All aspects of the market have suffered with the economic downturn, and TIA's recent convention addressed how tortilla manufacturers can sustain business in the tough climate.
Removing obstacles was the theme of the recent Tortilla Industry Association (TIA) convention and trade show in Las Vegas. Operating in the difficult economy and consumers' continued focus on health were two of the hot topics at the convention. The tradeshow featured more than 50 exhibitors, with many ingredient suppliers focused on the growing trend of whole grains and making a more healthful product — a concern of consumers even during the economic downturn. Cost-saving equipment also was on display as tortilla manufacturers look to mitigate the effects of the current economy.
Along with the exhibit hall, the show also featured several educational sessions, such as how to make more healthful tortillas, how to qualify for funding through government agencies and how to reduce operating costs. During the “Turbulent Times — Making Employee Development Pay Off” session, Dr. Cecilia Maldonado, associate professor of workforce education and development at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas addressed how the country's changing demographics are likely to affect tortilla manufacturers in the future. For the first time in history, many employers have workers from four different generations, which can generate conflict, she said. In response, employers have to be flexible with benefits to hit on what each generation deems important, and employers need to keep employees engaged by increasing development initiatives. All levels of employee needs should be addressed, such as ESL programs, as well as looking for internal and external partnerships to address development needs.
For more information about the 21st annual TIA convention, to be held March 25-26 in Las Vegas, visit www.tortilla-info.com.
WHOLE WHEAT BENEFITS, WHITE FLOUR FLAVOR
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ENSURE TORTILLA UNIFORMITY
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FLOUR FOR AUTHENTIC TORTILLAS
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PROMOTE SATIETY, HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL
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LIMIT DAMAGE TO CONVEYORS
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