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Business Ideas

Meet the Fruitcake Queen Who Has Been Making The Christmas Staple for Over 40 Years

Despite rising demand, Ju.D Lao refuses to open a shop and just wants to keep it a home-based business

Ju.D Lao has been making fruitcakes since 1975Ju.D Lao has been making fruitcakes since the mid-1970s. It’s a strange pursuit when you consider that she never liked the Christmas pastry as a kid growing up in the 1960s. Filled with brandy and ...

by Paul John Caña  | December 13, 2017 09:00:00
Business Ideas

How Singapore-Based Gardenia is Reinventing PH’s Neighborhood Panaderias

The country’s largest bread maker wants to build a chain of bakeries selling products made from centralized production hubs

Gardenia is the country's leading breadmaker, cornering about 60 percent of the marketAnne Stevens gets up at five in the morning to get to her office in Makati at 7 a.m. The commute usually takes an hour from her home in Cavite. ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | November 23, 2017 02:00:00
Business Ideas

U-Belt Businesses: Tiny Bakeshop

From just setting up stalls in the DLSU area to being a hit in the metro’s bazaars

When student-athlete Anne Janelle “AJ” Francisco started taking orders in July 2012, little did she know that four years after, the tiny bakeshop she started at home would grow into the hit online store and bazaar stall her customers, especially university students, ...

by Serina Alonzo  | August 24, 2016 06:00:00

See how LJ Moreno-Alapag's craving turned into a thriving business

The celebrity entrepreneur is now growing her food concept, The Lollicake Factory, via franchising.

STARTING UP. LJ Moreno-Alapag manning the booth of The Lollicake Factory during its first outing at the Mercato Centrale weekend market in 2012. Photo from The Lollicake Factory's Facebook pageIt started with a craving. Three months after getting married and coming home to Manila, ...

by Anna Felipe  | March 05, 2016 11:00:00
Business Ideas

Real tales: Turning passion for baking into a profitable business

This entrepreneur gave up her corporate job to pursue entrepreneurship.

If you would ask people about their reasons for not starting their own business, you would surely hear the most common excuse: lack of capital. But 32-year-old entrepreneur Anj Dayao has a different take on it. For her, “If you don’t have ...

by MJ Dinglasan  | July 20, 2015 02:00:00
News and Events

'Cake Queen' celebrates the sweet life through edible art

It is never too late to build a career using your personal interest. Be inspired by this story of CCA alumni and cake artist Chef Carol Tentativa-Lavin.

Award-winning cake artist Chef Carol Tentativa-Lavin may have started her path to a culinary career late in life, but her love for desserts began as a child. Inspired and awed by her mom’s cakes and pastries which graced special family occasions, Chef ...

by Press Release  | May 06, 2015 03:00:00
Startup Tips

Baking cupcakes as a way to success

For this entrepreneur, the right amount of luck and hard work helps bake her way to success.

Having just returned from culinary school and a stint in one of New York City’s finest patisseries, the most logical thing would have been for Sonja Ocampo to put up her own store and start selling her products.Instead, she held in her ...

by Carlo P. Mallo and Carlo P. Mallo  | April 28, 2015 05:00:00
Startup Tips

Dessert bar offers a unique take on cream puffs

Happy Cream Puff creatively adds a tasty new option to the bustling dessert scene in Metro Manila.

Many food entrepreneurs start by offering clients a single product, and then build a full menu and build a restaurant around it. However, for husband and wife Haruo and Cecilia Yamagishi, specializing in cream puffs came after closing their restaurant in 2006. ...

by Alex Grant  | April 18, 2015 06:30:00
Startup Tips

On a different track: Inspiring story of Catherine's Cakes & Pies

This entrepreneur established a successful pastry business even without professional culinary training.

Instinctively, I’m thinking out of the box, because I’m not a chef by profession,” says Ramon ‘Chito’ Benito, who founded Catherine’s Cakes & Pies in 2012, and has proven that a culinary neophyte can teach himself a recipe good enough to sell.From ...

by Johanna D. Poblete  | January 05, 2015 01:30:00
Startup Tips

Quality time

Can a home-based startup afford to go seasonal? This small cookie-making business can.

by Victoria Vizcarra  | November 11, 2014 12:00:00
News and Events

How to bake red velvet cookies and moist chocolate cupcakes

Chef Joey Prats shared easy recipes for two of his famous pastry creations. Those who want to try getting into the pastry business can check this out.

Professional and aspiring bakers were treated to a show during the World Food Expo last August 06, 2014 (Wednesday) at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Chef Joey Prats, who founded his own local school of baking and pastry arts, held a ...

by Renz Lyndon Paguio  | August 12, 2014 01:15:00
Startup Tips

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
Startup Tips

Business ideas for Christmas: Lemon Pistachio Crunch

Cook your way to profit this Christmas.

There is no more perfect time for one to try getting into business than the holiday season. Since most Filipinos start celebrating as early as soon as the \\\'ber\\\' months roll in.As the entire country counts down to Christmas day, will ...

December 10, 2011 09:00:00