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How To Implement Kaizen Concepts In Bakery Manufacturing Units

Kaizen is a Japanese term which means continuous improvement . Kaizen has been religiously followed by major automobile and other manufacturing industry. Beauty of Kaizen concepts lies in bottom to top approach where people involved in process  contributes  to improvement rather than consultants hired from outside and they who with their experience implement ideas for improvement . Changes suggested could be small in nature but can contribute in improving process in many ways .

Bakeries can implement Kaizen concepts to increase productivity , reduce wastage , save cost in fuel , reduce procurement cost  and save cost in other area of manufacturing .

Companies can hire Kaizen experts to monitors project taken and familiarising employees to key concepts of Kaizen ( 5s , gemba , muda , poka yoke , kanban etc) . Cross functional teams comprising of 4-5 people ( including workers , frontline supervisors ) can be created for projects where improvement can done . Kaizen projects are written with clear cut objectives with time frame ( few days to few months ) to achieve with the results . Investment required  are calculated and mentioned , one should take small projects which require minimum cost and time during kaizen workshops .

These cross functional team are then allowed to brain storm the ideas for improvement and to list support from the management . The management then allocate some funds for these projects and decisions are taken by the Kaizen team on the spot . Once the stipulated time is over ( 5- 6 days workshop would be good enough ) Groups then declare their achievements and facts . Improvements which are achieved are then standardised and included in the system . This can be done on a regular basis which would impart creativity and sense of achievement in employees . Companies can start a news magazine show casing these results and giving recognition to people who have done these projects . Kaizen awards could also be constituted to encourage employees to come forward with innovative ideas .

Few Kaizen Concepts which could be used for improvement projects in bakeries are

5S - Tells about orderliness , cleanliness and Labels or marks for highlighting areas

Gemba - Kaizen - Importance to  area of work rather than meetings and discussions in closed rooms

Muda - Talks about waste in process

Poka Yoke - Mistake Proofing

Takt Time - Time taken to complete order

Autonomous Maintenance - Operators  does all small maintenance jobs

Kanban - System designed to reduce inventories and efficient delivery system for materials and movement of finished goods

and many more 

Areas of Improvement In Bakeries could be
* Product levels
* Process levels
* Store Management/Inventory/Receivables
* Procurement
* Finished Product
* Yield
* Labor Productivity
* Machine Productivity
* Production Planning and Delivery system
* Cost Management Information System
* Morale and safety of employees

( I would  be  highlighting few areas of improvement in coming posts in detail )

Kaizen  Concepts 

Television Bakery Show Helps Increasing Bakery Product Demand

Television Bakery shows do have some impact on consumers  as confirmed by reports  by British Baker . People tend  to buy  products promoted  in these shows . Audience for such shows are mostly women , teens and food enthusiast .  Most of the  countries  do  have such shows which showcase popular  recipes ,ingredients  and tells us about popular places to buy  bakery products . Most of these shows are hosted by  celebrities which add to viewership .

A report 

The UK baking industry is currently undergoing an upturn in fortunes, thanks in part to some high-profile television shows.

According to data from British Baker, the number of bakery outlets in the UK increased by 6.9 per cent in the last 12 months.

In addition, it was revealed that the number of craft bakeries had risen by 4.7 per cent during the same period.

Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakeries, said the figures were fantastic news for all outlets and suppliers in the baking industry, which has benefited from an increase in public profile.

He told the publication: "Programmes like the Great British Bake-off and The Apprentice have helped raise the profile of high street bakers.

"Craft bakeries are finally getting the attention they deserve."

This is timely news for the baking industry, which is currently facing financial pressure from the rising cost of wheat and other vital commodities.


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Parle Reacts On PepsiCo Entry Into Biscuit Segment

The general manager of Indian biscuit major Parle Products is unconcerned about reports that PepsiCo is preparing to enter the country's INR110bn (US$2.41bn) biscuit market.

According to The Economic Times, PepsiCo is looking to pilot the launch of cookies under its Quaker brand in India next month.

Amid speculation of PepsiCo's entry, Praveen Kulkarnii, the general manager at Parle, said current players in India's biscuit market will have an advantage.

"Old players will have an advantage as they know consumer preferences. Products at affordable price without compromising the quality, and innovation with tastes and flavours will keep one ahead of its competitors," he said.

Nevertheless, Arvind Singhal, chairman of management consultants Technopak Advisors Pvt Ltd, said PepsiCo's entry could boost demand for biscuits overall.

"The processed food category is booming in India. Companies in this sector are diversifying. The entry of PepsiCo India will help expand the biscuit market," Singhal said.


Bakery Tech India 2011 , Hyderabad- Feb 25-27

Business Live, an event management company, will be organising “Bakery Tech India 2011” on February 25-27, at NSIC Trade Centre in Hyderabad.

The main objective of the event is to bring together company owners to develop business network,
generate marketing strategy and also to support new innovations for the growth of the company. The event will attract industry professionals from India and abroad.

The organisers claim that “Bakery Tech India 2011” is one of the prime trade shows for the bakery industry in the country.”

The visitors for this event include bakery owners, bakery equipment manufacturers, traders, dealers, resellers, bakery food & beverage manufacturers, suppliers, retail chain stores, hotel and restaurant owners, café and mall owners, etc.

The exhibits in the event will include bakery processing machines, bakery equipment, display counters, engineering, technology, baking ingredients, packing, filling and encrusting machinery, design and consultancy, etc.

Bolux To Shut Biscuit Plant Operations In Ramotswa

Bolux   is  among top  manufacturers of food items   and  biscuit s in Bostwana   . With rise in cost of production and availability of   imported cheap  biscuits   it has made Bolux to   shut  down its non -performing biscuit plant .

A report

According to the company, which is a major employer in Ramotswa and its environs, the decision also follows a business strategy review that will see non-core business units being either disposed of or shut down. In a statement released this week, Bolux says current market conditions, regulations regarding the procurement of grain, changes in global technical trends, demographic changes in Botswana and the availability of specialised skills have contributed to the decision to close down the biscuit plant.

"Bolux has been the market leader in the milling industry in Botswana for more than 30 years and is synonymous with a number of well-known food brands," the statement says.
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Commercial Production Of Rice Flour Meant For Bakeries Started In Srilanka

Interesting initiatives  has been taken by Sri lankan govt  to reduce  imports of wheat or wheat flour  by promoting  rice flour  among  bakeries . This move  has been protested by bakeries.  

A report

Rice-based industries are to be promoted by the Mawbima Lanka Foundation under the patronage of the Central Bank and two state banks with the aim of encouraging industrialists to use excess rice for the production of value added products.

Bandara Industrial Services (Pvt) Ltd, Veyangoda has introduced its rice flour to the market under the brand name Healthy Fla at a ceremony held at the BMICH in Colombo on Thursday. Journalists were given an opportunity to taste rice-based food items prepared by using 'HealthyFla' at the event.

The rice flour is being milled at the Bandara Industrial Services state-of-the-art rice flour milling factory in Veyangoda. The Central Bank has provided financial assistance to set up the factory under its Viskam Loan Scheme.

HealthyFla, specially manufactured for bakery, confectionary and biscuit industry, is based on 100% specially selected best quality Sri Lankan rice varieties milled at desired temperature with latest state -of-the-art milling technology in maximum hygienic conditions, thus it contains no artificial chemicals or additives.


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Starbucks To Open Retail Coffee Shops In India Through JV With Tata's

The news of  American Iconic Coffee retailer  Starbucks  entering Indian Coffee retail scene with Tata's JV  could  be encouraging for  bakery  manufacturers as it would like  to outsource its bakery  products ( Bread , Muffins , Cakes , Doughnuts , Cookies ,Croissant , Bagel and  others ) requirement from local manufacturers . Starbucks now joins major retailers  who have already made inroads in Indian coffee retail scene such as  Barista Lavazza , Costa  Coffee and our own  Cafe Coffee Day .

A  report
Starbucks Corp on Thursday unveiled a deal that sets the stage for the world’s largest coffee company to bring its iconic cafes to India,as Western-style coffee shops are increasingly popular here.

The Seattle-based chain signed a pact with Tata Coffee Ltd, part of the Tata group conglomerate, to buy coffee and explore opening retail stores in the country, the companies said in a statement on Thursday.

Starbucks will likely open its first store in Asia’s third-largest economy in July or August this year, R.K. Krishnakumar, chairman of Tata Coffee, told Reuters.

“Acquiring real estate is currently a challenge in India, but Starbucks will hopefully overcome that,” Krishnakumar said.

The companies said they would also explore opening cafes at retail outlets and hotels associated with the Tata group.

Tea has long been the beverage of choice in India, but an increasingly affluent and urban population with westernized tastes is embracing cafes, paying much more for a cup of coffee than at traditional restaurants.

A cup of plain coffee typically costs about Rs10 (about 22 US cents) at a basic restaurant in India, compared with Rs50 to 60 at one of the Western-style cafe chains that began sprouting up about 10 years ago.


Big Food MNC's Say No To Sugar In Jute Bag s

4,00,000  jobs could be impacted  by  refusal of    food  MNC,s companies to accept jute's bags  for  their sugar bags packaging . Indian Govt has made it mandatory for public companies ( JPMA) to use  jute bags instead  of  poly  bags  for their supplies and procurement . This is  to support ailing jute industry  which   gives jobs  to thousands workers   and farmers who grow jute . Food  companies need to install few equipments  to  screen out  foreign particles  in sugar bags . Where as Jute manufacturers  can  innovate  and  manufacture bags which would   remove objections from the food  companies.  Even plastic bags   could  bring contamination  which any case  requires  sifters , magnets an other screening equipments  to remove foreign particles .Bakery and Confectionery  manufacturers are one of the  biggest  consumers of  sugar .

A report

In a body blow to the ailing jute industry in the country, major corporates like Coca Cola India, Cadbury, Nestle India and GlaxoSmithkline have outright rejected the supply of sugar in jute bags. These firms have argued that the jute fibres are contaminating the sugar that they use for manufacture of their products.

These corporate majors, have instead opted for supply of sugar packed in plastic bags.

The snub to jute bags by these corporates has come at a time when the Jute Commissioner's Office (JCO) and the Indian sugar industry have locked horns over the availability of raw jute and production of jute bags in 2010-11.

Over the past few months since the peak sugar season started, all the four food and beverage companies have written letters in phases to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) expressing their concern over jute sacks and favouring packing their materials in polypropylene sacks.

ISMA in turn has taken up the issue with the Union Textiles Ministry and the Jute Commissioner's Office (JCO) in Kolkata.

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Biscuit Manufacturers Setting Up New Plants In Bihar

Bihar has been witnessing a renewed interest from national and regional biscuit manufacturers  to set up manufacturing units . Up till now few  biscuit manufacturers were present in the state but with CM  Nitish  New  Industrial policy  major players have put their money on the improved situation in the state . Britannia , Parle , Anmol , Sona  and Sabisco. have already begun their construction and installation plans .

A report

Three of the units, which are directly being set up by the companies, are coming up in Hajipur. The other unit, being set up in Muzaffarpur, is a joint venture with a local company getting the franchise of a reputed brand.

The units will generate employment of over 1,000 people.

Britannia is setting up its biscuit-making unit at Hajipur, around 25km north of Patna. The unit is likely to be operational by September this year.

It will have the capacity to produce 50,000 metric tonnes of biscuits every year and the company would invest about Rs 55 crore under this project. It would provide employment to 330 people.

Bansal biscuits, the makers of the Anmol brand of biscuits, too are setting up their unit in Hajipur. Biscuits made in this unit are likely to hit the local market in March this year. This unit would have the capacity to make 12,600 metric tonnes of biscuit per annum and would provide employment to 117 people. The company is investing about Rs 23 crore.

Another unit that is coming up in the same city is that of Sona Biscuits, the makers of the Sobisco brand. The company is investing over Rs 24 crore for setting up its unit which, after completion, would have the capacity to produce 15,000 metric tonnes of biscuit per annum. This unit is likely to become functional by March this year and it would provide employment to 219 people.

The fourth unit is coming up at Muzaffarpur, around 80km north of Patna, and this is being set up under the private-private partnership model. One Lavanya Finvest Private Limited has taken the franchise to produce the popular ParleG brand at this unit.

Britannia Vs Parle

The setting up of this unit would attract an investment of about Rs 25 crore. The unit, which is likely to start production by the end of this year, would have the capacity to produce 36,000 metric tonnes of biscuits per annum. This unit would provide employment to 434 persons.

The Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) has provided land for all these projects. “We processed the proposals at a very quick pace as the state government is determined to ensure that investors coming to the state face no hassles,” a highly placed source in BIADA told The Telegraph.

The source said work at all these projects are going on at the desired pace and going by the progress made so far, biscuit production in all these units would start this year itself.


Britannia's Treat -O biscuit Vs Kraft's Oreo

Finally  I could lay my hands  on  "  Treat -O " biscuits  which has been drawn into legal battle between  Kraft  Food Inc  and Britannia Industries  . Kraft claims  that Britannia  has violated trade marks  and copy rights law  by  copying design  of the biscuit .

 treat o , britannia treat o biscuit , treat o biscuit Treat -O could be very  well  one of the best product launch  by Britannia Industries after long period . Already  Britannia  has  similar products  like  Jim Jam  and Cream Treats . What differentiates" Treat O" from others is the filling  between the shells  and recipe of shell itself .

As far as my personal  views on this subject is concerned   Kraft has every right to safe gaurds its interests  by challenging  the design  of the biscuits  but   court  would  definitly like to compare  the two biscuits  with their  design ,recipe  and packaging.

Having tasted  both the biscuits  ,  I can  say that  in all the important  features of  products   Britannia Treat O  biscuits  differs from Oreo  of  Kraft, Let it be the recipe , packaging  and design  . The only  similiarty  which one can claim could be  the outer rings  on the shell and  O  used in brand name  .There  are  numerous  generic biscuits  (  glucose , nice , cookies , bourbon , crackers ,cream )   from  manufacturers  we see in India but none of them have been dragged into court as done by  Kraft  Food Inc  . It could be due  to immense competition and Kraft plans to  launch  its own Oreo  biscuit  in India on a large scale . Kraft  Food Inc should not be threatened  by Britannia  Treat -O  as Oreo biscuit  is renowned product world wide  and has its  own  features .

Britannia  and  Kraft   should  settle  these  issues  outside   the court  as they have already  done in case of   TIGER   brand  copyright  with  then  Danone ( Danone's Biscuit division has been taken over by  Kraft Inc )

Let's  wait for the court verdict  for now .

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PepsiCo Joins Kraft , UB & GSKB To Add Competiton In Indian Biscuit Market

"Decade of Biscuits " as rightly claimed  by  Nikhil Sen  , CEO  Unibic India and an old hand from Britannia  Industries ( Ex -COO) . Major Internatioal players are making beeline to untapped Indian biscuit segment  which have been dominated by two player  from long namely Britannia and Parle .  Kraft , United biscuits , GSKB ,Unibic and now Pepsi Co  have launched their product or planning to do so . Even Indian companies like  Shakti Bhog and now Marico  are planning to enter Rs 11,000 crore biscuit market  which is still dominated by unbranded products .Amul , India's  Dairy major  has  been news for its plan to explore  Indian biscuit segment . Consumers would see innovative products&packaging   as these companies would  try  to  lure  Indian consumers and garner market share .

A report
Forget cola war, PepsiCo now wants to battle it out in the Rs 11,000-crore Indian biscuits market that is getting chock-a-block with new entrants. The American food and beverages maker, which launched Aliva baked crackers in 2009, will start test-marketing oats-based premium cookies under its Quaker brand next month, two officials directly involved with the development said.

PepsiCo India is among a slew of domestic and international companies rushing to the fastest-growing processed food segment in the country, growing 20% a year, faster than noodles and potato chips. “The category will explode this decade,” says Nikhil Sen, biscuits industry veteran and MD of Bangalore-based biscuit maker Unibic India. American major Kraft Foods is expected to kick off its India foray with biscuits some time this year.

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Pepperidge Farm Completes 50 years Under Campbell Soup Co .

 Pepperidge  Farm  a popular brand in America  for  bakery products  such as  bread ( Raisin Cinnamon swirl) , crackers( Gold fish )  and cookies ( Milano ) . Competition  to Pepperidge  Farm  Inc  comes from  Kraft , Bimbo , Sara Lee , IBC  .

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This month, Campbell Soup Co. is commemorating 50 years of owning Pepperidge Farm Inc., the baking company still based in Norwalk, Conn., where it was founded in 1937.

That history makes Pepperidge Farm an anomaly for Camden-based Campbell, which in the second half of the 20th century built itself into a food conglomerate with well-known brands such as Swanson, Vlasic, Mrs. Paul's, and Godiva, as well as long-forgotten restaurant chains and even pet food.

Pepperidge Farm, purchased in January 1961, is the only free-standing U.S. business remaining from that era of diversification. Campbell bought V8 vegetable juice in 1948, but long ago integrated V8 operations into its soup plants.
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By contrast, Pepperidge Farm has not only kept its separate headquarters, but as a baking operation it also has its own plants - including those in Downingtown and Denver, Pa., where 150 million Goldfish tumble out of the ovens daily - and even its own distribution system.

Why, after a long period of scaling back to be more focused on soups, sauces, and beverages, has Campbell held on to Pepperidge Farm instead of selling it, as it did so many other businesses?

It's simple.

"We have a great growth story here at Pepperidge," Pat Callaghan, the bakery's president and a 31-year company veteran, said in an interview at the Norwalk headquarters, where founder Margaret Rudkin is revered - perhaps even more than condensed-soup inventor John T. Dorrance is in Camden.

Named after a tree that lined the driveway of Rudkin's farm in Connecticut, Pepperidge has become increasingly important to Campbell financially in the last decade.

In 2000, its $800 million in revenue accounted for 12.3 percent of Campbell's overall revenue. Since then, Pepperidge Farm's sales have climbed 88 percent, reaching $1.5 billion, or 19.5 percent, of the company's $7.7 billion in sales for the fiscal year ended Aug. 1.

Douglas R. Conant, Campbell's president and chief executive officer, sees Pepperidge Farm - along with a baked-goods subsidiary in Australia - as integral to Campbell's foundation.

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Flooring s In Bakery Plant

 Larger  Bakeries   have to decide upon type of flooring during  planning  stage  as  what kind of  flooring would be required for laying . Food factories have  special requirement  of flooring s due  to  hygiene and sanitation standards during process .
The floor of a food processing facility is typically exposed to all sorts of food byproducts, including fats, hot oils, dough,hot water , steam , cold water , sugar solutions, and natural food acids. Some of these substances can cause serious damage to concrete because of their corrosive nature. In addition, these contaminants can infiltrate uncoated concrete, resulting in uncontrolled growth of bacteria, ultimately degrading the processed foods purity.
        Consequently, coatings selected for application to food and beverage processing facility floors must be durable enough and thick enough to create a protective barrier that prevents contaminants from permeating the concrete substrate and ensures a hygienic surface
 Bakery Flooring  should meet following  parameters 

Thermal shock Resistant
Bakeries  have application which requires hot  and cold water  application hence flooring should with stand high temperatures .

Chemical Resistant
Bakeries have applications  of acids , sugar  and sanitation chemicals

Could  with stand heavy traffic from equipments  like pallet trucks , forklifts  and  trolleys .

Sanitary  and   Safe
As per approved ( state standards ) food grade flooring, slip resistant, odorless installation

Following  types of  flooring could be seen  in  Indian bakery  Plants
Marble flooring , Kota stone  flooring ,  Ceramic tiles flooring   and Epoxy  coatings .Popular among these are Kota stone ( lime stone )  and Ceramic tiles flooring . . Recommended flooring for bakeries would be epoxy coated flooring but has higher cost than other flooring .

Kota  stone  ( lime  stone )   flooring

Kota stone has advantage of toughness over  Ceramic tiles  as flooring material in bakeries . Kota stones are available in rough as well as polish finish  and could be cut into  any dimensions  but the industry standards is 22"x22"  . Thickness could vary from  25mm to 40mm . Kota  stone  could be  easily washed  number of times during cleaning of floors in bakeries

Ceramic tiles
Ceramic tiles have advantages of weight  , finish  and easy replacement s  when damaged .

Flooring types  in  International   bakery plants
Standards can be checked into USDA , FDA and NSF  Standards for floor coatings in food processing units 
Epoxy  coated  flooring , Urethanes ,Methyl Methacrylate, Poly Ureas

Industrial Safety Shoes In Bakery Plants

Safety  of  employee  should be  of prime importance to  bakery plant owners  and plant managers . Bakeries do  report accidents and safety  related incidents  in factories .Its mandatory in many countries  to provide  industrial safety shoes to its worker  who are working in risk prone areas . Workers performing  roles such  as plant maintenance workers , plumbers , electrician ,operators  and contract labours performing loading and unloading of heavy loads or equipments.Most common incidents are  electric  shocks  or  slippages in bakeries .Plant managers  should  ensure  that workers involved in above mentioned activities are provided safety shoes in regular intervals . ISO -9000 , ISO- 14000 , OSHA  and GMPS    have some or the other SOP s on workers  safety . OSHA defines safety  shoes in its  personal protectives equipments  as shoes having  heat resistant  soles and  impact resistant toes .Others with metallic insole and providing workers from electrical shocks.

Workers  requires protection  from

Heat  ( High temperatures  in oven area )
Impact or Shock (  Maintenance or Lifting jobs )
Slippery surface( Oil  and water leakages or spillages )
Electrical shocks (  Electricians ).
Chemical  s (  Mixing sections  or  cleaning operations )

Industrial safety  shoes are normally made up  good quality  leather  with  steel toe cap  in front  to save foots from heavy impact   and with Pu soles  International followed by these shoe manufacturers is  European standards for safety shoes   BS EN ISO 20345 :2004/A12007. Safety shoes   should be  comfortable , durable  and light weight .Options are available  for  workers to  choose high ankle or low  ankle safety shoes . Plant managers should get   safety shoes from  approved vendors from which  have been certified by  authorities  . Safety  shoes  can help  in bringing accidents rate in bakeries  to minimum levels .

ISM 2011 - International Sweet & Biscuit Fair , Cologne , Germany

World largest trade fair on confectionery and biscuit would be held from  30Jan - 2 Feb , 2011 at Cologne , Germany . This annual  trade fair attracts thousands of visitors and exhibitors  from  confectionery and biscuit industry .Manufacturers and Distributors  show case their latest products and innovations to the wholesale buyers and retailers .Major Biscuit manufacturers across the globe   would be represented in this  fair , countries with large participation would be from  Europe  such as France ,Netherlands, UK , Belgium , Spain , Germany , Italy . Major  biscuit and cake  manufacturers participating in this  fair are  Bahlsen gmbh , Bauli , Lotte , Walkers, Grupo Siro , Panrico .

India  is represented by

Ravi  Food Pvt Ltd
Mrs Bector Foods Specialities Ltd
Frisco Foods Pvt Ltd

Venue : Cologne  Exhibition centre
Products Segment  - Chocolates , Biscuits , Snacks item , Sugar confectionery and Ice creams
Organiser : Koelnmesse GmbH

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Dr Oetker acquires Simplot's New Zealand & Australian pizza business

Dr Oetker  Germanys leading food manufacturer seems to be on buying  spree  with its purchase in Asia and Eastern Europe  its turning out to be large food  multinational .

Recent news covers its buy out of  frozen pizza manufacturer  Simplot  in Australia  .
German food group Dr Oetker announced it has acquired Simplot's Australian and New Zealand pizza business. According to Dr. Oetker, the acquisition includes the Papa Giuseppi's brand, all frozen private-label pizza made by Simplot and the pizza assets at the US company's facility in the Victorian town of Pakenham.

Under the terms of the deal, Simplot will continue to work closely with Dr Oetker to grow its frozen-pizza business in Australia and New Zealand, providing ongoing support services including merchandising, supply chain and manufacturing.

Dr Oetker managing director, Declan O'Leary, noted that encouraged by the success of the Dr Oetker "Ristorante" brand in Australia, the firm looks forward to the next stage of its growth plan in establishing itself as a national supplier of frozen pizza in the Australian market.

Dr. Oetker is a Germany family owned food business. The firm boasts creating high quality foods since 1891 and is regarded as one of the leading companies in the German food industry and across the world. Based in Bielefeld in Northern Germany, Dr. Oetker manufactures and distributes a diverse range of food stuffs to over 40 countries around the world.

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Food Handling Gloves In Bakeries

Food handlers or operators in bakeries  more often comes into manual contact to perform activity in  pre mixing ( addition of ingredients & chemicals) ,mixing ( check dough consistency) , baking ( remove defectives ) , stacking ( packing) .Manufacturers provide workers with protective gloves to prevent cross contamination ,microbes and bacteria from handlers hand .Wearing gloves is not mandatory in most countries but still as per good manufacturing practices manufacturers provide their workers  with food handling gloves

Conventional method which most of the bakeries still use is  to provide wash basins  near to working areas  with potassium permanganate solution  to wash their hands in frequent intervals .

PVC  thin clear transparent disposable  gloves

These gloves are preferred gloves for  food handlers as its cheap in comparison to latex or vinyl gloves .Even while wearing these gloves workers should be trained to switch over to new pairs in case of damage or high perspiration in hands .One has to wash his hands and use dryer  before putting up new gloves  . These types of gloves are mostly used  where glove changing is frequently required .

Latex  disposable gloves

These gloves are required for handling of hot objects  such hot cookies while at baking section or removing defective biscuits from oven or depaning  operations , oven loading or unloading  in bakery manufacturing process.Its also used in area where workers have to handle chemicals .Latex gloves are costlier than PVC poly gloves  hence it is used only where you cannot  replace it withpvc poly gloves.These have to be washed and sanitised for multiple use .These gloves could sometimes results in rashes and itching.

Guidelines for Gloves
  •      Wash hands properly before and after wearing or changing to a new pair of gloves
  •      Use gloves that fit properly and that are designed for the task at hand
  •      Change gloves whenever tasks change or whenever an employee leaves his/her workstation
  •     Sneezing, coughing or touching one's hair or face with a gloved hand all require hand washing and a   new  pair of gloves
  •     Because perspiration and bacteria buildup under gloves, wash hands and switch to a fresh pair periodically

Few experts  are  of the view that  gloves  are as harmful as manual contact . These gloves develops  pinholes when damaged which may not be visible by naked eyes , this may then results in bacterial contamination of hands.Workers never remove these gloves as often as required.Expert still believes the  conventional method of hand washing  to gloves

Burton's To Close Down Its Moreton Biscuit Factory

Burton Foods one of  the  UK's leading biscuit manufacturer has declared re structuring of its  supply chain for its entire operations in UK .

A report .
Burton’s Foods – better known for their brands, Jammie dodgers and wagon wheels - has announced the closure of its biscuit factory in Moreton.
“Today's announcements recognise the need to transform our supply chain,” said Burton’s Foods chief executive Ben Clarke. “And, while the proposed job losses are deeply regrettable, the new £25m investment we are making in our manufacturing capability elsewhere in the UK , will help deliver sustainable profitable growth for the company in a highly competitive and challenging market."

The company plans to invest £7m at Edinburgh and Llantarnam to develop its chocolate biscuit manufacturing capability and this forms part of a £25m three-year spending plan to build the company’s production capabilities, with the aim of keeping most of its manufacturing in the UK.

Burton's Foods, which makes branded and own-label biscuits and snacks, is the second largest biscuit supplier in the UK.

As well as Wagon Wheels and Jammie Dodgers, it also makes Cadbury's chocolate biscuits including the Crunchie, Turkish Delight and Caramel biscuit ranges.

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Unibic Scouting For Partners

Unibic which has carved out niche in  branded cookies s  segment  is  set  to have new partners where majority  stake is with  Unibic Australia . Cookies market is still dominated by  local bakeries which make good profits from this untapped premium bakery segment .Unibic brands are Butter Cookies , Anzac Oatmeal cookies . Competitors are  Britannia   , Parle , Priya gold and ITC .

Unibic Australia, along with former Britannia hand Nikhil Sen, now the managing director of Unibic India, holds 88 per cent in the company. The rest is held by Mauritius-based private equity fund Lighthouse Partners, which came on board in 2008. The new partner will be issued fresh equity in the company.
Sources aware of the developments told Business Standard that for the last two months, a formal process of identifying a strategic partner was on. They said large fast moving consumer goods players in the foods space like GlaxoSmithKline Consumer and PepsiCo, along with a few other multinational players, were in the fray to acquire a majority stake in the company.

But Marico, they said, had emerged as the front runner and a deal was expected to be closed this week. But last minute hiccups saw the deal with Marico fell through.

Unibic has a market share of close to 10 per cent and a turnover of Rs 75 crore. The company is valued at close to Rs 200 crore.

FMCG firms eye a big bite of Unibic's biz

Green Tea Extract To Enhance Biscuit Shelf Life

Benefit of   Green Tea Extracts  have been long established  for  function like  removing rancidity ,and its role as an  antioxidants with multiple health benefits . Its use in biscuits  are in trial  stage  .Researchers have claimed to have increased shelf life of biscuits after adding   green tea  extract GTE .

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Retention of green tea extracts in biscuits is improved by a reduction in the pH of the dough, finds new research looking at the stability of different catechins when fortifying baked goods.
The Singapore based researchers, who published their conclusions in Food Chemistry, claim adding green tea extract (GTE) in powder form to biscuits can not only improve their shelf life by preventing rancidity, but could also help manufacturers tap into the growing trend for healthier snacking.
The authors said their study exploring the stability of catechins during biscuit manufacture was prompted by the fact that commercial utilisation of tea or tea products in these baked goods is very limited, and, that, furthermore, no scientific data is available on the function of green tea extracts on biscuit quality.
Tea antioxidants have drawn increased attention in recent years because of their potential health benefits, not only as an antioxidant agent but also as anti-arteriosclerotic, anti-carcinogenic, and antimicrobial agents.

Chemistry and Applications of Green Tea


Provers In Bread Manufacturing


Bread, Bun , Pie and Rusk  manufacturing  have unique ingredient yeast which is responsible for texture requires either time or conditions ( humid and  hot ) to act  and release gases which are trapped into dough ( leavening)  or fermentation . Various type of provers are available as per plant layout such as Box type , L type or Type , Gas  or  steam could be used for humidity and heating arrangement .It includes  gas burners , steam heaters or steam injection system .Rack type or Traveling tray type provers  are available for proving/proofing  process.Proofers are thermally insulated enclosures and. vary in size from a small box with shelving to a room. With  space  for  many  portable  bread  racks. Proofer  is  heated  by  steam  coils  or  electric  heating. Elements located inside the enclosure.

Intermediate  Prover
Intermediate provers are provided in bread manufacturing process to allow bread to relieve and recuperate from stress- strain to mechanical action on dough by  dividers and rounder . It also  gives dough to ferment during  this time and make dough soften up for  Final prover  after moulding .Its  also called relaxation prover  where it travels for few minutes in trays .

Final Prover

Dough  are  converted into elongated  cylindrical dough pieces  which are twisted  and re placed into moulds  which are greased  with emulsion or oil  for depanning . Final prover have arrangement for steam  which spread out  uniformly in  the final prover . Temperatures in Final prover  is about 38 deg c - 45 deg c. Humidity level and temperature maintained in such manner  that  yeast activity is maximum  in the final prover . Precautions need to be taken  so as to prevent  dough to rise above moulds . box or inversely the dough is left without rising . Speed of moulds travel in the prover  is either controlled through timers or through manual start and stop . Speed of travel of moulds are  to monitored with respect to rate of  dough yeast activity . Tray movement could be horizontal ( swing tray )  or  vertical ( Contray Oven ) . Approximately time for proving is  60- 75 min as per conditions . Final prover are mostly fabricated at site for large bread manufacturing  with drives and sprockets  to which racks are attached on which mould s are kept .With completion of  cycle in prover  the dough which is risen to 3/4 th mould is  then  transferred to oven for  baking .   Other popular type of prover are retarder prover . Capacities are matched with that of  Oven .

Britannia Industries Forays Into Cereal Breakfast Food Segment

With ever increasing competition  and falling margins into its main stay biscuits & bread,  Britannia has plans to  enter new food categories  such as Milk products and Now Cereal Break Fast food market .Competition comes from Kelloggs , Pepsico , MTR  and Marico .
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In the fast paced world of today where reaching places and deadlines seems to be the top priority of the morning, breakfast is becoming one of the most essential needs for the body that people are tending to give a miss. Research data shows that 1 out of 5 people in urban India miss breakfast completely everyday, while upto 15% have an inadequate one, like a quick glass of milk or pushing down a fried snack like a vada pav on the way.

Whether its lack of time to prepare a complete enjoyable breakfast, or fewer options available for quick breakfasts suited to Indian tastes, skipping breakfast is definitely not the best way to give your body a good start to the day. Breakfast is essential to your system as it comes after the longest gap between meals and vitalizes your body with the energy it needs for the day.

Always committed to constantly innovate and launch delightful products that are good for you, Britannia Industries Ltd., one of India’s most trusted food brands has now addressed this essential gap with the launch of Britannia Healthy Start, specially designed with Indian tastes in mind.

Britannia Healthy Start is a complete range of Ready-to-Cook Breakfast Mixes of Upmas, Pohas, Porridges and Oats that are healthy, delicious, and take just 5 minutes to cook! This is the only product range in its category that combines the natural nutrition of multi-grains, 100% real vegetables, pulses and nuts all in one pack. It gives your family a perfect meal to start the day - with a bowl full of health.

Britannia enters breakfast food space

Its Boom Time For Biscuit Equipment Manufacturers In India

All major  biscuit manufacturer in India have declared their plan to go  for  major expansions.  We have been covering  news of  expansion report   for

Britannia Industries




Ravi Foods

Anmol  Biscuit

With  many investors and foreign players  also  scouting   to enter Indian biscuit market  demands for biscuit equipments would definitely  rise .Investment in Plant and Machinery  varies from Rs 5.0 crores to more than Rs20.0  crores .These capital  equipments  are custom  made and requires  lead time varying from 16 weeks  to 24 weeks .

 With such  higher number of expansion   biscuit equipment manufacturers can expect   large orders for  biscuit equipments  such as Mixers , Ovens , Bulk Handling system , Packing machines, Grinders & Belting  . India have flourishing   domestic biscuit equipment manufacturing  industry  with few big  equipments  manufacturers who  can  claim to be producing   good  quality equipments  which caters  to organised sector of biscuit market ( 25% of total biscuit production is in  organised sector ) .Few of them  are exporting equipments  to  African , Middle Eastern Countries , Asian , Eastern European , South American countries . Most of the  biscuit manufacturers buy from these domestic  equipment manufacturers  which provide reliable and low cost equipments in comparison to  imported  equipments . Main competition for  equipment comes from  German , American and Taiwanese Equipments .Versatile Biscuit plant which can produce both Hard and Short Dough types are in big demand .Biscuit equipment manufacturers have started providing automation  solution  with PLC 's  and  Softwares  thus  increasing productivity  of  the plant .

Few of Established  Biscuit  Equipments Manufacturers are

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Biscuit Plant and Equipments
  • New  Era  Machines
  • Prima Engineering 
  • Sunbeam Machines Indian P Ltd
  • Sarla  Industries
 Packing Machines
  • Multipack Systems Pvt Ltd 
  • Khosla Packaging Machines

Bulk Handling Sytem
  • Miranda Automation 
  • Rieco Industries
  • Indcon Projects
 Metal Detection

  • Technofour Electronics P Ltd .

  •  Kaps Engineers

Global Bakery Products Market Would Be USD 410 Billion By 2015 - A report

As  Global  Bakery Industry  moves from Bulk marketed sales  to  Niche market sales  the market volume is estimated for USD410 Billion . With new trends of healthier fortified bakery products , low salt , low fat and lower sugar to smaller servings .Private labelling to  have dominant role  in retail .

 A report
source :Global Industry Analysts,Inc .
The global baking industry is currently facing opportunities as well as challenges created by the economic crisis. The still volatile financial scenario is changing the way bakers approach their businesses. On the consumption front, similar to the US, the bakery industry in Europe is witnessing a decline in traditional bakery products. However, the decrease in demand is being offset by rising purchase of bite-sized sweet goods, on-the-go breads, between-meal snacks, easy-to-carry sandwiches and such other products. There is an increase in the number of on-the-go bakery product introductions and new flavors to meet the requirements of the extremely mobile population of today.

With consumer preferences undergoing tremendous changes, bakers are literally on their toes suiting the product rollouts to the dynamic consumer preferences. Meeting the demands of the fast paced consumer lifestyles are single-serve, small-size bakery products, leading to an increasing demand for breads and rolls, donuts and pastries. There has also been a noticeable shift towards natural and healthy bakery products comprising of vitamins, whole grains and fibers. Bakers introduced organic baked goods, breakfast cereals, breads and biscuits, enriched with nutritional and natural ingredients in single-serve and portable packaging. Private label products gained considerable importance in retailing strategy of savory snacks, in spite of the disadvantage of ownership and management of inventory. In recent years, however, the bakery industry has been plagued with high costs of production and increase in raw material costs in real terms in many markets. Intense price pressure is another feature of the bakery products marketplace in many developed markets of the world.

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Global Bakery Products Market to Reach US$410 Billion by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Du Pont To Buy Ingredient s Major Danisco

 Du Pont  decides to buy  Danisco one of the world  major  manufacturer of  bakery ingredients &enzymes. Major supplier of  bakery ingredients  such as anti -oxidants , emulsifiers , flavours , colors ,fibres , sweeteners and pectin .

WILMINGTON, DEL. – E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company has agreed to acquire Danisco, a global enzyme and specialty food ingredients company, for $5.8 billion in cash and assumption of $500 million of Danisco net debt. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Danisco is a specialty food ingredients manufacturer with a product portfolio that includes enablers, cultures and sweeteners.

DuPont and Danisco also are joint venture partners in the development of cellulosic ethanol technology.

“Danisco is a premier company, a longtime successful partner of DuPont and a proven innovator committed to sustainable growth,” said Ellen J. Kullman, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. “Danisco has attractive, market-driven science businesses that offer clear synergies with DuPont Nutrition & Health and Applied BioSciences.

“This transaction is a perfect strategic fit with our growth opportunities and will help us solve global challenges presented by dramatic population growth in the decades to come, specifically related to food and energy. In addition, biotechnology and specialty food ingredients have the potential to change the landscape of industries, such as substituting renewable materials for fossil fuel processes and addressing food needs in developing economies, that will generate more sustainable solutions and create growth for the company.”

Source :
Food Business News

Oreo To Be Launched Into Polish Biscuit Market

 Kraft  foods  taking Oreo  to  new emerging markets  recent being Poland

A report
The icon of the American cookie scene, the Oreo, is entering the Polish market.

Kraft Foods, already number one in the Polish cookie market due to its ownership of brands including Delicje, LU, Petitki, Pieguski and San, is introducing the globally recognized cookie to increase its lead over competitors Bahlsen and Jutrzenka, writes Puls Biznesu.

Kraft is to announce the details of the debut and the associated advertising campaign this Wednesday.

Market experts say the project is likely to succeed. According to Marek Przeździak, secretary general of Polbisco, the Association of Polish Manufacturers of Chocolate and Confectionery Goods, the cookie market is growing at up to 20 percent annually and has large potential for further growth.

Although a specific marketing strategy has not yet been laid out, Puls Biznesu expects that the Oreo will be a competitor for the top brands of sandwich cookies, such as Bahlsen’s HIT, which currently enjoys a 50 percent share of the Polish market.

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Ravi Kishan& Rituparna Sengupta To Promote Parle 's Monaco

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Parle  products  the  leading biscuit manufacturers is trying to capture snacking segment of biscuits  in Hindi Belt and eastern part  of India  through regional stars as their brand ambassadors
NEW DELHI: The country's top biscuit maker, Parle Products, is going regional with its marketing strategy. The maker of Monaco, Parle-G and Hide & Seek biscuits has roped in regional actors Ravi Kishan and Rituparna Sengupta for endorsing Monaco salty biscuits.

The company has decided not to have a national-level brand ambassador and did not renew its endorsement contract with Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan that ended in mid-2010, a top official said.

"We are putting a regional focus on Monaco now, which is why we did not feel the need to sign a national-level star," Parle Products group brand manager Shalin Desai said.

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Parle's decision to rope in regional brand ambassadors reflects marketers' increasing focus on rural markets. Anirban Das Blah, MD of celebrity management firm Kwan, said, "Getting regional celebrities for endorsements works out very cost-effective for brands, and helps them to establish a huge connect with regional audiences." Parle's Desai said the company's decision not to extend Aamir's contract was based purely on the brand's new regional strategy and to connect better with regional audiences.

"Aamir's contract was for a two-year period and we achieved our targets on a national level in those two years," Desai added.

While Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan will promote Monaco in the Hindi belts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta will do the same in East India.
Competition to  Parle  Monaco comes  from  Britannia 's  Time Pass and Priya Golds  Zig Zag  and ITC 's   Snacky

Source :

The Economic Times

Gardenia Bakeries Philippines Inc, Commence Production From Its New Plant At Cebu

AFTER several years of planning, Gardenia Bakeries Philippines Inc. finally opened its own bread manufacturing plant in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu last Jan. 5.
The Lapu-Lapu plant, which started its commercial operations last December, is now serving Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Iligan, Malaybalay and Davao City.

The P25-million facility is an expansion of Gardenia’s Laguna plant after its president and general manager Simplicio Umali Jr. decided to give in to persuasive requests and demands from Cebuanos and nearby provinces to bring Gardenia products closer.

Umali shares that it took them six months to find the perfect spot to put up their plant but it was all worth it.

Now that the Visayas and Mindanao production will come from Cebu, patrons will never miss its products again since the plant has a daily production capacity of 50,000 loaves.

“Unfortunately before, it takes a longer time to ship breads to Cebu and since we guarantee freshness in all our deliveries. We realized that the only way to serve both Visayas and Mindanao is to put up a plant in Cebu. Now, we are finally happy to be here. Cebuanos deserve breads which have all the attributes of good bread–good taste, freshness, freshly baked aroma, softness and nutritive value,” Umali said.

Gardenia has over 70 bread varieties but at the moment, only four varieties are available in Cebu: Gardenia Classic White Bread, High Fiber Wheat Bread, Chocolate Chip Bread and California Raisin.

The company assures local consumers though that they will be bringing in more varieties soon.
Gardenia opens bread manufacturing plant | Sun.Star Network Online

Gardenia - A profile

Canada Bread To Close Quebec Frozen Bakery

Toronto - Canada Bread Company Limited announced plans to close its frozen bakery facility in Laval, Quebec on March 31, 2011. The Laval bakery produces a variety of products, including crusty and speciality breads and rolls, and employs approximately 55 people who will be affected when the Company closes the facility on March 31, 2011. Production will be consolidated at the Company´s other frozen bakery facilities where there is available capacity. Canada Bread´s regional sales office in Laval will continue to be maintained.

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Vir Sanghvi On His Favorite Cookies

     Vir Sanghvi  India s Ace  political commentator  turns  his attention towards  his  favorite  biscuits and cookies . An article in HT  Brunch . Knows  a lot on  Biscuit market and trade .
Not only has it been a long time since Britannia ruled the waves, it has also been many years since Britannia ruled the Indian biscuit shelves. In my youth, Britannia and biscuits were synonymous. You had the Parle Gluco biscuit of course (apparently the largest-selling biscuit in India in that
era), but the ones that ordinary middle class families like ours chose to buy were Britannia’s versions of such British favourites as Bourbon, Marie, Thin Arrowroot and Nice (pronounced, we were told, like the city in France – not that it mattered as long as we got to eat the layer of sugar on the outside.)

I discovered later that this had to do with Britannia’s original corporate parentage (British companies with such reassuringly dated names as Huntley-Palmer) and the colonial desire to export great British brands to each corner of the empire.

Then, the Brits got taken over by Americans. Such giant conglomerates as RJR Nabisco (maker of the mighty Oreo which is to the US biscuit – sorry, cookie! – market what Coca Cola is to its soft drink sector) were placed firmly in control and the sweet old colonial brands started vanishing. Eventually, it all got very complicated with Nabisco being taken over by Wall Street bankers, Indian Britannia being sold, its new owners fighting with its new French partners etc. etc.

In any case, I am assured now that this avatar of Britannia, part of Nusli Wadia’s empire, has its own Indian identity and is so successful that foreigners try and steal its brands (Tiger biscuits, for instance). Fair enough. But two points are worth making. One: it is not the Britannia I grew up with. (But then, this is not the India I grew up in either so I guess that’s only to be expected.) And two: that the relaxation of food imports means that the shelves at my local grocer’s groan under the weight of so many imported biscuits and cookies from all over the world that the biscuits of my childhood (the great Britannia varieties) end up being relegated to the back of the shop while fancy expensive biscuits with French and German packaging occupy pride of place.


All In Good Taste - Hindustan Times

Dioxin Tainted Food Scare Across EU

 Eggs  are one of the prime ingredients in   bakery products  such as Cakes , Pastries , Cookies & Buns . Dioxin scare has  affected  bakery manufacturers in a way that  retailers  have started taking off  bakery products from shelf  as reported in  UK & Ireland .It all started when Oil meant for industrial  use went as animal feed to poultries

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The contaminated eggs with toxic dioxin from Germany are panicking consumers across Europe as they are suspected to have entered the UK food chain. It is understood that 14 tonnes of tainted egg product sent to the Netherlands from Germany, destined for use in goods such as pastries and mayonnaise, had been re-exported to Britain.

Earlier this week, the German authorities said up to 3,000 tonnes of contaminated feed, which are only meant for industrial use - were sent to poultry and pig farms, and that eggs from some of the farms were then exported to the Netherlands for processing. The origin of the feed contamination has been traced to a distributor of oils for animal feed production in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, where oils meant for industrial use in biofuels were distributed for animal feed.

The German agriculture ministry has said that 4,709 farms were being closed as a precaution, and the suspected toxin fed chickens about 8000 were so far culled. Eight of Germany’s 16 states were affected by closure order.

The European Commission health spokesman Frederic Vincent said in Brussels that it was still unclear if those eggs contained dioxin. However, tests of other eggs from suspected farms were found to contain up to five times the EU’s limit for dioxin.

German Dioxin-tainted Food Scare Heightens across EU

Britannia To Take Appropriate Action Against Kraft Legal suit

Britannia Industries, the maker of Tiger biscuits, today said it will take “right and appropriate action as it always has” against thelawsuit filed by US-based Kraft Foods for alleged trademark and
copyright violation of its Oreo cookie brand.In a suit filed on Tuesday in the Delhi High Court, Kraft said the
Bangalore-headquartered biscuit maker’s newly-launched Treat-O snack copied its iconic chocolate and cream-filled sandwich cookie. It alleged Treat-O, with an emphasis on O, was inspired by Oreo and Britannia also copied the specific design like florets and etchings.

Kraft has sought an injunction to prevent Britannia from manufacturing, selling, marketing or advertising any product similar to Oreo cookies. The US-based confectionery maker has also sought damages
for such violations and unfair competition to its Oreo brand of cookies.

Harish Bijoor, a brand consultant, said Kraft had indeed spent a good amount of time and dollars to build a fabulous brand, Oreo, and they will not let go of Britannia’s Treat-O lightly. “Oreo is an Oreo and in
India, it costs a lot but people do buy it. Treat-O is too close for comfort. I think Britannia may have to relook at this,” he said.

This is the second time that Britannia has entered into a legal tussle with a global food company over patent issue. Britannia had taken French food company Danone to a Singapore court, alleging trademark
infringement of its Tiger biscuit. It settled the case with Kraft after Danone sold its biscuits business to the latter.

Industry experts said the timing of the dispute was important, as Kraft after taking over Cadbury was planning to manufacture and sell biscuits in India.


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Kraft Foods' suit: Britannia to take 'appropriate action'

Story Of Hot Breads M Mahadevan

Innovation , quality  and good service  are basic ingredients for any  food business . Mr M Mahadevan learnt these traits early  in bakery business . Hot Breads has been popular bakery cafe many part of world .
A Interview with M Mahadevan published  in Finacial Express
by Sushila Ravindranath
When I tell M Mahadevan that I want to talk to him over lunch, he asks me where I would like to eat. I have a choice of over 30 restaurants and 30 bakeries co-owned by him in Chennai. The fact that I am a vegetarian makes the choice easier. I opt to meet him at Cream Center, the highly popular pure vegetarian eatery, where it is difficult to find a place if one goes late, especially during dinner time. Mahadevan, also known as 'Hot Breads' Mahadevan, is waiting for me at a corner table. He urges me to order a fruit cocktail and chooses a fresh lime and soda.
The waiters hover around us, and the restaurant manager and chef come around to say hello. Mahadevan knows them all, their names and has easy conversations with all of them. "I love food and enjoy people. So this is a natural choice of business for me," he grins. "Food has to be a passion in this business. I tell my boys, enjoy food, and cook with passion and love. To retain people is an art. My chefs are like my family members.

When I tell M Mahadevan that I want to talk to him over lunch, he asks me where I would like to eat. I have a choice of over 30 restaurants and 30 bakeries co-owned by him in Chennai. The fact that I am a vegetarian makes the choice easier. I opt to meet him at Cream Center, the highly popular pure vegetarian eatery, where it is difficult to find a place if one goes late, especially during dinner time. Mahadevan, also known as 'Hot Breads' Mahadevan, is waiting for me at a corner table. He urges me to order a fruit cocktail and chooses a fresh lime and soda.
The waiters hover around us, and the restaurant manager and chef come around to say hello. Mahadevan knows them all, their names and has easy conversations with all of them. "I love food and enjoy people. So this is a natural choice of business for me," he grins. "Food has to be a passion in this business. I tell my boys, enjoy food, and cook with passion and love. To retain people is an art. My chefs are like my family members.

Britannia Industries Sued By Kraft Food For Treat -O biscuit .

US-based packaged food maker Kraft Foods on Tuesday sued Nusli Wadia-owned Britannia Industries for trademark and copyright violations of its popular Oreo cookies.

In a suit filed in the Delhi High Court , Kraft said Britannia’s recently-introduced Treat-O biscuit is a copy of its cream-filled sandwich cookies.

The US firm has also sought an injunction to prevent Britannia from manufacturing, selling, marketing or advertising any product with any distinctive element of Oreo cookies.

A Britannia spokesman refused comment saying the company has not received any communication on the issue so far.

This is the second instance in four years when Britannia has been involved in a legal tussle with a multinational food company over trademark. It was, however, playing the role of a plaintiff in 2007 when it had dragged French food giant Danone to a Singapore court alleging trademark infringement of its Tiger biscuit. Subsequently, Danone ended its joint venture with Britannia and set up an independent company in India.

In its suit, a copy of which was reviewed by ET, Kraft has sought damages for infringement of trademark and copyright, passing off and unfair competition of its ‘globally reputed’ Oreo brand of cookies.

Oreo was registered in India in 1991 and is being imported and sold in the country ever since.

Kraft said the Indian bakery and dairy products maker has copied the specific design etchings, such as florets and inner rings, of Oreo cookies. The company refers to the design etchings as ‘Oreo cookie trade dress’.

“The lining on Britannia’s product, inner rings and florets and their placement on the product are identical to the original Oreo cookies,” Kraft said in the suit.

It also alleged that the brand name, Treat-O, with an emphasis on ‘O’, is inspired by Oreo.

Kraft’s lawsuit against Britannia comes at a time it is exploring options to locally manufacture and sell biscuits in the `11,000-crore Indian biscuit market.


Probiotic Breads New Trend In Healthy Bakery Products

Probiotic Breads  has been innovative  attempt  to provide consumers  healthy  bakery  products.

An Old World bread-baking company and a modern-age biotech company -- both headquartered in Northeast Ohio -- have joined forces to create what they say is the first probiotic bread in North America, and probably the first such bread line in the world.
Orlando Baking Company and Ganeden Biotech are selling their new product this month only at Heinen's stores.
Until recently, probiotics in foods were generally found only in yogurt and other dairy products. The microorganisms, which contain beneficial bacteria or yeasts that help people digest dairy products and manage intestinal diseases, as well as enhance the functioning of the immune system, occur naturally in yogurt. But the live cultures couldn't survive extreme temperatures, so baking or freezing foods containing probiotics were out.

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