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French pastries suppliers in the UK

April 1, 2014 - 4:32am -- Carmen02


I'm Carmen, we've been living in France for ten years and we moved in the UK 2 weeks ago, we are not yet familiar with the places but I wish we will at the end of this month. Changes are somehow hard but the most difficult is changes in lifestyle, as far as foods are concerned, my children longed for French pastries however I do not know much about baking. What can I do? Are there any French pastries or confectionary products suppliers available in the UK?

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Micro Bakeries

January 21, 2014 - 4:58pm -- ElPanadero

Anyone out there running a "Micro Bakery" from their home or using someone else's catering kitchen or using a small dedicated bakery area?

I'm interested to understand a few things including:

1.  How often do you bake per week, and roughly how many loaves?

2.  Who are your primary customers?

3.  What roughly were your initial setup costs?

4.  What is your realistic profit margin %?

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Anyone been to Aroma Espresso Bar?

January 18, 2014 - 10:54am -- plasticookies

I know, i know.. not an artisinal bakery, but their sandwich bread is delicious (as is the food in general)! For anyone that's tasted their multigrain bread, do you have any copy cat recipes? Or any ideas on how to get a soft, delicate and springy multigrain crumb with a crackly crust?

Here's the best pic that I could find:

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Can you recommend a baker/bakery for an interview?

January 15, 2014 - 3:54pm -- CJRoman

For Christmas, I was gifted several sessions with an "Executive Coach" to help me figure out how to start my baking business: bake out of the house? bake in commercial space? sell wholesale? sell online? food truck? retail?

My "homework" is to find at least three bakers in EACH scenario and do an informational interview to learn the pros/cons/challenges/benefits of each. Collectively, this wisdom will be an invaluable tool for me to make my decisions....

But I need some help tracking down folks who may not have the top Google search engine spots...


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