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editorial
A little bit of sun
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The baking industry's embrace of automation kicked into
high gear in the second half of 2020 and has accelerated
into 2022. The increased interest was driven at first by a
need to meet unprecedented demand for baked goods on
supermarket shelves. More recently, increased automation
is badly needed by bakers struggling to find enough
workers to run their production lines.
Sosland Publishing Co.'s 2022 State of the Industrial
Baking Industry study, conducted by Cypress Research,
found that 53% of respondents who represent baking
companies of all sizes experienced a lack of sufficient
workforce to meet production demands. The tight labor
situation has negatively affected business in many ways:
49% of respondents reported a negative impact to the
timeliness of production, 34% noted they were unable
to take on new business, and 58% reported that existing
employees have had to work significantly more hours to
meet demand.
Supply chain disruptions are also putting immense
pressure on bakeries. Sixty-two percent of
respondents said they've experienced delays in
receiving key inputs to the production process,
while 53% reported transportation or logistics
issues. When asked if supply chain bottlenecks
have negatively impacted the production outlook,
82% of respondents said yes. Zeroing in
on responses from baking companies generating
at least $500 million in annual sales, that percentage
rose to 87%.
These challenges come against a backdrop of operating
rates (or capacity utilization) that remain high:
Overall, survey respondents estimated their operating
rates to be at 78.3%. For companies with $500 million
or more in annual sales, that estimate jumped to 89.9%.
Baking companies are trying to produce an increasing
amount of baked goods against a climate of a labor shortage
and persistent supply chain challenges.
What I took away from the study, though, was the
incredible resiliency the baking industry has shown.
Despite 79% of baking companies reporting overall costs
to be up and the supply chain and labor disruptions, company
and industry outlook is strong. Eighty-nine percent
of respondents said their company outlook is either
somewhat positive or very positive in 2022. That remains
strong at 90% when looking ahead to 2023. When asked
about the US commercial baking industry, 92% of baker
respondents said they are somewhat or very positive
about 2023. Even with the uncertainty facing the global
market, 79% of survey respondents have a positive outlook
on the global commercial baking industry for 2023.
This optimism is likely spurred by solutions in play to
these issues, and hope is on the horizon. When it comes
to supply chain, nearly a third of survey respondents expect
the disruptions to subside in the first half of 2023.
To address employment gaps and other issues, US baking
companies have largely turned to advancements in technology.
Sixty-one percent of survey respondents reported
that increasing automation was their plan to address the
skills shortage they felt. This response was second only to
increasing wages.
Despite the headwinds, the sun is shining on the baking
industry.
- Charlotte Atchley, Editor
catchley@sosland.com
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