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Feb. 1, 2010
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Cupcake Bakeries Succeed in Stale Economy
from Oregon Business
Even in these sour economic times, people are still willing to pay for some sweets. With the exception of Portland's St. Cupcake, whose 2009 sales were up only $200 over 2008, cupcake bakeries around the state report increased sales in the past year, perhaps making artisan cupcakes as much an escapist item as movie-going during the Great Depression. Two bakeries are even moving out of home kitchens and into retail space. More

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"Snow Bread": Bakeries Busy Ahead of Storm
from WFIE
When a snowstorm is approaching, many rush out to buy staples like bread and milk. That habit doesn't just keep grocery stores busy. An Evansville, Ind., bread company is busy trying to keep up with all the extra orders. "It gets crazy.....totally crazy," says one worker at Lewis Bakery. Employees have to "rise to the occasion" when snow is on the way. In just one day, they'll bake about 30,000 extra loaves of bread. More

Bakery Cafes Lead Segment Growth
from Fast Casual
Over the past several years, the bakery cafe segment has led the fast casual category’s growth, contributing an estimated $4.3 billion in total 2008 sales to the segment. Sales in the bakery/cafe segment, fueled by Panera Bread Co., grew 12.3 percent in 2008, according to Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. Meanwhile, bakery cafe units grew by 7.4 percent during the same period. More

   Product Showcase:
   BC-10 Baking Contrast Meter

Konica Minolta Sensing's BC-10 Baking Contrast Meter measures the color of baked, fried, and processed foods, as well as ingredients, in various environments to ensure consistency in appearance. The BC-10 measures color in most bakery and snack food products, block yeast, brown sugar, calcium propionate, and flour blending. More info

That 'Crazy Russian Girl' Opens Bennington, Vt., Bakery
from The Rutland Herald
While the bakery opening in Bennington, Vt., is new, the self-styled crazy Russian girl who co-owns and operated it is already well-known there. In fact, Natasha Garder of Bennington is even calling her business the Crazy Russian Girl Bakery because it's how she is known in the community. More

South Kingstown, R.I., Bakery Holds a Contest to Find a Buyer
from The Providence Journal
The owners of a tiny village bakery have a sweet deal for you. For just $59.95 -- plus an earnest essay -- you could win their nine-year-old business, Sweet Cakes Bakery & Cafe, which last year generated $500,000 in sales as customers gulped coffee with chocolate pudding cake, snicker doodles and raspberry-almond linzers. More

Wedding Cake Is Rich -- $1.3 Million Rich
from NBC DFW
Anyone who has forked over big bucks for a wedding can at least be grateful it didn't cost $3,000 per serving. But if you're in the market for that kind of thing, a Dallas bakery and a jewelry store have a bling-encrusted confection for you. Delicious Cakes and Dallas Gold and Silver Exchange got together to create a nine-tier wedding cake decorated in silver "luster" dust icing and 1,200 carats of diamonds. The cake was on display at the Dallas Bridal Show. More

   Product Showcase: Komplet Activo

Komplet Activo is a dehydrated active sour dough. The convenience of this product allows the baker to replace traditional wheat sponge doughs and levains , saving time and space and still maintaing excellent characteristics and quality. Usage level is 2% to 8% based on flour weight but 4% is recommended.
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High Sugar Prices Will Soon Hit Bakeries
from CBC
World sugar prices have been on the rise for nine months and now are more than double what they were last April. Poor growing conditions in Brazil and India, two of the world's largest producers of sugar cane, have led to a worldwide shortage. More

Baker's Ambitious Art
from Chattanooga Times Free Press
Alou Niangadou's day begins well before the early morning light peeks through the windows of the Bluff View Art District bread bakery in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the ovens are not still until the sun begins to set over the mountains. Mr. Niangadou, a native of Mali in West Africa, recently came to the Bluff View bakery following five years as head baker for the Buckhead Bread Co. More

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