United States - A significant event unfolded recently in Washington, DC, as bakers from across the nation gathered for the 2023 Bakers Fly-In and Policy Summit.
This event, held from November 13-15, was a critical platform for industry professionals to voice their concerns and advocate for the future of baking in America.
The summit, a collaborative effort by the American Bakers Association (ABA), the American Society of Baking (ASB), and Retail Bakers of America (RBA), saw members engaging in meaningful discussions with Senate and House representatives.
The focus was on crucial issues impacting the industry, which boasts over 789,000 workers and contributes $42.8 billion in wages.
Rasma Zvaners, ABA's Vice President of Government Relations, emphasized the importance of this unified approach, highlighting the industry's dedication to providing real-world insights to lawmakers.
Kristen Spriggs, ASB's Executive Director, echoed this sentiment, noting the event's role in fostering learning and collaboration.
Key topics addressed included workforce and economic security, advocating for permanent full expensing, and the proposal for a bipartisan Congressional Baking Caucus.
This Caucus would play a vital role in educating Congress about the baking industry's impact on both the economy and American livelihoods.
Participants also discussed regulatory challenges, including the slow immigration process affecting workforce availability and various Labor Department proposals potentially impacting the industry.
Another significant concern was the extension of the Farm Bill, crucial for sustaining essential farm and food aid programs.
The event concluded with the Bakers Dozen Capitol Hill Reception at the Cannon House Office Building, where participants and Congressional members celebrated the industry's progress.
This summit not only served as an advocacy platform but also as a testament to the baking industry's resilience and commitment to growth.
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