Companies in this industry make fresh and frozen bread as well as cakes, pies, and doughnuts. Major companies include Dawn Foods, Flowers Foods, McKee Foods, and United States Bakery (all based in the US), along with Allied Bakeries (UK), ARYZTA (Switzerland), Grupo Bimbo (Mexico), Weston Foods (Canada), and Yamazaki Baking (Japan).
Demand is driven by consumer preferences and by the extent to which grocery stores choose to operate their own bakeries rather than buy from commercial bakeries. Profitability for individual companies is determined by efficiency of operations. Large companies have scale advantages in procurement, production, and distribution. Small companies can compete by offering specialty goods or superior local distribution services.
Products, Operations & Technology
Major products include baked breads, mainly white, wheat and rye, which account for about 40% of commercial bakery sales. About 30% of sales come from rolls, buns, muffins, bagels and croissants; 10% from soft cakes; and the rest from pies, pastries, donuts and a variety of sweet goods.