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Adding Take 'n' Bake Pizza Options—Profitable or Problematic?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2017 9:16:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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Perhaps you’re looking to introduce something new on your menu, or maybe your operation needs to reinvigorate sales. Among the options, you may consider adding take 'n' bake pizza. This offering has the potential attract new customers, delight current ones, or give your bottom line a boost. But, like any business opportunity, expanding into take 'n' bake brings with it a number of considerations to determine if it’s the right fit for your operation.

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Understanding the Differences Between Commercial Pizza Crust Types

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2017 9:15:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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As the pizza crust experts, Alive & Kickin’ is often sought out by operators — and distributors looking to help operators — to answer questions about differences in commercial pizza crust types. We’re happy to help! Here’s a brief summary of some of the most commonly encountered pizza crust styles:

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Pizza Crust Types: Authentic Wood Fired Par-baked

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2017 9:23:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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Until recently, wood-fired pizzas have been reserved only for restaurants that have installed a special wood-fired oven. This artisanal method of making pizza has been around since the conception of pizza itself, and involves heating a dome-shaped stone or brick deck oven to temperatures up to 800°F using real wood as a heat source. This gives wood-fired pizza an irreplicable smoky flavor, as well as a light, crispy texture, and perfectly charred bottom.

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Top 3 Reasons Too Many Pizza Crust Options are Bad for Business

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 9:09:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Crust Varieties

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The more options, the better, right? Not always so when it comes to pizza crusts. Offering too many options on your menu can not only overwhelm customers, it can overextend your staff.

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How to Upscale Your Take ‘n Bake Pizza Offerings

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2017 9:12:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Crust Varieties

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People love pizza! On average, Americans gobble up 23 pounds per person per year, and the pizza industry proves it with multi-year sustained growth—most recently reported as 2.35% in 2016.

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New! Authentic Wood Fired Crust from Alive & Kickin’

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 9:08:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties, Performance/Quality

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Who doesn’t love a pizza with the perfect balance of chewy and crisp texture, a hint of unique smoky flavor, and the artisanal appearance of a hearth-baked pie? These are the distinct, mouth-watering characteristics only made possible when pizzas are cooked in a high-heat, wood-fired oven.

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Pizza 101: When to Consider Using a Dough Ball or Pre-made Crust [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2016 9:09:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties, Video

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In our latest video, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust weighs in on the pros and cons of making your own dough, and how to recognize when it may be time to transition to using dough balls and pre-made crusts.

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Best Crust Types for a Wood-Fired Oven

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2016 9:07:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Crust Varieties, Performance/Quality

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The appeal of a wood-fired oven is unmistakable. Its high baking temperatures, wood fuel, and fast baking times test the finesse of skilled chefs, and the gourmet pies produced are well worth the typically upscale prices. Plus, the substantial size and rustic brick or clay construction of a wood-fired oven adds to the customer experience and makes a not-so-subtle statement about the quality they can expect more so than other oven types.

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Understanding Clean Label Pizza Dough Options

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2016 9:18:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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Nearly three-quarters of Americans claim they read nutrition labels, and most “strongly agree” that they prioritize recognizable ingredients as a key indicator of healthier food.

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Pizza Crust Types: Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 7, 2016 9:14:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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Our Pizza Crust Types series has explored many varieties: whole grain, multigrain, flatbread, par-baked and self-rising. All have their own distinct charm, but perhaps none offer more versatility and scratch-made taste than dough balls.

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