ERP (enterprise resource planning) software can help snack and bakery businesses see the "big picture" while constantly improving. While many ERP software choices are available, they're constantly being improved and changing, too.
Controlling allergens is vital in snack and bakery facilities that seek to remain 100 percent allergen-free. The first step is to establish best practices, as well as regularly testing the production environment and finished products for presence of allergens.
When "The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book" was first published in 1954, it included a recipe for "Haschich Fudge," made with black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, dates, figs, almonds, peanuts, sugar, butter and "a bunch of canibus sativa (sic)."
Snack food and bakery companies looking to purchase belts and conveyors are asking for larger capacity, quieter machinery, improved safety, greater energy efficiency the ability to reduce manpower, and, thus, costs.
Shipping contamination-free food products to the public has always been business-critical, but today's social-media landscape leaves virtually no room for error. A wider variety of products, along with a wide variety of packaging options, have increased the need for more flexible inspection and detection equipment.
Bread is the most-important category in the baking industry, but also one of the most-challenging for building appreciable growth. For the 52 weeks ending November 4, 2018, the fresh bread and rolls category grew 0.13 percent in dollar sales to $13.4 billion, per IRI, Chicago.
Snack time brings on a level of excitement not unlike cartoons on a Saturday morning (yes, I'm a Gen-Xer). From the sometimes-chaotic snack time at daycare, to the now federally funded "Smart Snacks in School" regulations, and snacks on the go for Gen Z and Millennials, snack consumption is on a rapid rise.
Workforce development and training is usually one of area that is always on the objectives' list for the bakery operations and personnel, but is usually the first area that is ignored and cut when times are tough.
The International Bakery Industry Exhibition (IBIE), the global grain-based food industry's largest, most-important trade event in the Western Hemisphere, will take place on September 7–11 in Las Vegas.