IBIE Provides Insight
into Trends, Sanitation and Automation
as Part of Virtual Event, iba.CONNECTING EXPERTS

IBIE has always been dedicated to providing our community with expert advice on the topics that matter most to the grain-based foods industry—which is why we’re excited to announce that we will host three original education sessions exclusively at iba.CONNECTING EXPERTS, a new virtual event from complementary trade show and longtime IBIE partner, iba.

The event was developed in order to facilitate international networking, knowledge exchange and commerce—all things that are critical to our industry’s continued success, but difficult to achieve in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“iba’s CONNECTING EXPERTS event offers exactly what our industry is craving right now— opportunities to connect, share insights and discover inspiring innovations,” said Dennis Gunnel, IBIE 2022 chairman. “IBIE is proud to be working with iba to bring our global community together and to provide an exciting new way for us all to grow and conduct business during these challenging times.”

Each of our sessions will deliver actionable insights into a key topic. Be sure to check them out!

  • Baking Manufacturing Trends Examining the U.S. Market:

To understand how the U.S. commercial baking industry can thrive in 2021 and beyond, it is imperative to examine how consumers, bakers, and suppliers have responded to the impacts of COVID-19. In this session, we will look at key trends in the U.S. market that affected the course of business in 2020 and what it means for the commercial baking industry in the year ahead.

Presented by:

KERWIN BROWN | President & CEO, BEMA | IBIE Organizing Committee

ROBB MACKIE | President & CEO, American Bakers Association | IBIE Organizing Committee

  • Sanitation Stop Cleaning:

This learning event will provide awareness-level education to food industry engineering, operations, and food safety professionals on partnering with their cross-functional teams and external resources to minimize the impact of sanitation to your business.  The sanitation optimization process will lead to cost savings and increased capacity while driving down food safety risk.

Presented by:

KARL THORSON | Global Food Safety & Sanitation Manager, General Mills

  • Automation Robotic Solutions for Efficiency and Labor:

Using Robotics in food production facilities is not a new concept. However, the justification has changed with the increased need to reduce labor on production lines, increase social distancing and decrease the number of product touches from production through packaging and shipping. Additionally, the global workforce shortage in manufacturing has led manufacturing operations to consider new solutions to these issues. Robotics is the modern solution. This session will look at the various applications for food manufacturing facilities.

Presented by:

CRAIG SOUSER | President & CEO, JLS Automation

JOHN KEANE | Product Group Leader AMF Bakery Systems

RICK HOSKINS | President & CEO, Colborne Foodbotics and Yeaman Machine Technologies

Moderated by:

KERWIN BROWN | President & CEO, BEMA | IBIE Organizing Committee

In addition to in-depth talks and lectures, IBIE will also host an exhibit in the virtual expo hall at iba.CONNECTING EXPERTS. Aside from education the three-day event will also provide ample opportunities for international networking through an interactive video and chat system, as well as supplier presentations highlighting exhibitor solutions in cleanliness and hygiene, production technology and equipment, packaging technology, raw materials and ingredients and other associated categories.

The icing on the cake? You can join for free! Visit connecting.iba.de/ for more information and to register, then mark your calendar for March 15-17, 2021. We hope to see you there (virtually)!

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