For bakers around the world, iba is just as popular as the Champions League in the sports world. Approximately 70,000 trade visitors from all continents are expected at the world's leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks that will take place from Sept. 12-17, 2015, at the Fairground Messe München in Munich, Germany. Among them will be the world's best bakers who will be competing for the gold medal in the iba-UIBC-CUP "Baker" competition.

Peru, France, the Netherlands, USA, China, Hungary, Spain, Croatia, Russia, Denmark, Japan and Germany - these are the participating countries in this year's iba-UIBC-CUP "Baker". In this international championship, bakers from 12 nations compete against each other in teams of two. It is held every three years at the iba and is regarded as a professional accolade by bakers around the world.

The competition will take place from Sept. 12-14, 2015. Four teams per day will compete in the glass bakeries in Hall B3. The theme of this year's Cup is "Circus," and it will definitely be interesting to see the various interpretations of the respective participants. Among others, bakers have to prepare different types of bread, small pastries, party pastries and Danish pastries as well as a baked showpiece. In addition to the baked goods, the presentation and show will also be evaluated. At the end, the best bakers will be given a chance to delight the audience with their skills.

All four bakeries have similar facilities. Ovens, equipment, machinery as well as the raw materials to be used will be identical. The participants have the freedom to choose their recipes, designs and preparation methods. On all three days, the competition will start an hour before the fair at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm. Visitors can marvel at the results at the stand of the German Baker's Confederation in Hall B3. An international jury consisting of Günther Koerffer (Sweden), Erwin Heftberger (Austria), Werner Hürlimann (Switzerland), Franz Schuster (Italy) and Wolfgang Schäfer (Germany) will evaluate the competitors' pieces. The overall winner will be honored on the end of the third day, Sept.  14 at 5:30 pm at the iba forum in Hall B3.

Relevant dates for the teams:
Saturday, Sept. 12: Peru, France, The Netherlands, USA
Sunday, Sept. 13: China, Hungary, Spain, Croatia
Monday, Sept. 14: Russia, Denmark, Japan, Germany

The participants:
USA: Katie Vanek, Ashley Nichols
Germany: Felix Remmele, Mark Mundri
France: Baptiste Guery, Antoine Lenaff
The Netherlands: Tim Boers, Kris Huysman
Spain: Josep Pascual Aguilera, José Roldán Triviño
Croatia: Damir Kregar, Renata Kruhan
Russia: Anna Gribanova, Elena Savenkova
Denmark: Eva Jorgensen, Dan Christensen
Japan: Noritoshi Shibuya, Hirokazu Asai
Peru: To be announced (TBA)
China: Tang Jianbo, Liao Jinzhong
Hungary: Roland Tukacs, Zoltan Tako

iba, the world's leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks, takes place every three years at the Fairground Messe München. The trade fair encompasses all the products and technologies that are relevant in the daily operations of bakers and confectioners of all company sizes as well as of restaurateurs and decision makers from the food retail sector.

The range of topics extends from raw materials, ingredients, baking aids and half-finished products to production technology, process optimization, small and large machines and computer systems to complete interiors of bakeries, cafes and pastry shops, sales and out-of-home consumption. Around 70,000 trade visitors from more than 160 countries came to visit iba 2012. Overall, over 1,200 companies from 58 countries exhibited.

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