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IBIE 2016, the largest ever


October 19, 2016
By Bakers Journal
Crowds entering IBIE 2016 on the first day of the show. Photo: Bakers Journal

Las Vegas – Held every three years, the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) is the most anticipated event for the grain-based food industry in North America, and the 2016 edition held October 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center exceeded past shows drawing a larger number of exhibitors and attracting attendees from over 100 countries.

More than 1,000 exhibitors filled two major trade show halls covering more than 700,000 square feet of exhibit space. The exhibitor count was up 28 per cent over 2013, including  340 exhibitors new to IBIE.

The show company reports that over 23,000 attendees registered for the four-day event, a nine per cent increase over 2013, and a large part of the growth has been attributed to international markets which accounted for some 30 per cent of the total attendance. 

“The quality and depth of IBIE’s attendees, exhibitors and education sessions was incredible,” said Michael J. Cornelis, chair of IBIE, in a post-show release. “IBIE is continually evolving and growing to meet the needs of baking industry professionals, as well as the trends in the industry, and this year we saw a record-breaking show with the largest show floor, number of exhibitors, innovation showcase and education program in IBIE’s history.”

Roaming the show floor, Bakers Journal was fortunate to run into some Canadian visitors and speak with a number of exhibitors from Canada as well. The overall response was very positive, with the visitors finding new and innovative products while the exhibitors were all very happy with the level of traffic and quality of the leads they were gathering.

IBIE will return to Las Vegas in 2019 with the dates to be confirmed in early 2017. www.ibie2016.com