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About Breadsmith

Breadsmith was founded in 1993 with the philosophy that ‘we have old-world values in a new world.’ We make the finest artisan breads in the time-honored traditional way, by hand without additives and preservatives, using only the best ingredients. Our dough is never frozen and our breads are baked in a five-ton, European hearth stone oven. We also make specialty breads and a wide range of cookies, muffins and sweets. Breadsmith artisan bakeries can now be found throughout the nation, and our franchising office is located in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Breadsmith specializes in handcrafted, European-style artisan breads made in the tradition of old world master bakers. Our breads and sweets are made from scratch using the highest quality ingredients and are baked in a five-ton, stone hearth oven. Founded in 1993, more than 30 neighborhood Breadsmith bakeries can be found in 16 states.

If you have a passion for baking fresh, made-from-scratch artisan breads while actively serving your community, it’s time to learn more about opening your own neighborhood Breadsmith. Take a look at why franchising with Breadsmith is a great business opportunity and learn more about our requirements for getting started.

Why Breadsmith?

-Award-winning breads and time honored baking techniques
-Multiple revenue streams, including retail and wholesale sales opportunities
-Intensive, hands-on 3-week training program in artisan baking and business operations
-Site selection assistance and more than 300 hours of on-site support for store opening
-Ongoing support and assistance from a trusted franchise partner

By The Numbers

-Our bakery owners can select from more than 300 product recipes when determining their locally customized menus.
-Each year our bakeries use nearly 9 million pounds of our specially-milled flour.
-We bake each of our artisan breads and sweets in a 5.4 ton European hearth stone oven.
-We have been franchising bakeries since 1994 and our bakeries can be found in 16 states.
-Nearly three dozen Breadsmith bakeries operate throughout the nation, each meeting the distinct needs of the local communities they serve.
-New Breadsmith franchises pay royalties on a sliding scale – 7% in year 1, 6% in year 2, and 5% in year 3 and beyond.

Market Selection

-Major US markets with populations of 150,000 or more
-More than 80,000 people within a 3 mile radius of bakery location
-Average household income of $50,000 or more
-More than 75% owner occupied housing

Franchise Investment

Helping your Breadsmith franchise succeed.

-$127,500 – 129,650 – Equipment

-$166,500 – 172,500 – Construction

-$354,250 – 399,900 – Total Expense

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Tim Malouf, President & CEO

Started Franchising

1993 (28 years)

Total Number of Units

34 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

How Much Does It Cost To Open A Breadsmith Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a Breadsmith franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a Breadsmith franchise. The weekly fee for opening a Breadsmith franchise is Royalty Fee Is Due By The 10Th Day Of Each Month.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (Breadsmith Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (Breadsmith Breadsmith has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll).

Breadsmith Company Details

Here are some additional details about Breadsmith.

Initial Investment $30,000
Net Worth Requirement $300,000
Veteran Incentives 10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee 7-5%
Cash Requirement $150,000
Term of Agreement 15 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home No
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By Breadsmith

Breadsmith offers several support options to its franchisees. With 34 (as of 2020) units, Breadsmith aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. Breadsmith offers 115.5 hours on the job training, 26 hours classroom training, and No additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by Breadsmith.

On-The-Job Training 115.5 hours
Classroom Training 26 hours
Additional Training No
Ongoing Support
  • Purchasing Co-ops
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Toll-Free Line
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Field Operations
  • Site Selection
Marketing Support
  • Ad Templates
  • Marketing Planning & Support
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
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Is Breadsmith Right For You?

Breadsmith has gone digital! Here are all of the ways you can find Breadsmith online. Oftentimes, you can reach out to current franchisees of Breadsmith online. Current franchisees may be able to offer personalized insights into what it is like owning a Breadsmith franchise and offer tips to running a successful Breadsmith franchise location.


Why Should You Start a Breadsmith Franchise?

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