baking convention 2018

June 19-23, 2018 | Hilton Los Cabos

BEMA’s Convention combines unique networking opportunities like BEMA Connect, insight from the industry at customer panels, and family events to create connections that better our  business and the industry as a whole.

  • Customer Panel | Chinese Baking Industry
  • Customer Panel | Latin American Baking Industry
  • Customer Panel | Donuts
  • Customer Panel | Sweet Goods & Snacks
  • BEMA Connect – 1 to 1 meetings between bakers and suppliers


Between these valuable info sessions, we’ll gather for the industry’s most unique networking events like BEMA Connect, one-to-one business meetings speed-dating style; small group dinners with bakers, a golf tournament and special events.

We’ll also take time out for BEMA Gives Back. Our families will spend the morning organizing books, medical supplies, school supplies and building bunk beds for local agencies in Los Cabos.

Convention Agenda

Convention Agenda

Tuesday, June 19

  • Golf Tournament (morning shotgun)
  • Past Chairmen Meeting (by invitation)
  • Speaker Meeting & Rehearsal
  • Welcome Reception

Wednesday, June 20

  • Member Breakfast
  • Customer Panel | Donuts
  • Baking Industry Forum Presentation
  • Committee Meetings – Your chance to contribute to the success of our association
  • Board of Directors Meeting
  • Tours & First Time Attendee Event
  • Theme party

Thursday, June 21

  • BIF Working Meeting (open to observation)
  • General Membership Meeting & Industry Updates
  • Customer Panel | Sweet Goods and Snacks
  • Trends | Direct to Home with Blue Apron
  • Customer Panel | China Baking Industry
  • Tours
  • Customer/Supplier Small Group Dinners
  • Afterglow

Friday, June 22

  • Customer Panel | Latin American Baking Industry
  • BEMA Connect
  • Customer/Supplier Small Group Dinners
  • Afterglow

Saturday, June 23

  • BEMA Gives Back – Family Breakfast & Service Day
  • Chairman’s Dinner & 100th Anniversary Celebration

Hotel Rooms & Rates

Hotel Rooms & Rates

Reservation Deadline: APRIL 7, 2018

Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort
Los Cabos, Mexico
Hotel Phone (dialing from US): 011 52 624-145-6500
Reservations (BEMA): 011 52 624-145-6598  – Mariana Gonzalez or Damariz Ruizsouza

To book more than one room, please select “2” as the number of rooms in your reservation.  If you need connecting rooms, please select a king and a double queen as your room types. Next click “Add Special Requests” and use the comments area to indicate connecting rooms. You may also call the hotel directly at the number above to request connecting rooms.

BEMA has reserved various room types for our group. Prices below are exclusive of service fees and taxes*:


Full ocean view. For families, two connecting rooms (a king and a double queen) can be booked via the online link or by calling the hotel.  

  • Deluxe King or Deluxe Double Queen – $250


Vista rooms are a great value and include daily complimentary continental breakfast for two in the resort restaurant, El Meson, (a $30 value per day) plus reserved seating at the pool, complimentary pool snacks, beverages, afternoon snacks and tequila tasting in the lounge and more. Vista rooms are located on higher floors in the hotel.

  • Vista Ocean King               $350.00
  • Vista Jr. Ste King               $400.00

Vista Club Rooms are also available with double queen beds. Please call the hotel to reserve.

  • BEMA has also secured the following rates for suites: Junior Suite King, $300.00; Premiere One Bed King, $550.00
  • Rollaway beds may be reserved for $37.50 plus tax, per stay (not per night).  Please ask the hotel for their policy regarding adding a rollaway bed to your room.

*Sleeping room rates are quoted in US Dollars exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments. In the State of Baja California Sur currently government tax is 16%, lodging tax is 3% and service charge is 10%, all are subject to change without notice.

Government tax of 16%, on sleeping room rental fee only – not on incidentals, will be DEDUCTED from your room folio once copies of immigration cards and passports for your party are provided to the BEMA registration desk. See below.

The 10% service charge is a union contracted fee which covers all porterage, bellman and housekeeping gratuities as well as all other non food and beverage gratuities such as front desk and public areas. Room rates listed above are available to BEMA guests 3 days before and 3 days after the program dates.

BEMA Connect & Small Group Dinners

BEMA Connect & Small Group Dinners

BEMA Connect – One Member, One Baker – Connecting

BEMA Connect introduces bakers to suppliers they aren’t currently working with and matches the baker’s needs with BEMA members’ specific solutions.  Speak one-on-one with bakers, speed dating style at this popular event. Registration opens in early May.  Convention attendees must register by May 1 to participate in BEMA-Connect.


Small Group Dinners with Bakers

Take time to connect with customers over a good meal.  On Thursday and Friday night we’ll organize groups of bakers and suppliers – spouses/guests included – to enjoy local restaurants. BEMA takes care of all the details giving you the freedom to enjoy the night.  Registration opens in late May.  Convention attendees must register by May 1 to participate in Small Group Dinners.

Special Events

Special Events

Theme Dinner:  ¡Celebrar Mexico!

Get ready to celebrate all things Mexico! Enjoy traditional music, dance and food. Experience a Mexican marketplace and meet local craftspeople. All around the Hilton’s beautiful Dolphins pool.


 Chairman’s Dinner – on the beach

Our 2018 Chairman’s Dinner is also our 100th birthday party!  Celebrate our first century and usher in the next while enjoying dinner and dancing on the beach.


First Time Attendee Adventure

All first-time attendees are invited to join this afternoon adventure and get on the fast track to connecting with your colleagues at Convention.

Tours & Golf

Tours & Golf


We are shaking up tours a little this year!  First you can book on two afternoons – Wednesday and Thursday. Next – you’ll book directly with Cabo Adventures, a first-class, local tour company – they are offering a 15% discount for BEMA members. Select from land and sea adventures including ATVs, dolphin swims, kayak, stand up paddle boards, and more.  Stay tuned for future Convention Alerts.  An opportunity to book your tour will open March 2, 2018.


The BEMA Cup Golf Tournament, Cabo Real Golf Course

With great views of the Sea of Cortez, you’ll enjoy the course and the company at the annual BEMA golf tournament.  This scramble incorporates some fun rules to even the playing field.  Register for golf when you register for Convention.  BEMA’s Golf Tournament will be held in the morning on Tuesday, June 19, the first day of our meeting. Please plan your travel accordingly.

How To Deduct Value Added Tax (VAT)

How To Deduct Value Added Tax


As a member of a group meeting for business in Mexico, your VAT (value added tax) charged to sleeping room rental fees can be deducted from your folio after the following items are provided to BEMA.  This will save you 16% per night.  To have the VAT deducted you MUST provide the following to the BEMA staff upon check in at THE BEMA REGISTRATION DESK:

      1. Copy of the Immigration Form* for EACH person, regardless of age, travelling with you.
      2. Copy of Passport for each person, regardless of age, travelling with you.

We can make copies of your passports and immigration cards at the BEMA registration desk and have extended hours to do so. Please bring them with you when you pick up your welcome packet and badges.

Does not apply to citizens of Mexico.

*The Immigration Form is provided either on your flight before you land in Mexico or at the immigration plaza at the airport. You will fill one out for EACH person in your party regardless of age. Immigration officials will give you the bottom portion of the form as you pass through their station.  KEEP THIS – BEMA WILL MAKE A COPY OF THIS FORM AND YOUR PASSPORTS UPON ARRIVAL AT THE HOTEL. You will be asked for the form again at the airport upon departure.