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Slices for a Sweet Tooth

One of the reasons why pizza is America’s no. 1 comfort food is the sheer variety available – it’s the ultimate personalization food as the various toppings offer multiple choices starting with spicy pepperoni, crispy ham, juicy pineapple, and even… marshmallows? Yes, even marshmallows. Dessert pizzas have risen in popularity in recent years, garnering quite the following on many pizzeria social media pages. Social media allows chefs to get creative …

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Safety First for Restaurant Delivery Drivers

Spring is in the air. Winter driving hazards have melted away, but the roads may be more dangerous as cars are free to speed along in clear conditions. With more than 80 percent of pizzerias offering delivery, it’s an ideal time to review safe delivery practices with drivers. There are also precautions drivers should take when carrying the food orders to homes, apartments or hotels. The following are a few …

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Plan for Pizza Expo Success

So, you decided to attend the 2017 Pizza Expo in Las Vegas – great decision, now how do you get the most from your time at the show? To have the most productive show, it’s best to be prepared – know what you want to research, understand your budget, gather a list of questions, and be ready to find something unexpected. Review consumer trends, what’s hot? Look at Pizza Today …

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Kiosks – Adding Convenience and Speed to Service

Technology is growing exponentially, morphing the restaurant industry and more specifically, changing the way in which customers order their food. The rise of fast-casual dining and popularity of online ordering has placed greater emphasis on the initial customer interaction – the process of viewing the menu offerings and selecting a meal. For years, restaurants placed more emphasis in the kitchen and less on the other side of the counter. Today’s …

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Restaurants Turn to Google to Make More Dough

In an era where everything is digital and instantaneous, traditional marketing platforms are so yesterday: Television commercials get fast-forwarded, Yellow Page books are thrown out, and telemarketers are hung up on. Instead of advertising to such broad groups, pizzerias both small and large are using a more targeted approach to connect with customers through Google advertisements and searches. Getting found on Google is probably the no. 1 priority for any …

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Coffee Blossom Honey

Throughout the world’s coffee lands, beekeeping has been proven effective not only in providing additional sources of food and income for farmers through honey production, but in promoting coffee plant health and yields on working farms and throughout entire agricultural communities.

Taking this reciprocal relationship to its next logical step, Bellingham, Wash.-based importer Onyx Coffee — whose core business is related to cultivating relationships with coffee farmers in the highlands of Guatemala — has launched a new side venture called …



With People & Planet, Peet’s Offers Sustainability

Emeryville, Calif.-based Peet’s Coffee today launched a marketing initiative called People & Planet, designed to highlight some of the coffee roasting company’s long-running direct trade relationships and promote the resultant coffee offerings.

The company has organized the campaign around three pillars, or three different ways of characterizing sustainable relationships with coffee producers: direct trade, farmer assistance, and certifications.

Indeed, the most interesting thing about the campaign is the fact that a company with the size, history, buying power and …



US Coffee Roasters Take Home Awards

The 8th Annual Good Food Awards ceremony took place this past weekend in San Francisco, honoring coffee roasters alongside craft producers in specialty culinary categories such as beer, cheese, spirits, oils and preserves. Sixteen winning single-origin, sustainably sourced coffees from 16 different U.S. roasters received awards.

Twelve of the winning coffees were sourced from Ethiopia, a fact due not only to the abundance of quality of coffees there, but how well they hold up in roasted form over time, as …



Coffee Expands to Niche Markets in 2017

Sales at coffee houses hit $21.6 billion in 2016, but retail products and ready-to-drink coffee offers stiff competition, according to Mintel. Nitro coffee, produced by adding nitrogen to cold brewed coffee, had a breakout year, hitting the mainstream …



Restaurant Industry 2017 – Predictions for the New Year

The beginning of the year is a good time to look at industry trends and predictions. Smart foodservice operators know that constantly reading consumers and adjusting strategies is the key to build a long-term business.

The Sugar Foods marketing team wants to help you identify the trends that face the restaurant industry so you can position yourself for success. The restaurant industry saw sales decline last year… how to turn momentum around? Here are some predictions for 2017:

  1. Restaurant sales



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