Attendee FAQs



About IBIE
IBIE 2016, the International Baking Industry Exposition, will take place October 8 – 11, 2016, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  This tradeshow takes place every three years.  It will span nearly 500,000 net square feet of space with approximately 800 exhibitors displaying every product and service there is that pertains to the baking industry.  The show is expected to draw over 20,000 baking professionals. The International Baking Industry Exposition is the largest tradeshow held in North America that showcases the industry’s latest technologies, equipment and new product introductions.

IBIE is produced by the International Baking Industry Exposition, LLC and supported by the American Bakers Association (ABA), BEMA and the Retail Bakers of America. IBIE was founded in 1920 by ABA and BEMA to provide a forum to connect bakers with suppliers to further the good of the industry. Proceeds from the show are invested back into the industry.

What does IBIE stand for?
IBIE stands for International Baking Industry Exposition. It is also commonly referred to as “Expo” or “Baking Expo.”

What are the IBIE 2016 dates?
October 8 – 11, 2016 (Saturday – Tuesday).

Where is IBIE 2016 being held?
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

When will Registration for IBIE 2016 be open? 
Attendee registration for IBIE 2016 will open in early 2016.

What are the dates of the education component of IBIE 2016?
October 7 – 11, 2016, starting at 8:30 AM each day.

What are the tradeshow hours?
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday through Monday, October 8 – 10, 2016
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

What are the on-site registration hours?
Saturday, October 8                         8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 9                           7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, October 10                        8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 11                        8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

How many people are expected to attend IBIE?
Approximately 20,000 baking professionals are expected to attend.

Who attends IBIE?
Participants represent the entire industry including small, medium and large wholesale bakery plants; retail bakeries and outlets; in-house supermarkets; catering companies; restaurants/hotels; artisan bakeries, coffee shops, pizza restaurants/chains, etc.

Can anyone attend the show?  Do you have to be in the baking industry?
IBIE is designed for trade professionals in the grain-based foods industry – it is not a consumer show. We only encourage food manufacturers and suppliers in the industry to attend.  Guests and spouses are welcome to attend with an industry trade professional, however guests and spouses are not complimentary. All attendees are subject to the registration fee.

I am coming from overseas, how do I get a letter of invitation to obtain a Visa?
If you are an international registrant, you will automatically receive a link to request an invitation letter for a Visa as well as delivery options for receiving the letter. You can also call IBIE 2016 customer service (708) 786- 4102 and (866) 585-4102 to request a visa letter.  Visa letters are contingent upon registering for IBIE 2016. You cannot receive a Visa letter unless you have registered.

What is the dress/attire?
The dress code varies from business attire to business casual to casual based on the business you plan to conduct at the show.  Shirt and shoes are required of course; comfortable, covered shoes are recommended – IBIE is a big show with a lot of floor space to cover! We suggest dressing comfortably, but dress code is strictly a personal preference.

Can I take pictures at the trade show?
Cameras are strictly prohibited on the show floor. Exceptions are authorized members of the media. Camera passes for media members are available in the Media Information Center at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

What if I forget or lose my badge during the IBIE show?
Once a badge has been printed and mailed or picked up onsite, it will not be automatically re-printed upon request. Please come to the Registration Area at the Convention Center and ask to see a supervisor.

You will be asked to show identification. At the discretion of IBIE Management, REPLACEMENT BADGES MAY BE SUBJECT TO THE FULL BADGE FEE.

Are children and strollers permitted in the exhibit halls?
We regret that absolutely no children 12 years of age and younger are permitted on the exhibit floor. This includes infants in strollers. This rule will be strictly enforced by IBIE Management for safety and insurance purposes. You must be 13 years or older to be on the show floor. No exceptions will be made. There are no on-site childcare services.

Are there childcare services that I can hire onsite?
There are no childcare services onsite whatsoever. We strongly discourage bringing children 12 and under to the convention center as they will not be allowed in any of the halls – having someone watch them in the lobby is not recommended.

How can I get a show directory?
Show directories are available onsite for all attendees. They can be found in bins in various locations in the convention center. A list of 2013 exhibitors is available here. Product locator finders and booth number lists will be available at the show.

Does the Convention Center offer assistance for visitors with disabilities?
We want you to enjoy IBIE 2016. If you have any special needs, there is an opportunity on the registration form to provide any special needs information, or you can call Kelly Kotche at (202) 789-0300 or email at IBIE will do everything possible to assist you. 

Helpful information for attendees with disabilities:

Wheelchair or scooter rental:
Requests for wheelchair and scooter rentals can be made through Scootaround Mobility Solutions; phone (888) 441-7575 for reservations. Scooter rental requests can be made online. You can book your mobility rental up to one year in advance and have it delivered to your hotel (pick up at Bell Desk) or you can make arrangements to pick it up at the FedEx Office located in the Grand Lobby (Central Hall) and the South Hall Lobby.

Automatic Doors:
Automatic doors have been installed at both facilities at the most frequently used entrances for our disabled visitors.

TDDs (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) are located throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center. At the IBIE 2013 show they were located in the C (Central) and N (North) Halls, not in the S (South) Hall. This information may change for IBIE 2016 and will be updated accordingly.

There is one TTD at the bank of courtesy phones across from Dispatch (near Hall C3), one at the bank outside Room N243 (top of Grand Lobby escalators), one in the Hall S1 lobby, and one in the Hall S3 lobby.

Is there a shipping office in the Convention Center?
There is a FedEx Office onsite located in the Grand Lobby (Central Hall) and the South Hall Lobby of the Convention Center. Please call (702) 943-6780 for more information and list of services.

For general questions about IBIE 2016, please call (202) 789-0300, or email


When will Registration for IBIE 2016 be open? 
Attendee registration for IBIE 2016 will be available online in early 2016.

How do I register?
Attendee registration for IBIE 2016 will be available online in early 2016. On-site registration will be available at a higher fee.

What was the cost to attend IBIE 2013?
In 2013, the Registration Fee for current members of partnering associations (ABA, BEMA, RBA, ASB, AIB, APC, BBGA, BCMA, IBA, WFC and GFF) were:
Registration fee on or before October 4:                                                $  75.00
On-site Registration fee (October 5-9):                                                  $  125.00

2013 Non-member Registration Fees were:
Registration fee on or before October 4:                                                $  95.00
On-site Registration fee October 5 to the end of show:                         $ 125.00

What are “members of partnering associations” and why is the fee less than the non-member registration?
If you are a member of an IBIE partnering association (ABA, BEMA, RBA, ASB, AIB, APC, BBGA, BCMA, IBA, WFC and GFF), you qualify for a membership discount. As a benefit of being a member of one of these associations, in 2013 members paid the same registration fee charged in IBIE 2010 with no cost increase.

I think I may be a member of one of these associations, how do I register to get the discount?
If you are a member of one of the partnering associations and are on their regular mailing list, you should receive a membership DISCOUNT CODE in the promotional emails from IBIE once registration for 2016 opens. You can also call your association of which you are a member to verify membership and have them give the discount code to you. You MUST be a member and can prove credentials to receive the discount code.

Can students attend the show and what documentation is required to prove current enrollment?
Students can receive complimentary registration through participation in the IBIE Volunteer Program, which requires five hours of volunteer commitment. Tasks will include things such as, checking attendees into seminars and helping with the show-floor demos and competitions. Students are also free to sit-in on sessions they are assisting with once duties are completed.

To prove enrollment, students must provide a scanned copy or photo of a current Student I.D. and upload it with their online registration. If students do not wish to volunteer, they may still attend at the discounted rate of $25.

*Registration for students will be available in early 2016

Are faculty of culinary institutes complimentary and what documentation do I need to retrieve my badge for the show?
Faculty badges are complimentary. Online registration for IBIE 2016 will be available in early 2016. Faculty must provide a scanned copy of their current Faculty I.D.

Are members of the press complimentary?
Yes, press must register using a registration form online or on-site. Credentials must be presented in the Media Information Center on-site to receive a complimentary registration.  Click here for more information, or contact Samantha Lee at (619) 298-1445, ext. 105 or email her at


What IBIE educational seminar programs are available and how much do they cost?
IBIE’s focused coursework includes more than 50 content-rich sessions and covers a range of relevant categories: baking technology, food safety and security, business management, cake and cookie decorating, artisan bread making, healthy baking and more. Education seminar information, including cost, will be available in 2015.

How do I sign up to attend a seminar and can I add education to my registration at a later date?
Once registration opens for IBIE 2016 (in early 2016), you will be able to register for education sessions. You will also be able to add education sessions/update your registration at any time prior to the show or on-site as availability allows. Sessions tend to fill up quickly, so please remember to register early.


How does a corporate meeting work at IBIE?
Corporate meetings are easy at IBIE! Holding your company’s annual meeting in conjunction with IBIE allows you to reduce travel expenses and travel time, get free or discounted meeting space and give your staff the opportunity to participate in IBIE. You will work closely with IBIE staff to ensure you receive the best meeting space and rooms available to fit your company’s needs.

Can I schedule a smaller meeting (1 – 10 people for example)?
Yes! IBIE staff can work with you on any size meeting that you may want to hold, pending space availability. Meeting space is assigned on a first come, first served basis.

What hours can meetings occur?
Corporate or small meetings can occur outside of the IBIE show hours of 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, October 7 – 11, 2016.

What do I need to do to have a meeting at IBIE?
To arrange space at the Convention Center or at select Las Vegas Hotels, please contact Matt Grogg at (202) 789-0300, ext. 118, or


How do I book a hotel room?
Special hotel rates and travel discounts are available exclusively for IBIE 2016 participants through Travel Planners, the official housing provider for IBIE 2016. Housing will open in October 2014. To be first in line for the absolute best hotel rates in Las Vegas, click here and you will be notified when the official housing program opens. Be sure to make your hotel reservations early to ensure availability!

PLEASE NOTE: Travel Planners is the only official housing provider for IBIE 2016. IBIE cannot guarantee room rates or availability by any other company or representative. Hotel reservations made through any company other than Travel Planners are at the exclusive risk of the individual and cannot be guaranteed by IBIE.

Will there be transportation provided to the convention center from my hotel?
Shuttle buses are available during peak hours to and from IBIE hotels that are not considered “within walking distance,” such as the Las Vegas Hilton. Buses will run approximately every 15 minutes and begin at the first hotel for each bus route at 7:30 AM each morning of the show.  Shuttle buses will run up to an hour after the show ends each day.