Each autumn the American Bakers Association brings together leaders of the baking industry for the ABA Technical Conference to share innovations, discuss best practices, and work to make the industry stronger together. The Technical Conference is designed for bakers, equipment suppliers, industry activists, and more. Basically anyone involved with baking. FoodTools attended to represent the food portioning side of the baking process.

American Bakers Association Stronger Together Technical Conference 2017


The 2017 conference was held in San Antonio and was the first year of attendance for FoodTools. “We’ve been actively involved with BEMA (Bakery Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds) and ASB (American Society of Baking), and recently started coordinating with ABA to make a larger impact in the world of baking” said Sergio Caballero, Regional Sales Manager for FoodTools.

FoodTools At The ABA Technical Conference
Robb MacKie, America Bakers Association with Sergio Caballero, FoodTools

As the baking industry amassed in Texas Sergio met old friends and made new acquaintances with bakers from around the country. “Being our first time at the Technical Conference, it was nice to meet new bakers and suppliers. Networking with other suppliers is a great way to keep up with the quick evolving innovations and it goes without saying that we always like meeting new bakers” reported Sergio.

ABA Technical Conference FoodTools
Kerwin Brown, BEMA, and Sergio Caballero, FoodTools visit Hill Country Bakery

Caballero attended breakout sessions and expert panels and soaked up knowledge on topics ranging from best business practices, ingredients, staffing, leadership, and more. Sergio noted “The point that stuck with me most was that the baking industry is still growing each year and shows no sign of slowing down, which is great for all of us!”

Sergio recommends that anyone involved in the baking industry should attend next year’s ABA Technical Conference to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. “Attending ABA events like the Technical Conference keeps you updated on the hottest trends and basic business practices that will help grow any bakery. You can’t afford to miss it!”

To review the upcoming American Bakers Association events, including the annual ABA Technical Conference, click here. See you next year!

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