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Kennedy's Bakery Production Magazine | June 25, 2019

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Young confectioners to battle it out at iba

Young confectioners to battle it out at iba

The UIBC Junior World Championship of Confectioners will take place at iba for the first time and will see the best young confectioners in the world compete against each other.

For two days (19 and 20 September), teams from Brazil, China, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Norway and Taiwan will show off their talents as they create “sweet masterpieces”. This will be available to watch at iba, Hall 3 Stand 228.

The young confectioners will have to give their best under the utmost time and performance pressure. During the competition, they will have to fulfil several demanding tasks for a self-selected topic, such as creating a showpiece with pralines, a cake, sculptured figurines and a dessert plate.

“Visitors to the trade fair will see the future of the confectionery trade, the young elite and certainly some of tomorrow’s stars here,” says Gerhard Schenk, Deputy President of the International Union of Bakers and Confectioners (UIBC) and President of the German Association of Confectioners (DKB).

At their stand, the German Association of Confectioners is also organising an apprentice competition with elaborate cake designs and sweet presentations from apprentices in Germany. The winner of this competition will be decided by the visitors: they can assess and vote on the entries on location. The winners will receive their prizes on Tuesday 18 September.

On the Wednesday of the trade fair, iba will offer an extended programme for the confectionery trade. In addition to the competitions, this day will feature some special contributions in the iba.FORUM, including with Royal Confectioner for the Swedish Court Guenther Koerffer and World Champion Confectioner Bernd Siefert, whom visitors will be able to watch in action during professional demonstrations.

Throughout the duration of the trade fair, numerous exhibitors will show off their innovations and suitable solutions for confectioners – from raw materials and baking ingredients to machines, baking accessories and individual packaging solutions.