maximizing bakery space

Maximizing Your Bakery Space

Like any other business, the primary goal of a bakery is to turn a profit. This is done in several ways, primarily through addressing customer needs and filling them with great service and responsiveness.

At Stratton Sales, we’re here to help your bakery succeed by providing you with the highest quality baking supplies to service your customers with. We can also provide repair and maintenance for this equipment as needed, ensuring you’re never at risk of falling behind on your bakery’s demands. Best of all, we can help you with some of the detail and planning items that go into optimizing your bakery and the space you have. Arranging equipment and storage areas properly can make the difference between a profit and a loss due to the way it impacts efficiency. Let’s look at some important themes when it comes to arranging your bakery.

Survey the Space

Before you make any big purchases or installations of equipment, take some time to survey the space in detail. Walk it through from front to back, identifying primary areas where certain important work or storage areas might go. Envision the various processes you need to go through for your different baking needs, then think about how you and your employees will need to move around in the space.

In addition, look for a few practical items. Identify your electrical outlets early on, as they’re an important factor in dictating where certain equipment like ovens and mixers will go. Once you’ve done this, you can be a bit more precise about planning for the size of larger items like your oven or prep spaces.

Assess Storage Options

Another important area to consider as you’re moving through the space is where storage will be coordinated. Are there separate rooms that might serve well as primary storage areas? If not, you will have to consider how setting up shelves and cabinets will work given the rest of your needs. Try to overestimate here – things like pans, baking materials and other pieces of equipment take up a lot of space, and the last thing you want is to be overloaded on storage. Making things simple and easy to find will save you both time and money.

Consider Flow

When your profits depend on your ability to meet capacity goals, every bit of efficiency matters. A few extra seconds or minutes to accomplish a given process may not seem like much at first, but when you multiply this by the dozens or hundreds of times these processes are repeated per day, suddenly you’re looking at a major loss in productivity.

This is why considering the flow of your bakery is vital. Think about the common steps employees have to take while doing their jobs, then create a layout that optimizes the ease of these steps. In particular, the prep table, oven and proof box should all be close enough together that you can move between the three easily.

For more on how to arrange your bakery to maximize efficiency, or to learn about any of our industrial kitchen equipment, speak to the pros at Stratton Sales today.

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Essential Equipment for Every Bakery

Any bakery, large or small, needs the proper equipment to operate both safely and efficiently. Just like a homebuilder can’t work without tools, a great baker and staff can’t accomplish their goals and serve their clients without the right baking materials.

At Stratton Sales, we’re here to provide your bakery with all these products. We source from the top manufacturers in the industry to bring you the highest quality bakery supplies, from mixers and dough trays to commercial ovens and industrial kitchen equipment. Our experts are in tune with the most important needs of your space – here are five vital pieces of baking equipment that virtually any bakery needs.

Mixer

If you’re a bakery that uses its own dough – which most bakeries do – you absolutely must have a bakery mixer on hand. Mixers use a gear-driven arm that rotates in circular motions, helping stir, whisk and beat dough and other materials as they’re being prepared. This arm is attached to a set of beaters, which do the actual mixing, but these beaters can also be replaced with a dough hook to help with kneading.

Our dough mixers come with timers and controls that allow you to specify their uses. They can run at various speeds and both clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on your needs.

Oven

Likely the first item many people think about when they hear the word “bakery,” the oven is another must-have essential in your kitchen. There are several different types of industrial and commercial ovens on the market depending on your needs, from convection ovens for sweeter treats like cakes and cookies to tunnel ovens for the largest industrial baking operations. Ask our experts about which of our ovens might be best for your space and output needs.

Proofer

The dough proofer is an item that’s used often during the process of helping dough rise. “Proofing” is a common baking term that refers to the final part of the rising process, one where the bread ferments and allows yeast to leaven the dough. The proofer’s job is to help control the heat and humidity of the dough, keeping it spread evenly across the entire product for consistent quality. Once again, there are several proofer options out there depending on your needs.

Bread Slicer

Particularly for bakeries where bread is a primary focus, the bread slicer is a must. Many of your clients will expect their bread sliced, and having these pieces of equipment also helps significantly with bagging and organizing bread. Slicers have the capability to cut into a variety of sizes and styles as you require.

Pans and Bakeware

Finally, any bakery needs clean, sanitary spaces to cook on and store things in. In general, the best bakeries look for the highest quality products here – it’s better to pay a bit more up front for the best and most durable materials, rather than going cheaper and being forced to replace more often. We have a variety of pans and other bakeware that fit different bakery sizes and needs.

For more on the most essential baking equipment materials, or to learn about any of our industrial kitchen equipment, speak to the pros at Stratton Sales today.