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Loose Bakery

Post by storewanderer » June 17th, 2020, 11:10 pm

Loose Bakery seems to be in trouble with Coronavirus.

Went to Raleys today and the single donut/bagel fixture (a small freestanding fixture- pathetic little fixture really, it hardly held any product) was gone and removed. Previously they had packed up small portions or dozens in the case. Some other Raleys with the case in-line with the bakery prep area had simply tied the self serve doors closed and were stocking the case with trays of loose donuts like before but operating it as a service bakery case. Saw prepackaged bagels, but did not see any prepackaged donuts today. Not sure if this is a one off at this store in Reno on Wedge Pkwy. or a new change across the board. Single pastry items at much higher price points were available at the sometimes open and infrequently staffed Peet's counter.

Smiths is more interesting. They got rid of the terrible .69/5.49 per dozen Kroger frozen dough bakeoff and frost donuts and switched to something called a "Doho" donut. This is made by someone called Madbrook in Utah and is a defrost, frost, and serve item. So quite a labor savings to sell this new donut. The donuts are .99 each or 10.80 per dozen or something and the sign says the dozen includes donuts, cookies, or croissants; so far all I've seen are donuts. The bars seem to be good sized, flour donuts are "square" and may be a little larger than the Kroger donuts, but the cake donuts look very small. We will see how this change goes. Definitely sacrificing volume to save labor and gain margin with the pricing change and this may backfire as people who went and bought the old cheap donuts by the dozen go elsewhere and also buy their milk, fruit, or other breakroom items elsewhere in the morning.

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Re: Loose Bakery

Post by SamSpade » June 18th, 2020, 9:03 am

I didn't notice at Fred Meyer yesterday what was going on in the in-store bakery.

At Market of Choice the other week (first visit since March/precautions), they have removed the glass doors over their pastry and bread cases. The previous pastry case now holds (almost) all the cookies and the bread case has pre-packaged products.

Previously they were working with outside vendors for doughnuts and such. I'm not sure that they still are, as the recently purchased 4 pack of Boston creme doughnuts was delicious but seemed like maybe it was produced in house and then boxed up for sale. They did not taste stale after a day or two, which was surprising!

I agree, perhaps the days of "self service" bakery are done. If stores are willing to try selling single items again, they likely will have to switch back to the older style of counter service model.

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Re: Loose Bakery

Post by Brian Lutz » June 18th, 2020, 10:12 am

At the 7-eleven locations here, donuts are now being individually wrapped. That presumably works OK for the small volumes they sell in a convenience store, but would likely be impractical for bulk donuts in a supermarket.

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Re: Loose Bakery

Post by CalItalian » June 18th, 2020, 10:26 am

Brian Lutz wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 10:12 am
At the 7-eleven locations here, donuts are now being individually wrapped. That presumably works OK for the small volumes they sell in a convenience store, but would likely be impractical for bulk donuts in a supermarket.
Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions have all donuts, bagels, muffins and loose bread (rolls, croissants, etc.) in individual plastic boxes in the cases. But you can't buy one donut or roll, for example, anymore. They are packaged as 2, 3 or more. The prices aren't double or triple the individual donut price, though. Vons, for example, was .99 for one donut but they charge $1.79 for two donuts (in a box), $2.59 for three donuts (in a box)...

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Re: Loose Bakery

Post by mjhale » June 18th, 2020, 12:57 pm

CalItalian wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 10:26 am
Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions have all donuts, bagels, muffins and loose bread (rolls, croissants, etc.) in individual plastic boxes in the cases. But you can't buy one donut or roll, for example, anymore. They are packaged as 2, 3 or more. The prices aren't double or triple the individual donut price, though. Vons, for example, was .99 for one donut but they charge $1.79 for two donuts (in a box), $2.59 for three donuts (in a box)...
Safeway here on the east coast is pre-packing donuts, pastries and bagels as well. But they aren't pre-priced. When you get to the register they are charged by the piece just as if you would have picked them from self-serve pre-coronovirus with no quantity discount. With the ongoing demise of Shoppers Food Warehouse, Safeway in the DC area has adopted a donut recipe similar to what Shoppers was using. The donuts are quite good and if they gave a quantity discount people might buy more. As it is when I'm in my local Safeway in the later afternoon the donut and pastry case is still pretty full. I'd imagine a lot of it gets donated or trashed as I never see this stuff on the discount rack.

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Re: Loose Bakery

Post by Alpha8472 » June 18th, 2020, 1:50 pm

My local Safeway in the San Francisco Bay Area had donuts in ziploc plastic bags, but I still feel hesitant to buy them as anyone can just open the bags and touch the donuts.

7-Eleven in my area has fresh donuts in machine sealed plastic wrap. I am more confident in buying these donuts as you see if they are tampered with. The prices at Safeway are absurd at either 89 or 79 cents.

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