Just How Popular is Pizza? Marco’s Pizza ® Franchise Dishes on America’s Favorite Food

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91% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, and more of them are getting that pizza from a Marco’s Pizza ® franchise

Marco's Pizza ® franchise opened its 500th location in 2014, and there are hundreds more stores in development.
Marco’s Pizza ® franchise opened its 500th location in 2014, and there are hundreds more stores in development.

What do you want to eat today? For one out of every eight Americans, the answer is pizza. Each year, we spend $37 billion for pizza and eat 3 billion of the delicious pies, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The popularity of pizza has provided plenty of room for the 36-year-old Marco’s Pizza ® franchise to grow, and we’ve become the fastest-growing pizza brand in the country by providing affordable Ah!thentic ® Italian pizza that allows our franchisees to tap into the staggering demand for quality pizza.

Pizza reigns

Marco’s is the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the country: We grew 33% in 2013 and we are on pace for an even more successful 2014.
Marco’s is the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the country: We grew 33% in 2013 and we are on pace for an even more successful 2014.

Americans love pizza so much that we account for one-third of all the pizzas sold around the world. Forbes.com reports that in less than two decades, per capita pizza consumption has gone up 41%. Pizza has become such an important part of our culture that we don’t ever foresee a time when it will go away.

Kids choose pizza pretty much equally for lunch or dinner. For adults, most pizza consumption is at dinner. About 10% of slices are eaten as snacks, the USDA says.

On any particular day, about 13% of Americans eat pizza, according to the USDA. One in four males between ages 6 and 19 ate it (or will eat it) for breakfast, lunch or dinner today.

How do Americans pick a pizza place?

The USDA even found out where we like to eat our pizzas. About one-third are eaten at the restaurant. Two-thirds are take-out or delivery. In fact, the majority of busy Americans order takeout at least one night a week, and for the vast majority of us — 80% — what we want is pizza, according to food industry analyst Technomic. Marco’s can handle both crowds. Our pizza franchises have dining rooms and are expert at takeout and delivery. We also provide online ordering for the convenience of the grab-and-go and the bring-it-to-me crowds.

Taste and quality are just as important to consumers as convenience. Americans appreciate the effort that goes into authentic food, and every Marco’s pizza is prepared this way. Marco’s dough is made fresh in the stores each day, using flour made from a high-protein spring wheat grown in Minnesota. All Marco’s Pizza franchise employees and owners are trained in the precise method for making the perfect dough. Marco’s sauce is made from a hybrid tomato specially developed for us. This proprietary tomato is a blend of our three favorite varieties, tomatoes known to produce the perfect taste and texture for pizza sauce.

Some pizza chains may cut corners and use frozen cheeses and pre-chopped toppings, but you’ll always find the freshest ingredients in our stores. Our cheese is never frozen, and we always slice our veggies in the kitchen every day.

We also use premium, thick-cut meats from top-quality suppliers, including two types of pepperoni and meatball-sized sweet Italian sausage. And that brings up another fun fact: Pizza.com — yes, there is a website dedicated to pizza — reports that Americans consume 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni each year and eat 350 slices of pizza per second. It’s no surprise that pizza accounts for more than 10% of restaurant and food service sales.

Join America’s fastest-growing pizza franchise!

Clearly, Americans love good pizza, and Marco’s Pizza ® franchise has stayed ahead of the curve. We’re the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the country today: We have more than 500 stores in the U.S., and we have another 1,000 stores in development. Would you like to learn more about becoming a part of our growing brand?

Please fill out the form at right or call us at 1-800-262-7267 to start a conversation — and go ahead and check out our Facebook page and Twitter while you’re at it!

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