Issue 3 : Spring 2009

  • In This Issue...
  • Exploring a New Frontier in Desserts
  • New Department – Back To Our Roots
  • Slow Down and Eat Smart
  • Turning Your Passion into a Reality Part 3 – Product Line Development

From the Top of the Tree

The beginning of the warm season is upon us, making it a prime time for frozen desserts! Countless hours of preparing, training and marketing have all been accounted for, and now it’s time for the summer rush to come through … Continue reading

Tree Talk: When Credit Card Companies Get More of Your Returns Than You Do

Goodbye, cold hard cash; the convenience and perks offered by credit and debit cards have consumers everywhere reaching for plastic, leaving small businesses no choice but to accommodate them. With the state of the current economy, many small businesses are … Continue reading

Tree Talk: Food Costs – a Forecast for Your Business

When buying milk at the supermarket, have you ever thought about how the price of that carton of milk depends not only on the amount of milk from the cows, but also the cost of the grain to feed the … Continue reading

HR Corner: Employee-Generated Revenue and Scheduling

Employee-Generated Revenue and Scheduling Many factors contribute to finding the perfect balance between employee productivity and labor costs, while meeting business-level demands. Add the additional factor of seasonal patterns, and the formula becomes even more complex. However, don’t be discouraged … Continue reading

Recipes: Banana Cream Pie Gelato

Directions: Mix the sugar, PreGel Dextrose and PreGel Diamant 50 (Milk Base) together. Add whole milk, cream and skim milk powder. Add the PreGel Banana Fortefrutto® and fresh bananas. Mix carefully with an immersion blender. Put into the pasteurizer. Pasteurize … Continue reading

Recipes: Strawberry Shortcake Gelato

Directions: Pour the whole milk and heavy cream into a large bucket/container. Mix the sugar and PreGel Totalbase® (Water & Milk Base) in a separate container. Slowly add the dry mix to the liquid mix while slowly blending with an … Continue reading

Top Ten: 10 Ways to Put Leftover Gelato to Work

1. Coffee Can Solve Anything – Affogato Anyone? Coffee and gelato are as traditionally Italian as pasta and sauce. Considering coffee’s popularity in America (about 50 percent of Americans drink coffee every day1), blending an American essential with an Italian … Continue reading

What’s Blooming: Rated M for Mature – Alcohol-Infused Gelato

Peanut butter and jelly. Pancakes and syrup. Alcohol and gelato? Absolutely! In recent years, gelato has greatly increased in popularity among the American public. Gelato’s palate appeal and wide spectrum of flavors have already proven to be vastly impressive to … Continue reading

What’s Blooming: The Guava: A Tropical Wonder

Most health experts recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. For most, common fruits such as apples, oranges and bananas come to mind. While these fruits certainly contain nutrients that are beneficial to … Continue reading

Slow Down and Eat Smart

You can buy organic and you can buy local, but is it sustainable? And if it’s sustainable, is it organic or local? Are you overwhelmed yet? There are a lot of issues to consider with agriculture and food-buying decisions these … Continue reading

Branching Out: Cupcakes: America’s Latest Dessert Obsession

  Directions: Sift all dry ingredients together and place in the mixer with a paddle. Slowly add the milk(1) and PreGel Vanilla Mexico Superior Traditional Paste while mixing on low speed, then mix on medium speed for five minutes. In … Continue reading

Exploring a New Frontier in Desserts – PreGel AMERICA Looks to Pastry

While its parent company, PreGel, has established itself as a leader over the last 40 years in the specialty desserts industry in Italy and Europe, 2009 will mark PreGel AMERICA’s inaugural year into the U.S. pastry market. This is no … Continue reading

Berry Healthy: Basics 101: Sugar

Everyone needs a little sweetness in their day, and while sugar is a very basic and familiar ingredient to most of us, a lot goes into that scoop you put in your coffee each morning. Sugar is an integral component … Continue reading

Berry Healthy: Functional Foods – Favorable and Flavorful

During times like these, getting the most for your money is important, but what about getting the most for your body as well? There are many nutrients and dietary components that occur naturally in our everyday foods that provide great … Continue reading

Back to Our Roots: Proving the Family-Run Business Can Thrive Anywhere, PreGel Is a Global Success

A Q&A with Dario Rabboni, board director, PreGel Q. What is your role at PreGel? A. As the board director, I am involved in the general marketing for PreGel Headquarters and its subsidiaries located around the world. Specifically, I develop … Continue reading

Turning Your Passion into a Reality

PART 3 – Product Line Development. A six-part series on the necessities of starting a business. As we continue with our six-part series on building your business, we know at this point from Part 1’s business plan development that you … Continue reading

Tree Talk: Getting Involved in Your Community – The Creative and Inexpensive Way to Promote Your Business

By getting involved in the community, businesses have the opportunity to prosper and grow at virtually no cost., a resource for entrepreneurs, states that, “Getting involved in the community can be a win-win situation in business. You’ll feel good … Continue reading