A.B.A. and B.&C.M.A.
A vote on the proposed merger of A.B.A. and B.&C.M.A will take place during the 2017 A.B.A. Convention set for March 26-29.

WASHINGTON — A vote on the proposed merger of the American Bakers Association and the Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers’ Association will take place during the 2017 A.B.A. Convention set for March 26-29 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Last week, the A.B.A.’s Board of Governors received a “Resolution for Consideration,” which both the A.B.A. Executive Committee and board of directors unanimously recommended for approval. To approve the changes, there must be a two-thirds approval vote by the Board of Governors.

The B.&C.M.A. 114th Annual Convention is co-located with the 2017 A.B.A. Convention, presenting an opportunity for a merger signing ceremony during the all-membership meeting if approval from each organization’s membership is received, the associations said.

Robb MacKie, ABA
Robb MacKie, president and c.e.o. of the A.B.A.

“After many meetings and conversations with A.B.A. and B.&C.M.A. stakeholders, it is clear that there are tremendous synergies and that combining the two organizations will return significant added value for the industry,” said Robb MacKie, president and chief executive officer of the A.B.A. “Dave Van Laar and I are both very excited about what the future holds.”

Also during the all-membership meeting, the Grain Foods Foundation will present its “Fresh Take Talks from IBIE 2016.” This round of educational sessions will feature experts in health, media and social trends offering convention attendees new information that will help shape their business. The A.B.A.’s government relations professional staff also will share the A.B.A.’s policy priorities for 2017 and what attendees can expect from Washington in the coming year.