Business and Operations
IBA postponed to 2023
By Bakers Journal
GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH, the organizer for IBA, announced that they are postponing the international baking industry trade show to 2023.
The international trade fair for the baking and confectionery industry will not be able to go ahead as planned from 24th to 28th of October 2021. The next trade show is set to take place in Munich from 22nd to 26th of October 2023. This is a result of global uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, and the trade fair would like to “be able to maintain its international character and the need to provide the industry with a global offer and long-term planning security,” as a recent press release noted.
Due to the uncertain development of the pandemic with continuing global travel restrictions, as well as a busy international trade fair schedule for the coming year, a staging of iba in 2022 is assessed as not advisable for all parties involved.
The IBA’s Advisory Board welcomes the decision to postpone, they admit it has been a difficult one to make. Michael Wippler, President of the German Bakers’ Confederation said in a statement: “It is very regrettable that IBA, as we love and know it, cannot take place this autumn. There is no substitute for being able to attend trade fairs in person and we all long for a face-to-face get-together, especially since there is a great need for exchange and an industry get-together. As bakers, we are optimists by nature and we are already looking forward to catching up with each other in person at the iba 2023!”