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Improve your activity with Baker’s Accessories

 

A well-run bakery is made of many parts. 

Your staff, with their dedication and experience, comes first. Then, there’s your baking equipment, and last, but certainly not least, are the accessories you use.

It’s easy to forget just how important accessories are to keep your bakery running at maximum efficiency. You use them every day, and probably don’t give them much thought. You might not even be investing in quality items. After all, you can always get new ones whenever you need them, right? 

Well, the truth is that replacing accessories might be one of the biggest money drains you’ll ever encounter in your bakery. It’s best to invest in quality equipment and not throw used items in the trash every two to three months. We have a range of affordable but quality accessories, which will prove to be a great addition to your bakery and boost your productivity. 

 

 

Here’s what we have on offer: 

The Essentials: Cooking Gloves, Baking Racks, and Proofing Containers 

Cooking Gloves are your first line of defence from a significant hazard in your bakery: Heat. 

Durable and comfortable, our leather gloves offer optimal protection for the wearer and are built to resist temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius! 

  • Extra length to protect the arms
  • Extra durable thanks to their leather padding

Our Bread Proofing Trays are a “buy and forget” item that will see years-of-use in your bakery.  

  • Easy to clean
  • Highly resistant to heat and cold, 
  • The round model (480 x 160 mm) with a capacity of 19 litres is available
  • The rectangular model (400*300*75 mm) with a capacity of 20 is also available

Baking Racks are invaluable workhorses for keeping your productivity practical and fast. 

  • Excellent resistance to weight and shock. 
  • 14 levels for trays 600 x 400 mm
  • Stainless steel food grade
  • High-temperature resin wheels

The Bakery’s Basics: Baking trays, Grids and Non-Stick Liners 

Baking trays, grids and non-stick liners are at the core of your baking efforts. These versatile items are highly effective in proofing, in baking, to guarantee that the shape of every loaf is consistent. Most baking trays and grids are non-stick and anti-abrasive and will stay in service for long while Silpat®️ non-stick liners are the go-to product of many bakers around the world. Here’s our selection, available at all times: 

  • Silpat®️ Liner 600 x 400 mm
  • Silpat®️ for Macaroons 330 x 480 mm
  • Inox Grids 600 x 400 mm
  • Silicon-lined baking trays 600 x 400 mm
  • Perforated, silicon-lined baking trays 600 x 400 mm

If you would like more information on these great accessories, and to place an order, reach out to us. We’d love to discuss how we can help boost your productivity. 

 

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Are we operating during this crisis? Yes.


It’s been a difficult start to 2020, hasn’t it? 

Most businesses on the island have been affected by the lockdown … including ours. 

That being said, if you are a regular customer of the J.Rae & Cie (La Dorade) family, you will be happy to know that we are still partially operating.  

Though it’s definitely not business as usual, we are still there to continue helping you to provide essential services to the community … or even just to please your loved ones. 

You will find all our updates, as well as those about our sister companies below:  

Fornax 

Our showroom and our lab are closed due to the lockdown. However, should you require urgent repairs or maintenance for any equipment you own, you can always contact us as our team is there to assist. 

 

J.Rae & Cie (La Dorade) 

Our sister company takes orders for ingredients and delivers at your doorstep, and will continue doing so until further notice. For more information on the ingredient we have available, or to order, you can visit our website. 

 

La Boutique Gourmande 

La Boutique Gourmande is closed due to the lockdown’s restrictions. However, our teams are available to take your orders through La Boutique Gourmande’s Facebook page. A big range of ingredients are available in bigger packaging than usual and delivered at our clients’ doorstep, through our sister company J.Rae & Cie (La Dorade). 

 

We hope you are staying safe during this crisis which we will all overcome. If you’re a baker that is still operating right now, we would like to extend a big thank you for your commitment and hard work. If you can’t wait to reopen and want to give your business the best chance possible to succeed, then you might want to take a look at our range of high-quality industrial baking equipment. After all, COVID-19 won’t last forever, so be ready for it when the time comes. 

 

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How to modernise your bakery?

 

Just because humans have been baking bread for thousands of years, doesn’t mean we kept doing it the same way.

The baking industry has changed a lot throughout the years with various inventions making baking faster, easier, and overall better.

But how do you build on the improvements of the past and modernise your bakery for 2020? Let’s get right into it.

1. Make sure your equipment is as up-to-date as possible

This one is obvious but bears repeating. You don’t need to improve every machine in your production line, but there are some key pieces of equipment which will absolutely change the way you do business. One is the retarder-proofer (which will free up your time like nothing else) and semi-automatic bread slicers (which everyone should have by now to be honest).

Another smart thing to do is to signup for our newsletter or to any other industrial baking equipment provider you prefer to learn about the latest technological innovations in the field. Don’t rush and buy every shiny new toy you find, but identify the area you need to improve on the most and invest in that instead.

2. Find your niche

At Fornax, we help a lot of new bakers set up their business via our consultation services. One thing we often see is new bakers who are excited and passionate… but who have no real strategy to understand their customers or differentiate themselves from the competition? Creating your own creative and unique products will always be the best way to modernise your bakery.

3. Modernising how you deal with customers is important too

The whole world has woken up to the importance of D.I.Y digital marketing and yet, many bakeries in Mauritius are still not making the most of this. The truth is that modernising your bakery doesn’t only involve your production line… it involves your customer service and how you interact with your customers too.

Of course, established bakeries (especially those with high volumes of production selling mostly bread) may not feel the need to advertise their services or change their way of communicating with their clients. But for newcomers, there is no cheaper and faster way of modernising your approach and helping you stand out from the crowd.

4. Keep up with the trends

Demand and supply are the basics of any business. But are you always considering them? If you only see your bakery as a bread-making machine, then you’re doing just fine. After all, that’s the best way to meet the demand (especially in Mauritius). But, what if you’re after a competitive edge? Or maybe you’re trying to create your own niche? Then consider producing some alternatives. For example, why not consider adding wholegrain bread, gluten-free bread, or using natural colours for your cakes… What better way to modernise your bakery than offering modern products your customers want?

There you have it, four ways to modernise your bakery. If you have any other questions about how to adapt your bakery for 2020 or if you want to learn more about products, leave us a message, and we’ll be happy to get back in touch with you.

 

Ovens

Ou karay so? How to choose the right oven

 

The world of bakery and pastry is full of aromas, colours, flavours, and … unfortunately stress. If you are thinking of opening your bakery shop or you want to modernise your existing business, choosing the right equipment for each job is essential to the success of your new venture. Among others, the most fundamental piece of your bakery is your oven. Whether you want to offer quality artisanal bread or personalised cakes and desserts, you must choose the perfect one which will facilitate your work and ensure ideal baking quality.

Choosing your professional oven may look like a difficult task. To help you make the right decision here is all you need to know about ovens we carefully selected for you according to our standards: exceptional quality, reliability, energy efficiency and safety.

Rotating Rack Oven
Also called industrial oven, this oven is made for large bakeries, pastry shops, semi-industrial or industrial use. It has several trays that rotate constantly, making it perfect for mass production. The mechanism introduces steam which is evenly distributed by the ventilation system, ensuring your products are baked faster and flawlessly. The rotating rack oven is not only great for bread, but also for cakes, cookies, pies and pastries. Everything that comes in comes out looking heavenly appetising. It offers different options of sizes, with a maximum capacity of 216 baguettes of 250 g on 18 levels. It can be electric, fuel oil or gas. Choose the one you need depending on the space available and on your production needs.

Fixed Rack Oven
If you own a small bakery and are limited with space, the fixed rack oven is all that you need. This flexible and compact oven will adapt to small spaces without compromising on the production capacity. It can produce as many as 90 baguettes of 250 g on 15 levels or 60 loaves of 400 g on 15 levels, all baked to perfection.

Fixed Deck Oven 
This oven is among the most popular types and delivers even, consistent heat that makes it ideal for controlled baking. It is amazing for pizzas and all types of baked products including danishes and pastries. If you want to have artisan bread stocked in your bakery shop, then this oven is a must-have. It is available in several models and sizes, so you can choose the one that better suits your workspace and your production needs. The fixed deck oven offers between 1 to 6 levels of baking for semi-professional, professional, or industrial applications and can be fuel oil, gas or electric.

Convection Oven
Highly flexible and reliable, convection ovens are the most common professional ones in the market and can be used in restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, etc. They contain a ventilated system in their chamber which works as a homogeneous heat distributor, and are best for the production of baked goods and pastries, including bread, danishes, cookies, cakes, pies and more. Although convection ovens are available in a range of sizes (4 or 10 decks depending on models), they are really better suited to lower production volumes. They are also really practical as they are mounted on castor rollers and can easily be moved.

Now that you have all the information and you know what type of products you will bake, you can come and see them in our store. You can even try them out with us in our laboratory so we make sure to get you the perfect model!

 

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5 reasons why investing in quality equipment will change your game.

 

Whether you are a small bakery shop, an in-house supermarket bakery or in the pastry and bread business, you all know one thing: it’s no piece of cake. You are selling perishable goods with a limited shelf life and competition is tough. How about making 2020 the year that will change your game? How? The answer is simple: by investing in quality equipment that will guarantee a better production. Read on to discover 5 good reasons to follow our advice.

1- Save time

In the world of business, time is money. From the semi-automatic bread slicer to the retarder-proofer, invest smartly in essential equipment that will make you save time. By slicing perfectly your bread or by controlling proofing of dough pieces, these machines will keep your production line running smoothly while relieving your staff of time-consuming tasks.

2- Reduce wasted products

Waste of products = less profit. When you work in the food industry, waste is a problem that eats away your profit. To avoid wastage, a dough divider is your best ally. This clever machine will make sure every loaf of bread is of regular size and weight, hence avoiding the possibility of burnt dough and inconsistent quality, which are not exactly the ingredients of success.


3- Get exactly what you want

Fresh pastries and crispy bread baked to perfection will definitely tempt more customers to come back for more. The oven is without a doubt the most important equipment of the kitchen and the baker’s best friend. Make your choice within our range of world-famous, long-lasting ovens with top-notch performances and very large production capacities, ranging from 108 to 256 baguettes of 250 g, among other options.

4- Keep your cool

As you know, water temperatures and amounts are critical to the baking process. If you want to stay calm and keep baking, that’s where a water cooler and a water meter come in. Our water coolers can contain from 90 to 400 litres and will keep your water available at a constant temperature throughout the day. Designed to dose and mix precise quantities and temperatures of hot and cold water, water meters are essential for the dough-making process. The automatic temperature control means you can focus on other tasks and consistently offer the best bakery products your customers will love.

5- Be more productive

To make sure your production line works to its maximum capacity, you will need help from a few pieces of equipment. In 2020, a rolling pin is a total has-been. Forget this tiresome and time-consuming way of working the dough and choose a pastry sheeter! This efficient equipment can work all types of dough to the required thickness perfectly and in no time. You will also need a reliable, industrial mixer to handle the heavy amounts of orders you may receive.

Don’t forget, the more efficient you are, the more time you will be able to devote to baking, decorating and improving your products. We hope that our suggestions will help you achieve a more successful turnover. You can also test our equipment in our lab, to fully understand how they work, before you buy!

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