Entenmann's

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Entenmann's
Type Private (subsidiary of Bimbo Bakeries USA)
Industry Baked goods
Fate Acquired
Successor(s) Bimbo Bakeries USA
Founded 1898
Owner(s) JE Corp.
Parent Bimbo Bakeries USA
Website entenmanns.bimbobakeriesusa.com
Entenmann's delivery truck Ypsilanti, Michigan

Entenmann's is a company that manufactures baked goods and delivers them to supermarkets and other retailers for sale to the public.[1] The company offers dessert cakes, donuts, cookies, loaf cakes, pies, cereal bars, muffins, Danish pastries, crumb cakes, and buns amongst other baked goods.[2] In the past several years, they have added designer coffee flavors along with scented candles to their product line in an effort to broaden its appeal.

William Entenmann learned about baking from his father in the family bakery business in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1898, William Entenmann and his family moved to America to pursue his dream of establishing his own bakery. After some time spent working for others, William began experimenting with different recipes and soon quit his job and started his own bakery business in Brooklyn, New York, called Entenmann's.[1] In the early years, William delivered the bread door-to-door by horse and carriage, later deciding to sell to local markets.

Today, over 100 different items carry the Entenmann's brand. The brand is currently owned by Bimbo Bakeries USA.[1]

History[edit]

Entenmann's is a company that is over 100 years old and originated in New York. In the 1800s, William Entenmann immigrated to New York in the United States of America. William learned the trade of baking from his father in Stuttgart, Germany, and used his acquired skills to work in a bakery in the United States, eventually opening his own bakery in 1898 on Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn.[1] Later, William moved his bakery to Bay Shore, Long Island. Home-delivery was a substantial part of the bakery that William owned, eventually turning into 30 home delivery routes by the time his son, William Jr., took over the bakery.[1] While William Jr. headed the bakery, it flourished; Frank Sinatra was a weekly customer.[1]

William Jr. died in 1951 leaving the bakery to his wife Martha and their sons, Robert, Charles and William. The family decided to phase out bread, focus on pastries and cakes, and start supplying grocery stores as opposed to home delivering. In 1959 the Entenmann family invented the "see-through" cake box that is used by many today.[3] In 1961, the business grew, with new bakeries and factories in Bay Shore, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Plans to expand nationally stalled in 1970. Entenmann's Bakery, with the assistance of new product consultants at Calle & Company reformulated heavier New England style baked goods into lighter offerings more suitable for hotter, more humid test markets such as Miami, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. Entenmann's successful national expansion quickly followed suit. In 1972, Entenmann's started to sell chocolate chip cookies and has since sold more than 620 million cookies.[3] Since its first opening in 1898, Entenmann's has been selling "all butter loaf cake" and sold more than 700 million to date.

The pharmaceutical company Warner-Lambert purchased Entenmann's in 1978 and sold it to General Foods in 1982. General Foods merged with Kraft in 1990. Kraft sold its bakery business to CPC International (later Bestfoods). Bestfoods was purchased by Unilever in 2000, which sold its baking division to George Weston, a Canadian baked goods and supermarket business, the next year. Weston sold its United States interests including Entemann's in 2008 to Mexican conglomerate Grupo Bimbo. Other Bimbo Bakeries USA holdings include companies such as Thomas', Brownberry, Boboli, Arnold, Oroweat, Freihofer’s, and Stroehmann.[4]

On March 27, 2014, it was reported that Entenmann's was ceasing baking operations at the Bay Shore, New York location in July 2014. Other operations, such as sales, the store and distribution are to continue.[5]

Product line[edit]

As of August 2010, Entenmann's products include donuts, loaf cakes, pies, Danish, cookies, Enten-minis—Brownies and desserts that are packed in smaller servings,[6] cereal bars, and 100 Calorie Little Bites.

In 2007, Entenmann's added a line of coffee products. Coffee Holding Co., Inc. made a three-year licensing agreement with Entenmann's Products, Inc. which gives Coffee Holding Co. the rights to nationally sell and produce coffee that is branded Entenmann's.

In 2012, Entenmann's partnered with White Coffee Corporation for a new collection of flavored coffees and cocoa. The 100% Arabica coffee is sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Dollar Tree and Entenmann's Outlets, with expected sales in mass market, supermarkets, club stores, drug stores and food service nationwide.[7]

Entenmann's licensed their first non-edible product in September 2008 with the sale of scented candles. The candles were scented as coffee cake, all-butter loaf cake and raspberry Danish. Other scents such as pumpkin pie and warm gingerbread have been added for the holidays and chocolate-chip cookie was made available spring 2009.

Products[edit]

Entenmann's cupcakes

Discontinued products[edit]

  • Apple Strudel
  • Almond Danish
  • Blackout Cake
  • Blueberry Crumb Pie
  • German Butter Cake
  • New York Cheesecake
  • Chewy Snack Barz

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Entenmann's History". Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Entenmann's Products". Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Entenmann's Fun Facts". Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Entenmann's - Other Brands". Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Entenmann's bakery in Bay Shore closing down". Newsday News Article. 2104-03-27. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Enten-minis". Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Two Long Island Companies Partner to Provide Entenmann's Coffee: Entenmann's Announces Partner White Coffee as Licensee for Flavored Coffee and Cocoa" (Press release). December 8, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2012.