Rubbermaid Commercial Products has launched its colour-coded foodservice system, a food prep and storage collection to help commercial kitchens reduce foodborne illness and cross-contamination issues. The colour-coded line ranges from prep tools to storage, including cutting boards, a cutting board rack, tongs, high-heat spatulas, square containers with lids and round containers with lids. Seven colour options are available, and kitchens can choose from eight different starter kit solutions, each including an implementation guide and a poster to help educate workers. All products are commercial dishwasher safe, and the high-heat spatulas are built to resist temperatures up to 500º F. www.rubbermaidcommercial.com
Revent has introduced its ONE Series rack ovens with a round baking chamber design, producing a slimmer yet more powerful commercial oven.
Unifiller launched its iPump at the International Baking Industry Expo (IBIE) in Las Vegas (Oct. 8-11, 2016).
The new Ariva-S-Mini from Mettler Toledo is a standalone scale designed for checkout counters.
TouchBistro, an iPad point-of-sale solution for cafes and restaurants, now offers integration with QuickBooks small business accounting software.
Adam Equipment has added the new Astro scale to its range of portable weighing equipment, offering user-friendly features in a compact, sleek design.
ORBIS Corporation has introduced a 40- x 48-inch top cap and pallet system for the packaged goods and food processing industries. The company’s StakCap top cap covers pallet loads so they maintain uniform weight distribution when being stored or transported, and the top cap also secures pallet loads for more efficient material handling while enhancing the safety and maneuverability of double stacked pallets.
The new Deco-iSpot from Unifiller can be used to easily ices cakes and decorates cupcakes directly from a bowl or pail.
Comax Flavors has introduced natural S’mores and natural S’mores Pancake flavors to recreate the classic campfire treat. The S’mores flavor balances toasted marshmallow with sweet chocolate and a graham cracker finish, while the S’mores Pancake flavor combines the taste of chocolaty marshmallow and graham cracker with pancakes and breakfast syrup.
The WP Kemper Kronos spiral mixer is a new design and a lower-cost version of the company’s President spiral mixer. The Kronos can handle gluten development for a variety of doughs because of its three-zone kneading process.
Mecatherm has launched MECAtoast, its new versatile toast bread production line. The production of toast bread requires dough to go through a series of stages, each open to the potential for mistakes that could disrupt the bread’s chemical process, thus the need for automated production.
Watson is offering edible glitter products to meet the growing demand for clean labeling for what is considered natural colours. The Edible Glitter line is made from gum arabic (the sap of the Acacia tree) and colour. Watson uses colors from a wide range of sources, including cabbage juice, algae, carrots, radish, turmeric, and annatto.
In late September, Hamilton, Ont. bakery owners Josie Rudderham and Nicole Miller received news they had won the top $100,000 prize in a nation-wide Small Business Challenge, a competition sponsored by Telus and The Globe and Mail. The Challenge accepted over 3,400 entries and narrowed the field to five semi-finalists, and it was Cake & Loaf Bakery who rose to the top.
Tune into the chatter of bakers on social media and one thing becomes clear; whole-grain baking is hot. In her book Flavor Flours, celebrated baker Alice Medrich is using sorghum and teff, and Dan Lepard is encouraging his weekly Guardian readers to mill their own flour from whole grains. It appears that one of the happy outcomes of the search for wheat substitutes is the discovery of new flavour frontiers in baking.
In April 2014, when chef Sandra Katsiou opened the doors to her small shop on St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto it was going to be an extension of her existing cooking and catering business. She knew her popular scones would be a good calling card—a nice nibble for customers waiting for their meal orders—but word in the neighbourhood quickly spread. On the first weekend, people were lined up out the door and down the block—the scones were a hit. Overwhelmed, Katsiou went into the back of the shop and cried. “That’s when everything changed,” she says.
Thinking back to the early struggles of selling his vision for an industrial artisan bread factory to investors, Michel Saillant fondly remembers encouraging words he received from his mother: “Don’t give up,” she told him, “You’re so right for this project.” And now, over a decade later, his vision has become reality, and Boulart, the Montreal-based bread wholesaler, is achieving annual sales of over $50 million.
The butter tart is a Canadian classic, from school bake sales to family gatherings coast-to-coast, we’ve all grown up knowing the gooey sugary goodness inside that crumbly pastry shell. Focused on rekindling memories of the best home made tart experiences, Darlene Carlton, co-owner of Beverley’s Bakers in Stouffville, Ont., has one clear objective for her business: “I want to be number one for handmade homestyle butter tarts.”
Upon first meeting, Joanna Schultz’s high-energy and fun-loving nature is infectious, but when the discussion turns to business, her focus is serious and it becomes clear she’s relentless in achieving her goals.
Arabelle’s Bakery in Winnipeg, founded by two Nigerian-born residents Bryan and Temi Akindipe, is attracting a growing audience for its Agege bread—a dense bread that is served with meals in their native country. The company was recently profiled in The Winnipeg Free Press. | READ MORE 
There are several reasons one should get to know Fancy Pokket owner Mike Timani, each equally important as the next.
Montreal - Michel Saillant, founder and owner of Boulart—the Montreal-based bakery with sales over $50 million making artisanal-style clean-label breads on an industrial scale—is profiled in this National Post article. |READ MORE
Ini Erivwo knows how to be a cake designer on the move — literally. The Nigerian-born, self-taught cake artist started her business in Nigeria and has seen it through moving to Toronto and then to St. John’s, Nfld., where Erivana Cakes currently resides as a home-based business.
Nina Notaro laughs a lot. It’s one of the first things you notice as soon as you begin speaking with her. She has an obvious sense of humour about life, but make no mistake – her cakes are serious business. Notaro and her husband, David Latour, own Cake Studio, Winnipeg’s first by-appointment-only bakery. Here, the couple collaborates to deliver a truly one-of-a-kind cake to every client, the vast majority of whom are about to be wed.
The CN Tower was busier than I expected during a family excursion there this summer. Goodness knows why I didn’t expect one of the world’s tallest freestanding structures to be a madhouse. There was a snaking line-up to get in, full elevators, and a buzzing crowd at all the look-out towers. At one point I peered into the restaurant and wondered what the food was like. How nice it would have been to have a meal, but eating that day wasn’t in the cards. Some other time, I thought to myself.
Packaged in cello a gingerbread cookie puzzle makes a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for friends and family. This recipe comes from Catherine Beddall’s new book, The Magic Of Gingerbread, that includes instructions for baking, constructing and decorating gingerbread creations from scratch.
Customers will enjoy buying, eating and sharing these classic treats, they’re also a great option to fill up lunch bags for young and old.
Apple Pear Caramel Praline PieCombining the best of the fall harvest fruits with pure sweetness and a bit of crunch, this recipe comes to us courtesy of Jenell Parsons of The Pie Hole in Vancouver.
As fall approaches, this hearty spiced cake incorporates vegetable, fruit and nuts for a wholesome offering. This recipe is courtesy the California Walnut Board & Commission. www.walnuts.org
For a light summer treat, tart but sweet, lemon meringue always fits the bill. This recipe comes from 2016 Jake the Baker award winner Joanna Schultz of Pikanik in White Rock, BC.
These recipes for blueberry torta and blueberry oatmeal breakfast bread are courtesy of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council and sure to please with fresh, simple flavours. www.blueberrytech.org
Yukiko Sekiya of Yuki Bakery in Montreal shared this strawberry recipe to highlight the use of seasonal fruits on the dessert table (can you hardly wait until June?). Apples can be substituted to make spiced apple cupcakes. 
Nicolas Dutertre has quite the pastry pedigree. He honed his craft with Meilleurs Ouvriers de France at the école Nationale Supérieure de la Pâtisserie Française. Other stints include life as the sous pastry chef at the 5-star palace Hôtel Plaza Athénée before becoming pastry chef at Montreal’s Point G. Now Chef Dutertre is passing down his knowledge as a Callebaut/Cacao Barry pastry chef at the company’s Chocolate Academy training centre in Montreal.
A former cupcake business owner shares her techniques for six different pretty frosting techniques sure to get your in the mood for spring.
Jessie Jones of Jonesin' for Cake in London, Ont., demonstrates how to paint, stencil and hand-stamp cookies like a rock star.
Consumers are buzzing about protein, and snacking is all the rage. What better way to hit these two top trends than with tasty, tiny, on-the-go energy balls made all the more sophisticated by an infusion of green tea?
This will make four sub-size loafs or you can halve it and make two regular loaves of bread. Great served with pasta dishes.
For the 17th year McCormick has released its annual Flavour Forecast, a guide for trends and ingredients from around the world.
Native to Indonesia and Southern India, turmeric has been harvested for more than 5,000 years and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and a textile dye. It’s a spice with a peppery fragrant flavour, and it’s part of the ginger family of herbs. Often used in curries, sauces and soups, most recently, turmeric is popping up in teas, drinks, smoothies, breads and baked goods.
Shortbread has been a Christmas favourite of mine since childhood. Mom’s recipe originated in Scotland and only has four ingredients: butter, rice flour, all purpose flour and fruit sugar. She always places the dough in an air-tight container and leaves it in the fridge for up to a week. Chilling the dough provides a slightly darker colour, a more pronounced flavour and a shorter texture. Family and friends look forward to these delights every holiday.
Following an inaugural meeting at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary in November 2015, a group of baking and pastry instructors from Western Canada felt the need to continue their discourse on teaching and learning in the trade. As a result, an invitation for a reunion was sent out to all colleges in the four Western Provinces and Washington State, and 23 delegates made their way to Vancouver Island on the weekend of June 24-26 for a learning/teaching event.
In our fast-paced world, a familiar country apple pie or classic carrot cake made with simple ingredients brings a sense of comfort. Homestyle recipes continue to be a popular line for many bakeries and never really go out of fashion. We are seeing a modern twist on some of Grandma’s favourites that still bring a sense of ease, familiarity and a remembrance of things past.
As ethnic trends continue to become popular more and more people are enjoying spicier foods. Consumers are willing to explore new options based on their travels and their desire for twists on their usual favourites.
Since the discovery of acrylamide in food products in 2002 it continues to cause concern as a potential carcinogenic public health risk in many manufactured foods and beverages.
Barley is an ancient grain that dates back over 10,000 years, nourishing civilizations from Egypt to Rome to the Vikings. But despite its storied history, human consumption of barley has fallen by 35 per cent over the last 10 years. In fact, only two per cent of the crop yield is consumed by people, with the remaining 98 per cent going to livestock. However, Canadian researchers may have just put the spotlight back on this historic grain thanks to newly discovered health benefits.
Rockville, Maryland – In an effort to help food manufacturers and retailers make informed decisions about ingredients and products in their portfolios that may have a greater potential of being adulterated, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has launched an update to its Food Fraud Database (FFD 2.0), reportedly the largest collection of food fraud records in the world.
We all know that sugar is essential for the sweet taste in baking. However, sugar goes beyond sweetness and is an important ingredient for function including colour, texture, and fermentation.
Consumer interest in digestive health continues to grow and is one of the top health trends this year. Consequently, gut health was a popular topic at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions at the Experimental Biology 2016 conference in San Diego in April.
Among developed nations, consumers can be reassured that existing and emerging food handling safety standards are working hard to keep populations safe. But as attendees at the recent 12th annual North American Summit on Food Safety learned, the most significant threat to our food supply today is food fraud.
It is forever getting more complicated to know where to direct resources (both time and money) in today’s multi-channel marketing universe. In the olden days—not so long ago—you had radio, TV and print. Today you have radio, TV, posters, magazines, newspapers, direct mail, websites, blogs, e-mail, text, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and the list goes on and on.
Bakeries are usually busy in the summer so owners tend to delay their marketing campaigns until the holidays. Excellent food, service and experience are all necessary to being successful in the bakery industry, but if you want a steady stream of new customers and keep your regulars coming back, you really need to market your bakery all year round. By doing this, you will create a snowball effect and will have new customers coming in all the time.
When readers pick up the December 2017 issue of Bakers Journal it’s likely they’ll still be in the midst of their holiday rush, turning out seasonal favourites for at least a few more weeks. I hope 2016 has been a year filled with positive experiences and one everybody will end on a high note. Because whether we’re ready or not, we all know there will be big changes coming in the New Year, especially south of the border.
Rubbing shoulders with successful people has demonstrated that they all share certain characteristics. There are six traits that all successful people have in common, and they serve as drivers to success. Some of those people came by the traits naturally. Others learned the traits one at a time from various sources.
A successful bakery is one that makes high quality and exciting products, but also runs day-to-day operations with the utmost efficiency. If your shop is making innovative products, a master marketer and a solid citizen in your community then consider entering the 2017 Jake the Baker Award. Full details can be seen in this video or click here.
Should you automatically agree to the same terms and conditions when you renew your lease as you accepted when you first signed? No. When we co-wrote “Commercial Leases & Renewals for dummies,” we explained that properly negotiating your commercial lease renewal was an important consideration for all tenants.
For bakeries across the country, a successful holiday season comes down to detailed planning and preparation. As customers line up for their favourite seasonal treats and large holiday party orders are placed, smooth sailing can quickly turn into chaos without advanc planning of products, ingredients and staffing.
Great menu designs will enhance a bakery experience and help your customers makes the right choices. Your menu is often the first impression your bakery will make. Menus are your best marketing tools. They are an extension of your brand, and everything about presentation, design and layout and food/beverage descriptions will contribute to your guest experience and will increase your profit.
On a rainy Saturday in September I made my way to Goodwood, Ont., a small community north of Toronto, to witness what may go down in the book of Guinness World Records as the largest tart ever baked.
Matthew and Janice are entrepreneurs who’ve been in business for nearly two years. They recently decided to attend a leadership conference to help them remain competitive leaders/entrepreneurs in a global economy.
I would like to introduce to you a little example of how some technology can effect major changes to even the simplest of operations.
Fall is jam-packed with activities, holidays and events like back-to-school, Thanksgiving, Halloween, the start of several sports leagues and much more. And before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us. Fall is also the time to celebrate the harvest of wonderful fruits, vegetables and delicious earthy flavours.
George Brown College's chef school held its annual gingerbread house competition on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with 23 entries vying for prizes.
Belgian pastry chef Mathieu Dierinck, a technical advisor to the Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Wieze, Belgium, made a stop at George Brown College in Toronto in late October to provide to demonstration to a crowd of industry professionals and students.
There is no language barrier when it comes to high-end patisserie.
On Thursday, May 12 Cacao Barry, in cooperation with George Brown College in Toronto, hosted a demonstration by chef Ramon Morato, an award-winning cookbook author and the global creative innovation leader with Cacao Barry, based at the Chocolate Academy training centre in Barcelona.
Customers are curious about what you do, how you do it, and how they can execute some of your tricks of the trade at home. Just look at the programming line up on Food Network Canada, the abundance of food and drink magazines lining the checkouts at your local grocery store, and the buffet of websites, blogs and social media accounts catering to self-proclaimed “foodies.”
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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