Time, as the old saying goes, is money, so when it comes to your food business, purchasing automated dough forming equipment should be high on your list of priorities. Much of what can be done by hand can also be done by machine--and in a faster, more productive manner. So as you set up your food business (or strive to make an existing business more profitable), take time to consider the pricing and costs of dough forming equipment.
There are three main pieces of dough forming equipment many food businesses require. Carefully consider which machines your current menu requires, consulting your head baker for his or her opinion on what is needed now and what may be required in the near future. In particular, consider these questions:
1. What is the cost of the sort of industrial dough mixer your business needs?
2. What will a dough divider and rounder run you?
3. What do pizza dough machines, like rollers, cost?
Research dough machine mixersCommercial mixers come in tabletop, bench and floor models. A tabletop mixer with a 5-quart capacity runs about $300 to $500 new. A small bench mixer (with a 10-quart capacity, for example) runs about $600 to $900 new, and a 25-quart bench mixer is around $2,700 to $3,000. A floor model mixer with a 30-quart capacity costs around $1,500 to $3,000, while one with an 80-quart capacity is about $11,000 to $12,000.
Find a dough divider and rounderThere are a wide variety of specialty machines for dividing up and rounding dough for breads and rolls. A small machine designed to round 2- to 42-ounce rounds runs about $7,600 to $10,000. A large rounder and divider that can process about 1,000 pounds per hour costs $20,500 to $35,000.
Look into a pizza dough machineDough rollers are one of the main pieces of equipment you'll require for your pizzeria. Rollers begin at about $1,400 to $1,900 for a machine that produces 10 dough peels per minute. A medium-sized roller is $3,000 to $4,000 and a large one about $8,000 to $10,000 new.
- Whenever possible, save space, time and money by purchasing multi-use equipment. For example, instead of buying a simple dough mixer, choose one with attachments that can complete a number of jobs.