Baking Industry Forum (BIF)

What is BIF?

BIF is a small group of bakers and suppliers who come together to discuss topics and issues facing the commercial baking industry.  The group provides the industry with a strong resource for ideas and expertise based on research and years of experience.  Issues they have tackled in the past include preparations for FSMA, the importance of training, how to hire veterans, safety and more.

BIF - Baking Industry Forum
2018 – 2019 BIF Members


Scott Bieker
Vice President – Bakery Sales

Sergio Caballero
Regional Sales Manager
Benchmark Automation

Jordan Hale, SPFJordon Hale

Delia Justable - Forbo Siegling, LLCDelia Justable
Global Sanitary Compliance Manager
Forbo Siegling, LLC

Mike LaValle, IntraloxMike LaValle
Corporate Account Manager
Intralox, Inc.

Nick Magistrelli - RademakerNick Magistrelli
Vice President of Sales
Rademaker USA, Inc.

Craig SouserCraig Souser
President & CEO
JLS Automation

Audrey St. Onge, SK Foods

Audrey St. Onge
President & CEO


Nelson BoydNelson Boyd
Production Manager
Bimbo Bakeries USA

Brandon Heiser
Roskam Baking

John Mulloy, Jr. - Ginsburg BakeryJohn Mulloy, Jr.
Vice President of Operations
151 Foods

joe-owad-pepperJoe Owad
Director of Plant Engineering
Pepperidge Farm

Mario SomozaMario Somoza
President & CEO
Pan Pepin, Inc.

R.T. Tepsic, Lineage Logistics

R.T. Tepsic
General Manager
Lineage Logistics

Karl Thorson, General Mills

Karl Thorson
Food Safety & Sanitation Manager
General Mills

Jeremiah Tilghman, Canyon Bakehouse

Jeremiah Tilghman
Vice President of Operations
Canyon Bakehouse

Richard Ybarra

Richard Ybarra
Manager of Manufacturing Maintenance Engineering
Publix Super Markets


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