2019 Technical Conference

When: October 20-23, 2019
Location: Marriott Atlanta Marquis

It’s the only event like it in the baking industry: a three-day intensive technical education conference specifically for operations and manufacturing professionals from around the world. The annual conference, in its 93rd year, solves today’s cookie and cracker manufacturing issues through an interactive exchange of ideas, best practices sharing, and a hands-on workshop.

During the conference’s 15 sessions – including the popular IncuBAKER – industry experts help baker and suppliers address baker-specific education and identify solutions to common manufacturing challenges and processes.  The Bakery Tour, a past favorite, returns again: this year’s host is The Bakery Cos. Masada Facility. Attendees will also find many returning features, including table-top exhibits, awards ceremony, keynote speakers, and the Monday Night Event.

Conference Key Features Include:  
• State of the Industry Address
• Hands-On Training Workshop
• Bakery Tour
• IncuBAKER – Interactive Audience Experience
• Educational Breakout Sessions – focusing on production, technology, management and sustainability issues
• Expert Panels
• Table Top Exhibits
• First-Year Attendee Breakfast
• Product Display – Manufacturers from around the world send in their tasty treats for all attendees to enjoy
• Opportunities for business-to-business networking, meeting industry leaders and connecting with peers
• Motivational Speaker

IncuBAKER – An Interactive Audience Experience

IncuBAKER uses the power of your peers to discuss on the job challenges, incubate specific issues and generate baking solutions.  This team-led activity will have you working with your fellow industry professionals to solve problems that matter to all industry professionals. Attendees will be assigned a table based off their registration and an industry challenge to work through. Teams will have to brainstorm ideas, discuss the best possible outcomes, and work together to create a final proposal. At the end of the session, groups will have the chance to share their cookies to success.

*NEW* this Year:

College credits and Cookie & Cracker Manufacturing Course project credit. Cookie & Cracker Manufacturing Correspondence Course students have a chance to receive 100% on ONE work project by participating in either the Hands-On or Front Line Leadership Workshop. In addition, American Bakers Association is offering Kansas State University Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit for select breakout sessions. Students can add the nominal credit fee to their registration. The credit requires a short quiz after attending the session.

Active students enrolled in the Cookie & Cracker Manufacturing Course or enrolled in either the Entry Level Training Program or Intermediate Courses from January 1, 2019, to October 14, 2019, can receive a 25% discount off registration. *Must be enrolled by the time of registration.  Contact Vanessa Vial or Pippa O’Shea for the code or for more information.

Meet professional development goals, optimize plant floor operations, and establish manufacturing excellence at ABA’s 2019 Technical Conference.