Western Candy Conference

Welcome to the 85th annual Western Candy Conference


Conference Registration and Hotel reservations for the 2018 conference are now open. Western Candy Conference members are invited to login and click the conference tab above to link to the conference registration site.

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Click here to see our speakers for the March 2018 conference
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We invite Confectionery industry associates who have not yet joined Western Candy Conference to click on our Membership tab to learn about applying for membership.

Read Candy Industry magazine's Sun and Shangri-La at the Western Candy Conference, March 2017

Our 2017 conference covered innovations in cyber, commodities, legislation & marketing

Pierson Clair, MS, Senior Director Cyber Security & Investigations, Kroll
Mr. Clair presented: Emerging Cyber Threats and Investigative Trends.
As a Digital Forensic Examiner and Cyber Security educator he trains students in cutting edge device acquisition, investigation methods and Data Breach recovery. As an EnCE certified Senior Digital Forensic Examiner he specializes in OS X and iOS platforms, enterprise networks (including Windows), mobile devices, large scale e-mail processing and advanced video networks - forensic imaging and analysis.

See NBC Nightly News on the text message scam called Smishing

Listen to Digital Production Buzz podcast: How to Keep your Data Safe in the Cloud

Celebrate American manufacturing during your next driving trip. Follow the candy map!

See the Candy and Chocolate Tour Map produced by The Confectionery Foundation. Learn more about the companies which make your favorite confections. Get to know and celebrate American candy manufacturing across the country. The map includes more than 125 chocolatey, sweet, chewy and crunchy destinations which introduce travelers and locals to great American confectionery manufacturers and brands. Visit the candy tour map of factory outlet stores, visitors centers, company stores and factory tours to start your adventure. Made in the USA!

Check out the candy tour map & plan your trip!

Stay current on trending food laws and national regulations which impact your business decision-making

Janet Hickson, Esq., Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Ms. Hickson presented: Product Liability, Recalls and New Regulations. She has considerable experience acting as national discovery counsel for her clients and regularly advises clients on a variety of discovery issues including the development of effective, efficient and defensible electronic discovery procedures. Shook's certifications and specializations include Product Liability and Intellectual Property for manufacturers and distributors. Who’s Who and Law360 named Shook as Product Liability Defense Firm of the Year.

Visit Shook, Hardy & Bacon website to learn about their practice areas including food, beverage, life sciences, personal care and pharmaceutical.

Learn More About Our 2017 Sponsors