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  • The annual production conference is our signature event and is known as one of the premier technical conferences in the world.

  • PMCA celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007.

  • Short courses in confectionery technology provide scientific and hands-on learning experiences.

  • Currently PMCA has 280 member companies representing 13 different countries.

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“Everybody involved in the organization has a passion. It is a wonderful organization, with wonderful people. They are so open.”

Member Benefits at a Glance

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Monthly newsletter and member communications

Discount registration for production conference, short courses and other offerings

Ability to reserve a booth space for supplier exhibition

Job postings for your company

Various networking opportunities

Join a committee – learn, network and drive activity

Contribution and recognition opportunities

Interested in learning more? Browse through our detailed lists of member facts and highlights.

  • The PMCA Annual Production Conference is the association’s signature event and is known as one of the premier technical conferences in the world.
  • The conference is attended by 700+ industry personnel both domestic and international.
  • The conference includes a half-day supplier exhibition including an interactive commodity display and a hosted lunch for all attendees.
  • The conference features a half-day Basics and Beyond training series on varying technical processes which includes live demonstrations and tasting samples.
  • The PMCA Annual Golf Tournament is held each year prior to the start of the conference.
  • The Tuesday evening dinner banquet includes award presentations and a keynote address speaker.
  • PMCA distributes its highly anticipated candy bag following the Tuesday dinner. The candy bag is a robust collection of packaged candy donations from many companies.
  • Full conference registrants receive a complimentary copy of the conference proceedings in electronic format when published in the fall.
  • PMCA short courses in confectionery technology provide a mix of classroom and practical, hands-on learning experiences.
  • The courses are usually 3-4 days in duration and are held at the facilities of a confectionery manufacturer or an approved university facility. They are conducted by well-qualified instructors who are recognized experts in the field.
  • Students receive a certificate of completion and a set of comprehensive course materials.
  • Visit our short course page to learn more.
  • PMCA’s Research Committee oversees one of the association’s core areas. It provides grant-in-aid for confectionery-related research projects at leading universities with top food science and related programs. Results of the funded research are available free to PMCA members, and are often presented at the annual production conference.
  • This committee hosts a webinar series on topics of importance to the confectionery and related industries. Webinars are typically complimentary for member companies.
  • The Student Outreach Program was developed in 2007 during the PMCA centennial year. The program is designed to engage young participants in various industry activities through participation in the PMCA Annual Production Conference.
  • Student program offers include:
    • Complimentary attendance for the full conference
    • Copy of the Basics and Beyond Technical Resource Volume I
    • Networking opportunities with industry professionals
    • Mentor program
    • Certificate of program participation recognition from the PMCA president
    • Special student recognition during the conference
  • Many students have gained employment in the industry through the PMCA student program.