Washington / DC. (ibie) Fresh off the 2013 event which saw more than 21’000 attendees from 100 countries and every segment of the grain-based food industry, the International Baking Industry Expo (IBIE) began preparations for its 2016 event at a two-day committee meeting in Tampa, Florida, in this January. IBIE is the grain-based food industry´s largest, most important trade event. 2013´s expo included approximately half a million square feet of exhibition space, with the latest ingredient, equipment, technology, packaging and supply solutions from 815 exhibiting companies. This represents a 13 percent increase in exhibitors over 2010´s event, with 19 percent more square footage. Looking to continue this growth trend, the IBIE committee met in Florida to appoint committee officers and set the strategic plan for the next Baking Expo, which takes place October 08 to 11 2016, in Las Vegas. Leading the committee for the October 2016 event is new IBIE chairman, Michael J. Cornelis. Cornelis currently serves as Vice President at American Pan and brings over 25 years of leadership experience in the baking industry to IBIE. «I am truly honoured to be elected chairman for IBIE 2016», says Cornelis. «Michael Beaty did an incredible job as chairman of IBIE 2013. My goal is to build on the momentum he helped create in order to grow the expo and deliver even more value to our industry». «IBIE is fortunate to have a leader like Michael Cornelis», states former IBIE chairman Michael Beaty. «I am confident he will have a strong positive impact on the expo and the industry at large».
IBIE, sponsored by the American Bakers Association (ABA), the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) and the Retail Bakers of America (RBA), is recognized worldwide as the grain-based food industry´s largest, most comprehensive 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 500’000 net square feet. The triennial event will 2016 be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.