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PROFILES

Panadería Tierra
Caliente
Cakes are one of the main attractions at Panadería Tierra Caliente, a
6-year-old bakery that is preparing
to open its fifth location in Houston
by the end of this year.
“That case is always full,” says
co-owner Ruben Arguello, pointing
to a cake case near the bakery’s front
door. “As soon as customers open the
front door, they see all those desserts.
That’s what attracts them here.”
Cakes account for about 30%
of the bakery’s sales. They offer all
flavors and sizes. There are quarter
sheets, layer cakes, bar cakes, 6-inch
cakes and cake slices. Gelatin cakes
are particularly popular during the
summer months.
The crowning jewels of their

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cake collection are the sculpted
cakes prepared by Tierra Caliente’s
main cake decorator, Agustin Rueda.
With more than 15 years of experience, Rueda has sculpted purse cakes,
guitar cakes, topsy-turvy cakes and
all sorts of other three-dimensional
cake creations.
“We think we have one of the
best cake decorators around,” says
Arguello. “He can make anything
you want.”
HOW THEY STARTED

Six years ago, Arguello and
Fernando Duque opened their first
Panadería Tierra Caliente in Houston.
Arguello, who oversees quality
control, spent 20 years working in

the restaurant business where he
learned a valuable and versatile set
of skills that help him stay on top of
everything from customer service to
merchandising.
Duque grew up in the bakery
business with his family in Huetamo,
a town in the southeastern corner of
Michoacán. This region is known as
Tierra Caliente, where the Houston
bakery gets its name.
“Our concept is to keep with
the breads that our parents used to
make,” says Arguello. “We have the
same concept at every location. We
use only the best ingredients. There
are no shortcuts in the production of
our breads. We try to keep the same
artisanal breads that we made in our
hometowns. Consistency is one of
our main goals.”
Two examples of specialty breads
that are known from their original
hometown in Mexico are arepas and
cazuelas. Cazuelas are circular flat
breads with topping in the middle.
The dough is pulled up and rounded
around the edges, much like a pizza.
Arepas are similar to cornmeal patties.
Working closely with BakeMark,
their bakery ingredients suppliers,
helps the bakery remain on the cutting
edge of innovation. “The quality
of products they sell improves the
quality of bread we produce,” Arguello
says. “We are very appreciative of all
the help they give us. They bring us
a lot of technical support.”
There are 36 employees,



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bake - June 2013
Editor’s note - THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUE: a time and place
Contents
News bites
Management - Finding Order to POS Chaos
Tax tips - Independent Contractor or Employee?
Labor front - Protect yourself
Legislation - Preventive Controls
Ingredients - Wild Blueberries
Welcome to the digital bakery
Bakery Gadget Round-up
Big return on investment
Changing models
The multi-media consumer
Change of Venue
America’s Best Bakery embraces innovation
Where Do Cupcakes Go Next?
Space Cakes
Hot & Cold
Products
Marketplace
Classifi eds
Ad Index
BakeMark's Panaderia - June 2013
Carta de Introduccion - Inovaciones nuevas Al examinar las tendencias en las ciudades
Introductory Letter - New Innovations
Pan más saludable
Pasteles de Fondant
Promociones para verano
Perfiles - Paco’s Bakery
Perfiles - Arandas Bakery
Perfiles - Panadería Tierra Caliente
Empanadas Pastel de Cuatro Leches
Productos con mejor resultado por BakeMark
Better-for-you Breads
Fondant Cakes
Summer Promotions
Profiles - Paco’s Bakery
Profiles - Arandas Bakery
Profiles - Panadería Tierra Caliente
Product Solutions from BakeMark
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bake - June 2013 - Editor’s note - THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUE: a time and place
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bake - June 2013 - Contents
bake - June 2013 - News bites
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bake - June 2013 - Management - Finding Order to POS Chaos
bake - June 2013 - 11
bake - June 2013 - Tax tips - Independent Contractor or Employee?
bake - June 2013 - 13
bake - June 2013 - Labor front - Protect yourself
bake - June 2013 - 15
bake - June 2013 - Legislation - Preventive Controls
bake - June 2013 - 17
bake - June 2013 - Ingredients - Wild Blueberries
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bake - June 2013 - 22
bake - June 2013 - Welcome to the digital bakery
bake - June 2013 - 24
bake - June 2013 - 25
bake - June 2013 - Bakery Gadget Round-up
bake - June 2013 - 27
bake - June 2013 - Big return on investment
bake - June 2013 - 29
bake - June 2013 - Changing models
bake - June 2013 - 31
bake - June 2013 - The multi-media consumer
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bake - June 2013 - 35
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bake - June 2013 - 37
bake - June 2013 - Change of Venue
bake - June 2013 - 39
bake - June 2013 - America’s Best Bakery embraces innovation
bake - June 2013 - 41
bake - June 2013 - 42
bake - June 2013 - 43
bake - June 2013 - Where Do Cupcakes Go Next?
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bake - June 2013 - 46
bake - June 2013 - 47
bake - June 2013 - Space Cakes
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bake - June 2013 - 50
bake - June 2013 - 51
bake - June 2013 - Hot & Cold
bake - June 2013 - 53
bake - June 2013 - Products
bake - June 2013 - Marketplace
bake - June 2013 - Classifi eds
bake - June 2013 - 57
bake - June 2013 - Ad Index
bake - June 2013 - 59
bake - June 2013 - 60
bake - June 2013 - 61
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bake - June 2013 - BakeMark's Panaderia - June 2013
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bake - June 2013 - Carta de Introduccion - Inovaciones nuevas Al examinar las tendencias en las ciudades
bake - June 2013 - Introductory Letter - New Innovations
bake - June 2013 - PAN5
bake - June 2013 - Pan más saludable
bake - June 2013 - PAN7
bake - June 2013 - PAN8
bake - June 2013 - PAN9
bake - June 2013 - Pasteles de Fondant
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bake - June 2013 - PAN12
bake - June 2013 - PAN13
bake - June 2013 - Promociones para verano
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bake - June 2013 - PAN16
bake - June 2013 - PAN17
bake - June 2013 - Perfiles - Paco’s Bakery
bake - June 2013 - PAN19
bake - June 2013 - PAN20
bake - June 2013 - Perfiles - Arandas Bakery
bake - June 2013 - PAN22
bake - June 2013 - PAN23
bake - June 2013 - Perfiles - Panadería Tierra Caliente
bake - June 2013 - PAN25
bake - June 2013 - PAN26
bake - June 2013 - PAN27
bake - June 2013 - PAN28
bake - June 2013 - PAN29
bake - June 2013 - Empanadas Pastel de Cuatro Leches
bake - June 2013 - PAN31
bake - June 2013 - Productos con mejor resultado por BakeMark
bake - June 2013 - PAN33
bake - June 2013 - Better-for-you Breads
bake - June 2013 - PAN35
bake - June 2013 - PAN36
bake - June 2013 - Fondant Cakes
bake - June 2013 - PAN38
bake - June 2013 - PAN39
bake - June 2013 - Summer Promotions
bake - June 2013 - PAN41
bake - June 2013 - Profiles - Paco’s Bakery
bake - June 2013 - PAN43
bake - June 2013 - Profiles - Arandas Bakery
bake - June 2013 - PAN45
bake - June 2013 - Profiles - Panadería Tierra Caliente
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