As the largest, most comprehensive baking industry event in the Western Hemisphere, there is never a dull moment with these can’t-miss IBIE show features. At the Baking Expo™, the excitement of competition, compelling displays of creativity, industry awards, and networking events are ALL BAKED IN. These inspiring forums and events create a world of opportunities for conversations with peers and connections with new contacts.
Back by popular demand, the state-of-the-art Artisan Marketplace crafted by Puratos will return to this year’s Expo. This interactive, innovative marketplace is a hub for unique experiences and exceptional learning opportunities for bakers looking to hone their skills, make connections, and walk away inspired for growth in every aspect of their business. With expert-led demos and talks celebrating all things craft, whether it be bread, pastry, or chocolate — there’s no shortage of excitement here.
Together with Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, IBIE recognizes suppliers & bakeries committed to positive transformation in the industry through the BEST in Baking awards. Since 2010 this program has been focused on celebrating those who’ve made notable achievements in sustainability. Over the years, the award categories have been expanded to honor leaders among the array of initiatives of the global baking industry is invested in. Topics include sustainability, workforce development, sanitation, product innovation, and two new categories in 2022: plant efficiency and automation/robotics.
CREATIVE CAKE DECORATING COMPETITION
Creativity took center stage as six teams of elite professional cake decorators challenged each other to a contest of imagination, artistry and skill during one of baking’s most prestigious competitions. Pillsbury’s Creative Cake Decorating Competition consists of four categories: wedding cake, rolled fondant, sculpted, and a hyper-realistic category, “Everything is Cake”. View the winners here.
NEW 2022! The Cannabis Central Pavilion, powered by Cannabis Products, will not only provide a centralized location for bakers to connect with suppliers of products and services for this booming market segment. This bustling pavilion will be a must-see, show-floor destination for those interested in learning about the unique business challenges and opportunities in the cannabis baked goods space. Drop in to catch relevant education sessions and expert-led demos and receive advice from notable thought-leaders in the field.
In partnership with Sosland Publishing, IBIE’s Innovation Showcase debuts the newest products and technology to enhance your operations, all on display in one efficient location. Entries include Ingredients, Equipment, Packaging, and Safety products never before seen at IBIE.
RBA BAKERS CENTER
Get creative ideas and practical tips at the show-stopping RBA Bakers Center, decorated by Corbion. Here you’ll discover riveting baking competitions, inspiring stories, and live demonstrations from some of the biggest names in the industry! Experience it all for FREE in one convenient location.
Enjoy a cold pint and connect with your fellow baking mates while you rock out with legendary baker, Duff Goldman, and his cover band Foie Grock. The Rockin’ Pint presented by AB Mauri will take place on Monday, September 19 from 5-6 PM. During which this chef-led ensemble will perform alternative rock hits from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, the Kinks, the Beatles, the Clash and more.
Admission is free for IBIE participants but limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
GREAT AMERICAN PIE FESTIVAL
In partnership with the American Pie Council, IBIE presents The Great American Pie Festival. Taste-test to your heart’s content at this activity-filled section of the show floor, where you’ll find—a variety of ready-made pies crafted with different cutting, filling and baking equipment. Expo-goers are in for a treat, buyers for supermarkets or restaurants can shop around, and suppliers can assess the final products made with their ingredients or equipment.
A series of 20-minute presentations from industry, health and trend experts. These sessions will be hosted over the course of four days and topics will focus on grain-foods industry issues, consumer concerns and the future of food.
We’re launching a new show feature focused on food safety and sanitation, both ever-critical topics for the industry. Discover solutions from trusted partners who specialize in sanitation at this dedicated area in the West Hall. While many suppliers at IBIE offer products and equipment that assist with this matter, this pavilion provides a central hub of such companies in one convenient location.
PIZZA INDUSTRY INFORMATION CENTER
Attendees who currently offer pizza or are considering adding it to their offerings (frozen or fresh) will have the opportunity to learn from pizza experts who will share knowledge on best practices, recipes, food costs, growth rates, consumer trends, the state of the industry and more. This information center is powered by PMQ Pizza Magazine – the world’s authority on pizza and the No. 1 pizza business publication.
For the first time, the Tiptree World Bread Awards USA will take place at the Baking Expo™ to celebrate exceptional loaves. Judges will examine entries from over 15 product categories covering an array of bread products from baguettes and bagels to sourdough and flatbread.
Judging takes place, live on the show floor and winners are presented at the award ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6:30-8:30 PM.