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Why You Should Be Using Pre-Made Dough Balls For Take And Bake Pizza

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Kitchen Operations

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The convenience of take and bake pizza is hard to argue. It’s simple for customers to grab-and-go when faced with hectic schedules, and for operators, par-baked crusts make prep a snap compared to scratch-making dough. However, par-baked crusts aren’t the only pre-made option for take-and-bake shops, delis, c-stores, and restaurants that offer take-and-bake pizzas.

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5 Easy Ways to Motivate Your Restaurant Staff and Reduce Turnover

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2018 9:18:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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It’s no secret that the restaurant and foodservice industry is in the midst of a significant worker crisis — recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data pins the annual turnover rate at around 73%.

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12 Ways “Cutting Corners” Impacts the Overall Customer Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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In the age of shrinking margins and growing competition, restaurant operators are getting more inventive about how to make a dollar stretch.

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5 Misconceptions About Pre-Made Dough Balls and the Truth Behind Them

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2018 9:39:02 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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Food quality and consistency is a top priority for pizza restaurant and commercial kitchen operators, especially those with several locations or large volumes to manage. Par-baked crusts, like those from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust, are the preferred solution among operators since they offer uniformity, easy prep and delicious variety.

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Pre-Made Dough Balls: A Single Solution for Many Challenges

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2018 9:05:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Kitchen Operations

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Pizza is a universal favorite, but there’s no universal agreement on which style is “best.” Your customers each have their preferences, so a variety of pies on the menu is a must-have.

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5 Benefits of Using Pre-Made Dough Balls Instead of Scratch-Made Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2018 9:07:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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With $799 billion in U.S. sales last year alone, the restaurant industry is big business. Competition is fierce, and operators must capitalize on every advantage to remain profitable.

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14 Ways to Reduce Overhead Expenses and Increase Profit Potential

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2018 9:06:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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In an industry plagued by labor shortages and relentless competition, restaurant and foodservice operators often find themselves with shrinking margins and, as a result, profits. Protecting margins by doing more with less has gone from a smart business strategy to an everyday best practice, leaving many to consider how — or if — they can reverse course on this erosion of profitability.

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5 Signs Your Operation is the Right Size for Pre-Made Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2018 9:08:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Kitchen Operations

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For many pizzerias today, it’s not unusual for their scratch-made dough to be one of the cornerstones of their pizza recipe. As restaurant growth scales upwards, however, and operators are responsible for managing several locations, in-house dough making can put a strain on operations, and potentially jeopardize pizza crust consistency.

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Anything But Pizza: Alternate Uses for Dough Balls [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2018 9:08:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Kitchen Operations, Menus & Recipes, Video

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Dough balls are a go-to for delicious pizza crusts, but these innovative pre-made products are so much more! Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust helps you rethink how to incorporate dough balls into your menu offerings with these fun, fast non-traditional uses.

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5 Changes Pizzerias Must Make to Remain Efficient and Profitable

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Your pizzeria may be operating without any glitches, but does that mean it’s running efficiently? In light of the growing challenges operators are facing — labor shortages, higher costs, lower margins and stiffer competition — it may be an ideal time to assess what’s working and what isn’t, and make some changes to maximize profitability and customer satisfaction. Start with these five steps:

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