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The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) has long been known as the Baking Expo that brings together the entire grain-based food industry. It’s now added another impressive title to its resume: Top U.S. tradeshow.
IBIE recently earned national recognition for its 2013 show, with a designation this month as a Gold 100 Honoree by Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine and ranked 43 among the 250 Best Trade Shows across the country in April by Trade Show News Network (TSNN).
IBIE is the only event in the U.S. to showcase the latest baking technology, while also assembling a complete array of equipment, ingredient, supply and business solutions for baking professionals. The 2013 edition’s expansive show floor comprised a total of 392,032 net sq. ft. and gathered more than 21,000 attendees from 100 countries, together representing every segment of the baking industry.
Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Oct. 6-9, IBIE 2013 featured the most robust educational conference to date, with more than 75 sessions covering everything from improving retail operations to gluten-free baking. Both TSE and TSNN awards were culled from data provided by show management and industry leaders, with the shows ranked by net square footage. TSE’s Gold 100 is a prestigious list of the top tradeshows in the U.S.; IBIE’s numerical ranking will be announced in October.
“Expanding show offerings was a key initiative for IBIE 2013,” explains current IBIE chairman Michael Cornelis. “This past year’s show incorporated a revamped education program, new contests, an innovation showcase to celebrate new products in the industry and a boost in the numbers of international exhibitors and attendees. We put a lot of hours into improving every aspect of IBIE, and it is an honor to be recognized for our success. We’re not stopping now. We are already busy pouring the same fervor of energy and innovation into preparation for IBIE 2016 to make sure that it’s better than ever.”
As a non-profit event, IBIE also works to bring the grain-based food industry to greater heights, with proceeds invested back into the industry in the form of legislative advocacy, consumer marketing campaigns promoting the health benefits of grain-based foods and programs that advance the knowledge of those currently employed in or entering the baking business. IBIE is already working on its next show, slated to run from Oct. 8-11, 2016, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. To learn more about IBIE, visit www.ibie2016.org.