In­ter­na­tional event keeps Beech­worth Bak­ery on top

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By CORAL COOKSLEY

BEECH­WORTH Bak­ery man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Marty Matas­soni last month vis­ited the big­gest trade show in the world for the bak­ery, con­fec­tionery and snack in­dus­tries.

Brim­ming with the lat­est in­no­va­tions in tech­nol­ogy, trends and ground-break­ing knowl­edge, Mr Matas­soni said the IBA fair in Mu- nich, Ger­many show­cased to­day’s in­dus­try and the way for­ward for the fu­ture.

“We don’t get to see over­seas trends from Europe un­til a few years later,” he said. “One trend in food is dough­nuts.” Mr Matas­soni said the pur­chase of a new oven and bis­cuit ma­chine man­u­fac­tured in Ger­many is on the agenda.

He said the fair of­fered a huge net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity as well.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties abounded for vis­it­ing bak­eries in Mu­nich in­clud­ing a visit to the fac­tory of car man­u­fac­turer, BMW.

“It’s all about ef­fi­ciency in how things can be done,” he said.

With nine bak­eries, 250 em­ploy­ees and push­ing up to a $20 mil­lion turnover, Mr Matas­soni said Beech­worth Bak­ery needed to have an ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion.

“We need to find equip­ment suited to our style of bak­ery so we can be creative with em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties too,” he said.

The IBA fair is held in Mu­nich ev­ery three years and had more than 1300 ex­hibitors while at­tract­ing close to 78,000 visi­tors from 167 coun­tries.

SOME six and a half years af­ter Myrtle­ford and Dis­trict Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent An­drew McKer­ral first raised the need for a se­cond sta­dium in the town con­struc­tion of an ad­di­tional court will be­gin.

Joss Con­struc­tions were last week awarded the con­tract to build the new sta­dium.

When works com­mence next month it will bring to an end count­less meet­ings and years of dis­cus­sion, and more im­por­tantly start the path to give Myrtle­ford the fa­cil­ity it needs.

“The first meet­ing I went to was in June or July 2012 to raise the is­sue of the pres­sure we were un­der out there,” Mr McKer­ral said.

Bas­ket­ball is ex­tremely pop­u­lar in Myrtle­ford with huge par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers al­most over­whelm­ing.

“It will be great be­ing able to use both sta­di­ums and not hav­ing to be out there un­til 10.30pm at night to give ev­ery­one a game,” Mr McKer­ral said.

“We will be able to be done and dusted ear­lier and there will be some life re­ally put back into the com­plex which is fan­tas­tic.”

The new sta­dium will be the home court to Myrtle­ford’s men’s and women’s Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League teams and will in­clude a 100 seat view­ing area.

“We’re all go­ing to be happy, the ball is fi­nally start­ing to roll and it’s (the sta­dium) go­ing to be great,” Mr McKer­ral

The Saints play their first home game of the new CBL sea­son on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 against Wodonga.

The women will tip off at 6pm and men at 8pm with a big crowd ex­pected to get along to sup­port them.

KEEP­ING UP WITH TECH­NOL­OGY: Beech­worth Bak­ery man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Marty Matas­soni vis­ited the IBA trade fair in Ger­many last month.

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