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As part of our celebration of the 100th anniversary of BEMA, we are publishing a timeline of key events that took place over the last 100 years that influence the growth of BEMA and the baking equipment industry, as a whole.

Check this page weekly, as we build this interactive timeline throughout 2018.

100 Years of BEMA, An Interactive Timeline

BEMA Is Born

George E Dean, one of the original founders of BEMA

In September 1918, at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, George E. Dean and others joined forces to organize BEMA to help with the WWI war effort.

1918

Dawn Of The Baking Expo
BEMA 1920 Baking Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey

The first Baking Expo took place in 1920 in Atlantic City, NJ. Its purpose was to showcase the products of bakery equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

1920

BEMA Supports The War Effort
BEMA purchased thousands of dollars in War Bonds and encouraged its members to purchase bonds and freeze equipment prices to support the war effort.

BEMA purchased thousands of dollars in War Bonds and encouraged its members to purchase bonds and freeze equipment prices to support the war effort.

 

Curious as to what else was going on during this time? Here’s a good resource that describes what life was like 100 years ago.

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-life-was-like-100-years-ago-2015-12

1942

BEMA Technical Committee Is Formed

BEMA Technical Committee Members

BEMA’s Technical Committee was created in 1948 to study federal, state and municipal sanitation regulations for baking machinery.  Today, BEMA established the Baking Industry Forum.

 

BIF is a small group of bakers and suppliers who come together to discuss topics and issues facing the commercial baking industry.  Read more about BIF at https://www.bema.org/bif/

1948

First Sanitation Codes For BEMA Members Are Established

 

BISSC Verified LogoThe Technical Committee established the first sanitation codes for BEMA members. In 1949 BEMA, along with allied organizations, helped form the Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee whose purpose is to develop and promote sanitation standards for bakery equipment. Read about the Z50.2 sanitation standards.

1949

First Baker Equipment Guide Distributed

 

The first Bakery Equipment Guide was distributed at the 1955 Bakery Expo,

The first Bakery Equipment Guide was distributed at the 1955 Bakery Expo, continued on in 1961, and 1967. Over 13,000 attendees viewed the first continuous mixing systems of bread production.

1955

Baking Automation Featured At The Bakery Expo

 

California Governor Ronald Reagan keynoted the Bakery Expo, where automation of production equipment and new packaging and labeling machines were featured. Photos attached – use images Viewing equipment and Old equipment with this post

California Governor Ronald Reagan keynoted the Bakery Expo, where automation of production equipment and new packaging and labeling machines were featured.

1967

BEMA Support OSHA and Workmen’s Compensation

 

BEMA threw its support behind the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Workmen’s Compensation Act. These acts passed Congress, were signed by the President and are still in force today.

BEMA threw its support behind the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Workmen’s Compensation Act. These acts passed Congress, were signed by the President and are still in force today.

1970

BEMA Gives Back To The Baking Equipment Industry

 

BEMA began donating funds to the industry. The first monetary contribution was made to the American Institute of Baking. Attached – use Loeb Picture for this post

BEMA began donating funds to the industry. The first monetary contribution was made to the American Institute of Baking.

1979

BAKING EXPO RENAMED TO INTERNATIONAL BAKING INDUSTRY EXPOSITION (IBIE)

The Baking Expo was renamed the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE).

The Baking Expo was renamed the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE). The total number of foreign exhibitors doubled and foreign attendance comprised more than 20% of all attendees.

1981

BEMA Warning Label Introduced

 

BEMA launched its “Warning Label” program featuring different labels equipment manufacturers could display on their products

BEMA launched its “Warning Label” program featuring different labels equipment manufacturers could display on their products

1984

BEMA MEmbership Reaches A Milestone

 

1992 - BEMA Membership Exceeds 100 Members

BEMA’s membership exceeded 100 members.

1992

BEMATech Is Launched

1995 - BEMA launched BEMATech, an all-industry technology conference, and small trade show, in conjunction with NAFEM ’95. The show proved to be a success and was followed with an even bigger BEMATech 97

 

BEMA launched BEMATech, an all-industry technology conference, and small trade show, in conjunction with NAFEM ’95. The show proved to be a success and was followed with an even bigger BEMATech 97.

1995

BEMA Changes Its Approach To Membership

2000 - BEMA opened up membership to all suppliers and changed its logo to reflect that decision.

 

 

BEMA opened up membership to all suppliers and changed its logo to reflect that decision.

2000

Bakery Equipment, Product and Service Guide Is Launched

IBIE and BEMA distributed the newly renamed Bakery Equipment, Product and Service Guide. The guide identifies BEMA suppliers and the products and services they provide. Use photo #0630

IBIE and  BEMA distributed the newly renamed Bakery Equipment, Product and Service Guide. The guide identifies BEMA suppliers and the products and services they provide.

2001

BEMA Membership Exceeds 200 Companies

 

2000 - BEMA opened up membership to all suppliers and changed its logo to reflect that decision.

By 2002, BEMA had grown its membership roster to more than 200 companies by hosting innovative industry events and helping member companies collaborate.

2002

Sanitary Design Workshop Is Developed

2019 Sanitary Design WorkshopIn 2009, BEMA worked with their partners and industry associations to develop the Sanitary Design Workshop. This groundbreaking program emphasizes the importance of sanitary equipment and process design.

2009

IBIE Returns To Las Vegas


In 2010, IBIE Expo returned to Las Vegas with record attendance.

2010

BEMA Collaborates To Fund Updates To Industry Standards


BEMA joined forces with American Bakers Association and AIB International to fund the rewrite of the BISSC/ANSI Z50.2. What an honor to support the continued growth of our industry and continued improvements to baking safety and sanitation.

2012

BEMA-U Launches

2014 - BEMA-U launches as a turnkey training solution for BEMA members
In 2014, as a direct response to feedback from our members, BEMA launched BEMA-U. The goal of the program is to deliver impactful training opportunities for our members and those working in the baking industry.

2014

First BEMA Connect Is Held

2015 - BEMA introduces BEMA Connect
In 2015, the first BEMA Connect was held at Convention, creating a new way for suppliers and bakers to connect. The first year yielded 120 business meetings in just two hours.

2015