Baker finds sweet success

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Articles - Jan/Feb 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Linda Baker

Jason Krause opened Krause Confections five months ago and already has landed business with Whole Foods and City Market. 
// Photos by Alexandra Shyshkina

In Portland, everything old is new, including the city’s latest one-man pastry operation, Krause Confections. A third-generation baker, 28-year-old Jason Krause graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, then reinvented the family’s German-inflected custard cake for a new cohort of urban sweet tooths. One month after opening, Krause this past October landed City Market and three Whole Foods stores as clients and handles about 70 online orders a week, a number that’s steadily increasing.

He owes it all to Portland, says Krause, whose grandfather and uncle both owned bakeries in his home state of Missouri. Launching in another city would have required building his own kitchen, says Krause, who leases space in one of Portland’s shared kitchens. City staffers have helped him navigate FDA requirements such as bar-code labeling.

So far, Krause sells just the one product: the crème cake. The original recipe included ingredients Portlanders “aren’t too keen on” such as lard, says Krause. So after six to eight months of testing, he debuted the 21st century version that was “all natural and earth friendly.” Krause, whose confections sell out in two hours after he provides samples at Whole Foods, notes the new-fangled cake got another coveted stamp of approval. “My grandmother. She says it’s good.”




Chris Warr-King
0 #1 YUMMY!!!Chris Warr-King 2012-01-23 14:11:41
We spoiled our friends with some of Jason's Cream Cakes this Christmas!! If you haven't tried one yet don't wait. RUN (because you'll need to burn some calories) and get one NOW !!!

Congrats Jason!!!
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Jon Taylor Carter
0 #2 Krause expandsJon Taylor Carter 2012-03-12 07:53:21
Krause Confections just expanded into New Seasons as well. Congrats Jason. Yummy cake.
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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

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This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

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