Pizza is America’s favorite food, but…

Pizza is America’s favorite food, but…

Let’s get this out of the way before we get started with this signal by saying that we here at Tematica love pizza. We may be part of the herd on this one, but what can we say – we love it. And it seems we are far from alone, given that it seems pizza is America’s favorite food as well. Per the data, 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second – whoah!

But… and yes there is a but… as consumers embrace our Cleaner Living theme, what will become of this Guilty Pleasure staple?

We’ve seen gluten-free based pizzas come to market, and more recently they’ve been joined by cauliflower based crust ones (trust me, they are better than you might think). Odds are healthier friendly alternatives are on the way as evidenced by even Little Caesar offering a pie topped with plant-based Impossible Sausage.

We have yet to see any movement on the plant-based meat alternatives by industry heavies Pizza Hut, Domino’s, or Papa Johns, but we’re keeping our eyes peeled and our taste buds ready.

Do we think traditional pizza will fall by the wayside? No, but it just may be reserved for moments people truly want to indulge. The same is likely true for burgers and while that may fly in the face of all the headlines for Beyond Meat, the reality is a tasty burger, just like an incredible slice of pizza, will never go out of fashion.

According to a survey conducted last year by The Harris Poll for the California Pizza Kitchen chain, some 21% of the 2,000-plus American diners questioned named pizza as the food they’d pick if they could only eat one thing for the rest of their lives. Pizza beat out steak (16%), burgers (13%), both tacos and pasta (11% each) — though strangely enough, only one pizza operation made our recent list of America’s favorite regional fast food chains: Seattle-based MOD Pizza, which is also the fastest-growing fast-food chain in America.

Every man, woman, and child in the nation eats an average of 23 pounds of pizza annually — that translates to around 46 slices — adding up to a total of about 3 billion pies. To break the pie chart down another way, about 350 slices get consumed every second of the day.

A lot of that pizza — 59%, according to one recent estimate — gets eaten at home, and while some ambitious cooks doubtless make their own from scratch (or with a premade crust), it’s safe to say that a large portion comes out of the supermarket freezer case. (Americans spend about $4.4 billion on frozen pizza annually, and it’s said that two out of three households consume it regularly.)

Source: America’s 25 Favorite Pizza Joints – 24/7 Wall St.

Impossible Foods Debuts Meatless Sausage with Little Caesars Pizza

Impossible Foods Debuts Meatless Sausage with Little Caesars Pizza

We’re pretty sure that almost everyone would agree that from the crust to the sauce, the cheese and the toppings pizza is a Guilty Pleasure, largely because it tastes so good. Yes, there can be bad pizza but that tends to be far and few between. Yet even the pizza market is looking to tap into our Cleaner Living investment theme as evidenced by Little Caesars Pizza teaming with Impossible Foods as it launches the Impossible Sausage.

Little Caesars will be taking the plunge, and while taste will be a key factor of adoption, we have to wonder how much of the Impossible Sausage will be glossed over by the mushrooms, green peppers, caramelized onions, sauce and cheese on the Impossible Supreme Pizza. Potentially a tasty baby step for Little Caesars, but a much bigger one for Impossible Foods.

For the first time since Impossible Foods introduced its game-changing meatless burger in 2016, the plant-based food purveyor is launching a new product: The Impossible Sausage.

The vegan, halal, and kosher-friendly sausage is making its exclusive debut today as a topping on Little Caesars’ $12 Impossible Supreme Pizza, alongside mushrooms, green peppers, and caramelized onions.

The Detroit-based chain’s leaning into the meatless craze is a new tactic. It’s better known for meat toppings and such culinary stunts as wrapping pepperoni pizzas in 3.5 feet of bacon. Just last month, its senior vice president of global marketing, Ed Gleich, declared American consumers “want more meat,” when announcing the return of a pie packed with pepperoni, bacon, sausage, beef, and ham.

To get a slice, you’ll have to go to Yakima, Wash., Ft. Meyers, Fla., or Albuquerque, N.M.

Source: Impossible Foods Debuts Meatless Sausage Atop Little Caesars Pizza | Fortune

The U.K. moves from fighting sugar to fat and calories 

The U.K. moves from fighting sugar to fat and calories 

We’ve known for some time the hidden costs of obesity here at Tematica as it’s one of the factors behind our Fattening of the Population investment theme. The fight to limit sugar has led beverage companies to change drink sizes as well as alter formulations, which has stoked demand at flavor companies given the need to preserve taste. We see this latest move to fight calories as having a similar impact, and it means we’ll continue to keep those flavor companies on the Tematica Select List.

The British government has a new enemy: calories.After cracking down on sugar and salt, Public Health England said Friday it now wanted companies to slash the calories in food to tackle an obesity epidemic among children.It plans to set calorie targets for fast food and other meals popular with kids by the start of 2018.”

Ready meals, pizzas, burgers, savory snacks and sandwiches are the kinds of foods likely to be included in the program,” the government’s health body said in a statement.Dominique Lemon, spokeswoman at Public Health England, said the program would cover food sold at all kinds of outlets, from grocery stores to coffee shops and fast food restaurants.

The government has already set similar targets for sugar and salt content.The initiative could force food manufacturers to slash the size of their products and use different ingredients.

It’s been down this road before, introducing a sugar tax on soda makers last year.The U.K. introduced the tax as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity. Drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100 milliliters are affected by the levy with a higher rate ($0.30 per liter) for drinks with over 8 grams. The measure appears to have worked. Rather than risk higher prices damaging sales, Coca-Cola (KO) and Pepsi (PEP) have already reduced the sugar content of many products.

Source: U.K. to food industry: Cut the calories in pizzas and burgers – Aug. 18, 2017

Papa John’s Confirms the Appification of TV Is Underway

Papa John’s Confirms the Appification of TV Is Underway

The pizza industry has been one of the early adopters of digital and mobile technology compared to the rest of the restaurant industry with  Papa John’s (PZZA) at the forefront. This new order app on Apple’s tvOS powered Apple TV  confirms the sea change that is upon when it comes to TV into a consumption + gaming + digital entertainment platform. It’s not lost on us that now one doesn’t need to get off the couch to order a pizza, but we see that as the intersection of our Connected Societ, Cashless Consumption  and Fattening of the Population. One more step closer to Disney’s (DIS)  WALL-E.

 

Papa John’s knows a delicious pizza goes well with marathoning your favorite shows by way of the Apple TV. That’s why the pizza giant has launched a new app to let you order, customize and pay a pizza order directly from the Apple TV itself.

The new app actually beats Domino’s to the punch, a surprising turn of events given Domino’s “emoji” ordering and the Xbox ordering campaign launched a while back. The fact that Papa John’s got to Apple TV first is a milestone for the company in addition to the fact that it was the first pizza chain to offer up digital ordering back in 2001 and the first to introduce mobile ordering back in 2007.

Source: The new Papa John’s app for Apple TV makes ordering a breeze