General Food Additives or General Foods is this small (only in size, mind you!) store located at Seshadripuram, Bangalore. If you have been around this blog, you would have come across this name quite frequently. Unbelievably, though I have been getting my yeast and other supplies from this shop since almost a year, I have never actually been to this shop! I have been wanting to visit this place and check out the rest of the supplies since so long. Finally, when the kids were at their grandparents' place for their holidays, I put a visit to GA on my MUST DO list. And I am glad I made this visit!
I was in front of the shop at around 4.15 p.m, had 15 minutes to kill before the store opened for the second half of the business day. Since I had no company and did not see any interesting looking shops around, I was left with no choice but sit in the car, reading a book. The restless person that I am, I was out of the car in less than 5 minutes, looking for signs of people opening the shop. Finally, a person with boxes labeled Morde arrived and there ended my wait. The other two staff members seemed to arrive in perfect sync and I was let inside. I must admit, I was expecting a smelly, cluttered shop with piles of boxes all over the place like most other shops of this category. I was very pleasantly surprised to see a very neat, organized and clean place. How first impressions matter and stay!
GA was founded by the proprietor Mr.Ramachandra's father, Mr. T. R Kalyan Raman in 1977. They have a wholesale division which caters to the the bakeries and bulk sales, some of the major bakeries and hotels including 5 star hotels, clients of GA. This particular store opposite the SBI ATM is the retail outlet of GA. I have earlier interacted with Mr.Ramachandra over the phone and mails, but it was indeed a pleasure meeting him in person. Well informed and interested in really listening to what his retail customers need and trying his best to meet their needs. Like researching about the components of a particular ingredient and how it works to get us a more easily available ingredient. Liquid glucose for instance, which Mr.Ramachandra says is the same as Corn Syrup. Repacking supplies hygienically in smaller packages, something we home bakers really and desperately need in a country like ours, where baking supplies are not common place.
On Mr.Ramachandra's instructions, the staff let me to nose around a bit, answered my queries and allowed me to take some pictures. Here are some of their supplies for you.
Pretty cupcake liners, mini loaf pans, cake pop sticks, chocolate molds, plunger cutters, fondant cutters, spring form tins...found that they are quite reasonably priced.
Here are more of their supplies
- Ready to use fondant (white) - half kg packs
- Carrageenan (vegetarian gelatin)
- Cream cheese (Britannia)
- Vegetable shortening
- Dark cherry filling
- Strawberry filling
- Gum paste cutters set
- Vital Wheat gluten - Minimum 500 gram packs
- Cake pop sticks
- Ice cream scoops to be used as cookie dough scoopers
- Pretty cupcake liners and loaf pans
- Variety of plunger cutters and fondant cutters
- Golden brown sugar - A brand called Trust, packed by the manufacturer in convenient 1 kg packs.
- Chocolate / cookie gift wrapping boxes
- Silicon brushes
- Cocoa butter
- Cream of tartar
- Self raising flour
- Caramel syrup - for plum cakes
- 8 ,9,10'' spring form tins, Cake tins, muffin trays, loaf pans, tart moulds
- White, dark, milk choc chips, butterscotch chips
- Choc molding trays in fun shapes
- Liquid glucose
- Oil based essences
- Cake mixes
- Cocoa powder - Morde
- Canned fruit - Cherries, blueberries, pineapple etc
- Measuring cups, spoons, liquid measuring cups
- Whipping cream
- Candied ginger, orange
- Cake gel
- Cookie cutters
- Lollipop sticks
- Instant yeast ( Gloripan and another brand called as Angel)
- Caster sugar, super fine sugar
- Silicon molds
- Pie tins
- Piping bags, syringes
- Emulsions - which basically work for both coloring and flavoring purposes in cakes
- Bench scrapers
- Other regular baking supplies
Thanks Mr.Ramachandra, for being a ray of hope for us in this city. Sincerely appreciate your taking interest in the needs and wants of the growing tribe of baking enthusiasts.
Address - PO Box 2016, #175/3, 1st Main Road, Seshadripuram, Land mark - Opp, HDFC Bank, Bangalore 560020, India. Tel : +91-80-2336 7878, 2336 0517
Store Timings : 10 .00 am to 1.45 p.m. 4.30 pm to 7.30 p.m Sunday Holiday
Update on 17th September 2013 Cash and cards both accepted now.GFA couriers your order now for a charge.
E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.generalfoodadditives.com/
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