While traditional bun and roll products continue to sell well, bakeries have ?diversified product offerings to include portion-controlled and nutrition-forward ?items, with more specialty products on the horizon.
According to the 2014 “Conscious Consumer” study from Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on groceries if those products are made in ways that align with their social and environmental values.
Finding qualified workers is an ongoing struggle for many commercial bakers. Competition from other industries, insufficient university programs and a lack of awareness of the industry by job seekers may be some contributing factors.
That’s a year-over-year increase of 2%, according to a new global report from Nielsen. While Europe ($167 billion) and North America ($124 billion) make up most of the worldwide snack sales, annual snack sales are growing faster in the largely developing regions.
As GMOs, gluten intolerance and ‘no artificial additives’ gain heavy traction in the food arena, snack manufacturers and commercial bakers continue to showcase new clean-label pursuits with more transparency.