IBIE Announces New and Returning Show Features
A new sports-themed opening night reception on the show floor, an Idea LAB geared toward innovation and inspiration, and a pavilion dedicated to cold storage solutions are sure to give Baking Expo™-goers more opportunities for fun and discovery at the 2016 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE).
The baking industry’s triennial international event—taking place October 8–11 in Las Vegas—has announced a host of exciting new and returning features focused on creating an even more engaging experience for attendees and exhibitors.
Sponsored by Corbion Caravan, Rehrig Pacific Company and Sosland, the All-American Tailgate Party serves as the official event kick-off on the opening night (Saturday, October 8, from 4:30–6:30 p.m.) and provides an incredible opportunity for networking with key colleagues and suppliers from around the globe. Held just off the show floor, tickets include unlimited drinks, tailgate-style food, music, interactive games and, of course, live sports on big screens—adding some true American flavor to the show experience.
Centrally located on the show floor, the Idea LAB serves as a hive for inspiration and out-of-the-box thinking with the Innovation Spotlight Theater featuring curated presentations of the industry’s latest advancements, as well as an “Ask the Experts” answer bar. Additionally, the new Networking Café within the Idea LAB provides a forum for dialogue with other attendees.
For more inspiration, attendees can also listen to “Fresh Take Talks”—20-minute TED Talk-like presentations covering provocative ideas and progressive solutions—presented on the Grain Foods Foundation stage in the North Hall.
Partnering with the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), IBIE has developed the Cold Storage Pavilion, a new area on the show floor dedicated to cold storage solutions and innovations. This will help connect baking professionals entering or expanding in the frozen foods market with warehouse, construction and transportation solutions to help them deliver the highest quality products.
“There will be a tangible shift this year to a more engaging and interactive experience for attendees and exhibitors alike, with new programs that better facilitate networking, hands-on learning and inspiration,” said Michael Cornelis, IBIE 2016 Chairman. “IBIE is proud to bring together all segments of the grain-based food industry, and we’ve revamped old favorites and added some fresh, exciting features to the mix for 2016 to ensure everyone— whether they’re first-time visitors or have been to the Baking Expo multiple times—has a truly exceptional experience.”
IBIE wouldn’t be the same without popular returning features including the B.E.S.T. in Baking Program, American Cake Decorating and Revent Demo Stages, The Great American Pie Festival, Innovation Showcase, PMQ’s World Pizza Challenge and the Groupon U.S. Pizza Team Trials, RBA’s 15th Annual Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Creative Decorating Competition, RPIA’s Business of Baking for Beginners (BOB), the TIA Technical Conference, and the expanded and comprehensive education program featuring 90+ sessions.
Attendees can also use the new IBIEConnect platform to network with participating colleagues and suppliers. Through the online portal, they can search for companies and products, schedule appointments and make new contacts.