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The Pizza Industry’s Crust is Rising

The fresh pizza category continued to outpace both the fast-casual segment and the restaurant industry as a whole in 2011. With over 65,000 pizza restaurants in the U.S., comprising 17% of all restaurants and generating over $36 Billion in annual sales—up over a billion dollars from 2011—pizza is growing faster than any other dining segment.

Other statistics from PMQ Pizza Magazine, Technomic and Sundale Research:

  • Market share of this segment has increased 14% over the past five years and is expected to outpace that of the quick-service segment between 2013 and 2016.
  • Pizza restaurants account for over 6% of sales in the $580 Billion restaurant industry.
  • Growth in this segment continues to lead the industry by a wide margin. Because of stable demand even through recession, the pizza industry performs better than most franchise industries.
  • In a 2012 report, 93% of Americans reported eating pizza at least once per month, easily making pizza the number one dinner choice in the U.S.  And 26% enjoy it at least once a week. Pizza is second only to hamburgers in overall sales in the U.S.
  • 2010 growth for the fast casual restaurant industry was up 6% over 2009.
  • The pizza segment has been responsible for 17% of post-recession growth annually in fast casual sales.
  • Total units grew nearly 4% during the same period (2010), and fast casual sales increased 30% from 2006 to 2010, despite the recession.

To put pizza sales-growth in context, from 2004 to 2012—and throughout the recession—more than 50% of pizza restaurant operators reported annual increases in sales over the previous year, every year. Mintel Group, a business research firm, reports that by 2015 sales for pizza restaurants will grow by 31%, or more than 10% per year.

My family and I tried your pizza for the first time a few weeks ago, and we were blown away. Fantastic pizza, clean, friendly, and reasonably priced. We have been there two times so far and we live in Mankato. It is our new "go to" place for eats when we head up there. Please consider opening one in Mankato. We are severely lacking in decent restaurants and I think you would do quite well here. Just a thought. Thank you for the wonderful experience!!   

-Paul