December 2018: The 2019 Pizza Power Report and more!

Detroit-style pizza, cheese trends, chicken wings and more marketing tips.



Illustration by Eric Summers

 

Happy December, pizza nation! Addressing our readers as “pizza nation” has become a “thing” with me, and I thought I would delve into that further. Oxford Dictionaries defines “nation” as “a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory.” As anyone who has spent any amount of time in the pizza industry will attest, pizza is definitely its own culture. 

One of the things I love to do here at PMQ is to have friends come tour our offices. A couple months back, I invited one of my good friends to stop by and check things out. After showing her our offices and test kitchen, her response was, “I can’t believe pizza is such a huge thing!” 

Well, pizza is a huge thing, as our 2019 Pizza Power Report in this issue attests. It’s the industry standard for trends and statistics in the pizza industry, and we are delighted to bring you this again. Also in this issue: Our pizza styles expert and former Detroit-area resident, Liz Barrett Foster, gives us a tutorial on Detroit-style pizza. Tracy Morin tells us how it’s easy to be cheesy in her article exploring trends around one of the most important components of pizzas. Yours truly delves into the wacky world of wings—including the history of the buffalo wing and, specifically, some of the crazy new flavors restaurants are coming up with.

As a special treat, our art director Eric Summers has painted one of the finest pieces of art ever to grace the cover of PMQ. An homage to Norman Rockwell’s iconic Freedom From Want, he has included members of the PMQ staff. Publisher Steve Green and Co-Publisher Linda Green serve up a holiday pizza feast to, counterclockwise from top left to top right, Chris Green, Tom Boyles, Blake Harris, SarahBeth Wiley Smith, Daniel Lee Perea, Brian Hernandez, Heather Cray, Brandy Pinion, me, and the artist himself, Eric Summers.

December is home of two of the biggest pizza nights of the year—Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Pizza makers of the world: Start your engines!

 

Edit Module

Tell us what you think at or email.

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

SmartMarket: Pizza Possibilities With Ardent Mills

Make the most out of your dough recipe with a range of Ardent Mills flours, from gluten-free to Italian-style 00.

Idea Zone: Is Your POS System Optimized for Your Pizzeria?

Revel Pizza Solution partners with Apple to bring owners the best in secure, easy-to-use POS systems

Using Video to Draw in Customers is Key to Staying Relevant in the Coming Years

Learn four easy ways you can employ video to effectively attract attention and connect with customers.

PMQ Takes A Tour Through the Museum of Pizza Pop-Up Exhibition in New York

Pizza pop culture invades New York City with a limited-time pop-up, The Museum of Pizza, giving visitors a host of Instagrammable experiences.

Is Your Sauce The Boss? Tips on Successful Sauces

From marinara and pesto to nacho cheese and gravy, pizza insiders share the secrets behind their most successful sauces.

Quad Cities-Style Pizza: Tinkering With Tradition

Quad Cities pizzerias are an eclectic mix of traditionalists and tinkerers who crave change.

Experience Hog Heaven With This BBQ Pork Pizza by Marzetti Foodservice

Marzetti's range of sauces will add a delightful kick to any recipe.

The Benefits of Building Your Own Oven From Scratch

United States Pizza Team veteran Jason Samosky guides us through the ins and outs of building your own wood-fired oven.

Chef's Corner | Pete Blohme Tricks Out a Tasty Treat With Beignets

Serving up beignets, paninis and patriotism in Alabama’s French Quarter, Panini Pete’s fries up a taste of Southern hospitality with these delightful sugar-dusted puffs.

Should You Hire An Interior Designer? The Think Tank Has Some Advice

Think Tankers discuss the ins and outs of hiring a design expert to spruce up their spaces.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags