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Retail Confectioners International Inducts Four New Members to Board

Retail Confectioners International (RCI) inducted four new members to its board of directors during RCI’s Annual Convention & Industry Expo in Lombard, Illinois.

Each June RCI inducts new board members and recognizes the years of service from members whose terms are expiring. Joining the ranks of confectionery leaders throughout the association’s 100-year anniversary, RCI welcomed the following members to its 2017-2018 board of directors:

  • Erika Dietsch Brokamp, Dietsch Brothers, Findlay, Ohio
  • Anna Dolle Bushnell, Dolle’s Candyland, Inc., Ocean City, Maryland
  • Pam Hartley, Joy Lyn’s Candies, Paradise, California
  • Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co., Rockland, Maine

Additionally, Steve Vande Walle of Vande Walle’s Candies in Appleton, Wisconsin, was inducted to serve as the 2017-2018 President of the board of directors, and Joe Reiser of Winans Fine Chocolates + Coffees was inducted as the Third Vice President.

“It is truly an exciting time to be RCI’s president of the board of directors,” says Vande Walle. “I look forward to welcoming the fresh ideas and perspectives of the new board members as we continue our mission of serving the needs of retail chocolate and candy makers.”


Chimay Introduces Chimay Grande Reserve Barrel Aged Rhum Edition

For the first time, Chimay has utilized its original Christmas brew, Chimay Grande Réserve, with triple fermentation and maturation in wooden barrels to create their latest addition to the Chimay Trappist family — Chimay Grande Réserve Barrel Aged Rhum Edition. The flavor profile of this brew not only embodies its original characteristics of Grande Réserve with a fresh yeast fragrance, slight notes of caramel and vanilla, but also builds the profile to include an incomparable rounded, oak flavor.

The unique triple fermentation process starts during the brewing process, then in the wood cask, and lastly in the bottle. For this specific batch, rhum-aged barrels were used to create the third round of Chimay Grande Réserve Barrel Aged Rhum Edition. This edition from February 2017 boasts an excellent blend of characters of Chimay Grande Réserve and Rum. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this Belgian strong ale is an exceptional ale with 10.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Chimay Grande Réserve Barrel Aged is available in the 75 cl (25.4 fl. oz.) bottle format only and is ideally served at cellar temperature (50 to 54°F). It is currently available in the United States (depending on geographic location), and is a rotating item which means it will not be available year-round.

Bellucci On-the-Go EVOO: The Great Flavor of Fresh

With Bellucci’s single-serving On-the-Go EVOO squeeze packs, the great flavor of fresh 100 percent Italian extra virgin olive oil is making a splash, one delicious drizzle at a time.

Visit Bellucci in booth #2758.

Consumers of olive oil will appreciate the convenience of having award-winning 100 percent Italian EVOO by the single serving, especially when they can pop it straight out of a purse, backpack or desk drawer.

On-the-Go EVOO gives office and school lunches, picnics and campfire cooking the opportunity for a healthy boost of flavor, and even meals out on the town can get an upgrade. Salads and sandwiches no longer need be doused in inferior dressings made of myriad non-nutritional ingredients, when a simple, delicious drizzle of extra virgin olive oil is all they need. Meals for people leading active, health-conscious lifestyles just got infinitely easier to make, and EVOO lovers can indulge themselves outside home kitchens without lugging a full bottle, when nuanced flavor on the fly is what they seek.

Available in both 100% Organic Italian and 100% Classic Italian, Bellucci On-the-Go EVOO is milled cooperatively from olives grown on small family groves in rural Italy. Both blends have received awards at international tasting competitions. The company’s commitment to freshness and traditional cultivation and milling practices ensures a robust flavor profile, and the single-serving packs maintain the EVOO at its flavorful and nutritional best. All Bellucci EVOO, including On-the-Go squeeze packs, is fully traceable to its origin in the Italian countryside using the Bellucci App.

The perfect drizzle to bring a ray of sunshine to any meal, Bellucci On-the-Go EVOO brings more pleasure and tastiness to food as far flung as the great outdoors.

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