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.
"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 of all sizes and to support programs that allow the industry to grow and create jobs.
Who is part of the American Pizza Community?
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, Hunt Brothers Pizza, the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association, Little Caesars, Nick-N-Willy’s Pizza, Pizza Factory, Papa John’s Pizza, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Papa's Pizza To-Go, Papa Romano's, Pizza Schmizza, Sam & Louie's Pizza and Two Boots. Collectively they represent 20,000 pizza restaurants and employ over 400,000 U.S. team members in stores in all 50 states. Supplier partners include Coca-Cola, Leprino Foods Company, the National Pork Producers Council, Paradise Tomato Kitchens, PepsiCo, Tomato Products Wellness Council, and Tyson.
What policies affect the pizza industry?
With more than 75,000 pizza stores in the United States, pizza companies are impacted by regulations like the new federal menu labeling law, building ordinances, agricultural policy, health care, employment and labor policies, tax reform 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 this entrepreneurial industry that provides a fresh, wholesome, highly customizable product.
Franchisee Success Stories Showcase
As part of National Small Business Week, the APC recognizes its fellow pizza comrades for their rise in the industry from hourly employees to business owners. The following are just a few of the success stories:
Khush Bhullar, owner of 13 Domino’s stores in Pennsylvania, came to the U.S. with $16.50 in his pocket and had to borrow a friend’s car for his first day as a Domino’s delivery driver in 1997. Eight years later, he bought his first store and just opened his 13th store last July.
Don Copus, owner of 24 Hungry Howie’s in Michigan, Indiana and Utah, started working at a store in Ferndale, Michigan, where he lived at the time. He eventually bought that store before buying multiple stores.
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U.S. Pizza Industry Facts
$37 billion industry (PMQ Industry Report 2014))
75,000 pizza stores, located in all 50 states (PMQ 2014 Industry Report)
57% are small regional chains or independently-owned and operated (StudyLogic)
Even at larger chains, 78% of stores are owned by franchisees (Restaurant Trends)
Over a million people are employed by U.S. pizzerias (does not include corporate employees)
Pizza restaurants make up approximately 17% of all restaurants in the U.S. (FranchiseHelp.com “Pizza Industry Analysis 2012 – Cost & Trends”)
34 million ways you can order a pizza with the size, crust, sauce, cheese and topping options