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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 s…

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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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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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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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