June 26-30  |   Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA

(formerly Annual Meeting)

BEMA's 2017 Convention will be held June 26-30 at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, CA.  The meeting features four customer insight sessions this year:  Organic Baking, Tortilla & Flatbread, Canadian Baking Industry and a Clif Bar case study.  Confirmed speakers include:

The Convention also features BEMA's networking events including small group dinners with bakers, golf and tours, as well as BEMA Connect, one-on-one meetings with bakers.

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2017 Convention Highlights

  • BEMA Connect - one-on-one meetings between bakers & suppliers.  It's speed dating for business!
  • Unique Networking Events & Tours

Customer Insight Panels*

  • Clif Bar Case Study:  Rich Berger
  • Canadian Baking Industry
    • John Garofalo, Weston Bakeries
    • Patrick Dionne, Canada Bread
    • Dave LaMothe, Premiere Moisson
  • Baking Industry Forum (BIF) Insights - Confirmed BIF Bakers:
    • Pat Wilkens, East Balt
    • Mike Fronczak, Dawn Foods
    • Mario Somoza, Pan Pepin
    • Karl Thorson, General Mills
  • Organic Baking Panel
  • Tortilla/Flatbread Panel

*additional baker guests to be confirmed


2016 Recap

Annual Meeting 2016 held in Hot Springs, VA was one of BEMA's largest ever with more than 40% more member companies attending over recent years, and 30 representatives from snack producers and baking companies, an increase from 19 in 2015.  In addition, there were 33 first-time attendees at the meeting, a 50% increase from recent years.



The Ritz-Carlton
Laguna Niguel, CA

Orange County, CA Info

Room Reservations 
The hotel block is now open.  Click for details.

Meeting Registration
Opens early March