Supermarket Perimeter - June 2020 - 64

SPOTLIGHT

by Emily Park

THE IMPORTANCE OF
FLEXIBILITY in commissary and
central kitchen cake production
lines has accelerated over the last
few years, noted Luc Imberechts,
owner of Torrance, Calif.-based
Bakon Food Equipment.

at least is being more conscious
about the waste of food. If you
know a full cake is too much,
then the simple way out is to buy
a smaller portion."
A survey conducted by the
International Food Information
Council Foundation found that
over one third of consumers of all
ages always have food waste on
the mind while grocery shopping,
while nearly half of consumers
under the age of 45 think about
food waste when selecting

products at the supermarket.
The need for smaller portions
has also increased as the
percentage of single-person
households in the US has grown.
According to the US Census
Bureau 28.4% of US households
in 2019 were made up of one
person. That's almost double
the portion of single-person
households in 1969, which
accounted for 16.7% of the US
population.
The US Census Bureau also
reported that two-person
households accounted for 34.5%
of US households in 2019, making
nearly two-thirds of households
in the US two people or less.
For smaller households it often
doesn't make sense to buy a
full-sized cake. But grocers can
still meet the needs of those
consumers by offering small
cakes or individual slices.
The rising trend of smaller
portion sizes doesn't, however,
completely take full-sized cakes

Uniļ¬ller's
equipment
is modular
which allows
commissaries to
step up production
and offer varied
products.

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UNIFILLER

CAKES

Imberechts reported that his
grocery customers are seeing
consumers gravitate toward
more than just traditional, fullsized cakes, making a versatile
line of equipment key in the
most modern commissaries and
central kitchens.
"One of the trends we see is
the need to be able to portion
and think about the ways
people consume the product,"
Imberechts said. "The overall
trend of the younger generation


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