The 2016 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) will recognize the 2016 Becoming Environmentally Sustainable Together (B.E.S.T.) in Baking award winners during the triennial trade show this October.

Introduced in 2010, the B.E.S.T. in Baking program recognizes exhibitors that supply equipment, packaging, ingredients, products and/or services that foster energy and water conservation, decrease landfill waste and promote overall healthy living and reduction in environmental impact.

And, a part of changes for 2016, the program has expanded to include categories for retail and wholesale bakers, as well as products related to ingredients, packaging and logistics, in addition to equipment.

A panel of judges with expertise in sustainability and baking best practices selected the 2016 B.E.S.T. in Baking winners. All submissions were evaluated for environmental impact, innovation, feasibility, ROI and practical application to the baking industry.

“We can make an incredibly positive impact on the environment by employing even more sustainable practices across the wide spectrum of our industry,” said Michael Cornelis, chairman, IBIE. “IBIE is proud to lead the way in this effort and recognize those who are putting environmentally sustainable practices to use every day; they are an inspiration and we’re happy to recognize their progress.”

The 2016 B.E.S.T. in Baking selections include:


Top honors: Heuft Thermo-Oel GmbH & Co.

Honorable mentions: Air Management Technologies, Bakery Concepts International, Revent

Additional companies that qualified for the program: American Pan, Auto-Bake, Bühler AG, Chiorino Inc., CLM Bakery System SRL, Doran Scales, Doyon/NU-VU, Flexco, Flynn Burner Corp., Goodway Technologies, Hayon Manufacturing Corp., Koenig Bakery Systems, KREA Swiss AG, MIWE America, Pfannenberg, Reading Bakery Systems, Sealpump Engineering, Shaffer Mixers & Processing Equipment, Topos Mondial Corp., VMI, WP Bakery Group USA


Top honors: Palsgaard

Honorable mentions: Daabon Organic USA, Western Sugar Cooperative

Qualified for program: Arla Foods, Barry Callebaut, Best Cooking Pulses, Briess Malt & Ingredients, Ciranda, Corbion, DuPont, Fiberstar


Top honors: Citamel Packaging

Honorable mention: Tielman North America


Top honors: FlexiBake ERP

Honorable mention: NetGlo Corp., Qualified for Program, Focus Works

Wholesale Bakery

Top honors: Pepperidge Farm

Honorable Mentions: ARYZTA, Dawn Foods, Qualified for Program, CraftMark Bakery

Retail Bakery

Top honors: O&H Danish Bakery

Honorable mentions: Small World Food, New Freshbread Bakeshop, Qualified for Program, Pearl Bakery, BrewBakers

Also known as the Baking Expo, IBIE was founded more than 30 years ago by the American Bakers Association (ABA) and the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA). In 2010, the Retail Bakers of America (RBA) joined the partnership.

The triennial show is the largest baking trade show in North America and recognized worldwide as the grain-based industry’s largest, most comprehensive event, a “working show,” where millions of dollars of business is conducted daily. This year’s show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Oct. 8-11 and features more than 900 leading manufacturers and suppliers covering more than 700,000 square feet of exhibit space with more than 20,000 expected to attend.