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Oct. 12, 2009
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A Last Batch at a Bakery in the Bronx
from The New York Times
Standing at long tables at the end of an assembly line, gowned women pack what are likely to be some of the last biscotti, fudge stars and breadsticks produced at the Stella Díoro bakery plant in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, N.Y. The women stack 10,000 cookies a day into plastic trays. More

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Bakery Owners Say Cupcake Trend has Staying Power
from The Houston Chronicle
The sugar rush hour is 2 p.m. at Crave. A predominantly female horde, sprinkled with a few suit-clad men, bustles past the window where workers in white chef jackets wave pink frosting onto strawberry cupcakes in deft, smooth strokes. More than a year after opening, the Galleria-area bakery still draws a crowd, often including first-time customers enamored of its cupcake-exclusive concept. More

Grain Elevator
from The New York Times
There are two make-or-break factors that Jeff Ford canít control as a vendor at the farmers' market in Madison, Wis.: the weather and roller-coaster diet trends. His 12-year-old bakery, Cress Spring, survived Atkins, then experienced a sustained bump when Oprah urged a switch to whole grains. These days, Ford said with a shake of his ponytail, everyone thinks heís allergic to wheat. More

Cupcake Trend Travels All the Way to the Middle East
from Digital City
The cupcake craze is so far-reaching it's now reached the Middle East. You can partially credit that to the power of Sex and the City. Upon tasting his first vanilla cupcake from NYC's Magnolia Bakery, Fadi Jaber was in instantly in love with the American treat. 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

Beatrice Bakery's Fruitcakes to Appear on Food Network
from the Lincoln Journal Sun
One of Beatrice's best kept secrets is about to be revealed. Since 1968, the Beatrice Bakery has been making fruitcakes and shipping them across the world. In December, the bakery will expand its international recognition when its Grandma's Bake Shop Fruitcakes are featured on Food Network's show Unwrapped. More

Chelsea Bakery Faces Sticky Future
from NY1
The end may be near for a popular bakery in Chelsea that's offered residents a place to gather to gather for more than a decade. NY1's Rebecca Spitz filed the following report. The first thing you see in Les Desirs Patisserie, other than fresh pastries, are signs asking for help. After 11 years in the space on 9th Avenue, the bakery's owner was told he has to be out by the end of the month. More

Bakery Offers $99 Cakes to Future Brides
from WIVB
A Buffalo, N.Y. bakery is serving up another sweet deal to help cure those wedding bell financial blues. A special part of any wedding is the wedding cake. Lisa Sondel from Village Desserts said, "For one of these cakes, it would be $300 to $400." But Sara Zimmer and Jaime Swygert won't be paying that. They are among these cost cutting brides who will pay only $99.00. 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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Point Loma, Calif. Bakery Features Square Cupcakes, Icing Shots
from the San Diego News Network
About a year and a half ago, I found myself flat on my back with a bad pinched nerve. What would it take to get me up and moving? Turns out, it was the prospect of cupcakes. In this case, it came in the form of an email announcing the opening of a new bakery in Point Loma, Calif. making, of all things, square cupcakes. More

Strawberry Cake Forever
from Metromix Los Angeles
Phoenix Bakery's signature strawberry cake rose from the imagination of one Chinese American baker, Lun Chan, now almost 88 years old. And for all the buttercream-frosted, marzipan-enrobed and ganache-filled cakes from modern-retro or Euro-inclined bakeries in town, it remains what is probably L.A.'s most popular cake. More

First Vegan Storefront Bakery Due in San Francisco by Year's End
from San Francisco Weekly
There are a handful of vegan bakers in San Francisco. One such vendor, Sugar Beat Sweets, will be the first vegan storefront bakery in town when it finally makes the leap from online into brick and (dairy-free) mortar. More

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Register for the 2009 American Retail Bakery Exposition
from RBA
Have you registered for ARBE yet? Now is the time to purchase your convention ticket, make travel arrangements and book your room at The Westin Charlotte hotel. You don't want to miss the excitement, training, learning opportunities, demonstrations and networking that will happen in three days! TLC's "Cake Boss" and RBA member, Buddy Valastro, Jr. will be on site constructing and decorating a life-size race car replicated cake of the #20 car belonging to Joe Gibbs Racing. Plus, Coach Joe Gibbs himself is joining us and speaking on "Perseverance, Teamwork and Excellence." Register Now!
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