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Top 5 Reasons to Join RCI in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Wednesday, August 9, 2017  
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SPRINGFIELD, MO – August 9, 2017 – Albuquerque, New Mexico is the destination for Retail Confectioners International’s (RCI) Fall Regional Conference. If you’re a candy maker, chocolatier or industry supplier, keep reading for the top 5 reasons why you should join RCI in the “Land of Enchantment” October 4-6, 2017.

1. Experience the most photographed event in the world.

Extend your stay to experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta—the largest hot air balloon festival and the most photographed event in the world. Conference goers can take advantage of a special partnership between RCI and Tour New Mexico to receive a discount on general admission and avoid the congested traffic and parking conditions of an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Visit for more details.

2. Explore a UNESCO-designated Creative City.

Explore a UNESCO-designated Creative City (one of only six in the United States) by attending RCI’s optional trip to nearby Santa Fe on Wednesday, October 4. Attendees will have plenty of time to explore the second oldest city in the United States, following a guided walking tour, visiting such landmarks as the “miraculous staircase” at the Chapel of Loretto as well as the San Miguel Chapel, which is the oldest church in the United States, built between 1610 and 1626. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views from atop Sandia Crest returning to Albuquerque via the historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway.

3. Turn up the heat with the flavors of New Mexico.

Discover the distinctly local flavors of New Mexico, such as red and green chiles and piñon nuts, while touring innovative businesses who have distinguished themselves by utilizing these local ingredients to create unique products, during RCI’s popular behind-the-scenes tours. Taste and see why long-time RCI member, Buffett’s Candies has developed a reputation for their use of piñon nuts, which is unique to the southwest region. Other tours will include the Buffett family’s Popcorn Cannery, where they manufacture over 20 flavors of popcorn. Attendees will also tour one of the largest coffee roasters in the state, New Mexico Piñon Coffee, praised for their sweet and nutty custom pinon-flavored blends. During tours, attendees will experience the production sides of these facilities in order to gain perspective and inspire new ideas to use in their own businesses.

4. Learn how to look at your business with fresh eyes.

Learn how taking a different approach toward common business and industry concepts such as growth, leadership, communication, flavor development and sales can help you take your business to the next level in this thought-provoking lineup of education:

  • A Fresh Look at Growing a Business
  • Leadership: New Mexico Style
  • Learn the Language of Chocolate
  • Local Flavor: Truffle Demo
  • Optimizing Sales by Targeting Mobile

5. Watch authentic Flamenco come alive before your eyes.

Experience the passion and energy of flamenco come alive during a private performance at Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque. Attendees are sure to delight in the authentic Sevilla tapas served at this unique farewell reception Friday, October 6.

Although RCI has traveled to 35 states (plus Washington D.C.), 16 countries and four continents over the trade association’s lifetime, RCI has never traveled to New Mexico. Making this a long-awaited destination for many members looking to gain inspiration from the state’s distinctive culture and heritage.

“You never know what will spark the next great idea. At RCI, we enjoy creating event experiences that encourage the generation of new ideas,” says Angie Burlison, RCI’s Executive Director. “We support many small-to-midsize businesses who can use flexibility to their advantage to implement such ideas as a means to standout in their communities, as well in the industry.”

Registration for RCI’s fall regional event is welcome to members and non-members online at Additional event details such as schedule, registration and hotel information may also be found there. Register by this Friday, August 11 and save up to $100!



Lacey Hesse, Marketing Manager
417-883-2775 or 800-545-5381





Retail Confectioners International (RCI) is a not-for-profit trade association serving the confectionery industry.  Based in Springfield, MO, RCI has represented the interests of confectionery manufacturing retailers and promoted public interest in these products for 100 years. RCI provides a forum for confectioners to network, share ideas and develop their candy-making and entrepreneurial skills. For more information, please visit