the beginning of free commercial trade in Bavaria,
in 1867, machinery
has been used for the production of
Nuremberg gingerbread - initially
mixing and kneading machines. The Nuremberg gingerbread industry is now
largely automated. However, the city's bakeries still produce hand-shaped
and decorated cakes.
Wintertime is gingerbread time - at the end of August over
4.000 busy hands in the Nuremberg gingerbread industry begin to produce
this traditional speciality. Roughly 2.000 of these wafer-based cookies
are placed on baking trays each minute and begin their journey along
the many production lines.
The producers pay close attention to the choice of tin or box used to package
the cookies. The most imaginative and nostalgic containers have become real
In addition to many small, family-run bakeries, the following firms play a
major role in the traditional gingerbread industry: