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 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business will hold a free webinar on Feb. 28 and again on Feb. 29 to update businesses on new communication trends and walk through some of the tools and software you can use to communicate smarter with staff and customers.
I am sure you have seen it happen every year – your pizzeria business slows down after the holiday rush. Your pizza counter lineups may have been long during the holidays, but when January hits you may not have the same number of customers.
Reading about predictions and trends for 2018 got me thinking about the actions we must take to be competitive.
Craft beer has risen in popularity in recent years and demand for unique beers isn’t showing signs of slowing down. I often have patrons ask me for something locally brewed.
Vancouver – Paying for cooks to attend culinary school and implementing averaging agreements that allow a four-day work week are some of the strategies B.C. restaurants are using to attract and retain staff. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – A steep minimum wage increase that went into effect on Jan. 1 in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, has had a rocky start as some employers cut workers’ hours and benefits to reduce its impact on the bottom line. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
Gatineau, QC – Canadian small businesses can now apply for federal funding to help hire summer students next summer.
Ottawa – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is disappointed with what it calls the government’s last-minute release of new "income sprinkling" rules for private businesses.
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.
Restaurant technology company Ready has a new self-pay payment app that lets customers view their restaurant bill on their mobile device and pay in seconds.
Ardent Mills developed its new Primo Mulino Neapolitan-Style Pizza Mix for making authentic, thin pizza crusts in the tradition of Naples, Italy, where the famous pizza is hand-tossed and baked quickly in extremely high-heat gas or wood-burning ovens.
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.
Most operators in the pizza business in Canada will tell you it’s hard to find – and keep – good staff. A good employee is like gold.
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
Continuing the topic from my last column, vegetarians and vegans folks are the largest growing market for our industry.  
Viva Napoli Pizzeria in Toronto was the setting for an exciting demonstration by a renowned Italian chef whose passion it is to master the traditional techniques and put his own spin on them.
Montreal – The head of Canada’s largest dairy processor is criticizing the federal government’s stance on dairy quotas in the latest version of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Canadian Manufacturing/Canadian Press reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Top Chef Canada winner René Rodriguez shares a recipe for Italian burrata, an item on the menu of his new restaurant Orto Trattoria in Ottawa. CBC news reports. | READ MORE
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?
Every year Canadian Pizza has traditionally reported on key trends impacting food consumption patterns. The trends have largely evolved over time with each year building on the previous one. From health concerns to ethnic influences to the yen for comfort food…it’s generally been about the product itself – the pizza.
Simcoe, Ont. – Clearly, 2017 was a tumultuous year for pizzeria operators, with minimum wage hikes, cheese price hikes, a delivery free-for-all and changing customer demands shaking up this competitive industry. On a positive note, recent reports suggest customers are ready to spend in restaurants in 2018. Here's a look at feature stories you may have missed – stories aimed at helping you compete and thrive!
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.

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