Bakers Journal

Chocolate show returns to Chicago

May 13, 2013
By Laura Aiken

chocolate_0002wMay 13, 2013, Chicago – The National
Chocolate & Dessert Show
(NCDS) returns to Chicago’s Navy Pier
on Oct. 20 to 22, as the nation’s only trade show dedicated to the chocolate
and dessert industry.  

With more than 27 years’ experience organizing
events and trade shows, president Mario Pi explains the need for the NCDS, in a
media statement: “From mass production to artisan chocolatiers, chocolate and dessert
producers have an artisan craftsmanship that requires specialty equipment, a
concentrated focus on ingredients, and constant upkeep of the latest industry
trends. We wanted to make it easy for both foodservice operators and retail
buyers to have all the broader elements needed to build a chocolate or dessert
program in one place with the focused objectives needed to address the niche

This year’s NCDS has an international
presence with cocoa supplier Cacao San
and the Indonesian and Ecuadorian Trade Councils. Exhibitors
cover topics such as specialty equipment, as well as access to the portfolio of
chocolate products from distributors.

The show will address attendee needs
during educational conference programming on topics such as sourcing (fair
trade vs. organic), consumer trends, and business advice.

The NCDS overlaps with the consumer Chicago Fine
Chocolate & Dessert Show
, which takes place Friday, Oct. 18 to
20. Sunday attendees will have access to the consumer show to gain perspective
from small artisan chocolatiers and pastry chefs as well as monitor consumer
interests and tastes. Attendee registration opens May 15 for the NCDS, and
registration will launch free of charge to attendees. Exhibitor registration is

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