International event keeps Beechworth Bakery on top
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.