“The loss of bakery handling equipment has been a problem for more than 50 years. You wouldn’t walk into someone’s house and take something when you leave, so I often wonder what people think gives them the right to take something when it has somebody’s name as owner written on it? They don’t consider it theft, but it is.”
Joe Street, Chairman, Bakers Basco
Bakers Basco is a joint venture set up in 2006 by five of the UK’s leading plant bakers, including Allied Bakeries, Fine Lady Bakeries, Frank Roberts & Sons, Hovis and Warburtons - representing more than 55% of the bakery market in the UK - to buy, manage and police the use of a standard basket for the delivery of bread to retailers and wholesalers.
Our current pool of equipment includes approximately four million baskets and 500,000 heavy-duty wheeled dollies, which are used by bakers to deliver bread to their customers on a daily basis. A cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solution, our bakery equipment is custom designed, sturdy, reusable and recyclable, contributing in a positive way to the Circular Economy, as part of our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment.
Bread basket theft (or conversion) is the Achilles’ heel of the baking industry. It’s an issue that has plagued bakers for many years - with typical losses in excess of 60% and, in extreme cases, in excess of 100%.
Almost half (46%) of the UK public feel that too much multi-use plastic is recycled unnecessarily and believe that local councils (56%) and the government (46%) have a part to play in tackling this issue, according to a new YouGov survey commissioned by Bakers Basco.