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SHOT IN THE ARM

International Pizza Expo 2018 hit new levels of intensity
PIZZA EXPO

B Y JE R E MY WH I T E

P H OTO S J O S H KE O WN
& R I C K DA U G H E RT Y

T

he reactions of attendees
at International Pizza
Expo 2018 in Las Vegas
were quite intense when they first
entered the show floor.
"Holy #$%@, it's huge!" one man
bellowed to no one in particular.
"Look how far back it stretches!"
exclaimed another.
"It's massive - I've never seen
anything like it," yet another said
as I camped near the entrance on
opening day.
As the crowd gathered and
waited on the cue to enter, the
scene was frantic. Art Director Josh
Keown captured a really cool timelapse video that you can find on
PizzaToday.com. The excitement in
the air was robust. Something was
just different this year, and I could
really feel it. The buzz was palpable.

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To make sure I wasn't just extra
giddy, I asked around. Creative
Director Rick Daugherty has been
to more than 20 Pizza Expos - he
felt it, too.
"Wow," my buddy, Doug
Ferriman of Crazy Dough's Pizza
in Boston, said to me when we first
connected on the show floor not
long after the doors opened. "This
is insane. I can't get over how big
the show floor is this year."
IN ALL, CLOSE TO 8,000
ATTENDEES FILTERED IN, making

this the largest International Pizza
Expo ever (not just in terms of
show floor size, but in terms of
overall attendance and industry
interaction, as well).
At times, even I was
overwhelmed - and I'm on my

18th Expo. I really tried to mimic
a first-time attendee's experience
this year, as much as it's possible
for me to do so. I attempted to let
my knowledge of what would be
happening fall by the wayside and
worked diligently to see the show
like I was seeing it for the first
time. I felt like that would benefit
my endeavors as I help to plan
next year's educational and speaker
lineup.
As it turns out, it didn't prove
that difficult for me to occupy
that mindset. It seems like others
around me were seeing the show in
a new light as well.
"It's really crazy this year," World
Pizza Champions Founder Tony
Gemignani said to me when we
caught up. "It's just so busy."
Associate Editor Denise Greer


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Pizza Today - May 2018
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
At Your Service
Destinations
Knead to Know
First Impressions
The Classic Red Sauce
Mix It With Mozzarella
Delivery Mix-Ups
Pizza Today on the Road: Topp’t Handcrafted Pizzas + Salads New Albany, In
Pizza Expo 2018 Wrap-Up
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthy Tip
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Cover1
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Contents
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Contributors
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Interact
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Tony’s Trending Recipe
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - At Your Service
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - First Impressions
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - The Classic Red Sauce
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Mix It With Mozzarella
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Delivery Mix-Ups
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Pizza Today on the Road: Topp’t Handcrafted Pizzas + Salads New Albany, In
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Pizza Expo 2018 Wrap-Up
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Pizza Today - May 2018 - Product Showcase
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