Par-Baking at Panera Bread

Panera Bread has received a lot of attention for planned menu changes that add new items and remove some old favorites, but the company’s planned changes go even further.

One of the potential changes is how the bakery functions. At the moment, Panera’s bread dough is made at a fresh dough factory (FDF), and immediately transported to individual stores to be baked fresh daily.

Panera Bread is now considering the use of par-baking, the process of partially baking bread […]

How Will Chocolate-Makers Respond to Rising Cocoa Prices?

Cocoa prices have doubled in the past year, and commodity prices surpassed the $10,000/ton mark in the latter part of March 2024, as compared to the $2,000 to $3,000 range of the past 15 years.

Chocolate makers and others in the food industry must look for solutions, and customers will see changes in pricing and product design as a result.


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Craft Breweries Choose Simplicity in a Changing Market

After an impressive run, the craft beer industry is shifting gears.

Before the pandemic, the industry grew at a fast pace. To keep up with a market thirsty for new tastes and flavors, breweries continuously innovated and released a dizzying selection of beers. When the pandemic hit, tap rooms had to close down. After the pandemic, demand had changed, and breweries had to rethink their strategy. A renewed focus on simplicity rather than variety now seems to be a wiser and […]

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