U.S. Pizza Facts, Statistics & Articles
General Sales and Consumption Statistics; USA
October is National Pizza Month, (US).
It was first so designated in 1987 and continues to be the traditional time for celebration of one of America's most important and popular food industries.
Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza EACH DAY, or about 350 slices per second.
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. (Source: Blumenfeld and Associates)
A study done by a U.S. Department of Agriculture statistician and home economist found that in a three-day survey period, 42% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 have eaten pizza. (Source: Smithsonian Magazine.)
Pizzerias represent 17% of all restaurants. (Source: Food Industry News.)
In the U.S., there are about 61,269 pizza parlors.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, 82 percent of children ages 3 and 11 prefer PIZZA over chicken nuggets, hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, and hamburgers.
93% of Americans eat AT LEAST one pizza per month. (Source: Bolla Wines.)
Americans eat more pizza on Super Bowl Day than any other day of the year
Pizza is a $32+ BILLION per year industry.
Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza. (Source: Bolla Wines.)
62% of Americans prefer meat toppings on their pizza, while 38% prefer vegetarian toppings. (Source: Bolla Wines.)
Mozzarella cheese represents 30% of total cheese output. Production of Italian cheeses such as mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, parmesan and Romano by U.S. cheese makers more than doubled between 1980 and 1992, from 688.6 MILLION pounds per year to nearly 2 BILLION pounds per year. (Source: Cheese Market News.)
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.
Favorite Pizza Toppings in the United States 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.

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