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OPERATIONS
Rocky Mountain Pies
PLAYING
TO WIN
In a constantly shifting economy, Rocky Mountain Pies is biding its
time to grow, but that doesn't mean the company is on the bench.
by Charlotte Atchley
T
The team at Rocky Mountain Pies has been playing a lot
of defense the past two years. That may imply that things
have been slow at the Salt Lake City-based company,
but that assumption would be wrong. Rocky Mountain
Pies finished last year 40% above budget without adding
a single new customer. It turns out, pies are just as
pandemic-proof as they are recession-proof.
" Once everything settled down in 2020 and people
stopped stocking up on toilet paper, they weren't going
to restaurants anymore, " said Par Grandinetti, president
of Rocky Mountain Pies. " Pies started flowing from the
distribution centers to the grocery stores and demand
was unbelievable, especially for our products that didn't
need to be handled. Thaw-and-serve products just exploded,
so we steered into it and dealt with it. "
Unlike today, however, the company wasn't dealing
with rising ingredient and material costs or slow lead
times on equipment, and labor challenges were hard but
manageable, Mr. Grandinetti pointed out. In 2021, those
challenges are acute and have Rocky Mountain Pies producing
at capacity. Playing defense, as Mr. Grandinetti
calls it, looks like taking care of the customers they have
- mostly in-store bakery pie programs - and its employees,
whether through competitive wages, retention
programs or investing in equipment that will make their
jobs easier.
" Understand the rules, play to win and we'll get
through this storm, " Mr. Grandinetti said. " We use that
approach for every challenge, and it helps. It's invigorating
if you can win, but it's hard to win when you're only
playing defense. "
While the rules keep changing in this current climate,
Rocky Mountain Pies' team has adapted while still holding
true to its point of difference: the next best thing to
grandma's pies. While the company may be playing defense
for now, Rocky Mountain Pies is looking forward
to going on the offense with new automation and an expansion
on the horizon.
Points of difference
Mr. Grandinetti is the first to say that Rocky Mountain
Pies is not trying to be like one of the " big boys. " The
company prides itself on a high-quality pie with handmade
touches. While the pie producer has all the most
important trappings of a large manufacturer - parameter
controls and lot tracking, food safety and sanitation,
robust quality control - it prides itself on its hand-laid
lattice, product innovation and the relationships built
with both customers and suppliers. Rocky Mountain
Pies is committed to being true to itself.
" We decided to be different and go after the accounts
that want to grow incremental sales and have a more upscale
program, " Mr. Grandinetti explained. " That's been
our mission statement: to be different and work with
customers to create something with vision and quality. "
Mr. Grandinetti's passion for the pie business is palpable,
and he comes by it honestly. The company is the
third iteration of his vision. First there was the directwww.bakingbusiness.com
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Rocky Mountain
Pies combines
automation with
manual processes
to meet capacity
demands with
handmade touches.
Photos by Brian Twede
http://www.bakingbusiness.com

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