I want to personally thank all of the pizza professionals who attended this year’s Pizza Expo®. This year’s show was undoubtedly one of the biggest and best industry events ever held, with a show floor the size of nearly 5½ football fields with 455 exhibiting companies and 1,000-plus booths all devoted to America’s favorite food – Pizza! Pizza professionals from all over the world packed the exhibit hall and seminars rooms in search of new products and information.
You could feel the excitement and electricity coming from our contest and demonstration areas, where the World Pizza Games® and the International Pizza Challenge™ were being held. This year we had a record nine World Titles up for grabs between the World Pizza Games® and International Pizza Challenge™. Throw in the $20,000 Mega Bucks Giveaway and the New Exhibitor Treasure Hunt and we had nearly $70,000 in total prize money awarded this year. If you couldn’t attend this year’s show and were wondering who walked away with the hardware, cash and bragging rights, please make sure to read the Expo wrap-up article in the May issue of Pizza Today.
The great thing about Pizza Expo is no matter how many times you’ve attended past shows, there’s always something new you can learn or implement that will help improve your pizzeria. In fact, I know it seems a long way off right now, but it’s never too early to start making plans to attend next year’s Expo, which will be held March 25–27, 2014, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There’s no telling what we’ll come up with to top this year’s show, but I’m sure we’ll plan several exciting new twists for 2014. Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve the show? If so, we would like to hear from you.
As always, we want you to know, we are committed to improving and increasing the number and quality of exhibits, demonstrations, events and seminars at our trade shows. You’ll see this commitment now more than ever in our related enterprises — through the pages of Pizza Today, on our websites, the Quick Tips newsletter and Pizza Today’s School of Pizzeria Management.
When selecting which trade show to attend, remember general foodservice shows are precisely that … even if they claim to have a pizza pavilion, contests and a few pizza-related exhibitors. Remember, if you’re focused on looking for new pizza products, suppliers, networking opportunities or just a few ideas on how to improve your pizzeria, then International Pizza Expo® is the ONLY show for you!
For more information on Pizza Expo, please feel free to give us a call at 800-489-8324.
It’s all PIZZA and it’s all for YOU!
Executive Vice President