IBIE 2022 is eagerly opening

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LA VEGAS
IBIE 2022 brought together a dispersed industry when it opened on Sunday, September 18. As 2022 IBIE Committee Chairman Dennis Gunnell, President of Formost Fuji, cut the ceremonial bread, relief and gratitude were the emotions of the day as the industry returned to Las Vegas after three long years of pandemic isolation and unprecedented challenges.

“I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to be here today,” Mr Gunnell said. “When we concluded our 2019 event, none of us could have imagined what lay ahead. And for three years, our industry has faced some of the greatest challenges of our time: a global pandemic, major fluctuations demand, global supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, inflation, and for a while we weren’t sure if we could hold a live event.

Pent-up energy after three years of restricted travel and canceled or postponed events fueled excitement for this year’s show. On Sunday, baker footfall had increased by double digits and surpassed 2019 figures. That figure validated the theme Mr Gunnell spoke about: resilience.

“But we are here, together,” Mr Gunnell said. “Resilient and stronger than ever. The baking industry is unlike any other. We are a tight-knit community. Many of us are like family. We adapt, we endure and, above all, we innovate.

The opening ceremony took place in front of the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, which was under construction during the previous exhibition. In addition to showcasing a new room, Mr. Gunnell highlighted many other new features for attendees to enjoy. The growing cannabis market for the bakery is the focus of the Central Cannabis Pavilion (Booth #7547), and the Sanitation Pavilion in the West Hall centralizes exhibitors who offer solutions for food safety.

Mr. Gunnell celebrated that IBIE is a place to experience the latest technology, whether in equipment, ingredients, packaging or safety technology, and this year’s event would be the best opportunity for attendees to see everything the industry has been working on since 2019.

“As you walk through the show this year, you’ll see advancements and opportunities in every aisle, from automation and robotics to new ingredient solutions,” he said. “The industry is changing rapidly and IBIE 2022 is where you can get the full picture of what’s happening now and in the future.”

The Innovation Showcase, powered by Sosland Publishing Co., orients attendees to the latest technologies they will find at the show. This year, the Innovation Showcase is located in the Convention Center North and West Hall Connector.

Vice President Jorge Zarate, Global Senior Vice President of Operations and Engineering, Grupo Bimbo, welcomed Expo and emphasized the value of being together.

“We now know that Zoom cannot replace – and does not even compare to – what IBIE has to offer: the face-to-face interactions, the casual conversations that happen on the living room, the direct experience of equipment and technology – to see it close, touch, test and speak directly with our contacts,” Mr. Zarate said. “It’s our community’s platform, and it’s great to see you all here , today.”

Mr. Zarate will take over as committee chair for IBIE 2025.

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