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Interview with Reto Fries to the development of Richemont

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 Thank you, Mr. Fries, for taking the time to answer our questions during these difficult times and to tell us about the Richemont Expertise Centre. We are aware that the technical school was closed in the spring due to the Covid-19 and that it only reopened since June. Perhaps for this reason now is a good timing to talk about the technical college and its future now!

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Is it feasible to sell bread online?

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Charles Darwin already said "it is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that best responds to change."

The current situation opens a complicated scenario, especially for the self-employed and small companies. For many it also becomes an opportunity to reorient their business, thus adapting to the new reality that our society currently lives. 

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How old bread baking techniques can reduce irritable bowel disease

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  The University of Hohenheim in Germany has issued a press release stating that there is still hope for patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

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Healthy bread, professional training and the relevant European legislation

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We have discussed healthy bread in previous posts on this blog. We talked about the importance of making bread with cultivated sourdough also previously in other posts. We even wanted to believe in the health benefits of fermented foods such as sourdough cultures.

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Our "second brain" controls our health - the importance of the microbiota

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What is the intestinal microbiota? It is the population of 100 billion bacteria in our digestive system, a figure ten times higher than the number of cells in our body. Until now we knew it as the intestinal microflora.Serotonin, which is related to happiness and good humour, is mostly produced in our intestines. It has been shown that chemicals pr...
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What do wine, beer and bread have in common?

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Obviously, all three are foodstuff or drinks and part of any aperitif, lunch or dinner. But what else do they have in common? Have you ever heard of fermented foods? Yes, wine, beer and bread, like cheese or yogurt are fermented foods. In recent years other more exotic foods such as kefir, tempeh, sauerkraut, miso or kombucha tea have been added to this list, popular among the recent food trends or followers of macrobiotic diets.

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The connection between intolerances and bread.

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1. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge with our readers Mr. Pastor. You have been President of the Richemont International Club for several years and before that you were President of the Richemont Spain Club for many years. How did the relationship with the Richemont School of Lucerne come about?

I first heard about Richemont School when my son completed a bakery apprenticeship in Germany. I learned then that this school in Lucerne is probably the most advanced and best equipped training centre in Europe.

I contacted Richemont School, travelled to Lucerne and met with Mr. Walter Bösch, who was then the Director of Richemont and visited the facilities to learn more about the services and educational programmes. Following that visit, an interest on both sides arose in establishing a closer relationship with the possibility of starting a Richemont School in Spain at some point. I had been in the world of food and bakery for more than 20 years; I had also worked for Belgian and German multinationals in Spain and in Germany and knew the level of available training, both outside and inside our country.

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Why bread stopped having prominence and why it returns with force

Why bread stopped having prominence and why it returns with force

Welcome to the Richemont Blog. This Blog was born with the purpose of clarifying elementary concepts about bakery and pastry, to transmit and disseminate knowledge based on studies conducted both at the Richemont Fachschule in Lucerne, and local data and knowledge provided by the different Richemont Clubs distributed throughout Europe and South America. The objective is to talk about elaboration processes, about the ingredients and other topics of interest that may arise. We are open to topic proposals by the presidents of the different Richemont Clubs, the Club members and the students of the Richemont Craft School.

We know that bread has suffered a series of false myths in recent times. It has lost its reputation and its importance as a highly nutritious food. We have read for years that bread is fattening, that it is responsible for many of today's food intolerances or that bread contains excess salt etc. Until it is no longer seen as food, but a mere side dish in a meal. 

We are faced with the situation that sales and bread production numbers continue to fall throughout Europe since 2010.

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