Questions about bakeries- customers, patterns, purchases, revenue...?

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  1. Linseed

    Linseed New Member

    May 20, 2017
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    hey everybody! I'm new here, and its such an awesome community! I hope I'm posting this in the right place...

    I am a culinary student, majoring in baking and pastry. I am writing a business plan for my thesis and looking for some primary personal sources and direct information from people involved in the bakery (specifically cookie/brownies/bar sales) industry. I'd appreciate any help at all, and not all the questions need to be answered ;-)

    How many people do you estimate visit your shop daily or monthly?

    How has customer traffic changed since opening? Better or worse? Changed to online sales or added online sales

    How many people do you estimate are regular customers?

    What are the typical purchase per customer in terms of number of items, type of food, flavor etc...?

    How do you handle accounting? Do you use QuickBooks? Is it a daily routine? Do you hire an accountant monthly?

    Approximately what is your gross revenue per year?

    Thank you so much!
    Linseed, May 20, 2017
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    ChesterV Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2015
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    Hmmmm, I don't know if anyone on here has their own bakery, I think pretty much everybody on here are home bakers.

    There were a couple of people who worked from home, but I haven't seen them on here in months.
    You might try a bakers union or an online site strictly for bakers with businesses.
    ChesterV, May 21, 2017
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    Norcalbaker59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2017
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    Northern California
    Your questions are very invasive of privacy. Asking people how much income they generate violates the most basic rules of etiquette.

    If you need statistics on the bakery industry, you should contact industry organizations. I’m surpised your culinary program hasn’t directed you to these resources.

    Allied Trades of the Baking Industry

    AACC International

    American Bakers Association

    American Culinary Federation

    American Dairy Products Institute

    American Dietetic Association

    American Gas Association

    American Institute of Baking (AIB)

    American Pie Council

    Bakers Courtesy Club of Chicago

    Baking Association of Canada

    Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC)


    Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers Association

    The Bread Bakers Guild of America

    Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association

    Chocolate Manufacturers Association/American Cocoa Research Institute

    Cookie & Snack Bakers Association

    Culinary Institute of America

    Dairy Management Inc.

    European Snacks Association

    Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

    The Food Institute

    Food Marketing Institute (FMI)'s Guide to Online Master's Degrees in Nutrition

    Guide to Online Nutrition Degrees

    Home Baking Association

    Independent Bakers Association (IBA)

    Institute of Food Technologists

    International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA)

    International Foodservice Distributors Association

    International Food Information Council

    International Foodservice Manufacturers Association

    Milling & Baking Division, American Association of Cereal Chemists Foundation

    National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT)

    National Association of College & University Food Services

    National Confectioners Association

    National Grocers Association

    National Restaurant Association

    North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers

    North American Millers' Association

    Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute

    Private Label Manufacturers Association

    Public Health Online - Nutrition Careers

    Retailer's Bakery Association (RBA) (aka Retail Bakers of America)

    School Nutrition Association

    Snack Food Association (SFA)

    Sweetener Users Association

    Tortilla Industry Association (TIA)

    U.S. Wheat Associates

    Wheat Foods Council

    The World Cocoa Foundation
    Norcalbaker59, Oct 24, 2017
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