IBIE On the Rise

Welcome to IBIE on the Rise! Your behind-the-scenes look at who and what it takes to build the biggest, most comprehensive event in the U.S. for the grain-based food industry.

International Baking Industry Exposition Stages Largest Event in its History

IBIE recently wrapped up its largest show to date at the Las Vegas Convention Center with more than 1,000 exhibitors—340 new to IBIE and a 28 percent increase over 2013—in more than 700,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. Attendance also continued its upward trend with more than 23,000 registered attendees—a 9 percent increase over 2013 and an astounding 65 percent increase over the last decade. Much of the growth has come from international markets with attendees hailing from more than 100 countries and making up 30 percent of the total attendance.

“The quality and depth of IBIE’s attendees, exhibitors and education sessions was incredible,” said Michael J. Cornelis, Chair of IBIE. “IBIE is continually evolving and growing to meet the needs of baking industry professionals, as well as the trends in the industry, and this year we saw a record-breaking show with the largest show floor, number of exhibitors, innovation showcase and education program in IBIE’s history.”

A host of thought-provoking new and returning features created an even more engaging experience for attendees and exhibitors; highlights included: 

  • The Innovation Showcase—15 percent larger than its inaugural run in 2013—was prominently featured in the Central Lobby for attendees to shop and see what’s new before entering the Expo Hall. In addition, the Innovation Spotlight Theater, located in IBIE’s new Idea LAB on the show floor, provided a forum for exhibitors to conduct live presentations of their top innovations.
  • New to the show were Fresh Take Talks, presented by Grain Foods Foundation, a series of brief, informative presentations featuring influential thought leaders sharing perspectives on consumer, nutrition and industry trends.
  • The American Cake Decorating Demo Theater and The ONE Demonstration Theater by Revent featured free daily demos by celebrity chefs and big-name cooking pros showing off their skills and latest techniques.
  • An expanded educational program—with 90+ sessions designed for professionals of all levels and backgrounds—highlighted the latest techniques and proven strategies for streamlining wholesale operations, improving product quality and increasing profits. More than 20 new seminars focused on the most relevant issues facing the industry today, featuring expanded content for upper management. The enhanced educational program was popular with attendees, as many sessions sold out.
  • This year’s speakers were well-known subject matter experts, including retail insights thought leader and former Nielsen VP Todd Hale, ABA’s SVP of Government Relations Lee Sanders, as well as business moguls who run the largest bakeries in the world, including Bimbo Bakeries’ Senior VP of Operations, Ramon Rivera.
  • The education program began with RPIA’s Business of Baking for Beginners seminar and the Tortilla Industry Association’s two-day Technical Conference, which addressed operation skills, safety regulations, quality control, plant efficiency and best practices for the baking industry’s fastest growing market segment.
  • Seminars at IBIE 2016 were organized into targeted tracks: AIB Technical, Retail, Bread Bakers Guild of America, International, Management, Sales & Marketing, Ingredients & Processes, Food Safety & Sanitation, and Retail Hands-on (Cake & Pastry Decorating). Sessions were held daily from 8:00 a.m. to noon and in the evening to give attendees plenty of time to explore the latest innovations exhibited on the Expo floor.
  • Also new to the show was the Satin Ice Live Challenge competition, which brought together six teams of three professional decorators, including one Satin Ice Artist of Excellence, to construct and decorate a fairytale-themed cake on the show floor in only six hours. 
  • Popular returning features included: B.E.S.T. (Becoming Environmentally Sustainable Together) in Baking Program, The Great American Pie Festival, RBA’s 15th Annual Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Decorating Competition and PMQ Pizza Village.

Check out the winners of these programs and events, who were recognized at the show:

The products, innovations and education only found at IBIE are all key reasons that baking professionals continue returning to the show every three years. 

“This show exposes you to everything,” said Rob Nichols of Weaver Street Market. “You see things you didn’t even know existed. You can have a personal connection with every vendor and take home so much knowledge.”

Click here to see a gallery of photos from IBIE 2016. And check out more show highlights in the Show Dailies

IBIE will return to Las Vegas in 2019. Dates will be announced in early 2017. Sign up now to receive updates. 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Time to Start Getting Excited for IBIE 2016!

Blog post from IBIE Chairman Mike Cornelis

IBIE is one of my favorite weeks of the year—every day is packed with new and exciting experiences, and I’m continually amazed at how much the industry has evolved in the past three years since the last IBIE. It’s a thrill to see the most advanced industrial equipment up and running right on the show floor, and to check out the latest advances and trends across the entire industry, all at once. Plus the baking demos, catching up with old colleagues, building new relationships, meeting suppliers face-to-face—it’s business, education and entertainment all rolled into one. Invigorating, inspiring, energizing—and it reminds me of why I was drawn to the baking industry more than 25 years ago.

And now, after more than two years of careful planning, the show is coming up soon—IBIE 2016 kicks off in less than two months! Check out our website for everything that’s in store so you plan your time well—and don’t forget to squeeze in some fun and nightlife too! I hope you’re planning to join us for the (brand new) All-American Tailgate Party, our Opening Night kick-off event—mingle with baking industry professionals from around the world over tailgate-style food, live music, unlimited drinks, interactive games and, of course, live sports on big screens! It’s a true slice of Americana that everyone is sure to enjoy.

I’m really looking forward to Vegas in a few short weeks—and I hope you are too!

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IBIE 2016—Better than Ever!

Blog post from IBIE Vice Chairman Joe Turano

If you attended IBIE 2013, thank you for helping make the event an incredible success! It garnered a Gold 100 ranking from Trade Show Executive Magazine. So for 2016, we didn’t want to sit back and wait for the results—instead, we vowed to make the show even better! We listened to your feedback and added more of what you hope to see and do. This IBIE 2016 will feature even more engaging and interactive experiences for both attendees and exhibitors, along with new programs that better facilitate networking, hands-on learning and inspired ideas.

  • More demos from master bakers sharing their secrets and tips
  • More hands-on workshops to learn and practice new techniques
  • New product categories: Cold Storage, Pizza Production, Transportation, Safety/Sanitation and Confectionery
  • New presentations on the show floor—the Fresh Take Talks series offers brief, informative presentations on consumer, nutrition and industry trends by leading experts
  • The first-ever All-American Tailgate Party on Opening Night—perfect for networking with colleagues and suppliers before the show gets into full swing!
  • The Idea LAB—The hub for industry trends including the Innovation Spotlight Theater and an “Ask the Experts” answer bar. In addition, the new Bakers’ Dozen Café within the Idea LAB provides a great setting to enjoy a delicious lunch or snack while networking with other industry professionals.

Take a look at the entire lineup of events on the show website. IBIE 2016 is truly YOUR WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES. Onward and upward—let’s get another Gold 100 in 2016!

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Las Vegas: Your Destination for Business and Entertainment



With its luxury resorts and boutique shopping to big-name performers and hit shows, Las Vegas is an ideal destination for shows like IBIE. By planning ahead, you can get business done and still make time to enjoy endless attractions and entertainment designed to suit every taste and budget. Visit http://www.lvcva.com/ to explore all of the events and attractions Las Vegas offers. Plus, the Las Vegas Monorail offers exclusive discounts for IBIE 2016 attendees so you can get around town easily and affordably. Learn more at http://www.ibie2016.com/book-hotel-travel/.

Have you made your travel plans yet? By booking through IBIE’s travel partner, onPeak, you get access to IBIE’s special group rate at top Las Vegas hotels—guaranteed. In addition, it pays to use onPeak because you have access to risk-free, flexible reservations, meaning you can book now and pay later without penalties or fees.

Another important reason to book through onPeak? We’ve become aware that some IBIE attendees have been scammed by companies posing as official housing providers. These housing pirates will take your money with the bait of non-existent rooms. Booking outside of onPeak could lead to very costly consequences!

Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited! Don’t take chances on getting the best options—visit http://www.ibie2016.com/book-hotel-travel/ to check availability of hotels and make your reservations today.

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Throwback: IBIE Through the Years

As we look ahead at the world of opportunities available during IBIE 2016, it’s perfect time to look back on the history of this global event. Did you know that the very first show took place nearly 100 years ago? Take a walk down memory lane with us…

1897: The American Bakers Association (ABA) was established in 1897 as the Association of Master Bakers in Boston

1918: BEMA was founded—members were primarily family-owned, U.S.-based equipment manufacturers selling to the U.S. wholesale baker

1920: BEMA hosted a bakery exposition in Atlantic City

1922: The second show was hosted in Chicago

1925: BEMA took the show to Buffalo

1930: The show returned to Atlantic City

1936: BEMA hosted another show in Atlantic City, where attendance reached 7,000 and numbered 170 exhibitors

1949: BEMA joined with the American Bakers Association (ABA) to sponsor the 1949 Bakery Expo, which drew 271 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees

1955–1973: BEMA and ABA worked together to expand the expositions, which were held every six years

1961: The show drew 15,000 attendees, representing 50 states and 30 countries

1977: The show was changed to a four-year cycle

1981: The Bakery Expo moved to Las Vegas and was renamed the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE)

1985: A new record was set at 24,163 attendees and 524 exhibitors from 64 countries

1989: The global expansion continued with 82 countries represented and the first year of the Foreign Buyer Program through the U.S. Department of Commerce

1993: Record-breaking participation 29,226 attendees and 819 exhibitors from 105 countries

2004: The three-year show cycle began

2016: A world of opportunities awaits you at IBIE 2016, October 8–11, in Las Vegas, which promises to be another record-breaking event with the largest show floor to-date in number of exhibitors and square footage!

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Global Attendees: Maximize Your Experience at IBIE 2016 / Asistentes Globales: Maximice su Experiencia en IBIE 2016

Baking professionals from around the world come to IBIE in record numbers every three years to immerse themselves in four days of unparalleled business interaction. We sat down with IBIE’s international Task Force Chair, Jorge Zárate Lupercio of Grupo Bimbo, to learn some tips we can share with our international guests to make the most of their show experience.
Profesionales de la panificación de todo el mundo vienen a la IBIE en números crecientes cada 3 años para sumergirse en una interacción sin precedente en el negocio. Nos sentamos con el Presidente del comité Internacional del IBIE Jorge Zárate Lupercio de Grupo Bimbo para aprender algunas sugerencias que podamos compartir con nuestros huéspedes internacionales para maximizar su experiencia

Check_Mark1 Bring a comfortable pair of shoes, and be prepared to walk through a great deal of novelties.
Traiga un par de zapatos cómodos, y prepárese para caminar a través de un gran cumulo de novedades.

Check_Mark1 Join a delegation through the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program to access special benefits, including discounted registration, access to the International Trade Center & Lounge, translators, tours and matchmaking services.
Únase a una delegación a través del programa de Comparador Internacional del departamento de Comercio.

Check_Mark1 Use the Export Interest Directory to find suppliers who export and the countries where they do business.
Use el directorio de Interesados en exportación para encontrar proveedores que exporten y los países con los que hacen negocios.

Check_Mark1 Plan each day using the new IBIE Connect Matchmaking platform—sort suppliers by name, product category, country and language to find those who are most appropriate for your business and set up your appointments in advance.
Planee cada día usando la plataforma de arreglo de citas del IBIE- filtre proveedores por nombre, categoría de productos, país e idioma para encontrar aquellos que sean más apropiados para su negocio y arregle sus citas en adelantado.

Check_Mark1 Connections are invaluable at IBIE. Look for opportunities to connect with other colleagues in the International Trade Center, on the show floor, at educational sessions or at the NEW All-American Tailgate networking reception. Some of the best learning comes from colleagues who are facing the same challenges and opportunities as you.
Las conexiones son invaluables en IBIE. Busque oportunidades para conectarse con otros colegas de la industria, en el Centro Internacional de Comercio, en el piso del show, en las sesiones educativas o en La nueva Recepción de Networking ¨Todo Americano¨. Algunas de los mejores aprendizajes vienen de colegas que están enfrentando los mismos retos y oportunidades como tu.

Check_Mark1 Speaking of learning opportunities… take advantage of the 90+ educational sessions, including the new international track with sessions such as AIB – Food Labeling for U.S. Import, Trends and Opportunities in the Mexican Baking Market for U.S. Exporters and How to Introduce Your Products to the U.S. Market – (Foreign Companies). Other topics include ingredients and processes, food safety and sanitation, management and more. Check the full schedule now to plan ahead.
Hablando de oportunidades de aprendizaje… toma la oportunidad de los más de 90 sesiones educativas, incluyendo las nuevas tendencias internacionales del AIB como Etiquetado de alimentos para importaciones a EUA, tendencias y oportunidades en el mercado Mexicano de panificación para los exportadores de EUA, y como introducir tus productos al mercado de EUA para compañías extranjeras. Otros temas incluyen ingredientes y procesos, inocuidad alimentaria y sanidad, administración y mucho más. Checa el programa completo ahora y planea con anticipación.

Check_Mark1 I like to divide my days into specific focuses: innovation/product launches, finding solutions to challenges, ingredients, training, learning opportunities and/or updating equipment or systems. It helps me stay focused on my show objectives so I can come away with everything I need for the year ahead. One way to make sure you accomplish all of your goals is to bring your whole team so you can cover more ground.
Me gusta dividir mis días en temas específicos: Innovación/lanzamientos de productos, encontrar soluciones a problemáticas, ingredientes, capacitación, oportunidades de aprendizaje y/o actualizarme en equipos y sistemas. Me ayuda en mantenerme enfocado en mis objetivos el show y así poder llevarme todo lo que necesito para los años venideros. Una manera de asegurar cumplir las metas del show es traer a tu equipo de trabajo así pueden cubrir todo el evento.

Check_Mark1 Write down your most relevant findings from your day to make any necessary adjustments to your roadmap for the next day. Again, this will help you stay focused, efficient and maximize your time at the show.
Escriba los hallazgos más relevantes de tu día para hacer cualquier ajuste necesario en el recorrido del siguiente día. Otra vez esto te ayudara a mantenerte enfocado, eficientizar y maximizar tu tiempo en el show.

Check_Mark1 Make time in your schedule to stop by this year’s newest features and events, including the IBIE Idea LAB, Global Gold Chain Alliance Pavilion and the All-American Tailgate networking reception. These offer invaluable information for new products and trends, as well as inspiration that will leave you motivated and full of ideas when you return to the office.
Separa tiempo en tu programa para visitar las novedades y eventos del show, incluyendo: Laboratorio de Ideas de IBIE, El pabellón de la alianza Global de la cadena de Oro y La Recepción de Networking ¨Todo Americano¨. Esto ofrece invaluable información para nuevos productos y tendencias, también inspiración que te dejara motivado y lleno de ideas para cuando regreses a la oficina.

Check_Mark1 Download the IBIE Mobile App to help you navigate the show floor and find the information you need at the touch of a button. The app has navigation features to map out your show, as well as information on all features, education, the full schedule and the ability to download and customize your schedule.
Descarga la aplicación Móvil de IBIE, para ayudarte a navegar el piso del show y encontrar información que necesitas al toque de tu pantalla. La aplicación tiene características de navegación para mostrarte el show, también la información de todas las características, el programa completo de educación y la habilidad de descargar y personalizar tu programa personal.

Check_Mark1 Outside of show hours, enjoy the many amenities that Las Vegas offers to schedule meetings and connect with the world of opportunities that only happen once every three years at IBIE 2016.
Fuera de las horas del show, disfruta de las amenidades que Las vegas ofrece para programar juntas y conectarse con un mundo de oportunidades que solo suceden cada 3 años en el IBIE 2016.

Start making your plans now.
Empieze a hacer planes hoy.

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IBIE and the Baking Industry By the Numbers

IBIE provides an important forum for connecting bakers with suppliers, showcasing innovations and exchanging professional knowledge, allowing for millions of dollars of business to take place over four days. This not only has a significant impact on the baking industry itself by creating new jobs that pay wages and benefits to a workforce of thousands, it also channels billions back into the U.S. economy through direct federal, state and local taxes.


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More in Store for IBIE’s Education Program

Listen in as Christine van Blokland speaks with Andrea Henderson, IBIE Task Force Chair, about the education program planned for IBIE 2016. Get a preview of the speakers and topics featured in more than 90 world-class sessions addressing the relevant issues facing the industry today.

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Committed to the Cause

It’s officially 2016, which means it’s finally time to transform Las Vegas into the center for the largest, most comprehensive baking event in the Western Hemisphere!

October may seem far down the line, but IBIE 2016 committee members have been hard at work planning an unforgettable series of networking, exhibits and education. In preparation for this exciting year, committee members and show organizers recently attended a face-to-face strategic planning meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.


Being a committee member involves a strategic eye to the future as we shape the show that will deliver the most value to every member of the industry, from baker to supplier and everyone in between. While this duty is challenging in and of itself, fulfilling IBIE duties while working full time elevates this responsibility to extraordinary. That’s right, our committee is comprised of volunteer members who perform their tasks as they continue working their day jobs at key industry organizations! Their great passion and dedication to the show is exemplary and their commitment to IBIE plays a huge role in the success of the event.

A behind-the-scenes look wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t get up close, so we asked our committee members to provide a few words about what powers their commitment to IBIE; what makes this event so valuable to the baking community?

“It has been fascinating to watch how much IBIE has grown in terms of developing its educational components. We all know that IBIE offers so much in terms of networking, new products and innovations, but the really valuable component that doesn’t often receive the spotlight is education. The IBIE classes, demos and hands-on experiences are something that I think add incredible value to our baker attendees.”

Michael J. Cornelis
Vice President
American Pan – A Bundy Baking Solution
IBIE 2016 Chairman

“IBIE is world-class in helping you develop relationships and new technologies that will strengthen your business. The exposure and experience you gain will make your regular attendance absolutely second-nature.”

Rich Hoskins
Director of Operations
Colborne Foodbotics LLC
Former IBIE 2010 Chair

 “IBIE exhibitors spend three critical years amassing knowledge and innovation to showcase their best-in-class products! It’s the place where bakers can see state-of-the-art products and make connections with colleagues and contacts from every corner of the world!”

Fred Springer
Burford Corporation

“I’m excited to be a part of this extraordinary event, where all the relevant players of the baking industry gather with the unified intent to innovate the industry and better serve the world.”

Jorge Zarate
Senior Vice President of Operations
Bimbo Mexico

 IBIE 2016 will bring more than 20,000 baking professionals from 100 different countries and every segment of the business. This is your chance to network, view new advances in the industry and most importantly, take charge of your company’s future! See the IBIE 2016 Committee’s hard work come to fruition at IBIE 2016.

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Getting Down to Business

One reason IBIE is such an incredible show is due to the vast amounts of business we facilitate on the show floor between buyers and suppliers from across the globe.  An impressive 85% of IBIE attendees are key purchasing decision makers in their organizations, and 85% purchase onsite or plan to purchase as a result of attending. We are committed to strengthening our international partners and networks to provide you —attendees and exhibitors alike—with more opportunities to do business. One of the ways we build internationally is by attending events like Gulfood Manufacturing (GFM).

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In 2015, IBIE committee members traveled to Dubai to learn and share knowledge about the food and beverage processing industry. When our committee members attended iba 2015, they noted that packaging was a huge trend. Following up iba with a booth at GFM provided an excellent transition for considering developments in the packaging industry as a whole. The show focused on key elements like Next Generation Manufacturing, Food Logistics, and Food & Beverage Innovation.
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55% of GFM attendees originated from Gulf Cooperation Council countries, reflecting the recent exponential growth of the food and beverage industry in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia regions. GFM accommodated this large international presence with a hosted buyer program, hosting a total of 2,000 senior executive delegates.

Given IBIE’s consistent growth, we’re making strides to ensure we can accommodate our international guests to the fullest, while making sure we fully prepare our exhibitors and attendees with everything they need to make IBIE a successful show. Here are a couple of tools we’re excited about for IBIE 2016:

International Buyer Program:
When international attendees contact the Commercial Section of their local U.S. embassy or consulate, they can join an IBIE delegation program. The International Buyer Program (IBP), in cooperation with the Department of Commerce, offers great benefits for organized delegations. Learn more about our partnership benefits here.

a2z Matchmaking Program:
New to IBIE 2016, networkNow is a matchmaking program that will help exhibitors and buyers build meaningful and valuable business relationships. networkNow generates recommended matches for event participants based on precise matching criteria. The portal will open in late-spring to allow exhibitors and attendees to begin scheduling on-site appointments in advance of the show.

Exhibitors Meeting:
IBIE invites exhibitors to attend the January 13, 2016, Pre-Show Exhibitor’s Meeting. This meeting is designed to help exhibitors make the most of IBIE, with presentations from various vendors and a tour of the exhibit hall for those new to the show.
Registration is no longer available as this event has already taken place.

IBIE has developed these programs—and many more—to foster successful business transactions and create innovation in the grain-based food industry. Keep an eye out for updates to the blog as we roll out more ways to maximize your IBIE 2016 experience.

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