In the world before 2020, indulgence in sweets and other baked goodies was a just regular occurrence.
Yes, there was that occasional guilt about gaining weight or extra helping to satisfy that sweet tooth, but somehow, the busy and hectic lifestyle of the 21st century down to a well-deserved treat for working hard during the week.
And people would be able to work that off in their day-to-day life, a session in the gym or a chasing after the kids.
However, as the pandemic hit, life changed drastically...
With gyms closing their doors and the public advised to stay home, people’s step counts dropped dramatically along with the number of calories they’d naturally burn during the day.
However, even amid all the negativity, there was a silver lining.
With lockdown came furlough and working from home, and with people becoming less active, the perfect storm was brewing.
And all this extra time (before homeschooling kicked in) the need for healthier alternatives, and taking up skills like baking at home saw an uptick.
With nutritious, artisan recipes leading the charge.
And even if these weren’t getting baked at home, the most waist-friendly recipes were starting to become more popular from bakeries.
So, how does this affect their bakeware and their coatings?
Growth Opportunity In The Baking Sector
As people began to switch to healthier ingredients, particularly gluten and dairy-free options, and lower-calorie products, the bakeries now have no option but to adapt accordingly.
According to a recent Tate & Lyles report:
“Customers are looking for enhanced nutritional benefits from baked goods and prioritising a healthy immune system and gut health. More than half of businesses surveyed (51%) said consumers are choosing products that offer additional nutritional benefits”
Thankfully, 8 out of 10 firms surveyed in the same report have modified their product to this new demand, and one of the ways they plan to sustain it is by investing in the right bakeware.
Has Your Bakery Got The Right Bakeware For The Job?
Now, if more than half the population wants their bread, cakes, and muffins to be healthier, one way this can be achieved is bakeries often switch to gluten-free, wetter doughs.
Such doughs can stick adamantly to the tins, and hence, quick-release pans are a must for today’s bakeries.
Why Your Bakeware Coating Plays a Crucial Role…
Healthier consumer choices for baked goods also mean there are more options for inclusions and toppings in the dough.
Adding things like nuts, seeds, and fruit in the bread, for their nutritional value, are being more relied on, can cause a whole host of new obstacles.
Without a properly coated tin, these extras can cause abrasion and affect the longevity of the container.
During the cleaning process, they can inflict damage to the equipment surface and – with many of the softer styles of coating – can cause it to wear off completely.
Along with the acids, oils, and high sugar content in dried fruit, nuts, and other inclusions it can also lead to the ineffective release of products or work through coated surfaces, causing corrosion to the metal below.
Not to mention an increase in wastage which can only take a bite of your profits.
- Baking trays should be preferably coated with Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to quickly release gluten-free and other wet doughs that may or may not have abrasive ingredients.
- Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) is another kind of coating that best suits pans and tins that handle the high sugar and oil content left behind by nuts and dried fruits.
- And there is the third form of coating, Perfluoroalkoxy alkane (PFA), which is excellent for baking at high temperatures.
How Can Product Release Help?
Even as the world gears up to adapt to the new normal with the ongoing pandemic, maintaining social distancing and safety protocols will continue to exist.
So it may be a while before eateries and bakeries witness the same footfall which existed before late 2019.
No matter how big your Bakery operation, it now has the perfect opportunity to innovate and cater to market needs through artisan and healthier products.
With innovation comes the need to invest in the right tools, which is why non-stick coated tins and pans are expected to be in the bakery industry’s limelight as the chefs continue to experiment with healthier doughs and different ingredients in your delectable bakery products.
As a recognised player in the bakeware refurbishment and manufacture sector, as our name suggests, we’ll make sure your “Products Release” in the best possible way.
This way, we can help reduce wastage and production costs while adding to your bottom line.
All while delivering what your customers are looking for in their baked goods in 2021.
If you would like to know more about how Product Release could help your industry, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experts, who can discuss your problem and recommend an innovative solution that will not only help you now but will minimise future damage or repairs, giving you peace of mind.