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Malpractices Prevalent In Bakeries

 Bakeries   adopts  several  malpractices  in their  greed  to make quick  money   with utter disregard for consumer health  or  product  quality  . Few of them have made it a  regular practice until caught  whereas few of them  take chances  when  they  could  pass on with  minimum of risk .Lack of awareness of legal aspects  and  lower penalties encourage  manufacturers to adopt  malpractices in bakeries .

Consumers have to remain  vigilant  on this front  as to report  immediately  to the concerned authorities if they find any thing  missing  either in taste or any  health related issues after consuming these baked items .Following are  signs for  poor quality of  baked items such as

Presence of  foreign particles ( metal , sands , insects , threads , plastic , wrapper  )
Pungent small
Fungus or bacterial growth
Poor packaging - seal broken or open packs
Misleading  labels ( ingredients , allergens  , date )
Poor taste
Stale items
Burnt  small or taste 
Less Weights

Adulteration by mixing  low grade  especially cheap and low nutrient  material 

 Mixing inferior  items  with  ingredients  or diluting standard recipes  for profit


Substitution of  ingredients  lesser known or inferior brand

Bakeries would  buy inferior brands at very low cost  to save money and make profits  at the cost of  consumers well being 

Recycling of  spoiled material 

Many bakeries  are found to recycle  waste dough  or  rejected material to  cut down waste  thus  lowering quality of  product . 

Unsanitary  working condition 

Manufacturers  are found to neglect the  sanitation and hygiene part of  process  to which cases of   infestation and report of  foreign particles in product  are reported  by consumers. Not having enough staff to  do  the cleaning of  factory premises .
Lack of   personal  hygiene  and  sanitation 
Lack of monitoring and  neglecting  personal  hygiene aspects of food handler to save cost .

Use of  fraudulent  weights  and measures
Giving less weight  as declared on pack weight   or  playing with  moisture content  to  have  heavier product  at the risk of product quality .

Not all  bakeries adopt these malpractices but  for few  who indulge in these methods  to make quick profit. Regulators  and consumers should remain vigilant  against  such  malpractices .

Star Bucks Opens Its First Store In Mumbai

With major business tv channels flashing  the  news of  Starbuck opening its first store  in Mumbai  ,thus ending  the  gossip mills  about the timing and the location for  the Starbucks store . Starbucks chose the historic Elphinstone Building in the Horniman Circle neighborhood of south Mumbai.Capacity of this store would be of 120  guests .

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Pic courtesy - India Today
Ceo and President of  Starbucks  Mr Howard Schultz  alongwith  Indian partner Tata ,s  chairman  Mr
 Ratan Tata  were present on this occassion .

 Star Bucks being  world  number one  in  coffee chain  across globe has been aggressive in promoting its business in Asia  . It  has  around 700 outlets in mainland china where as in Japan its has more than 1000 outlets .

Pricing strategy  would be important for Starbucks to take on the established  players like  Cafe Coffee Day ( CCD )  and Barista  .

The  trade mark  bakery products for this stores would be sourced  with in the  local market .

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Tiffin Cakes From Britannnia

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Tiffin  cakes  from  Britannia Industries Ltd . Britannia  which has almost complete dominance over  branded bar cakes  have now introduces  block bar cake for kids . Winkies and few other players  have  already launched  mini  bar cakes in  small packs  . Britannia has now  introduced this pack to take on competition head on .

The Bakemans Story

   What  went wrong for  a very  popular brand  of north India " Bakemans  "  having wide range of products from biscuits , bread  and cakes  has been now  sold  to Srilankan  company .

Excerpt For  ET 

bakemans , India's failed brandsIn the 1990s, a north-based biscuits company, Bakemans Industries, gave industry leaders Britannia and Parle Products sleepless nights with its aggressively-priced offerings in the Marie and Glucose segments. The regional brand with an enviable 13% share, most of it coming out of Uttar Pradesh, was going places - until it decided to go national.

An attempt to carve out a pan-India presence ended in disaster with it plunging into a sea of red. To wipe out its losses, Bakemans raised prices on its home turf, in Uttar Pradesh. That move proved to be the proverbial final nail in the coffin; Bakemans not only failed to become a national player, it lost pole position in the market in which it once ruled the roost. The company was put up for sale, but even the acquisition by a Sri Lankan biscuit player ended calamitously.

The Bakemans debacle serves as a grim reminder for regional brands seeking to go national.

Full article on ET

How Safe Is Your Bakery From Fire Hazard ?

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In 20 years of   baking  career  I had come across  numerous fire incidents  in bakery  plants  . Few were  severe  others  were   of  smaller nature . These  fire  incidents  raises doubt  about the   safety  standards in the factory . Plant management has to  convince  people  that  things  will not be repeated to  erase  fear  from  minds of  workers .The  damage caused  and the production loss  are heavy  in  such incidents . It  takes numerous months  to get  the  insurance  claims from insurance companies . Any   casualty  in these incidents   would  have  resulted in closure of  plants , hence  every precaution should be take  to prevent  or eliminate these fire  incidents.

Plant  were

Biscuit Plant
Fire  in  Ovens
Fire  in bopp laminate  waste  in scrap  yards

Bread  Plant
Fire in ovens

You can  see that  majority  of   fire  have taken in baking area ie  is  oven area , its  natural that most risky  place in the  bakery production process is oven area  with  fuel like  hsd , ldo , gas and rfo  , even electric ovens are now being used in bakery process .

Following has contributed  to fire  in these cases

The hose pipe  in burner came out  from burner  and fell on the hot plate of the burner zone thus inciting fire

Scrap yard  caught  fire  as some one threw  butt of cigarettes  in that area .

In  all the incidents , accumulation of  bread,crumbs ,debris and remnant  inside the the oven  mostly  in swing tray type oven has contributed  for these fire  incident .

Following precautions  could have reduced  and helped people to react to  fire hazard in bakery .

  • Get  a insurance cover for  accidents , fires for the factory
  • Cleaning of oven periodically definitely  would help .
  • Have  Emergency lights  in different  area 
  • Check  all  manual  drives to take out  things  from oven 
  • Have Emergency number written in major production area
  • Have mock drills in regular interval
  • Check   all fire  safety equipments  by  third party
  • Do the fire extinguishers refilling after  the  expired dates
  • Designate  some technical person as safety officer  to concentrate on safety issues
  • Get  the NOC  license from local bodies 
  • Training of workers  for  equipment  used in process  also helps  in reduction of  fire hazards
  • Give  safety ppe  to workers  in hot areas
  • Use  HOT working cards   for jobs inside the 
  • Get fire hydrant  installed for  long term solution
  • Have atleast UPS  to drive   the material out of  ovens.
  • Storage of  Fuel  and Gas  to   adhere to  legal  specification of  the authorities .
  • Install  Fire  extinguishers  in  plant 
  • Fire Hydrant  Hose Pipes in several  locations 
  • Install  smoke  and heat detectors  in fire prone area .
 Its only when such incident happens that the factory management looks into safety aspect . Simple  lapses from factory management could result  in heavy loss to the company.

Here  are documents  asked  by  insurance companies   for  claim  in fire incident .

Insurance  Policy copy 
2.  Claim form
3.  Fire  brigade report
4. Police   FIR
5. Witness  statement ( any two )  first hand acct
6.  Cause of accident in detail
7.  Pics  of  the fire incident
8. List  of  damaged  items
9. Log sheet  of production  report  
10.  Stock statement  of the plant 
11. Detail calculation of  the loss
12  Raw  mat cost supported by  purchase invoices
13  Costing of   WIP and FG
14.  Destruction certificates for  the burnt material
15  Balance sheet
16. Material  to be kept till insurance company approves the damage and loss of material

So its better to have fire safety in place and avoid  fire hazards in bakeries

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Macadams International -World Major Bakery Equipment Manufacturer- A Profile

Macadams  International  is  a  major  bakery  equipment manufacturer  from South Africa .It has strong presence in African continent and has establsihed  a prominent place in  other countries for retail bakery equipment segment .

Established in  1904   Macadams  have  been  manufacturing  bakery equipments , packing machines  and bake ware. Macadams International  is wholly owned subsdiary of Universal Industries . It  is based at Capetown , Blackheath , South Africa .

Here  are range of equipment  manufactured  by them

Baking Systems
        Rack Ovens
        Deck Ovens
        Convection Ovens
        Kneaders,Mixers,Bowl Hoists and Bulk Hoppers
        Bread/Cake Slices
        Pastry Sheeters
        Industrial Frying Pan
        Doughnut Fryer
        Biscuit Machines
        Water Chillers
        Specialised Solutions

    Food Service Solutions
        Combi Oven
        Chicken Grillers
        Foodwaste Disposers
        Meal Merchandisers
        Ice Cubers and Flakers
        Fridges,Freezers and Blast Chillers
        Dishwashers & Utensil Washers
        Premier Ranges
        Oil Filtration Systems

    Packaging Solutions
        Macadams MacPak Automatic Packaging Machine
        Macadams MacPak Horizontal Packaging Machine
        Macadams MacPak Multiple Packaging Machine


HQ &  Address

Head Office & Exports
Macadams Business Park
School Street
Cape Town
+27 (0) 21 907-1000
Fax: +27 (0) 21 907-1111

Top 5 Major Global Cereal Companies

Wheat or  Corn Flakes  with numerous  flavors  we love  all of  them  be it local manufacturers brand or world major brands.

Here are the World  Major  Break fast cereal   making  companies  with market share

 Kelloggs     -  32.1%

Corn Flakes , Crunchy Nuts ,  Frosted  Flakes 
General Mills   -  10.6%

Cheerios , Trix  and Lucky Charms
Cereal  Partners World Wide  - 9.8%

Nesquick , Fitness  and Chocapic

 Pepsico - 8.6%

Quaker s ,Puffed Wheat and Sugar Puffs

Ralcorp  Holdings - 4.5 %

Private label  brands 


Mondelez International Comes Up With Oreo And Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar

Mondelez  International newly spun company out of Kraft Food Inc  has launched a new combination of two popular products  Cadburys Dairy milk chocolate  and Oreo cookies .It will be a milk chocolate bar containing a creamy filling with Oreo cookie pieces  called Cadbury dairy milk with Oreo.

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This new chocolate  bar would be introduced in UK market  from this week  as per the news reports . Kraft   food has been innovating  products  to  increase its sales in competitive UK's  biscuit market .  Should be  a winning combination for  consumers .


AIB To Open School On Baking In Greater Noida

Press Release by AIB .International school of Baking 
 AIB(  American Institute of  Baking) International School of Baking is committed to supporting the growth of the baking industry in the nation of India through professional training.  By providing an opportunity for interested persons to learn the science and technology of baking, we hope to obtain a critical mass of proficiency that will allow bakery owners and managers to create new products, improve the quality of existing products, and assure that the bakeries are operating at lowest possible costs.
This professional training will benefit the nation of India in the following ways:
  • Increased variety of bakery products available- some more nutritious and others more indulgent
  • Increased employment opportunities as the industry grows
  • Control of pricing through reduction of costs rather than government regulation
The AIB International School of Baking plans to pursue these goals through  association with Mr.  Raj Kapoor, Chief Executive, Assocom-India Pvt. Ltd., Delhi, India.  Mr. Kapoor represents AIB International and the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University, both in Manhattan, Kansas. 

 The  construction of the new Assocom Institute of Baking Technology & Management in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. would be completed by end of this year .

If you need any further details, please contact: 
Raj Kapoor
Chief Executive
Assocom-India Pvt. Ltd.
Flat No. 601, DDA Building District Center
Plot No. 4, Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi - 110092
Tel. +91-11-47675218 (Direct) Cell: +91-9810158318,
Email:, Skyp: kapoor.raj, 

Mondelez A New Name For Cadbury India

Cadbury  India  would be now re -named as Mondelez   as confirmed by  news paper report . Cadbury India  which has been taken over by Kraft  Foods Inc  in year 2010  has now been given  new name as per Kraft  food inc  strategy  to split it business into  two new identity ie  International  business which includes  Oreo , Nabisco  other brands would be now under Mondelez International  Brand where as  North American  local products retains Kraft Foods Group name.

Cadbury to be Mondelez , Mondelez International , Kraft Mondelez , Cadbury IndiaAs per  the news report  the brand cadbury  would  continue to be displayed   with product  with Mondelez replacing the  manufacture name in labels .

Indian subsdiary  of Kraft  Inc Cadbury  are market leader in chocolate category  and are now manufacturing  OREO brand of biscuits under cadbury brand .Other products from Kraft Inc which are produced in India  are Tang and Trident .


Parle Biscuits Nashik Plant Raided For Using Banned Ingredients

 Its rare  that we hear stories about  food regulatory bodies  acting against big names in  food processing units  for  violation of   Food Acts .Stringent  action  should be taken against  such  manufacturers  for  putting consumers health at risk . 
Even  as this news  doesn't have any relation to bakery but  for the fact that  manufacturers are  adulterating foods by adding banned ingredients . It is  necessary to  spread awareness among consumers  to be alert on food safety matters .Food laws  are meant  to prevent manufacturers to  play around  with  consumer health  . 
As reports have come from different  news sources  about recent raid in Parle Biscuits Pvt Ltd  Nashik  (Gondegaon) factory  for using lactic acid  in its  confectionery product  " Kaccha Mango Bite " .  The  raid was conducted after  news of  several  kids being admitted for food poisoning  after  eating this  candy broke out  . Lactic acid has been banned to be used in confectionery items . Raid was conducted by officials of FDA .

Lactic acid and raw material have been seized  and sent  for  analysis as reported .

The Hindu
 Indian express

Anmol To Launch Tejus Brand Of Biscuits

Anmol  Bakers  have launched   a new  brand of biscuit named  "Tejus "  in  health segment of   biscuit  category . It  has plan to  bring   digestive  range of biscuit  to cater demand from health conscious consumers looking out   for diabetic  and heart   beneficial range of biscuits . Competition would come from all  major biscuit manufacturers such as Britannia " Nutri choice " ,  United Biscuits " Mcvities " Digestive  and others .

Anmol  bakers have also declared their plans to enhance capacity  in coming years through expansion of its  Greater Noida plant .New  green field projects in Odisha and  Kolkata   where it would have rusk unit along with  biscuit  line and cake plant .

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courtesy  : Anmol Bakers
All together  investment  in tune Rs 135.0  crores would be spent on these up coming projects . Anmol plans to increase it annual  production  capacity to 25000 ton per month from 16000 tons at present . Annual turnover of Anmol Bakers have been Rs 700 crore for this fiscal year .


Popular Brands Of Bread In Australia

Bread  are  popular staple food in Australia and the trends is that  people are moving away from white breads to other options  such as pasta and  ready to eat snacks   .Other popular categories of  bread are Fruit breads and Rolls/Buns in Australia . Australia's  average consumption of bread  is around 52 kg per capita from  high  of 63 kg per capita  in earlier years .
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Two major manufacturers of   bread   are

Goodman Fielder
Brands of  Bread :
Country Life Bakery ,Flinders Bread,Freya's,Helga's,Helga's Seed Sensations,La Famiglia,Lawson's
Leaning Tower,MacKenzie,Mighty Soft,Molenberg,Nature's Fresh,Quality Bakers,Vogel's,Wonder White
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courtesy : George weston foods

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Brands of Bread
Tip Top, Sunblest, 9 Grain, Noble Rise, UP, Burgen, Golden , Big Ben
Other popular  bread brands in Australia are

Wool worth
Bakers Delight

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Branding Of Ethnic Food Product

As expected   some enthusiast has started  branding of   ethnic products which are  presently sold  either by  retailers , street hawkers or some specialty  sweet shops.

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Here is an example of  our own  'Gud KiChikki"  -   (Peanut in bar of jaggery ) . Expect  few more !  . Malls and super markets have  started  putting up  these products on shelf thus catering to local taste and products  which is good for manufacturers . Few examples  are  rusk , bhujia , ghujia , gazaks , chiwda , varth related snacks  etc .

10 words every baker should know

Bakers  plays  an important  role  in entire bakery process . The person on which entire  product quality depends   .The one who  modify or changes parameters  if something goes  wrong   he needs to fix the problem ,Thus  for him  following 10  parameters or  bakery terms   are critical 

  1. Dough Temperature  
  2. Gluten  Percentage 
  3. Dough Raising Capacity ( DRC ) 
  4. Mixing  Time
  5. Fermentation Time
  6. Dividing  Weight  
  7. Proving  Time  
  8. Proving Temp
  9. Baking Time
  10. Baking  Temperature

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