Friday, July 20, 2012

How To Start A Bakery

Philippines is one country who cannot do away with eating rice - and bread. Despite the many health conscious individuals hooked into no rice or fattening bread diet, bread is undeniably one of the basic commodities of common households in Pinas. Having said that, aside from the junk shop business, I am looking at a bakery business as a profitable business. Why?

Filipinos love to eat bread and the business minded should keep this in mind. This is our second staple after rice. Pandesal is the usual breakfast fare most Pinoys can’t do without before starting their days. Snacks are usually a few slices of bread taken with coffee, softdrinks or fruit juice. An aspiring bakery businessman should therefore have these two products in his list and expand from there.

Here's how to start a bakery business in the Philippines (aside from keeping in mind that it is a "must" to have pandesal on your list of breads to sell):


1. Study the business

Before you put up a bakery, you must first learn how to bake. Many people make the mistake of putting up a bakery without first knowing how bread is baked. It is not enough that you hired bakers to do the work, you must also know the baking process so that your bakers would not give you a run-around.

A month of training is enough especially if the training program you enroll in has plenty of hands-on activities, meaning you are asked to bake and not just sit and listen and watch the demonstrations. There are a lot of training centers and culinary schools offering baking courses.

But the best baking courses are offered by the flour mills themselves. And more often than not, these courses are offered free of charge to prospective bakers as part of the company's marketing efforts. So get in touch with any of the local flour mills and ask for their training schedules.

2. Look for a good location

A food business like a bakery depends on high human traffic. Look for a location where people congregate like a market, near a school, a bus or jeepney terminal or even a tricycle terminal and put up your bakery there. The people that populate your area are your target customers. 

If your bakery is in Tondo, then your products should suit the people of Tondo. Do not produce pastries like apple streudels or Italian Rye Breads or Belgian cookies because these products are not the type that people in Tondo consume. These products are for the shopping mall crowd. Try producing pan de sal, Monay, tasty breads, ensaymada etc. These are bakery goods that people in Tondo are familiar with and regularly consume. Also, these are products they can afford.

4. Start small

It is better to start small especially if you are new in the business. If the business grows, then it will be easy for you to expand, rather than start big and downsize later. Suit the type and size of equipment you will buy to the volume of products you want to produce. remember, you should not produce more than you can sell. 

5. Buy the right sized equipment

Do not get a mixer with a one bag of flour capacity if your oven can only take in eight plantas or 160 pcs of pandesal at a time. One bag of flour normally produces 1,880 pieces of pan de sal weighing 25 grams each. Get technical help from equipment dealers. Do not just deal with one. Get the best offer and technical advise you can get.

6. Maintain product consistency

Make sure that your bread tastes the same today as it did yesterday and as it would tomorrow. Customers return to buy bread when they like its taste. Do not give them a different tasting bread when they return because they will either complain or not return anymore. 

7. Be good to your employees

Take good care of your employees and give them the right salary. If your employee is happy, they will take care of your business and make sure that your customers are happy too. A happy customer will always return and buy more. And you are assured that your business will grow.

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  1. Great article!

    My wife has actually been dreaming of opening a bakery. These tips will really come in handy.

  2. Thanks for droppin by Carlos. Been busy a lot these days but I am contemplating of the articles I will be adding on this blog. Hope they will be of help too.

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