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BackNatur Lepold has introduced a new dry, direct sourdough starter that may be stored at length without refrigeration and allows bakers to produce several kinds of sourdough without changing the starter.
July 22, 2015 Heerlen, The Netherlands -- DSM brings the first and the only digestive enzyme demonstrated to effectively break down residual gluten in the stomach to the U.S. dietary supplement market.
The 3M Petrifilm Aerobic Count Plate, first announced 30 years ago, has provided a longstanding solution to ensuring the quality and safety of food manufacturers’ products while also freeing space and productivity in their labs.
Frozen foods are everywhere in the convenience category. With Hydrosol’s new all-in compounds, manufacturers can now include mayonnaise, remoulade and ketchup in frozen foods. These stabilizing systems enable problem-free frozen storage and transportation of mayonnaise and products made with it. They prevent the emulsion breaking that can otherwise be caused by temperature fluctuations during transportation. Hydrosol’s stabilizing systems work for mayonnaise with a fat content up to 75 per cent. Like freeze/bake-stable ketchup, it can be used as a filling in savoury frozen baked items, as a topping on frozen pizza and to make frozen hot dogs and hamburgers even better.
March 10, 2015 -- A compact moisture analyzer that provides one-step operation for the precise quality control of all types of cereals, foods, fish, nuts, and seafood is available from Alliance Scale Inc. of Canton, Mass.
Jan. 26, 2015, Palm Beach Gardens, FL -- Respect Foods Inc. has unveiled a new line of frozen breakfast sandwiches for immediate distribution in North America.
Dec. 19, 2014, Chicago — To'ak Chocolate is releasing 574 bars of what may well be the world's most rare and sublime dark chocolate, now available for the first time. Each 50 gram bar is priced at $260 and available for purchase at http://www.toakchocolate.com, as well as limited specialty retailers.
Three-ounce brown plastic disposable espresso cup with Handle (sleeve of 25). Take your espresso with you on the go. Great for parties, catering, pool side, gelato and much more.
  Oct. 28, 2014 – Welcome Home Brands’ new disposable presentation paper provides a method of wrapping and serving single-serve portions of candy and baked goods for individual sale.
  Sept. 22, 2014 – Fortress Technology’s FM software for Fortress metal detectors is designed to be compatible with all Fortress detectors and can be installed on location on the Phantom and Stealth models.
Sept. 18, 2014 – The ShuffleMix aeration mixer is designed to help improve the overall appearance of cream pies by providing better aeration and greater volume.
Aug. 3, 2014 – Steviva Ingredients has launched GMO-free Erysweet Erythritol, a sweetener for use in such applications as bars, desserts and sweet baked goods.
Join us on an end-of-summer road trip without leaving your bakery. Stops include a ship’s chandlery and fish processing plant on Nova Scotia’s south shore that houses a charming café and sells breads and other goods wholesale, an Etobicoke, Ont., that celebrates the humble butter tart by offering many varieties – all with gluten-free counterparts – and a bakery in Red Deer, Alta., where longtime staff make a staggering 155 dozen cupcakes on Valentine’s Day.
Windsor, Ont. – Self-taught baker Michelle Bowman recently opened The Little White Kitchen Baking Co., in Windsor, Ont., with some help from the owner of food-critic darling Blackbird Baking Co. in Toronto. | CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Buddy Valastro needs no introduction. But just in case you’ve been living under that proverbial rock, the 38-year-old founder and star of the hit reality series Cake Boss, now in its seventh season, runs Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, N.J., along with his siblings.
When Dennis Evans worked in his father Frank’s business, Smith’s Bakery and Café, on Agricola Street in Halifax, N.S., for 10 years, not once did he think he’d eventually run the show. But that’s what happened just over a year ago when Dennis and his wife, Tara Fleming, negotiated with Frank and his wife, Carolyn, to take over the bakery. Frank and Carolyn were ready to retire but wanted to keep the bakery in the family.
A famous quote by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett goes like this: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
With shows like Cake Boss leading the way, the art of crafting ever-more-elaborate cakes has captured the public’s attention.
Never in the history of food production has a person with allergies had more high-quality foods to choose from. Although only a few years ago, products suffered from poor taste, they’ve never tasted better, they’ve never been available so widely and they’ve never been more sophisticated.
When Nina Notaro, owner of Winnipeg’s Cake Studio, laid eyes on her most challenging wedding cake, she got a bit teary-eyed in a happy way. It was delivered to the venue in three sections and, when assembled, measured over five feet, three inches tall.
Baking Team Canada continues to train hard for the Americas qualifying round of the Louis Lesaffre Cup, May 30-June 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, according to the latest update from team captain Alan Dumonceaux.
Bonjour Bakery in Edmonton is the winner of Bakers Journal’s 2014 Business Innovation Award. The bakery is owned and operated by Yvan Chartrand, 54, and as the winner, he receives a $500 prize and a plaque to hang in his bakery. Jelly Modern Doughnuts, with locations in Toronto and Calgary, is our runner-up. More on them below.Chartrand runs Bonjour Bakery with help from his wife, Ritsuko; their 28-year-old son, Kenny; and two part-time employees. They purchased the business, then known as Tree Stone Bakery, in 2010 (although they have temporarily retained the Tree Stone name and brand while they give the building a makeover), taking over from longtime owner/operator Nancy Rubuliak, who ran the bakery for more than a decade.Prior to establishing Bonjour Bakery, Chartrand owned and operated two bakeries in Sapporo, Japan, where he met his wife. “The Japanese make excellent bread,” he recalls. “They are so organized. They go and study the process in France and keep it exactly the same.“We were one of the first bakeries to introduce bagels in Japan and customers there called them hard doughnuts. We had to teach them how to eat bagels,” he recalls with a laugh.The Chartrand family produces a fairly traditional lineup of breads, bagels, baguettes, brioches and croissants, but their production and marketing are far from being stuck in the past. For example, thanks to the acquisition of some new Italian-made equipment, such as a hydraulic divider, Yvan, Ritsuko and Kenny are able to start later in the day while making the same quality of baked goods.One of the biggest challenges of staffing a bakery, Chartrand says, “is finding someone who wants to work from 2 to 8 in the morning. By doing these changes in processes and technology, between the three of us we have doubled the level of production that was here before.”Hiring help has also become difficult thanks to Alberta’s oil boom. Rubuliak struggled to find journeyman bakers and as a result had trouble meeting demand. But so far, the Chartrands have managed to keep up. They’ve even successfully moved into the wholesale market, supplying restaurants and cafes, while retaining the look, feel and yes, smell, of a small local bread shop.“We are constantly introducing new products. We are traditional but we make all kinds of new doughs. We look at what customers are asking for and go from there.”Some of Chartrand’s recent innovations include a traditional sourdough bread made with barley and brown rice, as well as purple wheat bread. “Here in Alberta we one of the only bakeries that make the purple wheat bread,” says Chartrand. “It’s mainly made in Saskatchewan but as far as artisan bakeries go, we are the only ones doing that.”Upon purchasing the business, Chartrand made major upgrades to the bakery equipment and more than doubled product output and revenues—while staying true to his vision of making European-style bread.“That’s one of the biggest problems for bakeries like us—trying to get bigger and more profitable,” he says. “We have done it by changing production techniques. Even though we are traditional, we are using the latest technology.”That technology includes a hydraulic dough divider imported from Italy that has allowed Chartrand to drastically cut the amount of labour time needed to produce bread.“It doesn’t change the quality but it changes your timing,” he says. “We still do some loaves by hand but many we’ve put in the new machines. Everything is in a controlled chamber, with a controlled temperature. So instead of starting at 2 in the morning we start at 5 or 6 so it’s a lot easier on staff.”Some of Chartrand’s most innovative work, however, has been done not in the backroom but on the business plan. He came up with a strategy to find new sources of revenue and has executed it with great success, growing the bakery’s annual sales to restaurants from $10,000 to $100,000.“We are more profitable wholesale than retail,” he says. “That’s where I think small bakeries are missing some opportunities. But we would not have been able to do that without upgrading our processes. That’s a trend small bakeries in North America can adopt. The big guys can’t produce the high-end bread that nice restaurants and cafes want. For us, that’s been really important. And financially it’s been a big help: I was able to pay off my loans a year and half early.” Title Title   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.bakersjournal.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=latest&layout=latest&Itemid=1#sigProGalleria5ef0dfd43f Another new avenue for growth at Bonjour Bakery has been the addition of gourmet meats and cheeses. Chartrand has devoted part of his counter space to fine cheeses and is in the process of installing a room for prepared and fermented meats, such as charcuterie. It’s a trend Chartrand has seen taking hold in Quebec and he intends to bring it to Edmonton. “So instead of going to a specialty meat or cheese shop, they can get it here” with their baguette, he says. “That way, I can raise the sale by $5-$6 per customer. That’s a huge difference—cheese and meat are very profitable, which really helps the bottom line. And there’s not much additional labour involved.”What’s remarkable about Bonjour Bakery is how Chartrand has innovated so much without losing sight of his core mission, which is to serve the community as a small, neighbourhood bakery. Even more impressively, he also aspires to serve his fellow bakers. Of particular concern to him is the workload—and by extension, stress—bakers put upon themselves because they don’t stop to examine how they are running their bakeries.“I want to help other bakers and other bakeries. I’ve been baking for 20-odd years; I’ve had businesses overseas, and so small bakeries here in Edmonton will come and see me to talk about processes. I want to see them succeed with a good quality of life. You have to be passionate, of course, but your passion can put you in the hospital. It makes no sense to get sick, get divorced, over a business. I would be happy to be recognized as someone who wants to help small bakeries see each other as partners instead of competitors. In business, whenever you become arrogant, that’s when it starts to go downhill. Why do you want to be in business to make enemies? Life is short, so you might as well be friendly with everybody.”And although the business has grown quite a bit during the five years Chartrand and his family have owned and operated it, they’ve been careful to maintain ties to the customer base. “My wife just came back from three weeks in Japan and customers are hugging her and saying welcome back,” he says. “That personal touch is often missing here in North American bakeries.”
Dec. 31, 2014, Hamilton, Ont. -- Nicola Cino has been behind the Italian treats at Frank's Sicilia Bakery for 50 years. He bakes everything from scratch and three generations of Hamiltonians have celebrated with his creations. | READ MORE
Dec. 8, 2014 -- Bonjour Bakery in Edmonton is the winner of Bakers Journal’s 2014 Business Innovation Award. The bakery is owned and operated by Yvan Chartrand, 54, and as the winner, he receives a $500 prize and a plaque to hang in his bakery. Jelly Modern Donuts, with locations in Toronto and Calgary, is our runner-up.
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This recipe comes to Bakers Journal courtesy of none other than the “Cake Boss” himself, Buddy Valastro, owner/operator of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J., and star of the hit series Cake Boss on TLC.
A new muffin/croissant hybrid recipe is challenging chefs to create a flaky and buttery matcha cruffin that can be dressed up with matcha green tea, jam, vanilla cream or chocolate.
This recipe is courtesy of Raelene Gannon, certified tea sommelier and founder of Tea and All Its Splendour. For more recipes check out her cookbook Tea: From Cup to Plate and visit www.teaandallitssplendour.com.Yield: 10-cup Bundt cake
This recipe comes from Jennifer Palmer, owner/operator of Jennifer’s Cakes in London, United Kingdom.
Galettes often take round shapes similar to a pancake or large cookie, but this recipe calls for the dessert to be cut up into rectangular strips, which could be sold individually as snacks.
March 11, 2015 -- A wholesome treat for the puppy or dog in your family! This recipe is courtesy of celebrity chef Anna Olson, who is the Ontario SPCA National Cupcake Day spokesperson. Please note that this recipe was created specifically for pets.
Nick Malgieri, director of the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education, conceived this chocolate bourbon cake to be an ideal delicacy for customers in search of decadent treats. Malgieri is the author of BREAD, BAKE! Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking, The Modern Baker, CHOCOLATE and How to Bake.Ingredients 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces, plus extra for greasing 51/2 oz. Green & Black’s Organic dark 70 percent chocolate, finely chopped 1/4 cup granulated sugar 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour pinch salt 3 large eggs 1/2 tbsp. high quality bourbon 1/4  cup dark brown sugar whipped cream, to serve MethodPosition a rack in the top third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. Thoroughly butter an 8-inch round, 2-inch deep pan. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, allowing it to sizzle and get very hot. Remove from heat, add the chocolate, and whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool. In a separate bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, flour and salt. Whisk in the eggs and the bourbon, continuing to whisk until combined. Stir the brown sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture to combine. Slowly stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake 25 minutes.Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool completely. Unmold the cake onto a serving plate and serve with whipped cream. Serves 8 to 10. Recipe courtesy of Green & Black’s Organic.
Jan. 21, 2015, Norwich, VT -- King Arthur Flour has selected Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies as the 2015 Recipe of the Year.  The cookies are a specialty of its Bake Truck, which travels the country handing out the cookies as part of the company’s Bake for Good fundraising program.
You cannot really go wrong with the chocolate cupcake. My recipe is pretty spectacular and always sells out in my bake shop.
Dec. 19, 2014 -- On Feb. 23, get your bakery involved in the fight against animal cruelty by observing National Cupcake Day, a benefit for Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Humane Societies. Bake your best cupcakes and collect donations in support of SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada. National Cupcake Day is designed to help raise much needed funds for all fuzzy friends, big and small, that have been abused, abandoned or are in need of help. To inspire you, celebrity chef and Ontario SPCA and Humane Society spokeswoman Anna Olson has created a cupcake recipe especially for National Cupcake Day.
This recipe for fabulous (and gluten-free) Cranberry Almond Loaf was created by Elana Amsterdam.
Arguably no food subject is more divisive today than genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The germ of the debate, pun intended, are seeds, rooted, pun intended, in two scenarios: one is villainy and the other is sci-fi, depending on whom you believe.
Three creative star chefs and Cacao Barry chocolate proved an irresistible combination for students of George Brown College’s baking program.
Don’t let their size fool you; small flies can be one of the biggest pest threats to bakeries. Attracted to the dough, yeast and moisture found inside, bakeries provide everything these pests need to survive and can be ideal breeding grounds if proper fly control is not maintained.
Baked goods, like all other foods, must be safe when consumed. At the same time, they need to be of good quality, delivering excellent taste and texture. Over the many years of producing such foods, the baking industry has relied on a multitude of ingredients to ensure safety and quality.
Depending on how you look at it, frozen dough and par-bake bread are either brilliant innovations or a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing —“factory” bread posing as “real” bread.
Trans fats. Sugar. Sodium. Carbs. Cholesterol. Gluten. GMOs.
Baking with summer berries is as easy – and yummy – as pie, not to mention highly nutritious
June 23, 2015, Saskatoon, Sask. -- Go ahead — bite down on that bagel. A University of Saskatchewan professor says he's debunked claims that modern varieties of wheat are causing gluten intolerance because of how their protein content has been manipulated. | READ MORE
Right off the bat it’s important to say that eating gluten-free is the only way to manage celiac disease and its related allergies and sensitivities. Celiacs constitute one per cent of the population. People with gluten sensitivities make up six per cent. “Gluten avoiders,” which is what Agriculture Canada calls them, constitute 22 per cent, which means that 29 per cent of Canadians eschew wheat.
The complexity of our modern food system – with its technological, agri-science, health and other societal and economic effects – creates a growing concern over how food is being produced and delivered, challenging food producers to seek manufacturing methods that lessen the impact on our environment.
Sugar-free, gluten-free, low-sodium and clean labelling have become ways of life for lovers of baking products, either through choice or necessity, and this demand leads to new opportunities for bakers and baking ingredient suppliers.
Sugar-free, gluten-free, low-sodium and clean labelling have become ways of life for lovers of baking products, either through choice or necessity, and this demand leads to new opportunities for bakers and baking ingredient suppliers.
On Sept. 12-13, the Bread Bakers Guild of America will hold a practical class on bakery equipment repair at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colo.
Edmonton – So far this year, 88 job seekers who face employment challenges have landed jobs thanks to an innovative program that has been extended to May 2016.
Growing Forward 2 is a project-based cost-share program that Ontario food and beverage processors can apply to for funding assistance.
Chicago – Though Canadian bakery and coffee cafés face fierce competition from quick-service restaurants, cafés will continue to thrive as they meet consumers’ demands for affordability and convenience while still providing quality, says a report from research firm Technomic.
Proper signage and point-of-sale (POS) materials can help increase sales and impulse buys dramatically if you do a good job with them.
Package and display your delicious baked goods properly to help boost sales
As customers emerge into the warm weather, here’s how to ensure they’ll stop by your bakery.
One of the key challenges leading bakeries in the U.K. face is the ability to consistently manufacture dough. The ability of a bakery process to manufacture consistent dough has a direct effect on the bottom line.
Well-crafted social media outreach to both a business’ community of customers and its professional community can strengthen its brand while increasing its customer base and loyalty. Establishing best practices guidelines for your business and your employees will maximize social media’s benefits for your company.
When warmer weather makes its appearance, pest pressures could heat up in the kitchen as well.
Passing a health and safety inspection is just the beginning.
Lessons learned from Stonemill Bakehouse’s handling of the fallout from a branding gaffe.
Three creative star chefs and Cacao Barry chocolate proved an irresistible combination for students of George Brown College’s baking program.
To borrow from Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changing, and nowhere is that more evident than in the baking and pastry programs across the country. And the students are changing, too.
April 27, 2015, Ottawa -- Though most Canadians don't like to admit to essential skills deficiencies, a new report from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) suggests that individuals stand to earn more by investing in upgrading skills such as numeracy and problem-solving.
Dec. 11, 2014, Ottawa -- With 91 per cent of educators convinced skilled tradespeople will always be in demand, there is a strong case for connecting students to hands-on activities and accurate employment data, suggests a report released yesterday by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA).
As a chef and instructor for the culinary institute at George Brown College in Toronto, I need to have a down-pat process for developing recipes that will be successes in the classroom. Perhaps you are considering expanding your business by teaching classes.

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