Editor's note: The following information is part of a countdown recap from the inaugural Top 100 Movers and Shakers publication. It was published in the spring of 2012. Some of the information may now be different.
Whether it is cash-strapped consumers looking to save on delivery charges or the popularity of grab-and-go offerings from companies such as Little Caesars, carryout pizza is on the rise. All foodservice pizza purchases have increased over the past two years, according to Technomic, but carryout pizza occasions have increased the most. Sixty-eight percent of consumers now order carryout pizza once a month or more, followed by 45 percent who say they order pizza for dine-in. Companies are taking notice. Last year, Domino's launched its first national carryout program, and this year buffet chain CiCi's counted introducing increased carryout options as one of its initiatives for 2012.
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