What PMCA is about
PMCA is an international non-profit trade association of confectionery manufacturers and companies in related industries with membership worldwide.
Founded in 1907 as the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners’ Association by candy manufacturers located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PMCA, as it is now known, today boasts more than 390 members worldwide.
1. To provide an open forum for the free exchange of information
PMCA's Annual Production Conference, held each April in Hershey, Pennsylvania, provides an open forum for the exchange of technical information. Candy manufacturers and their suppliers meet with the goal to continually improve the manufacturing quality of candy by listening to technical presentations, by networking to explore industry issues with other manufacturers, and by viewing supplier exhibits. The technical papers presented are published as the Proceedings in print and in electronic form. Registration is open to manufacturers and suppliers in the confectionery and related industries.
2. To promote and direct basic and applied scientific research
PMCA’s Research Committee directs basic and applied scientific research in the science of chocolate and confectionery at several leading universities. PMCA has endowed a graduate fellowship in Confectionery Food Science at Penn State University.
3. To educate and train confectionery technical personnel worldwide
PMCA’s program of Short Courses in Confectionery Technology offers unique opportunities for member companies to educate and train their technical and manufacturing personnel through courses of three to four days. Usually three to four courses are offered annually, covering a broad range of processes, and the topics are rotated.