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January 6, 2010
By Brian Hartz

Jan. 6, 2010 – It's a new year. For the past few days I've still been typing "2009," so perhaps a blog post about the calendar rolling over will get it through my head that the aughts, or naughties, or zeroes – or whatever they're called – are officially in the rear-view mirror. Usually, I'm the type of person to look ahead, not back, but when a decade comes to an end it's hard not to take a moment to ponder what it all meant.


The 10 years just past will be judged for all the wrong
reasons, I'm afraid, ranging from the Sept. 11 attacks to the financial
meltdown of 2009. In between, there were terrible tragedies and wars,
and although the global economy was stimulated by some of history's
most revolutionary technological achievements, much potential for
progress has gone unfulfilled.

Maybe we'll look back with fondness on this past decade, eventually.
Maybe it'll be seen as a time of turmoil that had to be endured for the
sake of peace and prosperity. If nothing else, that's a good thought to
start out the new decade.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and are now re-energized for a
successful 2010 – and beyond. We have a lot of exciting things planned
for the new year and we hope you'll come along for the ride. As always,
get in touch with us at editor@bakersjournal.com if you have news to share or just want to share your thoughts about the baking business, the food industry in general, or whatever – maybe what to call the decade we just left behind? Anyway, welcome back, and happy new year!

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