Category Archives: Sedgwick

Cheri’s Bakery owner lands cover of Bake

cheribakeWICHITA — Cheri Kovacic knew her Cheri’s Bakery likely would wind up in the November issue of Bake magazine, but she wasn’t prepared for what she found in her mailbox late last week.

Kovacic was at a convention a couple of months ago when she ran into the editor of Bake, which she describes as the go-to trade magazine for the baking industry.

She told him about a new system she implemented a year ago where customers use iPads to look at more than 2,000 pictures of cakes and cookies available at her store.

“Everybody wants to see something instantly,” Kovacic says. “It’s not just a visual gallery.”

Sales people can place orders on it, and cake and cookie decorators then use Kindles as guides while decorating.

“This is a digital thing that is secure at my location,” Kovacic says.

“It’s kind of the next step … trying to grow,” she says. “Customers love it.”

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Healy Biodiesel to expand, allowing production to triple

WICHITA — Healy Biodiesel, a 5-year-old Sedgwick company, is a few weeks away from moving into new space that will allow it to triple its production.

“We make biodiesel from oils – used cooking oil primarily,” president Ben Healy says. “We are producing probably … about a quarter-million gallons a year currently.”

The biodiesel can be used in cars and trucks.

With a new plant in a Sedgwick industrial park at 250 Industrial Drive, Healy says he expects to be able to produce a million gallons of biodiesel a year.

So what’s that mean for the company?

“A lot more headaches,” he says, perhaps only half joking.

“We’re going to need to add employees,” Healy says.

He’ll also need to add more used cooking oil clients, “which is the backbone of our business.”

Healy particularly will look to Wichita restaurants for help with that.

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