Retail Fresh Bakery Update August 12, 2021

Fresh Bakery Sales on the Rise

Supermarket News reports that cake sales have increased 6.7% year after year as consumers have returned to social gatherings and celebrations.

IDDBA COVID-19 Impact August Webinar

IDDBA reports large increase in perimeter bakery sales, including breakfast items such as bagels and croissants.

La Madeline Opens First Express Locations in Walmart Store

More information here.

Grubhub Releases 3rd Annual State of the Plate Report

Grubhub’s most recent State of the Plate Report indicates that chocolate french silk and cinnamon apple pie are the desserts with the greatest increase in sales growth for 2021. Churro waffles also appear on the list of top food items.

Several bakery outlets appear on the list of most popular establishments including: Knickerbocker Bagel, A Baked Joint and The Dough Co.

Nielsen: Better Breakfast at Home May be Here to Stay

Nielsen’s analysis on pandemic-inspired shopping shifts notes that breakfast at home may be here to stay:

“With commutes to offices and schools drastically curtailed, breakfast establishments and coffee shops were among the hardest hit during the pandemic, when household residents became accustomed to eating a more leisurely breakfast at home and drinking their home-brewed coffee on a daily basis.”

U.S. Consumer Buying More Groceries Online

Gallup is reporting that the U.S. consumer is purchasing more of their groceries online, rather than going to the store in 2021. Shoppers who bought groceries online at least once a month was at 11% in 2019, now up to 23% in 2021. The Food Marketing Institute has recently released an infographic on why consumers shop online.

Panera Bread set for Large Expansion

Panera Bread has merged with two other chains to expand it’s services. Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels have come together with Panera Bread to create a bagel, bread, and coffee conglomerate. More information found here.

Paris Baguette Expands to U.S. Market

Paris Baguette, An international French bakery specializing in cakes, pastries, and sandwiches plans to open 30 new locations, with plans of 1000 locations by the next 10 years. More information found here.

“Bakery Near Me” Searches Increase

According to Google Trends, the search term bakery near me is at the highest it’s been in almost a year and has been on a rise for the past months.

Whole Foods Market Debuts Next Gen Store

An extensive fresh bakery department offers custom cakes, patisserie and special diet options. See the pictures here.

Grupo Bimbo Acquires U.S. Organic Cookie Maker

Grupo Bimbo has acquired New York-based Emmy’s Organics

Consumer Interest in Gut Healthy Foods Extends to Sourdough Bread

Studies have indicated that some consumers may find sourdough breads easier to digest.

Uber Eats Partners with Albertsons on Grocery Delivery

More information here.

Aldi Fan Favorites Include Bagels, Take and Bake Pizza

French toast and brioche bagels and take and bake pizza appear on the list.

OREO Opens First Cafe

The cafe in New Jersey offers baked goods with OREO, merchandise and more.

Dunkin’ Launching Fall Menu Early

Pumpkin flavored seasonal items will be available next week.