2013 January: Did You Know

According to a 2012 Global Security Report by Trustwave, the food and beverage industry accounted for 44 percent of data breach investigations in 2011. It was the highest percentage of all industries.           Pizza Expo International Pizza Expo is just two months away, March 19-21     Rhode Island has 412More »

Ask Big Dave: Start-up worries

2013 January: Ask Big Dave

Q: I’m ready to do it, Dave. After attending International Pizza Expo and reading the magazine for a year now, I feel like I’m learning what it will take to succeed with my own pizza shop. I’m scared to death. Should I be? Phil Cross Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania A: Like many things in life, you justMore »

On Ice: Ice machine cleanliness

Photos by Josh Keown

When restaurants get lax on ice machine cleaning, the results can be chilling — from a failed health inspection to gross news headlines about black mold clogging an ice machine at a local eatery to, in the worse-case scenario, sick customers. Experts say that’s because ice machines provide an ideal environment for microbes to flourish.More »

2012 December: Creating a Company Culture

2012 December: Creating a Company Culture

Every business owner wants a company culture in which employees are happy to work hard to foster business growth and profits. But achieving this winning atmosphere can prove elusive. First and foremost, you must have a well-defined company vision, mission and set of values. What is your company all about? Where is it now? WhereMore »

2012 December: Delivering Wealth Protection to Pizzeria Owners

2012 December: Delivering Wealth Protection to Pizzeria Owners

Few businesses become successful without a solid plan. Many businesses plan for things like start-up expenses, overhead, retirement plans, equipment, construction, payroll, accounts receivable … the list goes on. Unfortunately, many business owners neglect to factor asset protection into their business plans. The Problems: • America is a litigious society. There are over 100 millionMore »

2012 December: Gluten-Free: The Front of the House is Key

2012 December: Gluten-Free: The Front of the House is Key

As someone with celiac disease, I have certain red flags that I always look for when I dine out. And it all begins with the front of the house. Restaurants across the U.S. are introducing gluten-free options at a rapid pace. This new menu trend is especially strong among pizza parlors, which are ordering gluten-freeMore »

Ask Big Dave: Supplier Discounts

2012 December: Ask Big Dave

Q: Do you know of any independents grouping together to get discounts with suppliers? Darren Larson AllStar Pizza, Clute, Texas A: For the most part, suppliers are not keen on pricing with a loose group of independents. They are looking for groups that have been around for a while and have the authority to speak/representMore »

Marketing Matters: Community Engagement

2012 December: Marketing Matters

Are you a team player or do you just talk a good game? Pizzerias have found that being involved with local sports is a way to score with the community. Today’s world takes effort to keep young people on the right track, and participation in extracur­ricular activities gets them off the couch and teaches themMore »