International Baking Industry Exposition Stages Largest Event in its History

Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2016) — The 2016 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 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 square feet of exhibit space. Attendance also continued its upward trend with more than 23,000 registered attendees—a nine 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 Vice President Todd Hale, American Bakers Association’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lee Sanders, as well as business moguls who run the largest bakeries in the world, including Bimbo Bakeries’ Senior Vice President 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.
  • 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.

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. The winning team included Satin Ice Artist of Excellence Jörg Amsler, Jaime VanderWoude of Eagan Hy-Vee in Minnesota and Erika Youngdahl of Jerry’s Foods in Edina, Minnesota, with VanderWoude and Youngdahl representing the upper Midwest Bakery Association. Winners were awarded a trip to the America’s Cake Fair hosted by Satin Ice in Orlando.

IBIE, together with Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine, honored 50 industry suppliers and bakeries that have made a positive impact on the environment with its third annual B.E.S.T. in Baking award. The following companies took top honors in each of six categories and received a bamboo plaque, onsite recognition and media attention for their products or services that foster energy conservation, a reduction in water usage, a decrease in landfill waste, healthy living and/or a reduction of the overall impact on the environment:

Heuft Thermo-Oel GmbH & Co.


Citamel Packaging

FlexiBake ERP

Wholesale Bakery
Pepperidge Farm

Retail Bakery
O&H Danish Bakery

The Retail Bakers of America’s 15th Annual Pillsbury Baker’s Plus Grand Champion Creative Decorating Competition recognized the following winners:

Rolled Fondant Cake Category (Sponsored by Satin Ice):
Gold medal:
Jennifer Clagett and Sabrina Fiffe (representing GCRBA)

Silver medal:
Sarah Crews and Mark Shrewsbury (representing OBA)

Bronze medal:
Kate White and Melissa Kroger (representing SRBA)

Wedding Cake Category (Sponsored by Cake Deco – Pfeil & Holing):
Gold medal:
Christel Andrews and Tammy Montesinos (representing CARBA)

Silver medal:
Kate White and Melissa Kroger (representing SRBA)

Bronze medal:
Jennifer Clagett and Sabrina Fiffe (representing GCRBA)

Graduation Cake Category (Sponsored by DecoPac):
Gold medal:
Kate White and Melissa Kroger (representing SRBA)

Silver medal:
Christel Andrews and Tammy Montesinos (representing CARBA)

Bronze medal:
Sarah Crews and Mark Shrewsbury (representing OBA)

Sculpted Cake Category (Sponsored by CSM Solutions):
Gold medal:
Christel Andrews and Tammy Montesinos (representing CARBA)

Silver medal:
Kate White and Melissa Kroger (representing SRBA)

Bronze medal:
Christy Vega-Gluch and Carol Antes (Portfolio)

RBA Pillsbury Bakers Plus Champions:
Grand Champions:
Kate White and Melissa Kroger (representing SRBA)

Second Place:
Christel Andrews and Tammy Montesinos (representing CARBA)

Third Place:
Sarah Crews and Mark Shrewsbury (representing OBA)

PMQ recognized the following winners of the Midwest Culinary and Acrobatic Trials:

Ali Haider, 786 Degrees, Sunland, California

Gluten Free:
Gino Rago, Panino’s Pizza, Chicago, Illinois

Individual Freestyle:
Scott Volpe, Fiamme Pizza Napoletana, Tucson, Arizona

Fastest Pie Maker:
Rick Wheeler, Mad Mushroom, Lafayette, Indiana

Largest Dough Stretch:
Ryan Kubil, Grimaldi’s Pizza, Fort Myers, Florida

Fastest Box Folder:
Rick Wheeler, Mad Mushroom, Lafayette, Indiana

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.”

A gallery of photos from IBIE 2016 is available for download here:

IBIE will return to Las Vegas in 2019. Dates will be announced in early 2017. Visit to sign up for updates.

About IBIE

Sponsored by the American Bakers Association (ABA), the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) and the Retail Bakers of America (RBA), IBIE is recognized worldwide as the grain-based food industry’s premier trade event. A “working show,” where millions of dollars of business is conducted daily, IBIE brings the entire professional baking community together, offering the complete range of equipment, supply and ingredient solutions and showcasing the newest baking technology in over 700,000 square feet. Since its inception, IBIE continually strives to advance the baking industry through comprehensive access to innovative products from leading manufacturers and suppliers, and provide the common ground for collaboration amongst professionals in the field. IBIE is a not-for-profit organization, where proceeds are invested back into the industry.

To learn more about IBIE:

Attendees include employees of: wholesale bakeries, suppliers and distributors; supermarket chains, central bakeries and commissaries; supermarket in-store bakeries; multi-store and single unit retail bakeries; intermediate wholesale bakeries; donut, pie and cookie retailers; cake and cupcake shops; foodservice operators; tortilla producers; snack food producers; biscuit & cracker producers.

Exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of: baking/food equipment and systems; ingredients, flavorings, spices & fillings; ingredient handling systems; packaging materials & systems; technology; sanitation equipment; transportation & distribution equipment; refrigeration equipment; business services.

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  • Platinum Media Sponsors

  • Gold Media Sponsors

  • International and Promotional Partners

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