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Bakery Barn Company Directory
Sean Perich Marketing Director
Bakery Barn, Inc.
"I learned everything I could about the commercial production of traditional baked goods by doing research and calling companies like Mrs. Fields and Famous Amos," said Sean Perich, president and founder of Bakery Barn Inc. in Baldwin.
A Duquesne University graduate and former KPMG accountant who currently works as a consultant for Downtown professional services firm of Jefferson Wells International, Mr. Perich sees his lack of baking experience as a plus. "The biggest advantage I had was that I knew nothing about baking. I was able to think outside the box and figure out what should work." Mr. Perich, 34, blew up a mixer when he tried to make his first batch of protein-fortified chocolate chip cookies at his apartment in August 2000. For the next nine months, he experimented with new ingredients and kept improving the protein cookies, which he "tested" on family members and friends at a local gym. A weight lifter since age 16, Mr. Perich was accustomed to eating sports nutrition bars in order to increase his daily intake of protein. However, he never found one that pleased his palate. Starting Bakery Barn was his way of meeting not only his own dietary needs, but also those of sports enthusiasts. After getting a thumbs-up on the taste, Mr. Perich knew he was ready to take his baking to the level of commercial production. He put together more than $200,000 to start the business through a line of credit, personal financing and financial assistance from his father. He leased a 4,000-square-foot building in May 2001 and began purchasing equipment. Bakery Barn started with chocolate chip, toffee bit, peanut butter chip and butterscotch chip as its original flavors. The cookies, which sell for $2.49 each, are made with whey protein, which Mr. Perich said has the highest rated commercially available protein. Though the price might seem high for cookies that weigh 3 to 3.5 ounces, Mr. Perich compares their cost to that of nutritional energy bars, which he said generally run between $2 and $3. He said each cookie contains about 48 percent of the recommended daily allowance of protein, which is equivalent to six ounces of chicken breast or a can of tuna fish. Although production did not officially get under way until early January, the company expects to finish 2002 with just under $400,000 in gross revenue. Mr. Perich forecasts he'll hit about $1 million in revenue for 2003. He hopes to be profitable by next year's first quarter and is working to obtain national accounts with supplement stores and fitness centers, using a network of distributors to sell to gyms and stores in 40 states and Canada. Mr. Perich said he is not aware of a domestic competitor that produces baked goods with such a high-protein content.
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At that time, Sean Perich was employed as a CPA for a national accounting firm requiring extensive travel and frequent meals on-the-go.
In an attempt to create a better tasting high protein meal replacement, he began baking vanilla protein powder into a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Fifteen months and a few KitchenAid mixers later, a recipe was developed that wasn't too bad. Late in 2001, a sports nutrition distributor asked Sean about his protein cookies after watching him eat one in the gym following a workout. A brief conversation ensued after which the distributor ordered 200 dozen high protein cookies. In order to produce the order, Sean lined up all of his available vacation time and begged his mother and sister to help him bake. Three weeks later, the order was completed and delivered. To everyone's surprise, all of the cookies were sold the first week prompting the distributor to immediately place an order for 400 dozen more protein cookies. With all of his vacation time exhausted for the year, Sean quit his job and Bakery Barn was born. I was able to think outside the box and figure out what should work.'' President, Sean Perich. Sean Perich has a term for the business lesson that he had to learn to make his baking company grow. It's called pivot-flex... Sean Perich, President and Jim Perich, Vice-President, announced today that Bakery Barn, Inc., the Nutrition Industry's leading provider of healthy baked products, has been recognized by Inc. President, Sean Perich with his father Jim Perich President Sean Perich, 2009
Bakery Barn, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA, September 1, 2007 , Sean Perich, President and Jim Perich, Vice-President, announced today that Bakery Barn, Inc., the Nutrition Industry's leading provider of healthy baked products, has been recognized by Inc.
Sean Perich has a term for the business lesson that he had to learn to make his baking company grow. It's called pivot-flex. Read More "I learned everything I could about the commercial production of traditional baked goods by doing research and calling companies like Mrs. Fields and Famous Amos," said Sean Perich, president and founder of Bakery Barn Inc. in Baldwin. Read More
The shows goal of raising $3000 was met and was matched by Sean Perich of Bakery Barn, Inc. (a Pittsburgh based company who makes Protein Fortified Baked Goods), making the total contribution between cash donations, private donations, ticket sales, magazine sales, t-shirt sales, and raffle sales $6124.