Pizza Industry 101

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, 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 Schmizza and Sam & Louie's Pizza, 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. 
 
U.S. Pizza Industry Facts
  • $35 billion industry
     
  • 70,000 pizza stores, located in all 50 states
    • 57 percent are small regional chains or independently-owned and operated
       
    • Even among larger chains, 78 percent of the stores are owned by franchisees
       
  • Over a million people are employed by pizzerias in the U.S. (does not include pizza company corporate employees)
     
  • Pizza restaurants make up approximately 17% of all restaurants in the U.S. 
     
  • It’s customizable! 34 million ways you can order a pizza with the size, crust, sauce, cheese and topping options
     
  • Pizza can be tailored to meet most health, economic or cultural needs 
     
  • Pizza is freshly-made and oven-baked