Italy’s biggest bakery exhibition, SIAB, is to launch a new Breads of the World competition, which will see nine international teams going head to head.

Held at the Verona show, from 22-26 May 2010, the new contest will see bakers from around the world test their bread-making skills against each other, with one section dedicated to creating products of excellence, using “poor” ingredients that breadmakers from disadvantaged countries might use.

As well as new equipment and products, the exhibition will host demonstrations from Italy’s own top breadmakers and confectioners.

Young bakers from the San Patrignano community of both Rome and Trento will be demonstrating Breads of the Renaissance, as there is a resurgence in bakery of modern ‘traditionals with a twist’.

Meanwhile, Richemont Club Italia members will provide their own demonstrations and tastings, giving visitors to the chance to enjoy techniques and knowledge shown by members of the prestigious international school.

Conferences at the show will be co-ordinated by Inap, which is the National Institute of Bread Tasters.