Conshohocken Italian Bakery Hit by Impact of Russia Boycott

Conshohocken Italian Bakery
Conshohocken Italian Bakery Images via Michael Klein, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Tina Gambone displays their famous rolls with Domenico Gambone at Conshohocken Italian Bakery, which he co-founded in 1973.

Conshohocken Italian Bakery is one of the many businesses around the world that is feeling the effects of the sanctions imposed on Russia that have thrown commodity markets into a tizzy, writes Michael Klein for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Last week, the family bakery that is nearly half-a-century old had to suspend the sales of its buttery potato rolls that make up around 20 percent of its sales. Several popular restaurants in the region use its potato rolls, including Spot Burgers and Mike’s BBQ.

Conshohocken Italian Bakery owner Tina Gambone had to halt production after her supplier informed her that it was not able to manufacture the potato-flour base, which is a critical part of the potato roll dough and did not know when it could resume shipments.

It took the bakery a few days but Gambone was able to find a different base from another supplier. However, since the formula is not the same, Conshohocken’s bakers had to spend the weekend tweaking the recipe. But thanks to some extra yeast, they were able to replicate the rolls’ distinctive fluffiness and restart production on Monday.

“We’re back up and baking,” said Gambone. “Until the next crisis.”

Read more about Conshohocken Italian Bakery and the Russian sanctions in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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