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Bake to the Future
35 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#32 Commodity Volatility: Fast Facts and Perspectives
Everyone in the baking industry is talking about it: commodities pricing. Don't miss this timely expert-led discussion about what is happening and what bakers and suppliers could consider as we make our way into the summer and fall. Also, understand the legislative and regulatory landscape and how ABA Members can stay in the know during this quickly changing environment. Recorded on June 2, 2021. Guest Host: Lee Sanders, SVP of Government Relations and Public Affairs, ABA
37 minutes | May 25, 2021
#31 The Urgent Supply Chain Disruptions Facing the Baking Industry
In this episode, we talk with ABA's in-house experts Robb MacKie and Lee Sanders about supply chain challenges and ingredient supply concerns facing the baking industry. What's happening, what's next, and what can we do about it? Recorded on May 19, 2021.
40 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
#30 Women in Baking Today: Valerie Oswalt, Campbell Snacks
We continue our series on Women in Bakery with a conversation with Valerie Oswalt, Executive Vice President and President Campbell Snacks. She shares her personal experience in the food manufacturing industry. We also hear from other inspirational women leaders in the baking industry who are passionate about empowering women and diversity in the workplace. Thank you to Nashville Entrepreneurship Center for permission to use your podcast audio and to Gold Revere for permission to use your song, Goldfish Crackers.
30 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
#29 Women in Baking History: Schwebel's and Pepperidge Farm
Bake to the Future steps into the past to tell the story of two enterprising women in baking history: Dora Schwebel of Schwebel Baking Company and Margaret Rudkin, founder of Pepperidge Farm (now owned by Campbell Soup Company). Hear archival footage and a corporate archivist's take on how they overcame personal and professional obstacles in the early 20th century to build successful baking companies and brands that still thrive today.
34 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
#28 Good for Grains? Experts Analyze the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines of Americans, released at the end of 2020, will impact consumer health decisions, doctor recommendations, school meal programs, and more for years to come. We talk with nutrition and regulatory experts about the new Guidelines will affect the baking industry and the grain sector's future. Recorded on January 6, 2021.
54 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
#27 What You Need to Know about Cannabis and Baking
As cannabis is legalized to sell in states across the US, the edibles industry is quickly growing for both psychoactive and non-psychoactive products. We talk to cannabis, baking, and regulatory experts about the market potential, business challenges, trends, and more for cannabis-infused baked goods. Recorded on December 11, 2020.
53 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
#26 The Industry's Future Focus with Fred Penny
Fred Penny, President, Bimbo Bakeries USA, shares some lessons learned from COVID-19 and where he sees the opportunities for the baking industry in the year ahead. How does the industry build on the renewed excitement of baked goods? Listen to this exclusive interview to find out. Recorded on December 3, 2020.
34 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
#25 Bakers, Millers, and Growers on the Pandemic and Possibilities
The leaders of wheat supply chain associations reflect on the pandemic and how they plan on tackling what comes next: by working together. The industry executives weigh in on everything from trade, logistics, and workforce safety to technology and home baking trends. Then, they discuss the imperative of demystifying the farm to fork system and educating consumers. Recorded on November 16, 2020.
38 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
#24 What the 2020 Election Will Mean for the Baking Industry
ABA’s in-house experts, Robb MacKie, President & CEO, Lee Sanders, SVP of Government Relations & Public Affairs, and Kelly Knowles, VP of Political & State Affairs analyze the results from the 2020 election. What does a new Administration mean to the industry and how is ABA going to help Members throughout the transition? They discuss the election’s impact on key policy areas important to the baking sector such as nutrition, workforce, and COVID-19. And we find out how the American Bakers PAC’s engagement changed during the 2020 election season. Recorded on November 13, 2020. Read more about this conversation Take the Great Bake Debate
27 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
#23 The More You Know: In the Oven with Industry Veteran Rich McFeaters
With his 35 years in cookie and cracker product development, Rich McFeaters knows a thing or two about the baking process. He explains the importance of workforce training at all levels and shares some stories from his decades-long career. Recorded on October 19, 2020.
34 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
#22 Journey to a Futuristic Baking Manufacturing Plant
Akeem Babatunde from Kroger Manufacturing and Dan van der Have from Accenture explain how technological innovations, like Artificial Intelligence (AI), can be utilized in baking manufacturing to prevent bad batches, increase food safety, and improve maintenance workflows. Then, our guests predict what the future manufacturing facilities will look like 5-10 years down the road. Catch Dan's keynote on AI and Baking at TechCon Beyond. Recorded on October 7, 2020.
34 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
#21 Election 2020 and What it Means for Bakers
With the 2020 Election around the corner, Jim Ellis of BIPAC and ABA's Lee Sanders and Kelly Knowles join us to break down what we can expect this November and what the results might mean for the baking industry. They discuss everything from top issues, the Presidential race, key House and Senate races, and how the pandemic is affecting the campaigns and voting. Recorded on September 29, 2020. Guest Hosts: Lee Sanders, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs, ABA and Kelly Knowles, Vice President, Political and State Affairs, ABA
39 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
#20 Baking, Dairy, and Meat Industry CEOs Look Forward: Part 2
In part two, ABA's Robb MacKie talks with IDFA and NAMI's CEOs about what they see on the horizon for the dairy and meat industries: new innovations, health and nutrition trends, food safety, and more. Also, hear how their industries are tackling food insecurity and the school meals programs. Recorded on August 10, 2020. Guest Host: Robb MacKie, President and CEO, American Bakers Association Take the Great Bake Debate Survey: https://baketothefuture.org/debate/
29 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
#19 Baking, Dairy, and Meat Industry CEOs Reflect on the Pandemic: Part 1
In part one of this two part conversation, ABA's Robb MacKie talks with IDFA and NAMI's CEOs about how the dairy and meat industries have fared during the coronavirus. Together, they reflect on what’s happened the past few months regarding workforce challenges, food shortages, trade, and more. Recorded on August 10, 2020. Guest Host: Robb MacKie, President and CEO, American Bakers Association
29 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
#18 Baked Goods at the Intersection of Health, Convenience, and Eating at Home
We talk with Krystal Register, who leads the health and well-being initiatives at FMI-The Food Industry Association about her experience on the ground as a retail dietician at Wegmans during the pandemic and some insights from FMI's consumer trends research. She shares with us her inside knowledge about how families are approaching mealtime and some strategies for the baking industry on positioning products at the intersection of convenience, health, and eating at home. Recorded July 23, 2020.
38 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
#17 How Baking Equipment Manufacturers are Adapting to Virtual
Special guest host, ABA's Robb MacKie, talks with Kerwin Brown, President and CEO of BEMA (Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds), about what he sees as the future of the baking industry. We learn about Kerwin’s 30-year history in the baking sector, how BEMA members are doing during this crisis, and some insights into how bakers are improving their facilities even during the pandemic. Plus, hear a special update from both Robb and Kerwin on what to expect for IBIE 2022. Recorded on July 9, 2020.
28 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
#16 How Puratos USA is Ramping Up and Reaching Out
In this episode, we talk with Andy Brimacombe, President of ingredients supplier, Puratos USA, about how he got into and stayed in the baking industry, how Puratos has changed their strategy to reach customers during this crisis, and how they have ramped up their community involvement. Andy also shares some insight from Puratos’ global market research and gives us his take on which trends are here to stay. Recorded on June 18, 2020.
35 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
#15 Moving Forward Together: An Emerging Baking Industry Leader's Perspective with Jesse Amoroso
In this episode, ABA’s Kelly Knowles talks with Jesse Amoroso, Vice President of Amoroso’s Baking Company, a family-owned business based in the Philadelphia area. An emerging leader in the baking industry, Jesse reveals candid insights on how his company has adapted to the coronavirus pandemic as well as his thoughts on recent civil unrest. The honest conversation explores how the baking industry - and the country - can move forward together. Recorded on June 9, 2020.
24 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
#14 Baking is Trendy: How Companies Can Keep up with Nutrition Trends
In this episode, we talk with Jane Dummer, RD, nutrition expert and respected thought leader in the food industry. Jane shares her take on baked goods as it relates to consumer trends, health, and the coronavirus pandemic. Listen in to discover where there are opportunities for baking companies to capitalize on current food and nutrition trends. Recorded on May 14, 2020.
28 minutes | May 25, 2020
#13 Flexibility and Communication in Times of Crisis with Brad Alexander
In this episode we talk with Brad Alexander, COO at Flowers Foods and the newly elected ABA Board Chair, about the opportunities he sees for bakers and how ABA’s resources can help the industry overcome new hurdles. Learn how Flowers adjusted to the pandemic, while continuing to meet the unprecedented demand for fresh product. We also talk about his goals for ABA and for the industry as he begins his ABA Board Chair position. Recorded on May 14, 2020.
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