Cake-Decorating Deadline Is Here
tional Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association's annual cake-decorating challenge will again be a featured event at its Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo, and the deadline for entering is Feb. 12.
Store-level employees from three retail operations will be chosen to compete against each other on site, June 6 to 8, at the Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo in New Orleans. Transportation to New Orleans, lodging and meals will be provided by IDDBA for the three finalists. Retailers may enter as many store-level employees as they choose. For more information, and to obtain an entry blank, call Cristie Finbraaten at IDDBA, (608) 238-7908.
Last year's top three were: Diane Moore, Publix Supermarkets, Lakeland, Fla., first place; Vivian Freeman, Cherokee Sunfresh, Overland, Kan., second place; and Elizabeth McIntyre, Dierberg's, Maryland Heights, Mo., third place.
Moore was the second first-place winner in a row to represent Publix Super Markets. The previous year, the top spot was taken by Publix associate Sandy Horvath.
Moore said her success has pushed Publix's bakery sales up.
"You wouldn't believe the response I've received from customers and friends. Business is expanding by leaps and bounds," she said.
Division of Lucky Outsourcing Brand
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- The Northern California division of Lucky Stores, based here, has entered into an agreement to have its store-brand fresh breads and bakery products supplied by an outside source. In the process, Lucky will end baking operations at its bakery, also located here.
The bakery products will be supplied by Earthgrains, St. Louis, which will take over the production for 179 Lucky and Super Saver stores in the San Francisco-Oakland and neighboring Northern California markets. In addition to supplying the Lucky store brand, the company will introduce its San Luis Sourdough breads and Earth Grains superpremium bagels to the stores.
Hobart Acquires Baker's Aid
TROY, Ohio -- The Hobart Corporation here, under parent company PMIF Food Equipment Group, has acquired Syosset, N.Y.-based Baker's Aid, a bakery-equipment manufacturer that supplies a number of supermarket chains. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Hobart plans to continue selling the bakery equipment under the Baker's Aid name, which includes rack ovens, proofers and brick hearth ovens.
Under the purchase agreement, Baker's Aid employees will continue to report to the company's president, Tom Daniels.
Baker's Aid, originally founded in 1895, has their equipment installed in more than 10,000 locations.