LAUREL, Md. -- In-store bakeries could use some team spirit. That's how Peter Houstle, executive vice president of the Retailer's Bakery Association here, sees it. In an interview with SN, he said that by operating as if they're independent entities, in-store bakeries often sabotage profitability for the total store. The problem, he said, is when in-store bakeries try to be all things to all people, chasing sales volume to feed the top line for their departments, but with a blind eye to ...

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