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COMMENTARY

JEREMY WHITE

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Big Things Ahead

I

t's starting to feel like there's a light
at the end of the tunnel. A vaccine
for COVID-19 is making its early
rounds, our Pizza Expo 365 platform is
soon to launch and International Pizza
Expo 2021 is now just five months away.
While much remains to be resolved as our
country navigates the grueling and ongoing battle with the novel coronavirus, it's
finally starting to feel like there's reason to
believe 2021 will feel more " normal " than
2020 ever did.
We continue to hear from pizzeria owners across the nation who are struggling
to keep the lights on. We also continue to
hear stories of triumph from those who,
against the odds, have found a way to grow
and thrive in the pandemic. Much like the
virus itself, we truly don't know what to
expect with each individual case. When
I answer a call or e-mail, I never know
whether it's going to end in a positive or
negative outlook right now. We're seeing
it all.
We are #PizzaStrong, however, and
together we've somehow managed to navigate these turbulent waters. While we're
not quite yet to shore, we can see land on
the distant horizon. Though we're battleworn, weary and just downright done with
COVID and its impact on our lives, if we
can just hold the line a little longer it feels
like a reward is coming.
Imagine returning to Pizza Expo in Las

Vegas and once again seeing firsthand all
that the industry vendors have to offer.
Imagine customers streaming back in to
your dining rooms to eat, drink and be
merry. Imagine bringing back your full
menu and not having to explain to a disappointed customer over the phone that you
had to remove the Alfredo lasagna because,
well, it just didn't travel well.
How soon before we get there? While it
pains me to not have an answer, the fact is
this: I don't know. And neither does anyone else. But it FEELS like we're getting
there. It feels like there's reason for optimism. It feels like it's just a matter of time
before we get closer to the unencumbered
" good ol' days. "
Yes, we have a long way to go. But, step
by baby step, we're making progress.
And to that sentiment, it's time to raise a
glass and say, " Happy New Year. " After the
year we've all had, it's a pleasure to usher
out 2020 and express some hope that 2021
has better things in store for us all.

MIKE BAUSCH
Owner, Andolini's
(Forecasting, pp. 26-28)
How do you know where you're
going if you don't have a map?
Forecasting isn't just a good idea,
it's an absolute mandate to run
your business like a career and
not a hobby. We get into that and
more in this Ops Feature.

SCOTT ANTHONY
Owner, Punxsy Pizza
(Mental Health, pp. 44-45)
Has the pandemic taken its
toll on your mental health?
Here are some actionable tips
to keep stress levels down.

VOLUME 39 * NUMBER 1
JANUARY 2021

We remain, always, #PizzaStrong.
Best,

JEREMY WHITE
Editor In Chief
jwhite@pizzatoday.com

Photo & Layout: Josh Keown

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - January 2021

Pizza Today - January 2021
Commentary
Digital
Conversation
Mike’s Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
Building Blocks
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead to Know
Destinations
Business Forecasting
Cleaning Protocols
Studying the Numbers
Lasagna
Small Market Menus
Chicken Pizzas
COVID-19 Mental Fatigue
New Year’s Business Resolutions
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Expo Spotlight
Pizza Today - January 2021 - CT1
Pizza Today - January 2021 - CT2
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Pizza Today - January 2021
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Cover2
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Commentary
Pizza Today - January 2021 - 4
Pizza Today - January 2021 - 5
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - 7
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Digital
Pizza Today - January 2021 - 9
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Conversation
Pizza Today - January 2021 - 11
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Mike’s Monthly Tip
Pizza Today - January 2021 - 13
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Man on the Street
Pizza Today - January 2021 - 15
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Building Blocks
Pizza Today - January 2021 - 17
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Tony’s Trending Recipe
Pizza Today - January 2021 - 19
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - 23
Pizza Today - January 2021 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - Business Forecasting
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - Cleaning Protocols
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - Lasagna
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - Small Market Menus
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - Chicken Pizzas
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - COVID-19 Mental Fatigue
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Pizza Today - January 2021 - New Year’s Business Resolutions
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