For the past several years, the baking industry has faced a long list of serious, ongoing challenges. Ever since the pandemic landed upon the planet, producers and partners have been forced to wrangle with ever-increasing labor challenges, supply-chain tangles, and rocketing inflationAs we flipped our calendars from 2022 to the New Year, myriad tests and trials remained, formidable as ever.
However, according to a number of industry leaders, there are reasons to look on the bright side.“Despite several years of instability related to the pandemic and ongoing supply chain disruptions, there was a strong overall level of positivity throughout the industry,” observes Kerwin Brown, president and CEO of Bakery Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA). “Demand for baked goods among U.S. consumers also remained strong...”
State of the Industry 2023: Consumers buying bread for in-home enjoyment
Producers delivering attributes like variety, quality, and relative value are connecting with bread consumers.
State of the Industry 2023: Tortilla growth driven by innovation
The category is on the rise, thanks to product innovation and a hunger for Mexican cuisine.
State of the Industry 2023: Breakfast sector expands its purview
As consumers are increasingly on-the-go, breakfast manufacturers look to innovate their products.
State of the Industry 2023: Consumer cravings for snacks continue
Americans of a certain age likely associate bakery snacks with lunchboxes, unwrapped and enjoyed at school, near the tail end of their midday meal.
State of the Industry 2023: Consumers continue craving desserts
While the category enjoyed lower increases than others, sales are still on the rise.
State of the Industry 2023: Buns and rolls brighten
Consumers continue looking for buns and rolls that bring restaurant ambience home.
State of the Industry 2023: Sweet goods sector shows strong sales
Producers of sweet goods continue to adapt to trying times and innovate their product offerings.
State of the Industry 2023: Cookie category soars in sales
The cookie category expands to include gluten-free, better-for-you, and non-traditional options.
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