There are several organizations within industrial baking, and these groups often work to bring together business leaders, researchers and academics, and sometimes political or regulatory groups. The aim of this cross-industry collaboration is usually to align efforts on important and emerging topics within the industrial baking industry and to promote the industry as a whole. The efforts of these organizations have far reaching impacts – from farmers producing raw materials to purveyors of used industrial ovens. The International Association of Plant Bakers (AIBI) is one of the largest of the industry organizations, with a long history and a broad membership.
AIBI is based out of Brussels and is formed by the national bakery associations of 16 countries, which in total represents over 2,200 large bakeries in Europe and beyond. AIBI is the abbreviation of the french title Association Internationale de la Boulangerie Industrielle, which translates in English to International Association of Plant Bakers. It was founded in 1956 in Paris and has stated its mission as representing its members’ interests, especially within European and international institutions such as the EU Commission, European Council, and European Parliament. This representation has taken many forms in the past, from founding initiatives that span the continent to disseminating information regarding new regulations such as food labeling to holding an annual Congress where members and industry leaders can convene.
Current objectives and membership
One of the current objectives of AIBI is to determine strategies for promoting bread in Europe. To that end, members of AIBI attended a joint symposium with the Federation of European Union Manufacturers and Suppliers of Ingredients to the Bakery, Confectionery, and Patisserie Industries (FEDIMA) that provided its content in three parts: “Part 1 – Perspectives on Bread and its Promotion Opportunities,” “Part 2 – The Different Bread Campaigns in Europe,” “Part 3 – Setting up Your Bread Promotion Campaign.” There are many well-known industrial baking industry businesses on their membership rolls, including Lesaffre, the world’s largest producer of baking yeast, and industrial baking equipment titans like Fritsch and Mecatherm. With member businesses such as these, the work and progress of AIBI in its mission resonates across the industry, in bakeries big and small, and in multiple layers of their business, whether that is how to label their products or when it’s time to scale and purchase used Mecatherm industrial bakery equipment.
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