Carlo, Sarah, Abigail, Erin, & Sofia (Cordele Photography)
- July 27, 2018
-- Local students Abigail and Sarah Bacci represented with their parents Erin Calvo-Bacci and Carlo Bacci the family business Parent Company to CB Stuffer, Bacci Chocolate Design at the Summer Specialty Food Show in New York City. The tradeshow is an international food show held every summer at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. This is the ninth year CB Stuffer has exhibited and the first time the students could work on the show floor. Abigail is a recent graduated of Reading Memorial High School and will attend the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural in the fall where she will study Food Science. Sarah will enter her second year at Essex Agricultural and Technical School in Danvers in the fall where she studies Environmental Technology. The girls including their younger sister Sofia have grown up in the family business since mom Erin Calvo-Bacci first took over the retail store The Chocolate Truffle in 2003 and then sold that division in 2015. The tradeshow features over 2600 exhibitors and features sessions and talks about the specialty food industry. This year the show was especially focused on the future of food and was an exciting opportunity for Abigail and Sarah to go work the show and learn more and connect companies and food incubators. For Abigail she was most interested in how companies are addressing the global issues and food sustainability, "it was interesting for me to see the innovative approach to alternative proteins such as plant based which will continue to develop as the demand and awareness increase. The message 'There is no planet B' resonates with me and how we address global sustainability which is why I'm interested in Food Science." For Sarah her interest of the show was the Specialty Food Community and addressing the environmental impacts in areas of land usage and packaging so there's less waste and more eco friendly options, "We're not giving the land enough time to replenish itself. Prior to the Industrial Revolution we had the three field system to allow the land enough time to turn over, but now overuse has stripped the soil of important nutrients. People need to learn more and do more to save the planet, it's not just banning plastic bags because a lot of reusable bags are just as harmful to the environment."
The family business not only supports the family, but it educates the family too. "Our children have a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about many aspects of owning a businesses because they live it too. Working at the tradeshow gave them the opportunity to speak with buyers and other exhibitors to hear their stories too." Said Carlo Bacci. "We were in the MA Pavilion so the girls were able to speak with other local manufactures such as McCreas Caramels whose founder has a background in science and shared insightful stories with the girls about science and the relationship to his business." Erin Calvo-Bacci added "people don't realize science, technology, engineering, art and math are key components to our business. Making chocolate involves chemistry and math. Managing and maintaining the equipment require technology and engineering. At this show we launched a new peanut butter cup flavor with a big marketing push including postcards, banners and t-shirts." The art design was an idea the girls sketched and then a graphics student at Northeastern worked on. "We work with a lot of students and have since I first took over The Chocolate Truffle. It's been a great experience for students and for us." Calvo-
Bacci said there is a decrease in the number of students they hire because of rising costs. "A training wage would help us bring more students on because most have limited skills because of lack of experience. They need a job to get experience, but rising costs hinder that opportunity. Hopefully we'll have one in the future especially since we need to hire more workers in the fall but we at least have three guaranteed part time student employees: Abigail, Sarah and Sofia "
About CB Stuffer https://www.cbstuffer.com
- Located in Swampscott MA, the National Specialty Wholesaler is known for its CB Stuffer Peanut Butter Cups which were recently featured on QVC. Their products are carried in independent and chain stores as well as online. They are members of the Specialty Food Association, the Retail Association of MA, the National Retail Federation, and the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce and North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Carlo Bacci is a mentor with E for All and Erin Calvo-Bacci is a candidate for State Senate in the 5th Middlesex District.