Winan’s wins national award

LOMBARD, Ill.— Retail Confectioners International (RCI) is pleased to announce Winans Chocolates + Coffees headquartered in Piqua is a winner of the 2017 Candy Clinic, which took place at RCI’s Annual Convention and Industry Expo in Chicagoland, Ill., on June 14.

More than 400 confectioners and industry suppliers attended the convention week, which include the Industry Expo, confectionery education, Candy Clinic and tours of local candy maker and supplier facilities. Candy Clinic is an opportunity for RCI members to share new product innovations as well as retail and merchandising ideas with fellow candy manufacturers and supplier members. Top honors are awarded to the confectioners with the best idea in a variety of categories.

Winans Chocolates + Coffees won the Candy Clinic Award for Best Christmas, Valentine or Easter Idea. The presentation focused on the BIG MAX Gives Back Easter Campaign Winans sponsored in their Miami County stores where customers helped decide which of five local charities Winans would donate to.

“Each year RCI members look forward to Candy Clinic for new ideas,” said RCI Executive Director Angie Burlison. “Innovation, creative thinking and marketing are hallmarks of successful confectionery businesses across the country and we enjoy being an avenue for idea sharing.”

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