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    Star Pastry Chefs and Chocolatiers Headline Gourmet Special at All Candy Expo

    VIENNA, Va. -- Well-known personalities in the confectionery industry, including Joseph Schmidt, Patrick Peeters, Donald Wressell, and Jacques Torres, will highlight all that is gourmet at the 2007 All Candy Expo, said show organizers.

    VIENNA, Va. -- Well-known personalities in the confectionery industry, including Joseph Schmidt, Patrick Peeters, Donald Wressell, and Jacques Torres, will highlight all that is gourmet at the 2007 All Candy Expo, said show organizers.

    The candy luminaries will participate in "A Taste of Gourmet," the interactive centerpiece of the Gourmet Marketplace, an all-new addition to the Expo, which will be held Sept. 17-19 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

    More than 40 exhibitors of specialty and gourmet sweets and snacks will be on the show floor. "With gourmet confectionery and snack product sales increasing in the double digits year after year, we recognized a need for a dedicated area on the show floor," said Larry Graham, president of the National Confectioners Association, the show's sponsor. "The premiere of the Gourmet Marketplace this year will provide additional visibility for the niche and mainstream gourmet exhibitors as well as hosting more purchasing opportunities for the specialty buyers."

    The 2007 All Candy Expo will feature nearly 500 domestic and international exhibitors including more than 130 new companies, showcasing the latest in confectionery, cookie and snack products. For more information, visit www.AllCandyExpo.com or call (703) 790-5750.

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