American Pizza Community - Events

Third Annual Pizza Fly In

June 17 & 18
Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Domino's Pizza Franchisees Brian & Nicola Bailey with Congressman Steve Pearce (NM)

2013 Pizza Industry Fly In to Capitol Hill
June 5 -6, 2013
Washington, D.C. 

The American Pizza Community Delivered a Fresh Slize of Small Business Priorities to Capitol Hill

Small business pizza store owners, team members in the pizza industry and supplier partners will come together in Washington for this two-day event. They will spend a day learning about the policies impacting the pizza industry, including menu labeling, tax reform and ethanol policy and then head to the Hill for meetings with their members of Congress.

AMERICAN PIZZA COMMUNITY CELEBRATES NATIONAL PIZZA MONTH

Despite pizza making its American debut more than 100 years ago, it wasn’t until 1987 when the food received an official Congressional recognition and declared October as “National Pizza Month.” Members of the American Pizza Community point to the customizable nature of the product and its variety of offerings as reasons why pizza is beloved by so many. Click here for more information about National Pizza Month and consider a few pizza industry fast facts:

  • There are approximately 70,000 pizzerias in the U.S.
  • There are 3 billion pizzas sold in the U.S. each year.
  • There are 34 million ways you can order a pizza.
  • The most popular days for ordering pizza are Super Bowl Sunday, Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

2012 Pizza Industry Fly In to Capitol Hill
June 19-20, 2012
Washington, D.C.

Small business franchise owners from six pizza companies around the nation came together for this two-day long event. They discussed the economic impact of the pizza industry, including the fact that pizza is a $35 billion industry in the U.S. that creates jobs for over a million people. They also discussed the impact of issues directly affecting the pizza community including menu labeling, tax reform, dairy policy and employment policies. 

The franchisees then went to Capitol Hill and sat face-to-face with over 40 federal representatives, senators and their staff. They used the opportunity to educate their lawmakers about the unique pizza industry and the policies affecting local pizza stores – the ultimate small business.

“Our small business owners were well received on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress and their staff took full advantage of the opportunity to hear directly from their constituents about the local impact of federal policies,” said Lynn M. Liddle, Chair of The American Pizza Community and Executive Vice President of Communications, Investor Relations and Legislative Affairs for Domino’s Pizza. 

Pizza Industry Fly In Press Release

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Consumption of Pizza
February 2014


Called the world's most popular food, pizza has experienced growth in sales at both big chain and indepenent restuarants.  In addition, forzen/chilled pizza also reported growth (1).  Pizza is recognized as a high consumption food and a contribute of nutrients of public significance in the American diet, including total fat, calcium and sodium (2).  Depenidng on the age group, pizza ranks in teh top three leading contributors of sodium to the American diet (3.4).  This report presents results on pizza consumption among U.S. children and adults during 20017-2010 by gender, age, and race/ethincity.

APC Says Look to Pizzerias for Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2013

More than 71,000 pizzerias around the country share their support for local communities in what has become known as Small Business Saturday. On November 30, small businesses everywhere anticipate increased consumer spending in local communities on the Saturday following Thanksgiving when many Americans use their time off to get some early holiday shopping done. According to the American Pizza Community (APC), whose membership consists of local pizza stores and operators of pizza franchises, the pizza industry is representative of small business.

American Pizza Community Supports Senate Menu Labeling Bill
November 21, 2013

Washington, D.C., November 21, 2013 – The American Pizza Community (APC), a coalition representing pizza-related enterprises large and small across all 50 states, today endorsed bipartisan Senate legislation to allow pizza stores to provide accurate nutritional information to customers in a common-sense manner.

Examiner Editorial: Congress should repeal the ethanol mandate
The Washington Examiner / September 30, 2013

Government mandates are set to cost consumers billions in 2014, and not just in health care, according to Bloomberg News. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires refiners to mix ethanol into gasoline for consumers' cars and trucks. First passed in 2005 as part of the Energy Policy Act, then expanded in the 2007 Energy Independence Security Act, the RFS orders refineries to use at least 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol a year by 2022.

Nutrition Labeling Bill Delivers Common Sense Solutions, Endorsed by the American Pizza Community
The American Pizza Community / March 21, 2013

Washington, D.C. – March 21, 2013 – The American Pizza Community (APC), a coalition of pizza companies, franchisees, suppliers and thousands of employees that make up the pizza industry, today endorsed bipartisan legislation that offers consumers and small businesses practical nutrition disclosure solutions.  The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013, introduced this afternoon by sponsor Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA-46), along with original cosponsors John Carter (R-TX-31), John Barrow (D-GA-12), Renee Ellmers (R-NC-2), Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), Todd Rokita (R-IN-4), Reid Ribble (R-WI-8), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX-15), Mike Rogers (R-MI-8), Steve Womack (R-AR-3), Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9), Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2), and Tim Walberg (R-MI-7).  The legislation would allow small-business pizza owners to comply with federal menu labeling requirements using innovative approaches that strengthen consumer education and reduce excessive regulatory costs.

The Pizza Police: Op-Ed by Reps. Upton and McMorris Rodgers
National Review Online / March 5, 2013

APC New Member Announcement
March 2013

New Year's Resolution - Lighten Up Your Pizza
The American Pizza Community / December 31, 2012

Washington, D.C. – December 31, 2012 – As the New Year approaches, many people will make resolutions to become healthier, which will likely include better food choices and increased exercise. However, one item you won’t have to cut out of your diet in the New Year: pizza.

House Moves to Untangle Federal Menu Labeling Red Tape

Congressman John Carter Press Release / July 24, 2012

Pizza shops would be saved from overreaching and unnecessary federal menu regulation under bipartisan legislation introduced today by Congressman John Carter (R-TX) and 19 original cosponsors. Carter today unveiled the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012 at a news conference with fellow House Members Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Tim Walberg (R-MI), and Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), along with industry representatives and small business owners.  The Carter legislation would reform the regulations to:

• Allow delivery and take-out restaurants to post their calorie information on their website

• Provide calorie-per-slice labeling instead of whole-pizza only totals

• Protect outlets like pizza shops from having to publish calorie data for millions of possible combinations, and instead offer more consumer-friendly average totals

• Protect stores from fines and frivolous lawsuits over minor variances in calorie totals due to small random variances in food preparation

Pizza chains band together over proposed menu-labeling plan

The Washington Post / June 20, 2012

A Big Mac is a Big Mac. But a pizza? There are 34 million ways to customize it, depending on toppings and crust and size, according to the number-crunchers at Domino’s. That’s the message that some of the nation’s largest pizza chains want to impress upon Capitol Hill lawmakers Wednesday as they push for changes to a proposed menu labeling plan that would force chain restaurants and other food outlets to post the calorie counts of the foods they’re selling.

VIDEO: Pizza Chains Denounce Menu Calorie Labeling

CBS News / June 21, 2012

VIDEO: America's biggest pizza chains are clashing with government regulators over a new recommendation that would require calorie counts to be posted on menu boards. Jeff Glor reports.

VIDEO: Pizza Companies Fight Calorie Disclosure

CNN / June 20, 2012

VIDEO: CNN's Brian Todd reports on pizza company executives fighting a plan to force pizza chains to post calorie counts.

Pizza Players Head to Washington Over Menu Labeling

Pizza Marketplace/ June 20, 2012

Members of the American Pizza Community descended upon Capitol Hill today to make their case for greater flexibility when it comes to the impending menu labeling law.

The Newest Pizza Wars

Marketplace / June 20, 2012

Podcast interview with the editor of PizzaMarketplace.com. There are 34 million ways that you can order a pizza….so the logistics and costs of menu labeling can get a little crazy. Their argument is that updating menu boards is an inefficient way to get that information out to their customers.

Pizza Coalition Protests Menu Labeling Proposal

NPR / June 21, 2012

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel explain why a group called the American Pizza Community is meeting with lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Some of the nation's largest pizza chains are lobbying on Capitol Hill to deliver a piping hot message…asking Congress to rethink a proposed menu labeling plan. Pizza chain companies say it would force franchise owners to pay for in-store menu boards when most pizza eaters don't come into the restaurants.

Big Pizza: Calorie-Count Menu Boards Make No Sense for Our Product

The Consumerist / June 20, 2012

With the FDA still fiddling with rule changes that require chain restaurants to post calorie information for the products on their in-store menu, the country's largest pizza chains have stopped fighting each other and banded together to fight federal regulators

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