IBIE review: Baking’s best
The 2019 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE)—the most comprehensive event in the Western Hemisphere for the grain-based food industry—recently wrapped up its largest show to date in Las Vegas. From September 7 to 11, over 20,000 baking industry professionals from around the world met with nearly 1,000 exhibitors—237 new to IBIE—on the largest show floor in IBIE’s 100-year history. Baker participation increased nearly 10 percent over the 2016 IBIE.
Much of the growth has come from international markets with attendees hailing from more than 100 countries and making up nearly 30 percent of the total attendance, with the largest participation from Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Japan and Mexico.
“IBIE continues to provide the platform for the entire baking community to gather and celebrate the vibrancy of this industry, innovative trends and digital automation technologies, advances in baking processes and the thousands of bakers and support services who have a passion and commitment to the success of this industry,” said Joe Turano, IBIE chairman. “IBIE is focused on meeting the professional and business needs of every attendee. We take pride in crafting content that is cutting-edge, interactive, engaging and thought-provoking. With a sold-out show floor, we experienced innovations and exciting technology that will lead this industry into the future. I know that we are leaving feeling reenergized and recharged with fresh insights and new relationships to cultivate.”
During the event, IBIE and Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery honored 42 industry suppliers and bakeries that have made notable achievements in sustainability, sanitation, workforce development and innovation. The qualifying companies for the 2019 IBIE BEST in Baking Program are:
- Cargill—TOP HONORS
- Bay State Milling
- DuPont Nutrition & Health
- Holton Food Products
- Manildra Group USA
- Heuft/Thermo-Oel GmbH & Co. KG—TOP HONORS
- Air Management Technologies, Inc.
- Bakery Concepts International
- Hayon Manufacturing Corp.
- Houdijk Holland
- Handi-Foil—TOP HONORS
- Flexibake—TOP HONORS
- Thymly Products—TOP HONORS
- Focus Works
- Harvest Food Solutions
- ChemxWorks—TOP HONORS
- Flexco—TOP HONORS
- Goodway Technologies—TOP HONORS
- KLEANZ—TOP HONORS
- Babb Group
- Best Sanitizers
- Foremost Fuji
- Koenig Bakery Systems
- More Than a Bakery—TOP HONORS
- Main Street Gourmet—TOP HONORS
- Nummies Bakery
Product Innovation/High-Volume Bakery
- Alpha Baking Co.—TOP HONORS
- CraftMark Bakery—TOP HONORS
Product Innovation/Wholesale Bakery, Intermediate
- Just Desserts—TOP HONORS
Product Innovation/Retail Bakery
- Victoria’s Sugar Shack—TOP HONORS
- La Canasta Mexican Food Product Inc.
- Sweet Life Specialty Foods
Each entry was evaluated against program criteria by an independent committee of bakery industry leaders:
- Len Heflich, Founder, Innovation for Success, LLC
- Mike Pierce, President, The Austin Co.
- Tim Ramsey, Senior Director, Procurement and Commercialization, Hearthside Food Solutions
- Gina Reo, President, Quality Assurance Strategies, LLC
Thank you to the 2019 BEST in Baking Program Evaluation Committee—and congratulations to all qualifying companies!
IBIE also served as the backdrop for the presentation of the 2019 SF&WB “Bakery of the Year” Award to St Pierre Groupe. The co-founders of the bakery, Paul Baker and Jeremy Gilboy, were in attendance for the award presentation during the show. St Pierre is the fastest-growing bakery brand in the U.S., offering a wide range of broche, buns, rolls, crêpes, croissants, waffles and more. As the 2019 “Bakery of the Year,” St Pierre Groupe was the focus of SF&WB’s August issue cover story.
The next IBIE will take place September 17 – 21, 2022.