By Tracee Judith
On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, Colony Foods hosted its 3rd Annual New England Pizza Conference at the Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill, MA. The event, presented by the New England Pizza Collaborative, PMQ Magazine and Colony Foods included over 100 guests and vendors for a full day of industry driven marketing techniques, insider sales tips, and the latest in the pizza industry. Guests were invited to listen to 3 guest speakers—PMQ Magazine Editor Steve Green-who graciously filled in for US Pizza Team’s Michael LeMarca; Chefs Feeding Kids Founder Chef William Manzo Jr. of Federal Hill Pizza, and keynote speaker, Bruce Irving; Owner of Smart Pizza Marketing, to discuss the giving culture for the independent pizza operator and tips/analytics behind developing a social media presence for pizza operations. A portion of the proceeds of the event went to this year’s event charity of choice, Chefs Feeding Kids, who’s mission is to provide food and assistance to children in food insecure communities throughout the United States.
The US Pizza Team was founded in 2000 with the goal of bringing competition and excitement to the pizza industry. Since its formation, the U.S. Pizza Team has participated in an international event every year, most frequently at the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy. Ranging from culinary masters to dough tossing phenoms, the Pizza Team renews the passion of those in the industry year after year.
PMQ is the pizza industry’s No. 1 magazine and website (www.pmq.com). PMQ is also the host of Pizza TV (pizzatv.com).
Chefs Feeding Kids is a non-profit group of professional chefs and restaurant owners who believe all children should have enough food to eat and the opportunity to learn how to prepare nutritious meals. Working in concert with food vendors and distributors, individual and corporate sponsors, who strive to provide well-balanced meals for kids in need and encourage healthy eating habits.
Colony Foods is an independent family-owned and operated foodservice distributor specializing in the Pizzeria and Sandwich Shop segment since 1989. Colony Foods appreciates the needs and barriers for profitable growth facing customers today.