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What does HUKD think of Tesco's "Bakery Project"? One of the stores I frequent underwent the change a few months ago. At first, I thought it was just another waste of money redesign (like Morrison …
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
What does HUKD think of Tesco's "Bakery Project"?

One of the stores I frequent underwent the change a few months ago. At first, I thought it was just another waste of money redesign (like Morrison tend to be doing).

My observations:
- more variety but mostly in cakes and other sugary stuff, unfortunately not bread
- far more quantity, before almost all bread would run out by 8PM, can now still find plenty past 9PM, unfortunately the balance isn't quiet right and there seems to be much waste (I saw staff taking several carts back in the other night before closure)
- items are actually discounted now, for whatever reason only prepackaged (Hovis, etc) used to be before. Unfortunately, discounting is very hit and miss. Discounted prepackaged bread is put in a dedicated clearance spot and successively discounted throughout the day, until down to pennies. The bakery products seem to go straight to a half-price "clearance" but the items aren't in a dedicated area and the label is not distinctive (not like the usual yellow). More importantly, from above regarding waste, they don't discount every day. In my last 20 or so visits, I've probably witnessed 15 occasions of popular bread (tiger,bloomer,etc.) not marked down. The stock discipline/management is very different to the rest of the store, where staff spend hours constantly marking things down.
- quality has gone down. Ingredients seem unchanged, but doesn't quiet taste as fresh. I can't be too harsh as I buy bread (usually tiger) quiet late so it may have to do with change in baking times. Reading up on the topic, it seems some stores no longer bake in store but receive from a central location. Regardless, there is tons of crap (ash dust?) on the bottom of bread which has to be scraped off.
- new/younger staff standing around looking proud, they seem more apprentice than master. Reading up on the topic, there is suggestion some kitchen jobs may have been replaced.

Overall, not pleased. My store and the official website try to package this as some sort of innovation and community effort but I'm not so sure.
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#1
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
#2
A hell of the bakery stock gets thrown e.g. the bread pretty much every night.
The bread is probably the only thing that's made instore bakery wise; everything else comes frozen and just gets cooked.
#3
All the supermarkets have massive waste on all their lines, it's not just bakery items. I've seen products when the store as maybe 5hrs till closing and they not even made a reduction yet. Sometimes there are quite generous reductions but it's mainly when they have loads of bagged vegetables, salad etc left.
#4
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.

Edited By: t0mm on Dec 30, 2014 12:57
#5
Its an attempt to be perceived as higher quality with more personal Deli-style service, seems a bit of a poor effort tbh - the bread I find is better quality and slightly cheaper in Waitrose or Sainsburys without a Tesco-style rebranding.
1 Like #6
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.

They do in the one I work in!
1 Like #7
fern37
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.

They do in the one I work in!

they also do at our local after 6pm every day.
#8
fern37
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.

They do in the one I work in!
are you on the trial in supermarket?

No locals should ever reduce ISB
banned#9
t0mm
fern37
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.

They do in the one I work in!
are you on the trial in supermarket?

No locals should ever reduce ISB

I have a small Sainsburys a couple of mins from me, and 2 large superstore type ones about 10 mins away, all 3 reduce in store bakery products before closing.
#10
t0mm
fern37
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.

They do in the one I work in!
are you on the trial in supermarket?

No locals should ever reduce ISB

We have an ISB and they reduce all the time. It's not the only one either. Most Sainsburys stores do. I work there permanently.
1 Like #11
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.

Thats because they sell it to a company to make animal feed. Hence the designated yellow bags.
#12
matt3454
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.

Thats because they sell it to a company to make animal feed. Hence the designated yellow bags.
At a more expensice price than we would be prepared to pay for a loaf?
#13
Mine now does fresh pancakes... love it!
#14
fern37
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.

They do in the one I work in!

We frequently get reduced stuff from our local Sainsbury's bakery section.
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t0mm
fern37
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.

They do in the one I work in!
are you on the trial in supermarket?

No locals should ever reduce ISB

They reduce tons of bakery products every day in my local. So much so I avoid them, because they tempt me to eat far too much bread, cake and doughnuts.
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IamMT
matt3454
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Thats because they sell it to a company to make animal feed. Hence the designated yellow bags.
At a more expensice price than we would be prepared to pay for a loaf?

I wouldn't have a clue. When i used to work there ISB items got reduced to half price, if they didn't sell then they just got yellow bagged. Stuff that wasn't bread based like cookies or cakes got reduced to 75% off. nothing ever got reduced further.
#17
There used to days in times gone by, where I would absolutely load my trolley full if bread that was reduced to a minuscule 5p per loaf etc. Used to then go to the river and feed the swans etc- it was a fab morning out, esp in crisp cold weather when very quiet out. The bread would be gone in less that 10mins. Don't see that now.. They seldom get price lower than 30/40p in our local supermarkets.
#18
samwants2save
There used to days in times gone by, where I would absolutely load my trolley full if bread that was reduced to a minuscule 5p per loaf etc. Used to then go to the river and feed the swans etc- it was a fab morning out, esp in crisp cold weather when very quiet out. The bread would be gone in less that 10mins. Don't see that now.. They seldom get price lower than 30/40p in our local supermarkets.


Do that with the kids. Get reduced bread and then over the weekend go to the local duck pond to feed ducks.
#19
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.
I have worked in instore bakery for 25 years baker and oven man and we do reduce the bakery lines on Sundays is a winner the pastries and doughnuts are reduced and with being a short day they are only a few hours old ,the routine for bread only at the end of the day it gets sliced the following day it will get reduced the problem with my local tesco it sometimes carrys the bread over to the next day and is dreadful and the quality is awful but i do like Asda bread worked Safeway ,Morrisons, Sainsburys to sum it up you will get about 27 large loaves to bag of flour for around £7 or 300 large bread buns
#20
kracker69
t0mm
IamMT
The staff in my local Sainsburys are keener to fill massive yellow bags with bread so they do less work at least an hour before closing rather than reduce it. An awful waste.
Sainsbury's don't reduce their in-store bakery products. In any store.
I have worked in instore bakery for 25 years baker and oven man and we do reduce the bakery lines on Sundays is a winner the pastries and doughnuts are reduced and with being a short day they are only a few hours old ,the routine for bread only at the end of the day it gets sliced the following day it will get reduced the problem with my local tesco it sometimes carrys the bread over to the next day and is dreadful and the quality is awful but i do like Asda bread worked Safeway ,Morrisons, Sainsburys to sum it up you will get about 27 large loaves to bag of flour for around £7 or 300 large bread buns

Oven man.

When I used to work in Morrisons all the bakers would go on a break and I'd be left to tip the deck ovens. Saw some mutated breads where they messed up the proving/baking times.
#21
I work in tesco distribution centre in the freezer. All the bread that I see in tesco shop is already done, just needs baking off, I assumed all supermarkets were the same, same with all the cookies and doughnuts, the boxes of stuff even has the bags that you see everything sold in.
#22
Thanks for the comments.

While I appreciate all replies, I'm specifically interested in those Tesco branches (mostly in the South?) that have been converted to this "Bakery Project".

I was at the store yesterday just as they were clearing up for the early 7PM New Years Eve closure:
- 1 trolley with 3 trays was "reduced to clearance", 1 pound bread reduced 50p. Most got sold.
- 1 trolley with 4-5 trays was just "reduced", 1 pound bread to 75p. Most did not get sold.
- 3 trolleys all with 4-5 full trays undiscounted were taken back to the kitchen.
- off to the side, a few pastries were reduced to half-price, almost all got sold.
- in the regular section, there were trays and trays of undiscounted pastries, presumably also to go to waste (10 minuted before store close, store closed today on New Years Day)

Over at the regular (pre-packaged) clearance section, all sort of bread and cakes reduced to various levels including 5-7p range.
#23
Tesco has contracted out the instore bakery and moved staff to the new employer, perhaps this makes a difference?

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