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Pizza Hut wasn't the only concept to undergo a massive makeover this year; Sbarro, CiCi's, California Pizza Kitchen and Chuck E. Cheese's also all took a page from the 'Domino's playbook.'
Changes include new crusts, drizzles, toppings, uniforms, website and more.
Digital ordering should make up more than half of sales for the bigger brands within the next year.
About 60 percent of customers at Kono's first U.S. location are reoccurring, and the brand has big expansion plans.
Michael's Pizzeria's managing partner says it's 'an art' to be able to cook dough in high temperatures.
On average, independent pizzas are about $2 more than chain pizzas.
Vegan and gluten-free offerings have moved into the spotlight for some concepts.
Mobile ordering, carry out/delivery, transparency and customer service are on the agenda.
Customization, speed, local and gluten-free were the top buzzwords this year.
Deep dish appeared on more menus, and 'healthy-halo' descriptors also increased.
From Papa John's 8-piece cookie to Mellow Mushroom's sundae with bacon, desserts took center stage last month.
Vegetables will soon be treated with the same care and creativity as proteins.
Freshness is the biggest driver of menu R&D, and the most important.
Knolla's has launched a survey asking fans to select the crust type, thickness, shape and any add-ons that could define this new pizza style.
Fast casual concepts lead the emergence of individual, customizable pizzas.
Launches during Q1 feature unique veggie toppings and 'health-halo' descriptors.
Although it's currently on the upswing, it is likely to take the restaurant industry until 2020 to reach pre-Recession growth levels.
Chicken pizza toppings have increased 26 percent in the past three years.
There are five key innovation trends emerging from independent pizza restaurants in the U.S.
Coffee platforms, breakfast and desserts also highlighted.
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