2009 May: Expo News

2009 May: Expo NewsI want to personally thank all the pizza professionals that attended this year’s International Pizza Expo®. Our 25th anniversary show was undoubtedly one of the biggest and best industry events ever held. We had phenomenal attendance, great exhibitors and a show floor the size of 4½ football fields.

You could feel the excitement and electricity coming from the jam-packed contest and demonstration areas where the World Pizza Games® and 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™. 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 this issue of Pizza Today.

The great thing about Pizza Expo is that 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 is slated for March 2-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Can you believe we started out in Orlando, Florida, back in 1984 with 134 exhibiting companies and 1,350 attendees? There’s no telling what we’ll come up with to top this year’s show, but I’m sure we’ll come up with something special for 2010.

As always, we want you to know that 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, through Pizza Today, NAPO and our e-newsletters.

When deciding on which trade show to attend, remember that general foodservice shows are precisely that — general (even if they claim to have a pizza pavilion, contests and a few pizza exhibitors). Remember, if you’re looking for new pizza products, suppliers, networking opportunities or information on how to improve your pizzeria, then International Pizza Expo® is the ONLY show for you!

For more information on Pizza Expo, give us a call at (800) 489-8324.

It’s all PIZZA and it’s all for YOU!

Best regards,

Bill Oakley

Executive VP