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5 Common Questions About Working With a Food Distributor

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 22, 2017 9:22:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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As someone who’s spent many years running my own pizzerias, I know that managing inventory can be a make or break situation for restaurants and commercial kitchens. Aside from paying employees, inventory can be one of your largest expenses. Avoiding problems such as spoilage, lack of cooler or storage space, running out of product and a host of other issues can quickly turn a profitable balance sheet upside-down.

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Tips for Selecting the Right Food Distributor

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2017 9:23:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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Have you ever ordered at a restaurant only to be repeatedly told that the menu options you selected weren’t available? Chances are, that was the last time you visited that dining establishment.

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Focus on Pizzeria Operations: Top Tips for Front of House

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2017 9:10:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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When your pizzeria is operating smoothly, the synergy between the back of the house and the front of the house translates to happy staff, satisfied patrons and more sales. Encourage efficiency and consistency with these best practices for the front of the house (and check out out back-of-house tips here):

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Flavorful Forecasting: The NRA’s Top Menu Trends for 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2017 9:08:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Menus & Recipes

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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the gatekeeper for food trends, and their just-released What’s Hot 2017 Culinary Forecast reveals the up-and-comers for the new year.

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The Impact of FSMA on Pizzerias

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 4, 2017 9:09:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tackling a number of initiatives under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that holds food retailers, manufacturers/suppliers and distributors accountable for food quality and keeping the public safe from the effects of contaminated food outbreaks.

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2017 Trends Forecast for Pizzerias and Other Restaurants

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2016 9:14:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Menus & Recipes

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Out with the old, in with the new! 2017 is shaping up to be a year of continued evolution for the restaurant industry, which will naturally shape pizzeria trends in terms of tastes, experience and operations.

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5 Loyalty Programs to Recognize and Thank Your Customers

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2016 9:20:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Customer Service, Restaurant Marketing

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Restaurant success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It undoubtedly takes commitment by owners/operators, management and the pizza team, but have you considered your customers’ role? 

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The Fast-Casual Trend: Impact on Pizza & Restaurant Industries

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2016 9:18:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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With a reported double-digit percentage growth from 2014 to 2015, the fast-casual restaurant sector is a force to be reckoned with in foodservice—a force of $30 billion-plus in annual sales, to be exact.

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Why Your Independent Pizzeria Needs Digital Ordering Options

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 13, 2016 9:01:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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It used to be that customers had to make a few basic decisions about their pizza order: crust type, toppings and dine-in, takeout or delivery. Customers still call these shots, but now they also get to choose how to place the order.

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Why We Celebrate Independent Pizzerias

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2016 10:35:43 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Customer Service

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Independence and freedom. You probably heard these two words a lot this past weekend as the country commemorated July 4th. The spirit of the holiday inspired us to have a little “independents” celebration of our own – recognizing and thanking the many independent pizzeria owners/operators who entrust their business and unique, signature creations to Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust.

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