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Editor's Note 
This week we're exploring the baking artistry and automation – and showing how they are not mutually exclusive!
- Colleen Cross, Editor

Jérémy Monsel crowned North American Chocolate master, to compete in final in 2025

Jérémy Monsel has earned the title of North American Chocolate master after the competitive selection held in Montreal. Monsel will represent North America at the World Chocolate Master World Final to vie with chefs from around the world for the title of World Chocolate Master in 2025.

Golf with BAC to connect with the baking industry and raise funds for scholarships

Join us to golf, network with the baking industry as a whole! The Baking Association of Canada's various chapters are hosting golf tournaments across Canada. These are relaxed social events that raise funds to support scholarships for baking and pastry students – the professional bakers of the future!

Register now for B.C.’s Canadian Pizza Summit West and Chef of the Year Competition!

We are excited to announce that the Canadian Pizza Summit West and Chef of the Year Competition will take place on Monday, July 8, at our host venue Sysco in Port Coquitlam, B.C.! Does your bakery have or plan to have a focus on pizza? Attend to learn about trends or vie to win Chef of the Year and a trip to Las Vegas Pizza Expo!

North Dakota conference will present education and demos on ancient grains

The Northern Crops Institute’s third annual Ancient Grains Conference is set for June 25 at the Peltier Complex on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.

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Bakery Showcase Spotlight: Artisan baking panel

At the recent Bakery Showcase, a panel of artisan bakers discussed the people, products and process of artisan baking, shared challenges and a realization that sustainability means greater stability. » Read More...

Panel: Time to automate?

At the recent Bakery Showcase, baking and automation experts discussed how automation can help the small to medium-sized bakery. » Read More...

On the Rise Podcast: Talking food and baking education with Anthony Borgo

Bakers Journal editor Colleen Cross speaks with Anthony Borgo, coordinator of the baking and pastry arts program at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont., about his work with students, what they are looking for in a career (hint: leadership positions) and more! » Listen now!

Bakery Showcase 2024 wrap-up: Bakers Journal TV May 17, 2024

In the latest edition of Bakers Journal TV, editor Colleen Cross reports that Toronto Bakery Showcase welcomed more than 1,600 professional bakers. » Watch now!

Formula: Almond and Cardamom Rhubarb Tarts

At the Baking Association of Canada’s recent Bakery Showcase, groundbreaking pastry chef Joanne Yolles demonstrated techniques for making the different components of an almond and cardamom rhubarb tart. Chef Yolles shared the formula so you can bake this seasonal delight! » Read More...

Is there AI in your bakery’s future?

In this special guest column, Mark Floerke discusses how automation and AI can help operators with production and operations efficiency, product innovation and customer experiences » Read More...
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Toronto’s General Assembly Pizza, Breadhead bakery and Sam James Coffee Bar now under one roof

Fast-casual pizza concept General Assembly Pizza is partnering with Sam James Coffee Bar and Breadhead Bakery to offer customers a wider range of products. » Read More...

Applications open for next round of Bakery Leadership Circle

The Bakery Leadership Circle is a program from the Bread Bakers Guild of America and Mark Dyck of Bakers4Bakers designed specifically to support bakery owners and operators in working through your most important adaptive challenges and achieving success in your business as you define it. Apply to join for an opportunity to learn tools and techniques to improve your leadership, business acumen and problem-solving skills, while working on your specific adaptive challenges. » Read More...

IDDBA 2024 around the corner June 9-11 in Houston

The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) is offering a sneak peek at the program for its annual trade show set for June 9-11 in Houston, Texas, to mark the association’s 60th anniversary. » Read More...

Fire damages Esquimalt, B.C., bakery; adjacent buildings saved

A fire caused extensive damage at Rising Star Wholesale Bakery in Esquimalt on Wednesday morning, but firefighters were able to save adjacent buildings with “minimal damage,” says Esquimalt’s fire chief. The Times-Colonist reports. » Read More...


IDDBA 2024   

June 9, 2024 | 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010, United States » Read More...

BAC Ontario Chapter Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser   

June 18, 2024 | The Club at Bond Head 4805 7th Line, Beeton, ON L0G 1A0 » Read More...

BAC B.C. Chapter Golf Tournament    

June 19, 2024 | 21025 48 Ave, Langley, BC V3A 3M3 » Read More...

Canadian Pizza Summit and Chef of the Year Competition    

July 8, 2024 | 1346 Kingsway Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6G4 » Read More...

Newfoundland & Labrador Town Hall Bakers Gathering & Education Sessions    

September 17, 2024 | College of the North Atlantic, 1 Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s, NL A1C 5P7 » Read More...

Bakery Showcase 2025 April 14-15, 2025

April 14-15, 2025 | 159, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, 9e étage, Montréal (Québec) H2Z 1H2 CANADA » Read More...