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URC opens baking school

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UNIVERSAL Robina Corp. (URC) on Wednesday said it opened its first baking school which is aimed at helping its customers expand their portfolio of flour- and pasta-based products.

In a statement, the Gokongwei-led food giant said the Baker John Academy, which is under the URC Flour and Pasta Division, will offer classes where customers can upgrade their baking skills and help set up their baking operations.

“With Baker John Academy, our focus is on the customer. We want to give them a helping hand, so they can expand their businesses faster through innovations and efficiencies,” Ellison Lee, business unit general manager of URC Flour and Pasta Division, said.

The school, named after parent company JG Summit Holdings, Inc.’s founder John L. Gokongwei, Jr., will develop its own recipes as well as produce branded bread and specialty products such as cheese rolls and ensaymada.

At present, Baker John will be open only to URC’s current and potential customers. However, there are plans to eventually open it to the public.

Baker John’s facility can be found in Robinsons Exxa Tower along E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C5 Road) in Quezon City. It will have a laboratory with 10 workstations that can handle up to 50 participants.