Pizza is a $30+ BILLION per year industry. There are approximately 69,000 pizzerias in the United States. Approximately 3 BILLION pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.
93% of Americans eat AT LEAST one pizza per month.
Each man, woman and child in America eats and average of 46 slices, (23 pounds), of pizza per year.
94% of the population of the U.S. eats pizza. (Source: Parade Magazine.)
Pepperoni is by far America’s favorite topping, (36% of all pizza orders). Approximately 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni are consumed on pizzas annually. Other popular pizza toppings are mushrooms, extra cheese, sausage, green pepper and onions.
Gourmet toppings are gaining ground in some areas of the country such as chicken, oysters, crayfish, dandelions, sprouts, eggplant, Cajun shrimp, artichoke hearts and tuna. More recent trends include game meats such as venison, duck and Canadian bacon.
US pizza makers have turned breakfast into a pizza-eating opportunity by adapting peanut butter & jelly, and, bacon & egg toppings to their pizzas.
62% of Americans prefer meat toppings on their pizza, while 38% prefer vegetarian toppings.
Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza.
Barbeque pizza emerged as one of the more popular pizza variations in a 1994 study by the National Restaurant Association. Nearly 33% of menus offered some form of this dish. Other popular variations were Mexican pizza, white pizza, five-cheese combos, non-cheese pies and traditional Italian pizzas such as Margherita, Florentine and new potato pizzas.
In Caracas, Venezuelans love pizza as much as anywhere in the world. Predominantly, pizzas are separated into to varieties: the “artisan” type, made in ovens with wood fires and, the “commercial” type, (Dominos, Papa Johns, etc). They have tomato based pizzas and cream based pizzas and with a lot of toppings: mozzarella, (some times bufala cheese), anchovies, olives, artichokes, pepperoni, sausage, onion, bacon, mushroom, tomato, goat cheese, and corn. The most popular toppings being pepperoni, vegetarian and anchovies.
Some of the more popular international toppings in India are pickled ginger, minced mutton and “paneer,” (a form of cottage cheese), which looks quite like tofu but is obviously a dairy product. Tandoori chicken and chicken “tikka” are also increasingly popular toppings in India.
Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato and bacon), and, eel and squid are favorites in Japan.
Brazilians favor green peas on top of their pizzas.
In Russia, they serve pizza covered with “mockba,” a combination of sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon and onions. Red herring is also a topping of choice.
In France, a popular pizza combo is called the Flambé, with bacon, onion and fresh cream.
In Pakistan, curry is a big seller.
Australians enjoy shrimp and pineapple, as well as barbeque toppings on their pies.
Costa Ricans favor coconut on their pizzas.
Vegetable for pizza toppings in Iceland are grown in greenhouses because of the lava terrain there.
In the Netherlands, the “Double Dutch” is a favorite pizza recipe; double cheese, double onions and double beef.
In Saudi Arabia, all meat toppings must be 100% beef. Pork products are not consumed in the country.
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