As a leading source for training and education, PMCA continues to serve the confectionery and snack industry with new virtual offerings. 

In its Virtual Confectionery Learning Series, expert teams demonstrate a recipe or technique from start to finish over the course of 60-90 minutes. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session and enjoy access to the recording afterward so they can experiment at home or in the lab.

In addition, attendees are provided with a tangible takeaway relevant to the session, such as a recipe, guide or paper. Participating companies so far include Barry Callebaut, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, Lindt & Sprüngli and Tomric Systems, Inc. Watch for more upcoming demos, including panning and chocolate enrobing. 

On its Research Chat Podcast, PMCA sits down with university advisors, students and industry professionals to examine the research that goes into the sweet treats everyone loves. Learn how research benefits universities, students and businesses and why it is so important to the confectionery industry. Participating schools include Drexel University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Pennsylvania State University and Utah State University. 

Confectionerily Speaking highlights PMCA leaders in a relaxed, interview-style setting where they share their backgrounds, values, favorite memories and more. Whether you’ve known them for years or have yet to meet, you’ll leave the conversation feeling like you’ve spent a few minutes with longtime industry pals. 

PMCA members enjoy free access to its online database containing papers, videos and presentations from past conferences. 

“PMCA offers confectionery professionals a thriving community of leaders, educators, mentors and friends who inspire passion and enthusiasm in those wishing to enhance their careers in the industry and help their companies create products that bring people joy,” said Yvette Thomas, PMCA COO.

PMCA’s Annual Production Conference, set for April 12-14, 2021, features presentations on essential and trending topics. A supplier exhibition, educational sessions featuring demos and tasting samples and many networking opportunities are all part of the experience. For the first time, our program will include virtual options for those unable to attend in person.