Hot Food is a Hot Topic

There is a reason people like spicy food, it’s HOT. Not just the feel of the burn, but the consumer trend. Hot and spicy are IN.

In fact, most people prefer spicy food over mild, which is why pepperoni is the No. 1 topping on pizza.  Pepperoni pizzas are the pies of choice among Americans – eaten in equal quantities as the No. 2 favorite; cheese pizza.  (About 70 percent of pizzas are either cheese or pepperoni.)

Spicy foods are hot right now for many reasons: (more…)

PEPPERONI: The Top Topping Deserves Top Treatment

Once again, pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in America. A recent Harris Poll® revealed that pepperoni continues to top the charts and pizzas all around the country.

As a pizzeria operator, you probably already know that.  However, just because it is no. 1 does not mean you should stop caring about it, promoting it, revamping it, and celebrating it.  Did Steph Curry stop shooting threes just because the Warriors team won an NBA championship? 


Turn on the Spice and Turn up the Sale

More and more Americans these days are enjoying spicy foods. Recent consumer research clearly shows that the desire for heat keeps growing every year. Walk into almost any restaurant, and you’re sure to see new spicy menu items, even salsa has overtaken ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment.

You could blame it on millennials, the most ethnically and racially diverse demographic group in our nation’s history. They were reared on diverse ethnic foods, which often feature hot and spicy ingredients. They also have adventurous tastes and love trying new foods. Health conscious, they often prefer foods that are organic, locally grown and hormone-free.

The trend toward spicy food is also due to our aging American population. As people get older, their taste buds change, and it takes a little more kick to wake them up. Spicy foods meet that requirement.


What Makes up an American Meal

Feb. 26, 2015

The National Pork Board in partnership with Crimson Hexagon analyzed more than 30 million Facebook, Instagram and Twitter food posts with Crimson Hexagon’s ForSight Tool to discover what makes up an American meal.

The companies found popular food items and flavors to be less traditional than originally thought. Social media posts revealed that smoked, hot and spicy flavors coupled with proteins made up nearly half of socially shared food across all 50 states during the month of November. Cajun was the most common “ethnic” flavor, followed by Mexican and then Asian. (more…)

What’s Hot? – Spicy Jalapeno Pepperoni Pizza

We know that on any given day, pizza is America’s most popular food. Did you also know that more people prefer spicy foods than mild ones?

Put those two indelible facts together and what do you get?  A Spicy Pizza, of course. (more…)

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