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Artisan bakery trends take center stage at iba

Artisan bakery is one of the focus topics at iba in October 2023, combining tradition with innovation and national with international perspectives. The highlights will include exhibitor product presentations, dedicated action areas as well as lectures held at the iba.SPEAKERS AREA and the iba.FORUM. Competitions such as the German Championships of Master Bakers or the iba.UIBC.CUP of Bakers and Confectioners will also bring craftsmanship into the spotlight.

The German Bakers‘ Confederation

At stand 230 in hall A4, the German Bakers‘ Confederation (Zentralverband des Deutschen Bäckerhandwerks) will present insights into German bread culture and its tradition. “The bakery trade is popular and enduring. Especially in this day and age, people appreciate the reflection on traditional craftsmanship, paired with innovations and regional raw materials,” emphasizes Michael Wippler, President of the German Bakers‘ Confederation.

The German Bakers‘ Confederation will also organize two guided trade fair tours per day, lasting approximately two hours, on the topic of artisan bakery. Visitors can also find out about the latest vocational training and further education courses at the Association of Academies of the German Baking Trade (ADB). The offer ranges from current master classes to international advanced training such as the Certified Bread Sommelier or the Diploma in German Bread Baking.
Artisan bakery halls

Solutions for artisan bakery will be highlighted in dedicated, adjacent halls at iba (A3 and A4). Wolf ButterBack (hall A3, stand 371), for example, will be exhibiting croissant varieties and Danish pastries as well as innovative snack ideas. BÄKO will exhibit a mixture of digital and AI-supported products for optimizing operational processes as well as new technology and equipment. The Boyens Backservice stand will also be focusing on digitalization in artisan bakery – its ‘Colleague Robot’ will be demonstrated live.

Hall A4 will include a focus on chocolate. Bongard, also in this hall, will showcase a special process for cutting and forming dough pieces called ‘PANEOTRAD®’. The new iba.START UP AREA supported by Puratos is also in A4. The Baguette Academy is one of the companies in this section, introducing its repertoire of specialist courses: from pain au chocolat to brioche and French baguette. Print4Taste will be showing a new 3D food printer for professionals using a plug & play solution. Bakeronline will present digital tools – from apps to online shops.

This year, the four main topics in focus at iba are artisan bakery, digitalization, food trends and sustainability.

Photo: forming pizza at iba 2018. Credit: GHM