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Consultant Dave Ostrander started turning a profit when he began measuring and weighing every pizza topping.
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.
The company required franchisees to add its gluten-free pizza this year, a response that came directly from guest demand.
Pizza might be one of the most versatile ways to grab a quick bite to eat. It comes in takeout, delivery, dine-in, frozen and take-and-bake.
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.
Digital technologies will be a major focus in the New Year.
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.
Opportunities are available with healthier offerings, leaner proteins and breakfast varieties.