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 […]

The Demise of Self-Checkout?

Self-checkout has been an ongoing approach by retailers to reduce the need for cashiers and lower costs. However, many retailers are reevaluating their use of self-checkout.

Five Below has reduced the use of self-checkout, especially at stores that have higher “shrink.”  Shrink is a term used to describe “theft and other inventory loss.”  Dollar General is removing self-checkout at 300 stores with the highest shrink.

Target is also making changes to self-checkout in response to high shrink. Self-checkout lanes have […]

Why Vineyards Are Tearing Out Vines

A wine glut is prompting grape growers in California to tear out vines that have been in production for decades.

This vine reduction is part of a wider phenomenon of oversupply around the world, as more and more countries, such as Australia, have joined the wine industry at the same time as demand from consumers has dropped.


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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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By |2024-04-17T01:47:05+00:00April 17, 2024|Tags: , , , |
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