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The PMQ Pizza Power Report – The Key Takeaways

Another year has come and gone for the pizza industry, bringing with it plenty of growth and change for pizzeria owners. PMQ Magazine recently published its annual Pizza Power Report, reviewing the biggest trends and earners of 2017. The highlights and conclusions of the report are: Fast-casual pizza chains continue to experience huge growth Technology is permeating every aspect of everyday business for pizzerias The demand for quality ingredients explodes …

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An Indie’s Recipe for Success

Restaurateurs pride themselves on their unique recipes for success, which may include concept, ambiance and décor, price, service and menu selections. For Audel Ventura, proprietor-chef of 354 Steakhouse in Cliffside Park, NJ, the key elements of his success are a hardy handshake and hug with every patron that visits his restaurant. Ventura believes his enthusiastically 



Holiday Traditions

At this time of year, we look to those things that bring us comfort and enjoyment.  That often means turning to one’s family and friends while creating a festive meal filled with time-honored foods to celebrate. We all have our favorite traditions during the Holidays.  It harkens back to our childhood when we beamed as we opened presents, or helped Mom in the kitchen to make her favorite stuffing or …

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Safe Pizza Delivery Tips

Many pizzas are delivered by company drivers. With snow and cold weather returning, driving gets more precarious. Pizzerias offering delivery should meet their drivers to review safe delivery practices. The following are a few tips to help ensure that every delivery arrives safely. Know the route – Prompt delivery is achieved through careful planning. Encourage your drivers to review the route before heading out on deliveries. Even if using a …

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How to Use SMS to Boost Holiday Restaurant Business

The holiday season is one of the most active times of the year for most consumers. As they leave their homes to shop or complete other holiday errands, they often decide to eat at least one meal at a restaurant before returning home. To get your share of this holiday business, you need to engage 



Cashing in the Convenient Store Slice

Filling up the gas tank often requires a quick trip inside of the station where a customer can browse the displays for a snack. Besides the usual candy, chip displays and oversized sodas, more consumers are grabbing hot food items. The latest hot seller is delicious pizza – by the slice or convenient small pie. Convenience store and gas station pizza may not immediately sound appealing, but consumers are buying …

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Economic Opportunities of UN Food Companies Tip $2-3 Trillion by 2030

With corporate and consumer interest in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals growing, researchers have pointed out that by aligning themselves with this campaign food companies’ portion of the overall business opportunities could reach $2-3 trillion by 2030. According to the Business & Sustainable Development Commission’s Better Business Better World report, published in January 2017, 



The Robots are Coming, The Robots are Coming

Thanks to Cheese Market News for publishing this blog https://www.cheesemarketnews.com/guestcolumn/2017/27oct17_01.html   A friend of mine, not from the food business, said a few weeks ago, “I’ll bet the talk of $15 an hour minimum wage, is driving your restaurant customers crazy?” “Not at all”, I said, “they are actually happy, because at $15 an hour, 



Ultimate Beginners Guide to Create a Blog

Advising how to create a blog is easy and completely useless. If you aren’t really passionate about anything, if there isn’t something you can talk about for hours on end, then building a blog is not for you and there is nothing to discuss. If such a topic – or topics? – exists, then advising how to share it 



Nothing Can Replace Distributors’ Knowledge, Service and Dedication

At Legacy Foodservice Alliance’s Marketplace in Richmond, VA, last month, we had the opportunity to speak with its distributor-members about the state of business on the street. They spoke of common and uncommon challenges that their customers face that affect their businesses. Regardless of the market segment or location, the bottom line is that distributors 



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