Vegan-friendly and plant-based creams are gaining popularity in the baking industry, and Dupont Nutrition & Health is applying for a patent for its Grindsted line of dairy alternatives.
The Exact Mixing line by Reading Bakery Systems now offers a continuous mixing system for testing and demonstrations at the AMF Tromp Innovation Center in The Netherlands.
Bosch Packaging Technology has launched the first machine of its next generation of flow wrappers on the European and Asian markets – the Pack 403.
Dupont unveiled a new line of Danisco Enzymes for the Bakery Industry.
SweetWARE, the manufacturer of restaurant and bakery software, celebrates the nutraCoster’s 25-year anniversary with the announcement of the general release of nutraCoster Professional 3.0.
US pan manufacturer, LloydPans has strengthened its regional pizza pan offerings with the introduction of pizza al taglio pans.
Kason’s new Lump Breaker model LB 550, can reduce agglomerates as large as 250 mm into particles with an average size as small as 2 mm with minimal heat generation.
Lagostina introduced a new logo and updated packaging to Canadians.
Social-mission bakery, Rubicon Bakers has launched a new addition to their deliciously innovative product line: Vegan Neapolitan Cupcakes. Inspired by a nostalgic favourite, these delightful pink treats are, incidentally, vegan.
Due to the growing body of evidence of its role as a potential carcinogen, acrylamide is fast becoming a big concern for the food industry.
Wellbake has developed a specially designed machine for sheeted flat bread products.
Herza Schokolade will unveil new chocolate couverture pieces made from specific fine organic cocoa varieties, at BioFach 2019.
In 1945, a Brazillian brigadier named Eduardo Gomes was the unlikely inspiration for a chocolate trend. Gomes’s Presidential campaign had a grass-roots following: Local women held parties to raise funds for his election, selling homemade chocolates that were somewhere between a chocolate truffle and fudge.
When Kyle Wilson went travelling in Africa, he and his wife, Katie were drawn to the cocoa fields. They both had a background in the coffee industries as baristas, but wanted to travel the world, and bring something special back with them to Canada. What they found was an opportunity for FairTrade cocoa, and ethically sourced, bean-to-bar chocolate in Toronto.
The Las Vegas International Artisan Baking Show in Las Vegas took place between March 4 to March 7, 2019.  Canadian Pizza  Summit champions Giuseppe Cortinovis of Ignite Pizzeria in Vancouver, B.C., and Dean Litster of Armando’s Pizza in Windsor, Ontario showed the Las Vegas Convention Centre what makes Canadian pizzas so special.
What sweetens up winter blues like a good old-fashioned sugaring-off? Redpath Sugar began its Sugar Shack festival five years ago to bring a taste of the country to the big city.
The 2018 Port Hope Butter Tart Taste-Off took place on Sept. 23. September is that “sweet spot” when southern Ontario is neither too cold nor too hot.  Seasonality is key for this festival: temperate weather is key to drawing in tourists to enjoy what is arguably Canada’s national pastry.
Though I’m from Quebec, I’m a city girl, through-and-through. Despite growing up in the concrete jungle and not in the countryside, I still know the difference between maple syrup and “table syrup.”
When Chef Ilana Kadonoff heard that her cookie won the Chocolate Chip Cookie-Off, she “couldn’t believe it.” Her hazelnut-dark chocolate cookie was the only vegan cookie in the competition.
At a time when clients want to treat themselves, yet demand healthy options, Chef Leigh Omilinsky found a way to bridge the two disparate wants. In 2013, she won the Jean Banchet award for Best Pastry Chef, and was included in Zagat’s 30 Under 30 list.
Chef Aiko Uchigoshi has over 14 years of experience in pastry. Her expertise in both Japanese and French pastry made her a natural choice for Toronto’s Miku restaurant.
When Chef Nadège Nourian first came to Toronto, macarons weren’t near as popular in the city as they were in her original home of Paris, France. Now calling her Queen West neighbourhood her home, she not only made her flagship shop the go-to destination for authentic French pastry, but she has since changed the pastry landscape in Toronto, as well.
"In black and white” has so many meanings. That term can refer to cut-and-dried facts, printed in black ink on white paper. Black and white speaks of contrast, of light and dark.
Did you know that an African American was the first to invent industrial kitchen equipment?
Chicago’s famous spelt flour croissants
A home cook’s version of Miku Toronto’s famous Green Tea Opera Cake
Cozy up this fall with a warm pie and Cameron’s Auburn Ale. Thanks, OCB and Cameron’s Pale Ale!
Chef Allen Susser recommends using mangoes at their ripest. This recipe was launched at the South Beach Mango Festival.
Vegan baking is on the rise. If you are on the hunt for a yummy vegan cupcake recipe to offer your customers, try this sweet potato recipe from Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe in Burlington, Ont.
Toronto – Muskoka Brewery and Ace Bakery of Toronto teamed up to create bread recipes using three seasonal beers, Winterweiss, Shinnicked Stout and Harvest Ale, and offer classes on how to make them. The London Free Press reports. | READ MORE
Pizza New: A whole new era for the world’s favourite food, by chef Stefano Manfredi, looks at what happens when pizza is made using different stone-milled flours, various fermentation procedures and free of the strictures of tradition. It includes recipes for pizza rossa, pizza bianca, Roman pizza, and filled, fried and sweet pizzas such as the delicate dessert recipe below, “Pillow of dreams.”
These brownies were inspired from her chocolate bar that is infused with cherry fig black tea, as well as the chai brownie recipe in Raelene Gannon’s book tea from cup to plate, which was published in 2015.
Vanilla Cupcakes
Rhubarb Pie
Coconut Passion Fruit Domes
Pineapple Dream Bars
Now that spring has sprung, we say goodbye to barren bushes and hello to an abundance of fresh, vibrant and delicious fruits. Simple and natural fruit forward pastries, cakes and baked goods continue to trend in 2019.
Consumers live a fast and busy lifestyle. While being health conscious, they gravitate towards purchasing more “grab and go” options and this includes baked goods.
Grown Rogue International Inc. announced a formal partnership between one of North America’s top chocolatiers and Grown Rogue International to create THC and CBD infused chocolate products under the GRAM and Grown Rogue brands.
Scientists have developed a natural way to prevent discoloration of pastry dough during storage using a combination of white wine and lemon juice.
Breakfast has evolved from an early morning dish to grab-and-go snacks or all-day meals.  In 2018 we observed consumers loving quick, easy and nutritious breakfast choices like overnight oats and high protein breakfast cookies. Social media is flooded with breakfast from the iconic avocado toasts to innovative, healthy pancakes for the grab-and-go market.
With the legalization of cannabis, many companies may need to revise their health and safety rules, and know their employees' rights.
Over the years, the very low carbohydrate, high protein diet has been marketed and rebranded. In the course of my twenty-plus year food and nutrition career, I’ve seen it go from Atkins to keto.
Now, in its second year, WSIB’s Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards recognized outstanding health and safety programs in small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
This summer, ice cream served in exotic cones is a popular trend with chefs and restaurants around Canada and the United States. Croissants, Cruffins (croissant-muffin hybrids), and even traditional Hungarian chimney cakes are seen in bakeries, pop-up shops and food trucks.
Summer is a time where consumers desire healthy, refreshing and fun food and beverage options to enjoy with their friends and families. Here’s a perspective on satisfying summer flavour trends:
Researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have found that the cleanliness of restaurant employees is vital to customer perceptions of food safety, equally as important as a clean environment and hygienic food preparation.
Did you know that nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with a seed? Seeds are important in our food ecosystem. Seeds – specifically the ones often called “super seeds” such as chia, flax, pumpkin, hemp, sesame and sunflower seeds – are garnering a lot of attention in the North American baking world these days.
When it comes to choosing the right heat exchanger, there is no substitute for professional advice, but you will have a better handle on the process if you understand which factors to consider. These can be divided into commercial considerations and technical considerations.
Used poorly or ignored, investments can destroy a business. Of all investments, spiritual capital is the single investment that catalyzes all others. It serves as an internal power source to motivate people to work harder and smarter for an organization. Spiritual capital is not defined in a religious context here, nor as part of an organized belief system.
10 Questions every bakery should ask the landlord.
Spring is in the air! The weather is warming up, the snow is melting and people are coming out from hibernation. A lot of bakers say that spring is an extremely busy period for them especially during Easter, and the graduation/wedding season.
Pi Day, also known as Pie Day, is celebrated on March 14. When did 3/14 first become known as Pie Day?
8 easy negotiation tactics to find, get and maintain a lower rental rate on your bakery lease
As you know, bakery sales are rarely constant. It’s inevitable that your bakery will experience some quiet periods. Keeping the competition at bay, bringing exposure to your brand and adding additional revenue is a constant challenge for any bakery owner.
Consumers are heading into 2019 hearing marketing catchphrases that range from “bite-sized” and “indulgent” to “clean-label” and “natural.” Over the past few years, I’ve identified the balanced approach of indulgent miniatures as a cake trend that’s not going anywhere.
There is an old proverb that goes, “Give a person a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish, and you’ll feed them for a lifetime.”
Learning real estate law around starting a business is hard enough: Here are tips to help you recognize a lease that’s legit.
When most people hear that the government gives money away as grants, their reaction is that it must not be true.
Does your bakery make a good first impression? 5 easy tips to influence would-be customers.
Today people are much more knowledgeable about food than ever before. Canada’s professional baking and pastry programs have had to advance forward, creating new courses to meet industry needs and offering specialty training certificates, while continuing to teach the classics.
Back to School” is a deeply nostalgic term. It brings me back to the smell of new notebooks, fresh pens, and a chance to start anew. With this edition of Bakers Journal, students of all ages are learning something new, and with it, the olfactory memories of school supplies means the smell of something delicious in the oven.
Aurora, Ont. – The Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College will offer short-term and part-time training in culinary skills, commercial brewing and viticulture in Aurora, Ont.
Charlottetown – The Culinary Institute of Canada at Holland College in Charlottetown recently opened up its new facilities – which include a restaurant and cafeteria – to students after months of renovations. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
With their semester coming to an end, students in the Advanced Baking and Pastry graduate certificate program at Durham College (DC) were put to their final test – create a Pop-up Bake Shop in which to package, market and sell their creative concoctions.
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.

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