The Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia was founded in 1918 for the purpose of sharing information and knowledge about candy making and retailing among Philadelphia area confectioners. Currently, we ave over 300 active and associate members throughout the United States and Canada.
Our goals are simple: inform, educate, enlighten. From independently owned mom and pop businesses to large, multi-million dollar corporations, we aim to provide a network for confectioners to share ideas, solve problems, and to develop their candy making skills.
The RCAP is perhaps best known as the sponsor of the Philadelphia National Candy Gift and Gourmet Show held twice a year in Atlantic City, NJ. It is the largest trade show dedicated to the retail confectioner, and attracts exhibitors and speakers from across the country and around the world. Admission to these shows, and all educational seminars, are free of charge for trade members.
We also sponsor plant tours, educational meetings and a 3-day Spring getaway tour.
The Philadelphia National Candy Gift and Gourmet Show is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia (RCAP). The RCAP, a non-profit Trade Association, was founded in 1918 for the purpose of sharing information and knowledge about candy making and retailing among Philadelphia area confectioners. Over the years, the local focus has expanded and the RCAP currently has over 300 active and associate members throughout the United States and Canada. Today these candy makers and suppliers still share information to maintain a very high quality chocolate and hard candy. The Association holds educational meetings, plant tours, a spring getaway tour, and two national candy, gift & gourmet trade shows and each year.
The History of the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show was Founded in 1949 by a few local suppliers displaying at Christmas and Easter RCAP meetings, it was an instant success. Eight original exhibitors continue today. They are Asher’s Chocolates, Buy-Vue Displays, Casani Candy Co., Crawford Candies (Plantation Candies, Inc), Koppers Chocolate Specialty Co., Merckens Chocolate Co., and Nestle Co. (Peter’s Chocolate Co.) Housed in Philadelphia’s Broadwood Hotel then the Ben Franklin Hotel, the Show grew steadily. In 1961 it was moved to the Exhibit Hall of the Sheraton at what is now Philadelphia’s Suburban Station. Exhibitors numbered 35, some with multiple booths. In 1974 the Show celebrated 25th year with 20 “originals” still in the Buyer’s Guide. By the mid-eighties, relocation was critical to accommodate continued expansion, and in 1984 the Show moved to the Valley Forge Convention Center. By then, 85 exhibitors were showing, many with expanded multi-booth displays. Attendance soared into the thousands, and by 1989 floor space had doubled again. In 2006, the show moved to The Atlantic City Convention Center in order to accommodate all exhibitors on one show floor, and provide a destination for attendees to incorporate business, networking opportunities and fun into their visit to the show.
With its dedication to service, RCAP has provided the show at NO ADMISSION CHARGED TO THE TRADE, and at unmatched low cost to exhibitors. Show management is the responsibility of volunteers, as is the floor operations. Free educational seminars with complimentary Continental Breakfast are open to buyers, and there are no schedule conflicts with the “all business” concentration of the Show. All of this effort has enjoyed the dedication of untold individuals over the decades, as well as the spirit of Philadelphia RCAP people at large. The original Committee members who pioneered the Show were Harry Nuss, James Asher, and Philip Wunderle III, Present Chairman Emeritus. Later, the reins were picked up by Bill Medlicott Sr. and Bud Asher. The next committee was led by Chairman, Jack Lees, with members Marty Bevan, Peter Gerhard, and Erwin von Allmen. The current Committee is chaired by Bill Westernman and Vice Chairman Dave Giambri, Joe Crevino as Secretary, Don Spillane as Treasurer, Seminar Director Bruce Smith. As we are in the 21st Century, RCAP will welcome its special challenges… especially maintaining the intensely personal touches that have established its preeminence, as attendance and exhibitor numbers soar. With our people and their enthusiasm, confidence is easy to sense as we become a world-class event by a unique local organization… Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia.
Some of the Companies that are Represented
You will be networking with folks with years of candy making experience
You will be visiting other candy shops to pick up new ideas.
You will meet some of the most successful folks in our industry.
You will have your own set of candy resources for problem solving.
You will have great training opportunities at your finger tips.
You will be able to contribute to the growth of the candy industry.
You will know the latest trends and what trends are over.
The Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia was founded in 1918 for the purpose of sharing information and knowledge about candy making and retailing among Philadelphia area confectioners.
Currently, we ave over 300 active and associate members throught the United States and Canada.
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