The 2016 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE)—the largest and most comprehensive event in the Western Hemisphere for the grain-based food industry—together with Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, will recognize its 2016 Becoming Environmentally Sustainable Together (B.E.S.T.) in Baking award winners during the triennial trade show October 8-11 in Las Vegas.

Introduced in 2010, the B.E.S.T. in Baking program recognizes exhibitors that supply equipment, packaging, ingredients, products and/or services that foster energy and water conservation, decrease landfill waste and promote overall healthy living and reduction in environmental impact. New for 2016: The program has expanded to include categories for retail and wholesale bakers, as well as products related to ingredients, packaging and logistics, in addition to equipment.

The coveted B.E.S.T. in Baking designation brings with it a bevy of benefits including mentions in pre-show promotion, the IBIE website and IBIE’s social media platforms, plus a dedicated B.E.S.T. in Baking Lounge located in the Grand Concourse Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center, where show attendees can learn more about the winners while taking time to relax and recharge.

The 2016 B.E.S.T. in Baking selections include:

Top Honors
Heuft Thermo-Oel GmbH & Co.

Honorable Mentions
Air Management Technologies
Bakery Concepts International

Additional Companies That Qualified for the Program
American Pan
Bühler AG
Chiorino Inc.
CLM Bakery System SRL
Doran Scales
Flynn Burner Corp.
Goodway Technologies
Hayon Manufacturing Corp.
Koenig Bakery Systems
MIWE America
Reading Bakery Systems
Sealpump Engineering
Shaffer Mixers & Processing Equipment
Topos Mondial Corp.
WP Bakery Group USA

Top Honors

Honorable Mentions
Daabon Organic USA
Western Sugar Cooperative

Qualified for Program
Arla Foods
Barry Callebaut
Best Cooking Pulses
Briess Malt & Ingredients

Top Honors
Citamel Packaging

Honorable Mention
Tielman North America

Top Honors
FlexiBake ERP

Honorable Mention
NetGlo Corp.

Qualified for Program
Focus Works

Wholesale Bakery 
Top Honors
Pepperidge Farm

Honorable Mentions
Dawn Foods

Qualified for Program
CraftMark Bakery

Retail Bakery
Top Honors
O&H Danish Bakery

Honorable Mentions
Small World Food
New Freshbread Bakeshop

Qualified for Program
Pearl Bakery

A panel of judges with expertise in sustainability and baking best practices selected the 2016 B.E.S.T. in Baking winners. All submissions were evaluated for environmental impact, innovation, feasibility, ROI and practical application to the baking industry. Judges included:

  • Siarl Dixon, certification manager, AIB International
  • Dan Inman, director of quality and R&D, The Long Co.
  • Jim Kline, president, The EnSol Group
  • Mike Pierce, president, The Austin Co.
  • Joe Bove, vice president, The Stellar Group

“We can make an incredibly positive impact on the environment by employing even more sustainable practices across the wide spectrum of our industry,” said Michael Cornelis, Chairman, IBIE. “IBIE is proud to lead the way in this effort and recognize those who are putting environmentally sustainable practices to use every day; they are an inspiration and we’re happy to recognize their progress.”

“We are honored to partner with IBIE on this important initiative and the vision to create a positive transformation through sustainability,” said Chris Luke, Market & Media Leader, Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, part of the Food, Beverage & Packaging Group of BNP Media.

IBIE is sponsored by the American Bakers Association (ABA), the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) and the Retail Bakers of America (RBA). For more information, or to register for IBIE 2016, visit