Everything You Need To Start A Bakery Business In Kenya

Bakery Business In Kenya

The bakery business involves the production and sale of baked products to consumers. Meanwhile, baked products are in high demand in the local market, and this is what makes it a profitable business.

Most importantly, before you think of starting a bakery business in Kenya, you need adequate research, planning, and capital for establishment. Surely, you need to research and know things like the ingredients needed, equipment, customer preferences, and production processes.

As it appears, the bakery business so far has emerged to be a rewarding venture when done well. This article will propel you into starting a profitable bakery business in Kenya. Let’s get started!

Is Bakery Business Profitable In Kenya?

The answer is yes. The bakery business is very profitable in Kenya. This is because Kenyans have the purchasing power for bakeries. This purchasing power has created a substantial demand for bakery products making it a profitable business in Kenya.

There is a ready market for bakeries. And with the high demand, there is profit to be made from the sale of baked products.

What Are The Equipment Needed To Start A Bakery In Kenya?

Starting a bakery business in Kenya requires the use of certain equipment to operate effectively and efficiently. However, below is the list of required equipment:

1. Bakery ovens (Standard oven, Deck oven, Rack oven, or Conveyor oven)
2. Freezer
3. Reach-in refrigerator
4. Dough mixer
5. Commercial mixer
6. Food processor
7. Dough divider
8. Liquid & dry measuring cups and spoons
9. Bakeware tools
10. Commercial sink
11. Shelving and storage cases
12. Boxes for baked products
13. Display cases, etc.

How Much Does It Cost To Start A Bakery Business In Kenya?

Starting a small bakery in Kenya will cost you at least Ksh 300,000 to Ksh 500,000 including some baking materials and equipment. You will need as high as Ksh 200,000 to start a standard baking business in Kenya.

Also note that this startup cost is dependent on the type of bakery you want to start, and the size as well.

How Do I Start A Bakery Business In Kenya?

Below are the steps to start a bakery business in Kenya:

1. Decide The Type Of Bakery To Start: When it comes to starting a bakery business in Kenya you have to choose the type of bakery business to start. Meanwhile, there are different types of bakeries like retail bakery shops where you sell different varieties of baked products, custom cake shop that deals in cakes, specialized bakery shop which involves bread bakeries, and even cake bakeries.

These are the types of bakery you can choose from.

2. Conduct Market Research: This is an important stage of starting a bakery business. You have to start by researching the bakery you have chosen. Then identify the demand and how to run your business effectively to stand out from competitors.

3. Develop A Business Plan: You will also need to develop a business plan for your bakery business. It will help you identify your target market, competition, pricing, market analysis, marketing strategies, strengths, and weaknesses.

All these make up the components that contribute to the success of your business.

4. Choose A Location: This depends on the type of bakery business you are starting and how you want to run it. And also whether you will be running a home-based bakery business. If not, then you have to choose a good location for your bakery.

In all things, ensure that you choose a location that will draw you closer to your target market.

5. Purchase Your Bakery Tools And Equipment: You have to make available the tools and equipment to operate your bakery business. Some of the equipment are ovens, milling machines, pans, working tables, mixers, bakeware, etc. However, ensure to purchase the important ones.

6. Obtain Licenses And Permits: It is very important to obtain all the needed licenses and permits to operate your bakery business legally.

You need to obtain the following ones: food hygiene certificate, fire safety certificate, single business permit, food handling medical certificate, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) license, etc.

7. Promote Your Business: To promote your bakery business, you must be ready to deliver quality services by baking quality products. This way you can win the hearts of the people.

Also, with word-of-mouth marketing, you can reach out to more people and grow your customer base.


Following the above steps you can successfully start up a bakery business in Kenya. But most importantly, ensure that you get trained on how to bake quality products before getting started.

Ambassador Victor Chidera
Ambassador Victor ChideraAmbassador Victor Chidera is a business consultant, writer and a blogger. He provides lots of professional and expert advice to small businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations. He has many years of experience in business, teaching field, and research work. And his aim is to provide business articles that matters to you both nationally and internationally.
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