Pizza companies are impacted by restaurant regulations, agricultural policy, and the broader business climate, among other things. Members of the American Pizza Community want to ensure that the pizza industry - from the dairy farmer to the independent franchisee - provides a collective voice that will help protect the integrity and value of pizza as a wholesome food for American consumers.
The American Pizza Community launched efforts in June with a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. with members of Congress and their staffs. This was the first wave of an ongoing effort to inform leaders about the industry and the economic benefits the pizza industry brings to local communities.
"With the formation of the American Pizza Community, the hope is to ensure the opportunity to be a pizza entrepreneur remains both accessible and promising."
- Chair of the American Pizza Community Chair - Lynn Liddle
What is the American Pizza Community?
The American Pizza Community is a coalition comprised of the nation’s largest pizza companies, regional chains, small business franchise owners, suppliers and other entities that make up the American pizza industry. The coalition was formed to advocate for policies affecting pizza companies and operators of all sizes and to support programs that allow the industry to grow and create jobs.
Who is part of the American Pizza Community?
Currently, the coalition includes Blackjack Pizza, Breadeaux Pizza, California Pizza Kitchen, CiCi's Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Figaro’s Italian Pizza, Godfather’s Pizza, Hungry Howie’s, the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association, Little Caesars, Nick-N-Willy’s Pizza, Papa John’s Pizza, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Papa's Pizza To-Go, Papa Romano's, Pizza Factory, Pizza Schmizza, Sam & Louie's Pizza and Two Boots, as well as supplier partners Coca-Cola, Leprino Foods Company, the National Pork Producers Council, Paradise Tomato Kitchens, PepsiCo, SUTUS and Tyson. They represent over 20,000 pizza restaurants across 50 states. The coalition welcomes new members from other pizza companies and supplier partners in the industry.
What policies affect the pizza industry?
With more than 70,000 pizza stores in the United States, pizza companies are impacted by restaurant regulations like the new federal menu labeling law, local building ordinances, agricultural policy, health care reform, employment and labor policies, taxation issues and broader business policies. The coalition seeks to ensure that the pizza community – from the dairy farmer to the independent franchisee – is represented fairly in public policy debates and that the story is told about the impact of this entrepreneurial industry that provides a fresh, wholesome, highly customizable product.