Monday, February 24, 2020

Are you the type who watches the food network religiously? Are you the one who's always called upon to provide desserts during the holidays? If you answered yes to these questions, starting a commercial bakery might be for you.

Running an industrial bakery can be difficult. You'll need the right workers, proper equipment, and it's hard to say how much you'll make as a commercial bakery owner. Some of the top bakeries can bring in a lot of revenue, which means top salaries for employees and bosses.

While it's impossible to determine how much your industrial bakery will make, we can tell you what you'll need to start one. We'll mention some of these things in the paragraphs below.

1. Ovens

You can't properly bake anything without an oven. They are essentially the backbone of your business. Baking has existed since the beginnings of civilization, and none of it would be possible without the oven.

When running a commercial bakery, it's best to have multiple ovens. This will allow you to prepare multiple treats at the same time, allowing you to run a more efficient business.

Keep in mind that a run-of-the mill kitchen oven isn't going to cut it in an industrial bakery. High-quality goods will require a high-quality oven. The two most common types of bakery ovens are convection ovens and deck ovens.

Convection ovens are preferred by industrial bakers who make various desserts and treats. Deck ovens are used by those who prefer more traditional, often handmade food. Their name comes from the multiple racks inside the cabinet-like oven.

2. Mixers

As with ovens, there are a few different types of mixers in the commercial baking world. There are floor mixers, tabletop mixers, and hand mixers. Their names allude to their size.

Floor mixers are big enough that you have to put them on the floor.

Tabletops are smaller mixers that are often electrical, but small enough to fit on a table. You may have one at home, but these are not necessarily practical for commercial baking without having the others as well.

Hand mixers are handheld, button-operated mixers that are best used for mixing small bowls.

Running a commercial bakery means that you'll probably need a floor mixer at least, and possibly even all three. You may want to save up for one of each just in case.

3. Pans

When starting an industrial bakery, you'll need pans. However, you may not need that many types of pans.

Depending on what you're planning to make you may need baking sheets for cookies, cupcake pans, pie pans, cake pans, bread pans, and potentially a few others.

You may also want to get a few pans for bundt and angel food cakes, but these aren't as popular as traditional cakes. You could probably get by without making them.

What You Need When Starting a Commercial Bakery

Starting a commercial bakery is a big undertaking and will require a lot of supplies. We've mentioned some of the things you might need in the paragraphs above, but there are bound to be others. We encourage you to do more research if you're interested.

If you want more information and advice on running an industrial bakery, or are in need of supplies, please visit our site. We can tell you about some types of doughnuts that can take your commercial bakery to the next level.

Monday, February 17, 2020

If you manage a commercial bakery, you know how much trial and error it involves. Some products will sell out day in day out, while others are left to go stale in the display cases. It can be a frustrating process, not to mention a waste of ingredients!

Fear not, we're here to help. Here are five commercial bakery products that are sure to fly off the shelves.

1. Cookies

Almost any type of cookie you bake is bound to be a hit. They're cheap, perfect for an on-the-go snack, and delicious. Get a decent-sized oven and you can pump out a pretty constant stream of cookies throughout the day.

Try baking some chocolate cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies. You can also try making healthier options, like banana nut cookies and oatmeal raisin. There's nothing better than a warm, gooey cookie, no matter what the flavor!

2. Pretzels

Did you know the average American eats two pounds of pretzels each year? That's a lot of pretzels, meaning your industrial bakery will benefit from producing them.

Pretzels are easy to make and share all the affordable, on-the-go benefits of cookies. The mouthwatering saltiness is hard for anyone to resist. These are a guaranteed win for your commercial bakery.

3. Cheesecake

Cheesecake is always a hit. There are a ton of varieties. You can go the fruit-filled route or the dessert route and still find plenty of success selling cheesecake.

You can also try mini cheesecakes. They're irresistibly cute and look great in any display case! There are a ton of ways you can make cheesecake, so experiment with your process and find the one that sells the best.

4. Doughnuts

You can't go wrong with doughnuts, especially yeast doughnuts. There are infinite possibilities in terms of flavor and type. Plus, they're beautiful in a display case and give visitors high expectations.

Doughnuts have also been increasing in popularity according to chefs. This is thanks to industrial bakers making exclusive new flavors using high-quality ingredients. If you can come up with a delicious, new doughnut for your commercial bakery you're sure to attract clients from all around. 

5. Bread & Rolls

Because what's an industrial bakery without bread? Cheese bread, sourdough, challah, and ciabatta are among the most popular choices. If you're bagging bread, you'll be selling bread.

Don't forget to add healthy options like whole wheat and ancient grains, either. These are increasingly popular as people strive for good health. It's also a good idea to make dinner rolls in a variety of types.

Finding the Best Industrial Bakery Products

Trial and error is unavoidable when running a commercial bakery. But hopefully, including variants of these five industrial bakery products gets rid of some of that busy work. The only trial and error you'll be subject to now is finding the flavors your customer will be sure to love.

If you're looking for new and used machinery for your industrial bakery, see what we can do for you. Contact us with any comments, questions, or concerns.

Monday, February 10, 2020

If you own a commercial bakery, you're really bringing joy to the people. It's a fact: Americans love baked goods

But we know you're not just in business to bring joy. You also have to make a living. So, if you own a bakery, especially a large-scale one, there are a few pieces of equipment you must have to be successful and productive.

Keep reading to learn what essential baking items you need to stay ahead of the curve. 

1. Mixers

Without a doubt, good quality electric mixers are absolute must-haves for any commercial bakery. And while one top-notch dough mixer goes a long way, a truly productive operation needs mixers of all kinds.

Emulsion blenders, horizontal mixers, countertop mixers, and large dough mixers are the first purchases any industrial bakery needs to make. 

How many of each type of mixer you need is dependent on the size and scale of your business. The more the merrier, though. 

2. Food Processors

Who has the time for cutting and chopping when there's other, more important work to be done? Food processors are the multi-tasking sous-baker you need in your commercial kitchen. 

Anything that can be chopped, blended, ground, or mixed can be tossed in the food processor for ultimate efficiency. No industrial bakery can go without. 

3. Measuring Spoons & Cups

Small and seemingly insignificant in comparison to the mighty mixer and essential food processor, investing in a good set of measuring tools is key to the smooth running of any industrial bakery.

Eyeballing measurements is for the chefs, not the bakers. The art of industrial baking is an exact science. Therefore, precise measurements are needed.

And you simply can't take a tablespoon or a coffee cup from your home kitchen drawer and expect it to cut it. Trust us. Make it a point to get a good set of measuring tools. 

4. Cooling Rack

In commercial baking, cooling is just as important as cooking. If you don't have a designated, proper place for your baked goods to cool down, you risk your beautiful cakes, cookies or pies turning soggy.

And no one likes soggy baking! A quality cooling rack (or cooling racks) is an often overlooked and totally essential piece of equipment for any industrial bakery. 

5. Cake Tins & Pie Pans

You'd be surprised how important it is to use the right type of cake tin for your specific cake recipe. Cook times are based around the shape and size of the tin you're using, so you better make sure you're using the right one for the recipe. 

Having a varied collection of tins and pans of all shapes and sizes is essential to running a commercial bakery.

Now That You Know the 5 Essential Industrial Baking Items: Get Baking!

These are just 5 of the many essential baking items you'll need to run a large-scale bakery. 

Once you have these 5 pieces of key equipment, you can work on stocking up the rest. Check out our selection of brand-new industrial bakery equipment to make sure you're stocked and ready to roll! 

Monday, February 3, 2020

I don't need to tell you that the industrial bakery business is an intense line of work. Crafting tasty and unique dishes every day can be exhausting, but the reward is why we do this in the first place.

The joy in commercial baking can push us to do what we want to do, but what about what we need to do? Managing time and getting the most efficient industrial baking done is not always easy.

Here are five amazing productivity hacks to better your commercial bakery business.

1. The Creating Mindset

From the moment you wake up, what you first think about and work on is what drives your mindset. The mindset you need is one of creating, of getting all the baking you need to get done, done. 

How do you get into the creating mindset? A lot of that comes from staying out of the "comparison mindset". That is, looking at what others are doing and seeing distractions on what you could be doing.

Learning from others is good, but starting off in that mind means tweaking when you should be baking. Organize what new things you can do after you settle all the commercial baking.

2. Manage Your Time

Alongside getting your head in the right mindset to pump out your commercial baked goods, you need to manage your time completely. This comes in three major chunks.

First, make sure your morning and daytime work is set up and efficient. Everything should be in place and make sure to prepare as many things beforehand as you can. This allows you to hop right in at the start of the day and go!

Second, your evening hours. Wasting time vegging out in front of the TV can be dangerous. Use your evening to plan what new items you can work on or set up for tomorrow. 

Last, do take some time to relax. This doesn't have to conflict with the previous step. 

The difference between finding time to destress and wasting valuable sleep are two very different things. 

3. Break Down Your Goals

Breaking down your day into phases or steps can be a powerful way to keep on top of your efficiency. Within these phases, you can set small goals to keep.

Minor goals are great for keeping you going, as each completion can feel like a big step forward and give you the boost you need to keep going. 

4. Bulk Work Helps 

If you are producing a lot of items in a day, you need to understand and implement bulk baking. Focusing on making one beautiful cupcake doesn't help your several hundred customers.

This means making bigger batches and completing each step on a wider scale. For example, bake several batches of cupcakes before frosting, so you have one big frosting step. 

The less time you put away and bring out items for another step, the better. If you frost once or twice in a day instead of a dozen times, that is fewer times you have to bring out the frosting tools. 

5. Save Time Through Investments

There is an old saying that time is money. While this is important and true, what many people forget is that time is even more valuable than money! You can't get time back, but you can always earn more money.

As such, if there is anything that can help to save you time, there is a good chance it may be a good investment. Don't be afraid to spend a bit extra if it means more time to get the things that matter done. 

Better Tips for Your Better Commercial Bakery Business

With the right mindset and these wonderful tips, you have the makings of a better commercial bakery business. The stronger turnaround will be a great asset in keeping ahead of the hungry batch of customers.

These tips are only the beginning. We here at Topos Mondial Corp. have all manners of tips and services to help keep your industrial bakery business at the top of its game. Contact us today for more information!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Do you own or operate a wholesale baking company? Do you manufacture baked goods for restaurants or other, smaller retail bakeries?

If so, you've got to keep up with the trends, evolving your business to match the growing and changing industry—and it's a great industry at that. According to the American Bakers Association, baked goods make up over 2% of the entire nation's GDP.

Commercial bakers sell more than $30 billion in products a year!

So, how can you bake your cake and eat it, too? Check out these tips for staying relevant in the industrial baking industry.

1. Keep Food Intolerances in Mind

Being mindful of food intolerances is an excellent opportunity to satisfy a variety of taste buds.

Allergens can be broken down into "the big eight" (although you likely won't have to worry about all 8 of them). These allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, shellfish, and fish. 

Additionally, many shoppers are looking for gluten-free items, which is something your commercial bakery can accomplish with practice.

When considering gluten-free baking, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use a scale, rather than wavering volume measurements, especially for flours
  • Use a longer mixing method to produce an even rise 
  • Let batters sit (even just 30 minutes) before baking 
  • Utilize your oven thermometer 
  • Keep trying!

Just like regular baking, gluten-free baking takes practice (as well as using new techniques).

By catering to these audiences and producing allergen- or gluten-free baked goods, you could tap into a whole new thriving market.

2. Pack On the Protein

More consumers are looking for protein-packed products to add to their grocery cart.

Out of these protein claims, bakeries are in the top three for most in-demand. This means consumers want your goods—with that hunger-staving ingredient: protein. 37% of people want more bakery items like this.

In the past two years, over a quarter of Americans have increased their protein intake. That's a lot of people to market to!

3. Focus on Organic

Not only is organic food priced higher, but consumers love it!

In 2016, the sale of organic items hit a record of $43 billion. That's up over 8% from the previous year. 

The interest in organic is growing thanks to a stronger economy, more conscientious buyers, and improved farming practices. Many large food manufacturers are taking note and diversifying their options to include organic products in their lineup.

Remember, too, that being organic is about more than your ingredients. You can also be organic in your manufacturing process, how your space gets cleaned, and how your equipment gets handled.

Consumers care not only about the products but where the products come from, too.

Commercial Baking Industry Basics for the Savvy Wholesaler

By tapping into these markets and utilizing the tips in this guide, your wholesale bakery can truly grow in the ranks.

Consider adding more conscious food items, with organic practices and ingredients, as well as allergen-free goods for those with allergies.

Then, focus on marketing to local businesses that can sell your product well.

We've got more advice for keeping your business fresh where this came from. Here are five more trends that highlight the industrial baking industry.

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