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Now is the Right Time to Offer Take and Bake Pizza

October 14 2020 by Luke Siedow

Take and Bake PizzaMulti-million dollar monthly frozen pizza retail sales. Double digit spikes in year-over-year pizza delivery sales percentages for the three major pizza chains. The global pandemic has people searching for comfort, and they’re finding it in pizza.

The surge in at-home pizza prep has given many pizzeria and convenience store operators food for thought about adding to or enhancing their take and bake pizza offerings. Opportunities abound in the category, and they’re not strictly COVID-19 related.

Key Reasons to Add Take and Bake Pizza To Your Offerings

Take and bake pizza is a natural customer pleaser, primarily because it fits their ever-busy lifestyles while still providing a quality dining experience.

Of course delighting customers should be your main motivator for including take and bake pizza options, but there are other reasons it’s a sound business decision:

  • Speed of service: Baking occurs entirely in customers’ homes, saving your operation the related prep time and overhead costs
  • Refreshed merchandising: Take and bake gives you another way to promote and sell pizza, maximizing the impact of your offerings, storefront, or pizza program
  • Availability to food stamp recipients: Take and bake pizzas generally qualify for purchase by SNAP and EBT program participants, which is mutually beneficial. It provides a quality meal choice while also increasing your profit potential
  • Freshness: Baking pizza at home — in their own ovens — gives customers an elevated perception of freshness and convenience
  • Value: Compared to limited casual dining opportunities or home-delivered meals that are tagged with service fees, take and bakes are more cost-effective

More To Take and Bake

Take and bake pizza is a perennial favorite, but with a little imagination and Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust products you can really ramp up take and bake choices.

With dough balls, you can easily add bake-at-home alternatives to your lineup. Satisfy a variety of customer cravings with breadsticks, calzones, or even sweet cinnamon rolls. 

Par-baked crusts are perfect for low-labor, high-margin pizza fries! Just top, cut, and add dipping sauce. Easy! 

And don’t underestimate the appeal of a signature crust. A pizza that’s uniquely yours is one that customers are likely willing to make theirs, too!

4 Steps to Starting a Take and Bake Pizza Business

At-home dining is experiencing a renaissance that may well outlast any pandemic-related mandates. The potential transition in customer preferences is a prime opportunity to add a take and bake component to your pizzeria or c-store. 

Starting from scratch, so to speak, is a matter of smart planning that starts well before launching take and bake service. For pizzerias and those c-stores with kitchen facilities to be successful, there are a number of considerations and steps to follow:

  1. Order ingredients in greater quantities to ensure you won’t run out
  2. Add storage and proofing space, if necessary, to accommodate dough and prep needs
  3. Operate within your kitchen and baking capacity so you don’t disrupt existing services
  4. Market take and bake options consistently to maximize profitability, prevent ingredient waste, and manage labor costs

Is adding or enhancing take and bake options the next step for your operation? Our Take and Bake Pizza Tip Sheet is packed with timely info and business insights to help you decide. Click the button below to download your copy now!

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Categories: General Operations, Kitchen Operations

Luke Siedow

Written by Luke Siedow

Culinary Specialist, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust
Not only is Luke a trained culinologist, but he has managed a successful pizzeria – and currently owns one! Luke brings value to a number of areas throughout Alive & Kickin’, including sales, culinary, and product showings – experience that makes him able to solve even the trickiest challenges operators face. Luke is also the face of Alive & Kickin’ in many of our demo videos!