“Can real artisan bread be made to scale? This is a question I get all the time from bake shops that have a handful of people to companies that employ hundreds,” said John Giacoio, vice president of sales, Rheon USA. “What they don’t understand is that this question is relative to what they are doing at the moment.”
While it’s still early days in assessing the full impact of Hurricane Ian on the baking industry, as of Sept. 29, several companies were adjusting to keep their operations running by managing power outages, cell tower outages and severe flooding in central Florida.
Extending the shelf life of baked goods reduces food waste and controls costs. Chemical preservatives, such as calcium propionate, and emulsifiers, such as DATEM and SSL, have been very cost-effective at achieving these goals. However, consumers are rejecting them as they seek out foods with natural claims.
Indulgent foods, including chocolates, confectioneries, savory snacks and ice cream, are likely to see a notable dip in retail sales as a result of inflation, according to market research firm GlobalData.
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