Monthly Archives: December 2013

Aged to perfection: BAKO North Western looks back over 50 years in business

16 December, 2013

It’s hard to believe time has passed so quickly, but 2014 marks 50 years of BAKO North Western providing the region’s prized local bakers with the ingredients they need to whip up culinary masterpieces.

To mark the event, BAKO have a whole year of events lined up to say thank you to our loyal customers, with baking competitions, prize giveaways and even a family fun day. Before we really get stuck in to our Birthday celebrations though, we wanted to offer everyone who’s helped us get to where we are today a glimpse into the story behind BAKO.

The BAKO family was born from humble origins, when several independent bakers were grumbling over an evening pint on the difficulties of having to collect each core cake ingredient from a different supplier in vast quantities. It would make much more sense for these bakers to band together to buy ingredients, and so they did.

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The idea proved so popular that the group soon began to outgrow the little bit of storage space they owned, and the BAKO co-operative started to grow from strength to strength. It was a proud moment when BAKO moved into our first, albeit tiny, warehouse on New Hall Lane in Preston, but it didn’t last long. Before we knew it, the warehouse was once again bursting at the seams as other local bakers caught on to BAKO’s communal spirit, and the team decided to move to a new location on Ribbleton Lane.

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We went on to create a lot of memories in that lovely old converted mill before making the final step up to Roman Way in 1982, which the BAKO team still calls home today. Our family tree has grown to 150 friendly faces, and we’ve added everyone from cafes to colleges to our client list, but we still love hearing from all the small independent bakers that started us off on our journey.

That’s why we want you to play a big part in celebrating our anniversary year, by sharing your memories of working with BAKO over the years and letting us know how things have changed for you and your business.

Preparing for the Christmas party catering season with BAKO

5 December, 2013

For anyone in the hospitality sector, the first three weeks of December can mean only one thing: Christmas party season.

With so many events to pack into one short month, catering for the Christmas party rush can be a hectic task. Whether serving up food for a company celebration or for families going the extra mile, preparation is vital to ensure your tasty creations are the star of the show.

So to make the festive season run that little bit more smoothly for our local caterers, this week BAKO North Western are putting 50 years of food industry experience to good use with these useful tips for stress-free Christmas party catering.
Main meal morsels

Turkey dinners are notoriously tricky to get right, and are understandably an even more daunting challenge when cooking for a large number of people. Instead, try finding clever ways of introducing traditional Christmas flavours into dishes that can be prepared in advance and are less messy to serve.

As a handy hint, try BAKO NW’s new ready-prepared turkey, bacon, cranberry & mayo filling inside delicate finger sandwiches or oven-baked potato skins.

Decadent desserts

Christmas is a season of indulgence, so December is a time when dessert really matters.  Sweet treats that can be served either hot or cold are ideal for buffet-style Christmas parties, so old festive favourites like mince pies will always go down well.

For a more unusual alternative, try DAWN’s new limited edition cranberry and orange muffins, available from BAKO NW, or pipe snowman faces onto sweet snow covered BAKO Jam Ball doughnuts for a fun seasonal twist on a classic.

All the trimmings

Food is just one part of the equation for creating the perfect Christmas party, and the wrong presentation can really let your delicious kitchen creations down. Alongside an enticing array of edible goodies, BAKO North Western also stock non-food essentials in a range of festive colours, from cake cases to napkins, to put the finishing touch on your Christmas party feast.

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Want to wish BAKO North Western a Merry Christmas? Next year marks our 50th anniversary as one of the leading suppliers to the North West food industry, and we’d love to hear your stories on working with BAKO over the years.