|I always know where to find pizza on the show floor at NRA. |
Here I am enjoying a slice made by Spacca Napoli owner
(Photo: Tracy Morin)
The number of gluten-free and allergy related products this year is staggering. I remember when we used to search for a handful of gluten-free products on the show floor; this year is a Celiac's dream come true.
If you've been considering adding flatbreads to the menu, I saw a countless number of companies offering the ready made variety.
Sustainable products are a big focus at the show, and several companies have microgreens on display. There's even a hydroponic garden on the show floor so that attendees can watch how the plants grow.
Probably the best, and most promising, trend I've seen is a growing restaurant industry, evidenced by the fact that NRA show organizers reopened another hall to accommodate 400 more exhibitors--something they haven't done since 2008.
Are you feeling a surge of growth in the industry? How is it affecting your pizzeria? Let us know in the comments section.