How Many Pies Does it Take to Have a Family Gathering?
Bakeries around the world love the holiday season. With so many families having so many gatherings, so many pies need to be baked. It starts with Thanksgiving, as orders increase drastically for pumpkin pie and apple pie, specifically, but extends into other pies as well.
Are consumers tired of pie by the time Christmas rolls around? Absolutely not. Thanksgiving whetted the appetite a bit, and individuals are ready to fully indulge at Christmas.
Courtesy of Pillsbury.
For consumers, the desire is simple: satisfy a craving, enjoy a family get-together and make sure there is enough for everyone. Leftovers are not only acceptable; they’re encouraged.
For bakery owners, it’s a little more complicated, of course. The increased demand for pies means needing to be fully stocked on sugars, flours, seasonings and all other essential ingredients. If you’re out of ingredients, you’re out of pies and customers need to go elsewhere.
At Bremer, our job is to make sure we are amply stocked on all these high-quality food ingredients, so when a baker comes to us with an order, we can fill it in a timely fashion. Consumers need their pies, so bakers need their ingredients, so we need to be ready. And we are.
Is there Such a Thing as Too Much Pie?
The general rule for a holiday family meal, which takes into account larger portions than a normal meal, budgets for each person, on average, to eat one three-inch wedge of a nine-inch pie (there are six of these slices in the pie). Simplified, a family should have one full pie for every six guests at the table.
This is an average, so it factors in the aunt who wants a tiny piece, the uncle who doesn’t like dessert and the cousin who eats half the pie himself. Still, because there are so many types of pies, families are inclined to purchase double or triple the serving suggestion in favor of having flavor options.
In short: individuals will buy more than they need for holiday parties and, based on averages, need more than usual.
We’ve focused a lot on pies here, but if you’re a bakery owner, you know the demand for rolls is increasing as well. Each guest at a family gathering will eat 2-3 rolls, depending on size, at dinner, and leftover rolls are one of the most coveted items after the meal.
Understanding this, we’re stocked with the flours, salts and everything necessary for bakers to make their customers’ holidays just that much better.
With the holiday rush in full swing, we are available to deliver ingredients promptly to meet your needs. Contact us and let us know how we can help!