"The Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show may not be the largest industry trade show, but it definitely has heart and soul. You will get to meet many family business owners along with working directly with vendors to find collaborations that will work specially for your business. "
Julia Birnn Fields, Birnn Chocolates of Vermont
"The ideal trade show to make important decisions. This is not a big show. You do not have to run through the show in a rush. You can visit the same booth several times. You can learn from other chocolatiers. "
Frank from Coe & Dru, Coe & Dru of California
" Attendees get the opportunity to view latest innovations in the Confectionery industry. "
Paul from Chocolate Packaging Concepts , Chocolate Packaging Concepts LLC
"For us, the location is much better as we are in PA and we are able to drive to the location and it's not as congested as Atlantic City."
Tracy of Dutch Valley Foods, Dutch Valley Food Distributors
"For attendees, it's a great opportunity to see what's new, meet the owners/employees of the companies they patronize, and sometimes get a show discount on products they would buy anyway."
Juli of CakeSafe, CakeSafe
"We've developed a lot of strong relationships with the vendors at your show and use many of them including Birnn Chocolates, Albanese, Duerr Packaging, Mod-Pac, Linneas and several others. I'm really excited that you're moving the show to Hershey PA."
Dave from The Capitol Candy Jar in Washington, DC, The Capital Candy Jar
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 have over 300 active and associate members throughout the United States and Canada.
Our 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
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