Bakery-cafes rise in Second 100 rankings despite higher food costs

Bakery-cafes rise in Second 100 rankings despite higher food costs

Even as soaring commodity prices, especially for wheat and oil, exert unprecedented pressures on the industry’s top and bottom lines, operators in the bakery-cafe segment are fighting back by adding new products and portion sizes, strengthening under-performing dayparts and services, and stepping up franchising efforts.

“Basically, bakery-cafes are trying to be more innovative and relevant to consumer demands,” says Malcolm Knapp, president of Malcolm M. Knapp Inc., a New York-based r

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