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The Confectionery Institute

Thank You

We’d like to thank some of the new businesses who attended our seminar “Sweet Entrepreneurship: Starting a Small Candy Business” at the January Show in Oaks, PA.

  • Creative Favors, Inc. at Lake Worth, FL
  • East Coast Sweets of Wilmington, DE
  • Foxtrot Chocolate in Baltimore, MD
  • Kandy Korner of Cape Cod, MA
  • Kelville Hand Crusted Chocolate from upstate MA
  • Lore’s Chocolate from Mohnton, PA
  • Marshmallow MBA of Red Lion, PA
  • The Candy & Nut Shop in Ashland, OH
  • The Chocolate Bon Bons in Westchester, PA

Who We Are

RCAP LogoThe 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.

What We Do

RCAP LogoOur goals are simple: inform, educate, and 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 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. It is the largest trade show dedicated to the retail confectioner and attracts exhibitors, attendees and speakers from across the country and around the world. Admission to these shows is free of charge for trade members.

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.) Originally housed in Philadelphia’s Broadwood Hotel (then the Ben Franklin Hotel), the Show continued to grow steadily.

With its dedication to service, RCAP has provided the show at NO ADMISSION CHARGED TO THE TRADE, and at unmatched low cost to exhibitors. The show has been possible by the dedication of untold individuals over the decades; as well as the enthusiasm of RCAP members at large. Early committee pioneers of the Show were Harry Nuss, James Asher, Philip Wunderle III, Bill Medlicott Sr., Bud Asher, Jack Lees, Marty Bevan, Peter Gerhard, and Erwin von Allmen. The current Committee is chaired by Bill Westernman and Vice Chairman Dave Giambri.

RCAP welcomes special challenges of the 21st century. We strive to maintain the personal touch that established the show's industry preeminence. With our members and enthusiasm, we look forward to growth as we become a world-class event from the humble beginnings of a unique local organization, the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia.

Some of the Benefits you will Experience with RCAP

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.

Some of the Companies that are Represented

Years in Service

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.

Customers Served

Companies Represented

Members & Associated Members

Currently, we have over 300 active and associate members through out the United States and Canada.

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