Selling your sauce

Selling your sauce

Letting customers take home your signature products can promote your pizzeria’s brand

Pizza farm: Manitoba’s Integrity Foods

Pizza farm: Manitoba’s Integrity Foods

Pizza lovers are dining al fresco in rural Manitoba

Toronto – Centennial College’s culinary arts program is launching a new student-exchange partnership with IFSE (Italian Food Style Education) culinary school in Turin, Italy.
Detroit, MI – General Motors said it will equip newer cars with in-dash e-commerce technology, betting it can profit as drivers order food, find fuel or reserve hotel rooms by tapping icons on the dashboard screen, instead of using smartphones while driving. Reuters reports. | READ MORE
Plano, TX – Pizza Hut has added a special holiday five-cheese pizza to its menu featuring mozzarella, provolone, white cheddar, asiago and Fontina.
Are you giving away the “farm to table?” Restaurant margins aren’t that huge to begin with and when a restaurant doesn’t get paid for the food they make, it chips away at what little buffer is there.
New Year’s Day is one of the most internationally recognized and celebrated holidays, and it can be one of the most challenging times of year when it comes to managing your restaurant. However, with planning, organization and creativity, it also can be one of the most profitable times if you create a warm and inviting haven for your customers.
We have seen far too many pizzeria tenants pay too much monthly rent to their landlords. What many such tenants may not realize is that this regular expense can be decreased if handled properly!
It happens all the time. As a customer, you interact with good people who don’t seem to deliver great customer service. They are nice, even knowledgeable, but they don’t seem to be what I would call customer focused.
The flow of traffic and sales is difficult to predict in any industry but especially tricky in the food industry. It’s possible to make general predictions by reviewing numbers from previous months and years, but it’s also true that you may experience lower sales than you’re used to for no apparent reason.
Nov. 14, 2017, Hampshire, U.K. – Wondering how much time and effort to invest in digital coupons? The value of digital coupon redemptions will surge to $91 billion by 2022, up from $47 billion in 2017, suggests a new study from Juniper Research.
Calgary – Southern Alberta's Institute of Technology's newest culinary campus provides training to students from across Canada in the operational and business side of the food industry. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – A new report aims to help Canadians unlock potential tax savings strategies before year end and offers timely advice to small businesses on proposed tax changes.
Finding the right people is not easy, and hiring can be one of the most frustrating aspects of running your pizzeria.
A new book on restaurant human resources management is designed to teach restaurateurs how to connect with their staff, rebuild relationships, and better manage systems and processes.
FoodPic is a photo-sharing social application available to both Android and iOS users. The app features include personal profile creation of both private and shared uploaded food photos from restaurants and home-made creations.
A new app provides mobile training with the goal of helping bricks-and-mortar stores compete with online retailers.
Looking for a quick solution to satisfying customers during all day parts? SpeeDelight is a new high-speed grill from Electrolux Professional designed with handy features to deliver a variety of tasty grab-and-go dishes three times faster than traditional sandwich presses.
Hobart designed its new Edge 13A automatic slicer for smaller operations that require less than four hours of meat and cheese slicing per day. It includes several features to ensure safety and cleanliness, Hobart said in a press release.
Vancouver – New software from pizza and delivery point-of-sale developer SpeedLine Solutions is designed to help restaurant chains save time and improve brand consistency by letting chains manage a master menu with local variations across multiple units and regions.
HD View Technologies has launched a proprietary point-of-sale (POS) software designed for franchises and multi-location restaurants and will work with U.S. brand Pizzafire to install the new system.
Ironwood Gourmet has added to its line of renewable, environmentally friendly kitchen products a 14 x 14 inch pizza peel made of acacia wood.
Moneris Solutions Corporation has introduced a range of iPad Point-of-Sale (POS) Solutions to help retail and restaurant businesses operate more efficiently.
EquipmentWallet has launched a new website designed to connect small businesses seeking equipment financing and leasing with equipment finance companies that suit their needs.
More and more restaurants are looking to increase sales using outside delivery services, but with that opportunity may come concerns about tampering, food safety and maintaining product quality.
Taste for Luxury Rare and Precious Foods has a delicate cheese called Dolce Nuvola made with full-fat, pasteurized milk.
Wayne deGroot and Jocelyn Morwood-deGroot, the owners of Zen’Za Pizzeria in London, Ont., have been on a health and career journey and ended up right where they should be.
We forget sometimes that pizza is fun. It’s a sentiment not lost on Chip Foster, the Canadian fashion designer known for his premium jeans beloved by the likes of Robin Wright, Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyonce.
Pizza lovers are dining al fresco in rural Manitoba and it all began with a wood-fired oven named Hildegard.
Pizza King of Kamloops, B.C., has been doing its best to boost the morale of citizens displaced by recent wildfires in surrounding areas.
Leamington, Ont. – Dominos Pizza of Canada chief executive Mike Schlater and his wife Lilibeth picked up the tab for the London Health Sciences Centre’s new brain surgery robot, forking over a $500,000 donation Tuesday. The Windsor Star reports. | READ MORE
Los Angeles – Eric Vose launched Vivace Pizzeria from his Los Angeles food truck about a month ago to feed his obsession with leopard-spotted wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. The Los Angeles Times reports. | READ MORE
The most successful small businesses share an important quality: they make themselves part of their communities. Entrepreneur magazine lists getting involved among its top 25 common characteristics of successful businesses and Forbes says those who succeed long term are often motivated not by profit but by being able to work where they live.
Regina – Among three different sets of owners, west Regina pizzeria Juliana Pizza has always had a Peter. Today, it’s Peter Yannitsos, who bought Juliana Pizza with his cousin-in-law Paul Howie back in September 2006. The Regina Leader-Post reports. | READ MORE
When you talk to Carlo Raillo get ready to listen because you will learn.
Thunder Bay, Ont. – The owners of a new restaurant on the south side of Thunder Bay, Ont. are hoping their business could be part of an entertainment revival in the area. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
New York – Scott Wiener loves pizza so much he gave up having a regular job to found a tour of pie hotspots in New York. He's so obsessed with it that he has collected over 1,300 pizza boxes from around the U.S. The Independent reports. | READ MORE
When in Rome, you do as the Romans do. For Roberto (Rob) Federici, owner of Ciao Roma in Woodbridge, Ont., that means sampling fresh, delicious pizza made in hole-in-the-wall pizzerias in the land of his heritage.
Geneva, Switzerland – Swiss flavour and perfume company Firmenich has named fig its flavour of the year for 2018 based on its growing international appeal.
Leamington, Ont. – Leamington, a town that’s big on tomatoes, will soon have the tomberry – billed as the world’s smallest tomato – growing in greenhouses. The Windsor Star reports. | READ MORE
December is a busy time for restaurants. It is a whirlwind of holiday office parties, family celebrations, gift exchanges and people gathering in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day and throughout Hanukkah.
Pizza New: A whole new era for the world’s favourite food, by chef Stefano Manfredi includes recipes for pizza rossa, pizza bianca, Roman pizza, and filled, fried and sweet pizzas such as this delicate dessert recipe, “Pillow of dreams.”
I can be tempted when I see an interesting selection of teas, flavoured waters or diet soft drinks such as those you find at the fancy self-serve dispensing machines that offer a gazillion choices.
Today's marketing wisdom from Hilary Drago, marketing manager at Pizzeria Libretto in Toronto.
Earlier this year, I flew to Las Vegas to judge the pizza culinary competitions for the International Pizza Challenge. Many people think judging a pizza competition is the best job in the world; however, it’s not all glamour and glitter.
If you have been in business for a while you will likely have heard compliments about some of the food items you serve. For those in the pizza business, these compliments might revolve around the various sauces and other ingredients that go into the perfect pizza. Have you considered selling your pizzeria's sauce?
Chef Stefano Manfredi shares recipes and details of his new guide to pizza making, which suggests there's been both a movement back to pizza's origins, before industrial flour milling, and an interest in using modern stone milling, machinery and oven technologies. Good Food reports. | READ MORE
Korea – Probiotics found in Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Gruyère could help reduce inflammation and subsequently boost immunity, recent studies suggest. The Independent reports. | READ MORE
This pizza recipe from the Culinary Institute of America features shellfish, lemon and a rich, creamy sauce reminiscent of New England clam chowder. It appeared in The Chronicle-Herald. | READ MORE
Italian-Australian chef Stefano Manfredi provides a recipe for a classic parmigiana in the shape of a Roman pizza. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
The Canadian Pizza Show marked its fourth year with a record attendance of 215. The trade event, which is the only one dedicated to the fresh pizza industry in Canada, was held at the International Centre in Toronto on Oct. 16.
Milan, Italy, a city that brims with history and bustles with industry, provided the perfect setting for HostMilano, a food-service event that showcased artisanal baking tradition alongside technological innovation.
Consumers want to know and understand the ingredient list of the food and drinks they choose, says a new report from Innova Market Insights.
Nov. 13, 2017 – Milan, Italy, a city that brims with history and bustles with industry, provided the perfect setting for HostMilano, a food-service event that showcased artisanal baking tradition alongside technological innovation.
Minneapolis, MN – Spending among U.S. teens is down 2.4 per cent compared to this time last year, as parents are contributing less of that amount this year, says a survey conducted by research firm Piper Jaffray. The good news for restaurants is they are spending more on eating out than on clothing. CNBC reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – This short film about pizza was created by videographer Chris Monette to promote Pizza Cultura, an upcoming book produced by the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario to celebrate the beloved dish.
Windsor, Ont. – A cannabis lounge in downtown Windsor, Ont., will hold its an event in October and November to highlight local pizza and crown three community pizzerias the favourites as voted on by customers. Blackburn News reports. | READ MORE
London, UK – In November, the European Pizza and Pasta Show will bring together brand, food and beverage producers, as well as chefs and master pizzaioli from United Kingdom, Europe and elsewhere. GetWestLondon.com reports. | READ MORE
East Yorkshire, U.K. – Rebels’ Smokehouse, a diner and takeaway spot in East Yorkshire in the U.K. has created a Yorkshire pudding pizza it sells for £15.95. The Independent reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Starters, small plates and sides are growing in popularity as eating habits shift to include more snacking and sharing, according to research from Technomic.
Mississauga, Ont. – Why come out to the Canadian Pizza Show on Oct. 16? Here are 10 reasons.
Chicago – As diners continue to search for savings, discounted meals, coupons and other specials are likely to drive restaurant traffic, says a new report from research firm Technomic.

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