HOME-STYLE COOKIES The Company The Lew-Mark Baking Company…
HOME-STYLE COOKIES The Company The Lew-Mark Baking...
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The Lew-Mark Baking Company is located in a small town in western New York State.
The bakery is run by two brothers. Lew and Mark, who formed the company after they
purchased an Archway Cookie franchise. With exclusive rights in New York and New Jersey,
it is the largest Archway franchise. The company employs fewer than 200 people, mainly bluecollar
workers, and the atmosphere is informal.
The company's only product is soft cookies, of which it makes over 50 varieties. Larger
companies, such as Nabisco, Sunshine, and Keebler, have traditionally produced biscuit cookies,
in which most of the water has been baked out, resulting in crisp cookies. Archway cookies have
no additives or preservatives. The high quality of the cookies has enabled the company to develop
a strong market niche for its product.
The cookies are sold in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout New York and
New Jersey. Archway markets its cookies as "good food" no additives or preservatives and this
appeals to a health-conscious segment of the market. Many customers are over 45 years of age,
and prefer a cookie that is soft and not too sweet. Parents with young children also buy the
The Production Process
The company has two continuous band ovens that it uses to bake the cookies. The production
process is called a batch processing system. It begins as soon as management gets orders from
distributors. These orders are used to schedule production. At the start of each shift, a list of the
cookies to be made that day is delivered to the person in charge of mixing. That person checks
a master list, which indicates the ingredients needed for each type of cookie, and enters that
information into the computer. The computer then determines the amount of each ingredient
needed, according to the quantity of cookies ordered, and relays that information to storage silos
located outside the plant where the main ingredients (flour, sugar, and cake flour) are stored. The
ingredients are automatically sent to giant mixing machines where the ingredients are combined
with proper amounts of eggs, water, and flavorings. After the ingredients have been mixed, the
batter is poured into a cutting machine where it is cut into individual cookies. The cookies are
then dropped onto a conveyor belt and transported through one of two ovens. Filled cookies, such
as apple, date, and raspberry, require an additional step for filling and folding.
The nonfilled cookies are cut on a diagonal rather than round. The diagonal-cut cookies
require less space than straight-cut cookies, and the result is a higher level of productivity. In
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addition, the company recently increased the length of each oven by 25 feet, which also increased
the rate of production.
As the cookies emerge from the ovens, they are fed onto spiral cooling racks 20 feet high
and 3 feet wide. As the cookies come off the cooling racks, workers place the cookies into boxes
manually, removing any broken or deformed cookies in the process. The boxes are then wrapped,
sealed, and labeled automatically.
Most cookies are loaded immediately onto trucks and shipped to distributors. A small
percentage is stored temporarily in the company's warehouse, but they must be shipped shortly
because of their limited shelf life. Other inventory includes individual cookie boxes, shipping
boxes, labels, and cellophane for wrapping. Labels are reordered frequently, in small batches,
because FDA label requirements are subject to change, and the company does not want to get
stuck with labels it can't use. The bulk silos are refilled two or three times a week, depending
on how quickly supplies are used.
Cookies are baked in a sequence that minimizes downtime for cleaning. For instance, lightcolored
cookies (e.g., chocolate chip) are baked before dark-colored cookies (e.g., fudge), and
oatmeal cookies are baked before oatmeal raisin cookies. This permits the company to avoid
having to clean the processing equipment every time a different type of cookie is produced.
The bakery prides itself on the quality of its cookies. A quality control inspector samples
cookies randomly as they come off the line to assure that their taste and consistency are
satisfactory, and that they have been baked to the proper degree. Also, workers on the line are
responsible for removing defective cookies when they spot them. The company has also installed
an X-ray machine on the line that can detect small bits of metal filings that may have gotten into
cookies during the production process. The use of automatic equipment for transporting raw
materials and mixing batter has made it easier to maintain a sterile process.
The bakery is run very efficiently and has minimal amounts of scrap. For example, if a
batch is mixed improperly, it is sold for dog food. BroXXX XXXXi