Monday, May 21, 2018


General Sales & Consumption Statistics 
October is National Pizza Month, (US). It was first so designated in 1987 and continues to be the traditional time for celebration of one of America's most important and popular food industries. 

Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza EACH DAY, or about 350 slices per second.  Approximately 3 BILLION pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.

Pizza is a $32+ BILLION per year industry. There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
(Source: American Business Lists, Omaha, Nebraska.) 

Pizza restaurant growth continues to outpace overall restaurant growth. Pizzerias represent 17% of all restaurants.
(Source: Food Industry News.) 

93% of Americans eat AT LEAST one pizza per month.
(Source: Bolla Wines.)

66.66% of Americans order pizza for a casual evening with friends.
(Source: Bolla Wines.) 

94% of the population of the U.S. eats pizza.
(Source: Parade Magazine.)

Italian food ranks as the most popular ethnic food in America.
(Source: National Restaurant Association.) 

Each man, woman and child in America eats and average of 46 slices, (23 pounds), of pizza per year.
(Source: Packaged Facts, New York.) 

Pizza accounts for more that 10% of all foodservice sales.
(Source: Food Industry News.) 

According to a recent Gallop Poll, children between the ages of 3 and 11 prefer PIZZA over all other food groups for lunch and dinner. 

kid eating pizza

A study done by a U.S. Department of Agriculture statistician and home economist found that in a three-day survey period, 42% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 has eaten pizza. (Source: Smithsonian Magazine.) 

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Fun Pizza Facts 

Americans eat billions of slices of pizza each year; the annual per capita pizza consumption is 23 pounds. 

Saturday night is the biggest night of the week for eating pizza.


America's favorite pizza topping: pepperoni. 

America's least favorite pizza topping: anchovies. 

Americans eat 100 acres of pizza per day. 

During TV news broadcasts, most pizza is ordered during the weather. 

Post Columbus - Tomatoes were brought back to Europe from the New World. Originally they were thought to be poisonous, but later became accepted and added to pizza. 

In the 16th century - Maria Carolina, the Queen of Naples convinced her husband, King Ferdinand IV to allow the peasant dish pizza to be made in the royal oven. 

In 1889 Raffaele Esposito, the most famous PIZZAIOLO (pizza chef) created a pie for Queen Margherita - tomato, basil and cheese, (to resemble the Italian flag) which remains the basis for American pizza.

In 1905 - 1st US Pizzeria opens in New York City at 53 1/2 Spring St.

In 1945 - Soldiers returning from WWII brought with them a taste for certain foods--pizza was at the top of their list.

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Favorite U.S. Toppings 
Pepperoni is America's favorite topping, (36% of all pizza orders). We eat approximately 251,770,000 pounds of Pepperoni per year. Other popular pizza toppings are, mushrooms, extra cheese, sausage, green pepper and onions. 

Gourmet toppings are gaining ground in some areas of the country such as chicken, oysters, crayfish, dandelions, sprouts, eggplant, Cajun shrimp, artichoke hearts and tuna. More recent trends include game meats such as venison, duck and Canadian bacon. 

Pizza makers have tried virtually every type of topping on pizza including peanut butter & jelly, bacon & eggs and mashed potatoes. 

Mozzarella cheese represents 30% of total cheese output. Production of Italian cheeses such as mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, parmesan and Romano by U.S. cheese makers more than doubled between 1980 and 1992, (from 688.6 MILLION pounds per year to nearly 2 BILLION pounds per year. (Source: Cheese Market News.) 

Manufacturers' sales of pizza cheese should top $32 BILLION by 2004. U.S. per capita consumption of mozzarella cheese was 7.93 pounds in 1994 and is predicted to reach 12.51 pounds by 2004. (Source: Business Trend Analysts, BTA.) 

62% of Americans prefer meat toppings on their pizza, while 38% prefer vegetarian toppings. (Source: Bolla Wines.) 

Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza. (Source: Bolla Wines.) 

Barbeque pizza emerged as one of the more popular pizza variations in a 1994 study by the National Restaurant Association. Nearly 33% of menus offered some form of this dish. Other popular variations were Mexican pizza, white, pizza, five-cheese combos, non-cheese pies and traditional Italian pizzas such as Margherita, Florentine and New Potato Pizzas. (Source: NRA.)

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