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A Brief History of the Cupcake

Ever wondered how that palm-sized, frosting loaded sweet treat your customers love came from?  Amazing that someone simply realised that it would be a great idea to create a portable cake, taking sweet snack-desserts to a whole new level.

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A Guide to Social Media for Bakeries & Cakeries

We are living in the digital age and we keep hearing about how social media is the “go to” to drive business and customers to your business and website.  Did you know that 79% of independent bakeries & cakeries use social media.

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The History of a Wedding Cake

With summer approaching and the start of the Wedding Season, who knew that there was so much history related to how our traditional wedding cake came into being. 

In this fun article we will take a look at the evolution of this very traditional aspect of any wedding!

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Government Restrictions with effect from 1 July 2023

A guide to the steps to take if you currently supply single-use plastic tableware or cutlery.

This guide is being published in line with upcoming Government Restrictions which come into effect on 1 July 2023.

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Tranche 2 phase out of single-use food items

From 1 July 2023, single-use plastic product bags, plastic straws, plastic produce labels and plastic plates, bowls and cutlery will be banned or phased out in New Zealand.

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How do I justify the extra expense for sustainable packaging?

Customers and suppliers are more discerning than ever before about where their products come from. Environmentally friendly products are more “exclusive” and “attractive” – a lifestyle choice which appeals to a more thoughtful consumer. Products which are elevated in price do carry a luxury perception with them, as do products that are packaged well – tapping into our emotions. So, this is good news. Higher prices are ok – if the product is green and good.

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How to Post a Cake

Are you wondering how cakes arrive at their destination in the best possible condition? It’s a great question, because a poorly packaged cake can be a disaster. The last thing you want is for your carefully wrapped baked goods to crumble or become stale in transit. Plus there’s no way to ensure they’ll remain upright which can lead to some tricky and sticky situations.

The maker or seller’s beautiful product arrives a sticky mess ...

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Sustainable Takeaway Food Packaging

At Berica Packaging we’re stoked to present our new range of Neverleak Takeaway Food Containers to New Zealand cafes, bakeries and restaurants.

Our Neverleak range ensures excellent presentation for your food. The range, made from a unique paperboard, is fully home compostable, safe for use in microwaves and, as the name suggests.  At Berica we developed the Neverleak range in response to our customer's demands for more ...

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The Extraordinary History of the Hot Cross Bun

When we think of Easter fayre, our first thoughts naturally turn to chocolate eggs and… hot cross buns. Once reserved solely for Good Friday, hot cross buns are now enjoyed all year around, but this is the time of year we eat the most!

A traditional hot cross bun is a delicately spiced yeasted sweet bun, containing sultanas, raisins, or currants with a cross marked on ...

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The No. 1 Tool to Transform your Bakery Business

In an ever-changing landscape have you ever wondered the best way to identify what part of your bakery business is not working so well? 

Wanting to be in a better position to spot any challenges coming up over the horizon?  Or find out ways that your bakery can work better and as a result, be more profitable?  If so this article is for you … and we will even give you a free template to use.

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10 Top Tips to Entice Your Bakery Customers back into your Store

A big talking point with our customers recently has been around how to entice more consumers back into their stores.  So at Berica we thought it would be a good idea to put together some ideas for you to use to promote your bakery.  In this article, you’ll discover four great ideas on how to promote your bakery and six ideas to focus your promotion. 

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The Bakery Hiring Guide

We keep hearing about the “great resignation” but it’s not a new issue for small bakery owners, and attracting and keeping staff has been a long-time number one headache.  This got us thinking at Berica, so we have put together this guide to make your next hire an easy and seamless process.

In this article you will learn about the different roles your business needs to fill – and some top hiring tips to help build your team exactly how you want to.

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How do I Write a Bakery Business Plan?

One of the questions we often hear at Berica is “how do I write a bakery business plan?”  Have you ever thought, when you come to write a plan like this you just don’t know where to start? And whenever you start looking everyone is wanting you to pay them for their advice?

In this article, we will discuss why a bakery business plan is a necessity.  We’ll walk you through every part of a business plan; from creating a basic description of your establishment to developing advertising strategies.

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Branding my cake boxes, what option is best for me?

(Reviews on Printed Cake Boxes) 

One question we often get asked when discussing cake boxes is, can I get my company logo or message printed on the packaging? When there are so many options to look at and different factors it becomes confusing for you to work out the best way to brand your cake boxes. Sound familiar? 

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What’s the best way to transport my cakes and which packaging is the best for me?

In this article, you’ll discover basic top tips on preparation, supporting and packing and finally loading up and travelling. So whether your travelling just around the corner, 5km or travelling on the Interislander, these helpful top tips and tricks about transporting cakes will help ensure that your treat gets to wherever it’s going safe and sound and intact!!!

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