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TRENDS
Foodservice
" Anything tied to events, catering,
hospitality and attendance has continued
to be soft, " she said. " With the
return of fans and full attendance to
stadiums, students returning to campuses,
and the stabilization of the labor
market, we are optimistic these
segments will also return to pre-pandemic
levels. "
That being said, casual dine-in
restaurants were not entirely spared
from the impacts, even in the first
quarter of 2021. Applebee's sales were
down 6.2% versus 2019, and IHOP
sales were down 21.2%, according to
company statements. Still, according
to the US Census Bureau's Advance
Monthly Sales for Retail & Food
Services, there was a surge in year-todate
sales through April of 2021, with
dollar sales being up 17% from 2020
and 15% from 2019, as reported in an
American Bakers Association (ABA)
member webinar with Todd Hale, retail
insights thought leader and principal
at Todd Hale LLC.
" From a baker's perspective, the
industry seems to have rebounded
and then some - especially in the
last few months since vaccines have
become more widely available, " said
Tim Gill, vice president national
" THROUGHOUT
THE PANDEMIC,
CONSUMERS
HAVE MAINTAINED
THEY MISSED
THE EXPERIENCE,
THE HOSPITALITY
AND FEELING OF
CONNECTION
THEY GET WHEN
DINING OUT. "
Luc Mongeau, Weston Foods
sales director frozen, Alpha Baking.
" In the midst of Q4 2020, we began
to see demand resuscitate and the
production engine spit and sputter
back to life. Q1 2021 demand started
to increase week over week, rising to
pre-pandemic levels, and has since
grown even more robust through Q2.
In fact, we have seen demand over
the last couple of months surpass
2019 by 6% to 8% in the markets that
are mostly open. "
Mr. Gill reported that from its local
fresh markets and national frozen
distribution, full service, fast casual,
limited service, and bar and grill
have been the segments leading the
recovery charge. The segments recovering
the slowest, he said, are B&I
and concessions and convention centers,
though he said he believes these
will soon return as well with normal
business operations.
" We're very confident, " said Luc
Mongeau, president, Weston Foods,
Toronto. " Throughout the pandemic,
consumers have maintained they
missed the experience, the hospitality
and feeling of connection they get
when dining out. Now, as pandemicrelated
restrictions ease, they're eagerly
returning to restaurants to enjoy
those experiences again. "
Race to win back consumers
As consumers' feet lead them back
into restaurants, foodservice providers
are in a flurry to offer a product
to ensure it is their door that customers
will be opening. This has led to
a necessity for product innovation
that bakers must rise to meet the demand
of to provide customers with
the differentiation that could mean
their comeback.
" As through any adverse conditions,
you must assess, experiment
and make changes to remain competitive
and provide the best product
to your end consumer, " said George
Caparos, chief development officer,
Crown Bakeries. " All major QSR
customers are focusing on innovation
to differentiate from competition
and win back consumers. From
the Chicken Sandwich Wars to nonGMO
and cleaner labels, our R&D
is busy collaborating with customers
to quickly develop new and innovative
products. "
Though new product activity was
put on the backburner during the
pandemic due to restrictions, Mr.
Marcucci said he believes menu offerings
will quickly become more robust
as the labor market and supply
chain recover and restaurants begin
fighting for share.
" That will drive the need for differentiation,
driving the need for product
development, " he said.
For Crown Bakeries, differentiated
products means an R&D team
working around the clock to dewww.bakingbusiness.com
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