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The Widow Baker of Marawi: Recovering From the Siege One Cake At a Time

And she did it while mourning the passing of her cancer-stricken husband

Farhana Rogong-Mariano owns a bakeshop and eatery in Marawi City. Her business was affected when rebels stormed the city in May 2017The siege of Marawi city in central Mindanao by Islamic State-inspired militants in May 2017 forced more than 350,000 civilian residents to ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | November 29, 2018 09:00:00
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Financial Adviser: 5 Business Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from the Founder of The French Baker

Johnlu Koa advises to be prepared for an opportunity and not just stumble upon it

Johnlu Koa is the founder of The French Baker, which now has over 60 branches across the countryJohnlu Koa was just 22 years old when he started his bakery business in a small unit apartment with only eight people. He was supplying ...

by Henry Ong  | August 28, 2018 01:00:00
News and Events

SM in Talks to Buy Goldilocks Minority Stake Months After Backing Out of Acquisition Deal

The conglomerate is eyeing to buy a 34% stake in the country's largest bakeshop chain

Listed retail and real estate conglomerate SM Investments Corp. is in talks to acquire a 34-percent stake in bakeshop and restaurant chain Goldilocks Bakeshop Inc., according to a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.“A spokesperson from SM confirmed to the Inquirer that ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | August 13, 2018 12:00:00
Business Ideas

How A Little Bakery Made Its Way From New York to Manila

A local entrepreneur is betting Filipinos will embrace Magnolia Bakery just as much as New Yorkers do

Magnolia Bakery's bestselling item is its Banana PuddingStewart Ong is such a fan of New York City’s Magnolia Bakery he’d go there “literally every day” when he was visiting the Big Apple. He’d get one of their famous banana pudding and pick ...

by Paul John Caña  | August 11, 2018 09:00:00
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This Bakery Business in Batangas is Over 60 Years Old

They still make paborita and jacobina biscuits

When Aurelio Pantoja put up his little neighborhood panaderia in Batangas back in the 1950s, it was almost as if it was on a whim. "It all actually started with my lolo," says Panaderia Pantoja President Anthony Pantoja. "He started it with ...

by Chino Cruz for  | May 07, 2018 12:00:00
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This Bakery Chain's Incredible Story Began With a Brain Tumor and Nothing to Lose

A close call with death left the Mr. Holmes Bakehouse CEO unafraid to take risks

As a teenager, Aaron Caddel began having seizures. His doctor told him he’d grow out of it, but as he approached 20, they became more frequent. Then an MRI revealed a tumor growing on his brain, pushing against his primary motor cortex.Doctors ...

by Lydia Belanger  | March 03, 2017 12:00:00
News and Events

Le Coeur de France closing after 20 years in business

The French-inspired bakery chain will be closing its doors for good on Friday, February 19.

Le Coeur de France is shutting down on February 19, Friday, the bakery chain announced via its Facebook page on February 11.The 20-year-old French-inspired bakery café, known for its baguettes, croissants, and tarts, is owned by the Max’s Group, which acquired Le Coeur de ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | February 17, 2016 04:00:00

Magic Melt: From international expansion to local franchising

This brand of Filipino delicacies is a byword abroad for quality pastries. It is bringing the magic back home through franchising.

Magic Melt Foods Inc. knows how to put a unique twist to most aspects of its business. Cases in point: its flagship product—the melt-in-your-mouth ensaymada (brioche)—comes in flavors its competitors do not offer: chocolate, yema, macapuno, mango, pandan, pineapple, salted egg, strawberry, ...

by Inna Abinuman  | March 18, 2015 05:00:00
Business Ideas

How to start a successful bakery biz

Bread is part of every Filipino’s diet, just like rice is a Pinoy staple food. Gone are the days when a small neighborhood bakery was enough to supply all the requirements of a community. Competition is tight nowadays, but you can still ...

by Bernadette Reyes  | August 19, 2013 10:00:00
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How to start a bakery business

Turn their love for pandesal into a thriving business by starting your own bakery

With bread being the country’s second staple after rice, the bakery business is one of those ventures that is sure to bring multiple returns with just a minimal investment. By taking the time to learn the craft, you too can start your ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | April 22, 2013 10:00:00
Business Ideas

The 5 essentials of a bakery business

With more than 600 stores nationwide, Julie\\\'s Bakeshop is the now country\\\'s largest bakeshop.

Nearly 30 years after it opened its first store in Cebu City, Julie’s Bakeshop has now reached hundreds of stores nationwide, a remarkable feat for a bakeshop that only started as a neighborhood venture meant to supply the needs of a related ...

by Carlo P. Mallo  | July 09, 2012 10:00:00
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Begin a business on a budget (Part 3)

No matter how much capital you have, there’s a business to be had. Is one hundred thousand pesos enough to start a car-wash business? Yes. Is P200,000 good for your own clothing and accessories shop? Check. How about a bakery for 250 ...

February 03, 2012 01:00:00
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Bakery setup 101: 4 things you need to know before starting

Do you think managing a bakery can be your bread and butter? Here are a few tips to make it a hot business for you: [related|post]Keep it sweet. Filipinos have a sweet tooth, and Ric Pinca of the Philippine Association of Flour ...

January 09, 2012 09:00:00