About Mark Floerke

Mark is a bakery application scientist and accomplished pastry chef. He began his 45 year career with an apprenticeship in Germany as a pastry chef, and went on to work for retail bakeries, restaurants, resorts, and commercial commissaries. Mark has experience with product development and ingredient research, and has mentored future professionals as a baking instructor. He is a part of BAKERpedia’s BAKERin program and is the BAKED in Science Podcast Host.
5 10, 2023

Prolonging Freshness & Packaging Technology

Bakers are always asking us how they can improve their shelf-life. While this is a complex issue that has many moving parts, one important factor in shelf life extension is packaging. However, in order to improve quality, efficiency, and sustainability, commercial bakers need to understand the production chain as a whole. In large-scale bakeries, [...]

6 09, 2023

Keeping a Competitive Edge with Quality Management

Commercial bakeries must adhere to various regulations to ensure their baked goods' health and safety while producing the best quality products possible. Mold, pathogens, and food-borne illnesses are just a few things bakers actively avoid. Not to mention that taking steps to keep products and processes safe can increase your baked goods' overall quality [...]

24 05, 2023

Choosing the Optimal Yeast for Frozen Croissant Production

With a new month come new baking questions from our commercial baking community, Baking Industry Professionals. This month, one of our noteworthy topics was how to choose the best yeast for frozen dough and frozen croissant production. For those who aren’t familiar with the process, frozen dough refers to dough pieces that have been [...]

27 04, 2023

Tips for Formulating Gluten-free Cookies

And we’re back with another hot topic from our commercial baking community page, Baking Industry Professionals. Our focus for this month has switched to gluten-free cookies. By definition, this baked good is made with gluten-free grains, and its finished product contains less than 20 ppm gluten. As bakers, to formulate gluten-free cookies, it is [...]

13 03, 2023

Sugar Substitutes in Rusk Dough

Our bakery forums keep growing, and the conversations keep flowing! So, we’re back with another hot topic from our commercial baking community page, Baking Industry Professionals. This month, it’s rusk! While this may be a British term for twice-baked bread, this baked good certainly isn’t limited to the United Kingdom. Rusk can be found [...]

17 02, 2023

Flaking Out with Sfogliatelle

As bakers, keeping tabs on buzzworthy baked goods is always good for business. Not just for innovation’s sake but also to get an idea of the types of products consumers are looking for. Since our commercial baking community page, Baking Industry Professionals, is always discussing bakery trends, we thought we would choose a hot [...]


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