Culinary Institute of America, inspired the audience with a hands-on presentation, “Chocolate Geodes: Dazzling & Delicious.” Attendees had the chance to perform on stage wearing hard hats to “mine” the confectionery geodes.
Wednesday’s closing day presentations highlighted post-harvest processing, roasting of cocoa beans and conching processes.
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(Fruit display continued from previous column)
Marlene Stauffer, Blommer Chocolate Company, and co-lead of the PMCA Hosted sub-committee, presents unusual fruit flavors to taste.
Special Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree highlights list of fruits on display.