"H. J. Heinz merges with Kraft Foods" - lead story on the business news this morning. According to analysts, Kraft brands has failed to update sufficiently to maintain appeal in the modern marketplace. The Heinz people, with Warren Buffet's checkbook, are confident they can streamline both operations and make them more profitable with updates and consolidations. We'll see. The list of brands Kraft owns is long and sprawling. No doubt they can sell some of them and concentrate on updating the most profitable. Meanwhile, small nimble companies are out in front with new ideas and developing markets, like this one.......
Zebra cake? These mixes jump out at you from the shelves at Target. A very creative baker, Duff Goldman must be thrilled to have this shelf space in the chain. For cake bakers and decorators, these mixes look like a lot of fun to make.
Here's the mission statement of his first and primary venture: Charm City Cakes
Our mission is to create the world's most exquisite cakes. Our inspiration comes from everywhere: art, fashion, fabric, furniture, architecture, landscapes, science, music, and history. Most of all, our inspiration comes from each one of our incredible clients. Every cake we create is custom made from concept to consumption and is a completely original piece of edible art. If you can imagine it, we can create it.
If you check out Duff's website he also sells convenience items for decorators:
|More cake tatoos...for those who don't have time for conventional decorating|
|Bat and ghost charms on wires.|
And more Duff mixes:
Following several appearances on its cake competition Challenge series, Food Network tapped Chef Duff and his fellow cake baking artists at Charm City Cakes to star in Ace of Cakes. After 10 seasons on the Food Network, the show wrapped as one of the longest running reality shows in history to feature the same cast.