LAS VEGAS — The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) will be expanding its educational program to highlight the latest techniques and strategies for streamlining retail operations, improving product quality and increasing profits. IBIE 2016 is set for Oct. 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
As part of the expanded program, IBIE said it has added more than 20 new seminars and now will feature an education program that includes more than 90 sessions designed for professionals of all levels and backgrounds.
This year’s speakers include numerous successful retail bakers, including Roland and Marsha Winbeckler, Ruth Rickey, John Lupo and Julie Bashore. The education program begins on Oct. 7, the day before the Baking Expo opens, with RPIA’s Business of Baking for Beginners seminar (for bakers with less than five years of experience) and the Tortilla Industry Association’s two-day technical and management conference. Throughout the event, celebrity chefs and bakers also will be conducting free demos on the show floor.
Seminars have been organized into targeted tracks: Retail, retail hands-on (cake and pastry decorating), Bread Bakers Guild of America, sales and marketing, management, AIB technical, international, ingredients and processes and food safety and sanitation. Sessions will be held daily from 8:30 a.m. to noon and in the evening to give attendees time to explore the latest innovations exhibited on the Expo floor. Highlighted topics include:
• texturing techniques in fondant and modeling chocolate
• tips for writing and piping on cakes
• 2-D sculpted cakes
• easy edible lace and wafer paper flower
• cake sculpture with internal frame
• tips, tricks, gadgets and interesting factoids for the professional baker
• the future of wholesale baking with marijuana
• mid-year consumer update with Todd Hale
• closing the workforce gap
“We take pride in creating a world-class educational program that provides the knowledge and insights critical to running a profitable wholesale operation,” said Andrea Henderson, IBIE committee member and chair of the Education Task Force. “For more than a year, we’ve worked with industry partners and key stakeholders to put together the most comprehensive, in-depth program yet — one that’s highly relevant for all employees at every level, from management to R.&D., from bakery owner to the line worker.”
For more information about the 2016 IBIE education program and to view the seminar schedule, visit www.IBIE2016.com/education.To register for IBIE 2016, visit www.IBIE2016.com.