Bakers Journal

Over 90 educational sessions at IBIE 2016

April 12, 2016
By Doug Picklyk

Washington, D.C.— The opportunity comes only once every three years, and this fall’s International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), will be hosting an expanded educational program for bakery professionals at all levels. The new program begins the day before expo, which runs Oct. 8–11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The show company has added more than 20 new seminars featuring expanded content for upper management. In total the education program includes over 90 sessions covering a broad range of topics, encouraging companies to bring their entire teams to train every employee on role-specific strategies for running a more profitable business.

“For more than a year, we’ve worked with industry partners and key stakeholders to put together the most comprehensive, in-depth program to date—one highly relevant for all employees at every level, from management to R&D, from bakery owner to the line worker,” said Andrea Henderson, IBIE committee member and education task force chair, in a release.

This year’s speakers include subject matter experts and business moguls that run some of the largest bakeries in the world, including Todd Hale, Lee Sanders and Ramon Rivera.


The education program begins on Oct. 7, the day before the expo opens, with RPIA’s Business of Baking for Beginners seminar and the Tortilla Industry Association’s two-day Technical and Management Conference.

The seminars at IBIE are organized into nine targeted tracks: AIB Technical, Retail, Bread Bakers Guild of America, International, Management, Sales and Marketing, Ingredients & Processes, Food Safety & Sanitation, and Retail Hands-on (Cake & Pastry Decorating). Sessions are held daily from 8:30 a.m. to noon and in the evening to give attendees the opportunity to explore the expo floor.

A few highlighted topics include:

  • Closing the Workforce Gap
  • The Future of Wholesale Baking with Marijuana
  • Baker’s Dilemma: PHO Free Toolbox for Fats and Oils
  • Preparations for Product Recalls
  • Clean Label: Meeting Consumer Expectations and Overcoming Baking Challenges
  • Mid-Year Consumer Update with Todd Hale

For more details on IBIE and the education program visit

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