The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) is
October 6-9 in Las Vegas, N.V., and we have your “inside scoop” on how to make
the most of your time in Las Vegas. Here’s everything you need to know before
you go, in 10 easy tips:
1. Register online before you arrive.
This saves you money (at least $30 over
onsite fees), and it saves you time. Unless
you simply enjoy standing in line, register at IBIE2013.com and hit the ground
running when you get to the Las Vegas
2. Book your hotel in the block.
Not only are all rates backed by a Best
Rate Pledge, you don’t have to worry
about getting “walked” to another hotel
because yours was oversold. Finally, a
portion of your room rate gets invested
back into the industry for things like scholarships and PR campaigns to
promote the benefits of grain-based foods.
3. Use IBIE discounts when booking your flight. Early October is
generally a slow period for travel, so great deals are still available. Try
a travel site like Kayak.com to find cheap airfares and then use the following codes to save up to 7 percent:
• Delta Domestic — NMGFU
• Delta International — NMGFV
• American — 71H3AQ
• United — 862800ZQDQ
• Don’t forget to check Southwest, too, for great last minute fares.
4. Take advantage of discounted transportation from the airport.
Need a ride from the Las Vegas Airport to your hotel? IBIE has partnered
with LASxpress to offer $17.99 one-way airport transfers.
5. Download the show app. IBIE has more exhibitors, more education sessions and more demos and onsite show features than ever.
To ensure you don’t miss a thing, download the mobile app and begin
personalizing your agenda with all of the classes, suppliers and features
that relate to your objective and mission. Visit www.IBIE2013.com/mobi
6. Make the case to attend. Need some help getting your boss
to say “yes”? Use the IBIE website to make a list of the educational
sessions you want to attend and the suppliers you will visit. Be ready
to explain how the information you get here will help improve product,
productivity and profitability for years to come. Use the travel tools to
calculate your airfare, lodging and meals to show how affordable a trip
to Las Vegas can be.
7. See What’s New. Baking’s newest advances will be on full display
in one efficient, state-of-the-art center of innovation. Make sure you
stop by the Innovation Showcase, located in the lobby of the Las Vegas
Convention Center, to see new products and technology that will equip
your food manufacturing operation for the future. Entries include ingredients, equipment, packaging and safety products that have not exhibited at any previous IBIE event.
8. Get smart. Based on popular demand and positive feedback, IBIE’s
education program has been growing exponentially over the past three
show cycles. This year’s program addresses several topics that speak
directly to food manufacturers, such as developing a food manufacturing
work force, food safety and security, plant construction and expansion and
matching production capacity to sales. Registration for education sessions
is up 50 percent over this point in the planning process for the last IBIE, so
our advice is to reserve your spot now before sessions are full.
9. Go green. As part of a commitment to positive transformation
in the world, IBIE is recognizing B.E.S. T. (Becoming Environmentally
Sustainable Together) in Baking suppliers that foster energy conservation, reduced water usage, a decrease in landfill waste, healthy living or
a reduction of the overall impact on the environment. B.E.S. T. suppliers
will be designated in the onsite directory and in the B.E.S. T. in Baking
10. Find inspiration. There’s action and excitement right on the
show floor with several competitions, like Pillsbury Baker’s Plus Creative
Decorating Competition and America’s Best Raisin Bread Contest.
Plus, targeted pavilions, like PMQ’s Pizza Village and the American Pie
Council’s Great American Pie Festival feature demos, contests, entertainment and, best of all, samples!.
Once you’ve made your plans to attend, encourage your co-workers
and colleagues to do the same. IBIE is the industry’s gathering place
and won’t come around again until 2016. This is one event you can’t
miss. For more information, visit www.IBIE2013.com. ◆