There are many types of flours to consider when baking in small batches or in bulk. For the best of breads, bread flour is an important ingredient to distinguish when it comes to quality and customer satisfaction. From bakeries to restaurants to at-home cooking, using a high quality bread flour ensures that your bread-based products bake into a satisfactory result. Learn more about the variety of bread flour, what makes it different from all-purpose flour, and how to choose one that works best for your needs.

What is Bread Flour?

Bread flour is a special type of flour made specifically for the purpose of making bread-based recipes. The ingredients of bread flour include a high-protein content and an increased amount of gluten. Typically, it is a white flour that is milled from hard red spring wheat grains, which are specific grains that contain a higher gluten content. The higher gluten and protein contents in the bread flour results in a flour that produces more structure and a better chew for a quality bread product.

Types of Bread Flour

Bread flour can be found in a variety of types. At Bremer Ingredients, a highly popular bread flour choice includes the bulk winona flour, due to its great fermentation and machining tolerance. Other exceptional choices include artisan bread flour and King Midas. Each different type of bread flour allows for varying results. For example, artisan bread creates a pleasant aroma and flavor, and results in a crustier, crisper bread with a softer inside. The unbleached winona flour – known as a durable bulk flour – is used for this product due to its premium quality and strength. Discover the variety of Bremer’s bread flours to find the option that works best for your bulk ingredient needs.

Bread Flour vs All-Purpose Flour

There are many distinct differences between bread flour and all-purpose flour. All-purpose flour is good to use for a wide range of baked goods, commonly known as H&R (hotel and restaurant) flour. All-purpose flour is the better choice for simple, tender baked goods like cookies, biscuits, or as a thickening agent for sauces and gravies. However, it lacks the high protein and gluten content that bread flour consists of to make quality bread, pizza dough, pretzels, and more. Bread flour creates a more structured, chewy texture, while all-purpose flour results in flakey, tender texture that is not sustainable for some types of dough.

Discover Quality Bread Flour at Bremer

When you’ve chosen bread flour for your baking needs, purchase bulk bread flour at Bremer for guaranteed quality and satisfaction. In need of all-purpose flour, pastry flour, or gluten alternatives instead? Be sure to check out the other types of bulk flours offered at Bremer for all of your flour needs.

“I’m driven to make a difference,” says Doug Shetterly, who started with Bremer on August 24, 2020, filling the role of Purchasing Manager. “A difference to and for our suppliers, and to and for Bremer.”

To make a difference, Shetterly knows the key lies in creating strong relationships. “Building relationships, especially with suppliers, is what I really enjoy, and one of the things I’m looking forward to doing here at Bremer.”

With a strong professional purchasing background spanning 35 years, Shetterly also knows commodities. “Most of my career was in the automotive industry, so a lot of steel, plastics, and electronics. Flour, salt, sugar… these are also commodities,” says Shetterly, explaining how his experience translates to foodservice.

Based on his experience, he already knows what’s important to Bremer customers, “Yes, it’s pricing, but it’s also more than that. It’s our ability to have the food ingredients they need, in the quantity they need, and deliver them on time. It’s also our flexibility with orders and deliveries, because their businesses change and so do their needs.

Regarding learning about the foodservice industry, Shetterly is looking forward to “seeing the process of how everything is made,” and understanding the ins and outs of food-based commodities, including, “how Mother Nature can impact not only production, but also the taste and quality of an item.” For these reasons, he is excited to spend more time in the field, meeting suppliers.

“Doug is hands on and very willing to get involved, which is one of the reasons we’re glad to have him,” says Todd Bustard, Acting General Manager, Bremer Authentic Ingredients. “We’re excited about the experience he brings from larger companies, and how he’ll leverage that to make a positive difference for Bremer.”

Shetterly is replacing Tim Malefyt, the previous Purchasing Manager who is retiring after 15 years at Bremer. Malefyt spent his career at Bremer building a strong network of valued suppliers. While he certainly will be missed, Malefyt has passed Bremer’s key to success on to Shetterly. “We really go the extra mile to service our customers, from the beginning of the order process all the way through to delivery, including using our own drivers and equipment,” notes Malefyt. “Now it is Doug’s turn to help carry that legacy on, and I have every confidence in him.”

Dave Dalman has been a part of the Bremer family for the past 44 years and recently will be passing the baton on. Please read on in Dave’s own words and share in a big thanks to Dave for all his hard work over the years.


My name is Dave Dalman.  Many of you know me as a driver for Bremer Authentic Ingredients.  As you explore this website, you might know me by recognition or by name.  After 44 years working for B.A.I. —  I am retiring.

I know a lot of you in a personal way and I thank you – not only for being a loyal customer but also for being a personal friend.  We have shared life stories about our families through the years and not only have you become a part of my family but also Bremer’s family. 

Bremer Authentic Ingredients has always been there for me and I know when you do business with them, you will feel like family as well.

Sincere thankfulness to all and trust that Bremer Authentic Ingredients will continue to partner with you in the future ahead.

David Dalman

Dave Dallman Retired

“Bremer has a longstanding, great reputation,” says Dan Nagelkerke, who officially joined the Bremer team as general manager at the end of January. “This is a nice opportunity at this point in my career to help continue and build their success.”

Nagelkerke’s career has given him more than 35 years of experience—all of which are in the food and ingredient industries—in distribution with a strong knowledge of food service. When he saw the opportunity to become a part of the Bremer team, he immediately knew it would be a good fit, as Bremer’s values fit so closely to his own.

“I love the way Bremer takes care of its customers,” says Nagelkerke. “One of my strongest passions is taking care of customers, and I’ve focused my career on the customer experience. Being able to add to that culture at Bremer is exciting.”

The energy around the office and beyond has been refreshing as Nagelkerke gets familiar with his surroundings. His passion is inspiring those around him, and their energy is motivating him. The core staff of Tim Malefyt, Todd Gifford and Tracy VanDenbeldt will continue doing what they do best while working alongside Nagelkerke.

“I’ve been very warmly welcomed,” says Nagelkerke. “The staff has been helpful in training and teaching me how Bremer operates, while at the same time being open to new ideas to help grow our business now and in the future.”

Most of Nagelkerke’s career has been focused in Michigan and northern Indiana markets, and he’s thrilled to be fully immersed in the region, particularly considering he grew up just outside of Grand Rapids and has raised five children in the area.

“I understand the needs of these markets,” he says, “and after a couple years gaining experience in manufacturing, it’s nice to get back to the distribution business full-time.”

In his first few months, Nagelkerke could be spotted anywhere and everywhere Bremer operates, visiting warehouses, talking to customers, meeting with colleagues and tagging along with drivers on deliveries. Dan believes in truly getting to know his customer base inside and out: how they think and what they really want to make their business successful.

“When I was out riding with drivers,” he says, “I noticed what a great relationship they have with customers. Customers appreciate the attention to detail and service, and I’ve been pleased we have veteran truck drivers that are truly customer-focused. They’re real assets.”

Bremer has always counted having their own dedicated trucks as one of its most valuable advantages, and Nagelkerke immediately recognizes the value of that goes well beyond the convenience of merely having a dedicated trailer. It’s the long-term human relationships on which Bremer prides itself.

Not limited solely to ridealongs, Nageklerke has been using his first few months to learn every aspect of the business.

“I wanted to find out what everybody does and what their day-to-day needs are so I can get a better grip on how our company operates,” he says. “Getting to know customers and colleagues as people is extremely important in a business like ours.”

“A pleasant surprise for me has been the many different types of industries we service.”

Along those lines, Nagelkerke is actively working to determine any niche markets that might fit with Bremer, noting Bremer’s recent success servicing the beverage industry throughout Michigan. He intends to continue Bremer’s success dealing with a large customer base, but is there an opportunity to add a market to the portfolio? 

“I spent my first several weeks getting to know our employees, customers, products, strengths and weaknesses,” he says, “and long-term, I want to seek what niches we can service. Is there something that might be a good fit for a company of our size and versatility?”

Nagelkerke’s commitment to customer service and desire to build on a company that is already focused on customers will undoubtedly propel Bremer’s success in the future.

“I enjoy working with customers and my goal over the years has always been to solve their problems,” he says. “I don’t intend to be in the office all the time, but also on the road, meeting, greeting and helping land more customers and growing our business.”