Independent retail bakeries, craft bread bakers, cake shops, bakery cafes, patisseries and more will surely benefit from attending the one show of the year that promises to bring all of the baking industry’s top trends and product innovations under one roof.

The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), commonly known as the Baking Expo and the Western Hemisphere’s largest baking industry event, is on track to be bigger and better than ever with a nearly sold-out show floor. Set for Sept. 8-11 in Las Vegas, the enlarged expo floor plan will host more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest in automation/technology, ingredients and industry trends across the vertical supply chain for every role and every segment of the grain-based food industry.

At one event, bakers, cake decorators, pastry chefs and others from the retail and intermediate wholesale sector will benefit from the opportunity to soak in a full 360-degree view of the baking industry. Bakeries looking to answer such important questions as, “Is it time to scale?,” or “How do I scale up my operation?” will be able to find their answers at IBIE.

Innovations in product development will be on full display, covering every sector of the baking business including decorating tools, equipment, packaging and ingredients. Attendees will enjoy the ability to find out where consumer trends are heading and — through IBIE’s comprehensive education tracks — learn how to bring that innovation into their own retail operations to build a stronger business.

“The IBIE Committee has been working hard to ensure we’re delivering maximum value to IBIE attendees at every step of their show experience and along the industry supply chain—whether they’re walking the show floor looking for the latest advancements or attending a hands-on demonstration in one of our new artisan marketplaces,” says Joe Turano, IBIE Chair. “Unlike smaller events, IBIE is the complete solution for our industry, produced by our industry. We continue to push the boundaries to ensure we’re advancing the grain-based food industry as a whole through the diverse and cutting-edge offerings that can be found at IBIE.”

New in 2019, IBIE will launch IBIEducate, a full day of education on Sept. 7, one day prior to the exhibit hall opening. Now attendees can dedicate a full day to targeted education, designed to deliver valuable ideas and strategies to improve bakery products, optimize production and support business growth.

IBIE provides a forum for manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their equipment, supply and ingredient solutions to more than 23,000 baking professionals from around the world, debut their new technologies and innovation, and build meaningful business relationships across all segments of the grain-based food industry.

This year’s event comes after a record-setting IBIE 2016, where the exhibit hall was completely sold out and as a result, the event was recognized by Trade Show Executive magazine as one of the Fastest 50 Growing U.S. Trade Shows and one of the Gold 100 largest shows in the United States.

“With a 65% increase in attendance over the past decade, IBIE is undoubtedly experiencing an exciting growth trajectory,” Turano says. “Not only can attendees anticipate 1,000-plus exhibitors in a sold-out show floor, but they can also look forward to a most valuable and unique experience that covers a diverse range of products and trends representative of the baking community—from artisan to wholesale, pizza to snacks and all specialties in between.”