As consumers become increasingly more conscious of where products come from and under what circumstances they are produced, alternatives to conventional trade models such as Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance certification continue to gain ground. The role of Fair Trade and other certificates play in retail is just one of the key topics that will be addressed by Kip Walk of Blommer Chocolate Company at Retail Confectioners International’s (RCI) 95th Annual Convention and Industry Expo. The annual event for confectionery professionals will be hosted in Brooklyn, New York from June 22-26, 2015. Education is a fundamental component to the attendee experience at the RCI Annual Convention & Industry Expo. “As an association, we exist to help retail confectioners succeed and this event is one of the ways we do that,” said Angie Burlison, RCI Executive Director. “Through formal education sessions as well as the free confectionery suppliers’ expo, we will be providing education that attendees can take back and begin applying in their stores immediately.” Education sessions will be presented on Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. All confectionery professionals are invited to attend. Registration for the convention and expo is required. To register, visit www.retailconfectioners.org.