Gokongwei's URC to open first baking school

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Posted at Apr 11 2019 12:00 PM | Updated as of Apr 11 2019 01:08 PM

Baker John products are shown in this photo from Universal Robina Corp's website. The Gokongwei group's food arm is opening a baking school of the same name

MANILA -- Billionaire John Gokongwei's food business, Universal Robina Corp, said Thursday it would open its first baking school to showcase its flour and pasta products.

Baker John, located in Quezon City, will initially cater to current and potential customers but will eventually be open to the general public, URC said in a statement.

The school will sell branded products including cheese rolls, ensaymada, and revel and carrot bars. It will help students gather consumer feedback while products are being tested and developed.

"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," said Ellison Lee, business unit general manager of URC Flour and Pasta Division.

Baker John Academy will have a laboratory with 10 work stations and can handle up to 50 people. Each station will have various types of ovens.

The school will also be equipped with dough rollers, dough sheeters, and noodle makers.