Pizza for Millennials Part 3: Top 3 Dough Types for Menu Diversification

Pizza for Millennials Part 3

MiMi’s Pizza for Millennials is an 8 part blog series. We will be discussing the hottest trends dictated by the rapidly growing market segment that shook up the entire pizza industry: the millennials.

In this article, we will discuss 3 dough types that the Grocery and Foodservice industries should consider when planning a new addition to the menu.  Our top 3 addresses the gourmet, healthy eating and fast casual trends.

Top 3 dough types for menu diversification (and what trends they fit with)

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Article Highlights: 

  1. Focaccia: the authentic, Italian-style, all time classic that fits with the gourmet eating trend
  2. Flatbread: the understated, fine dining, better-for-you choice that fits with the healthy eating trend
  3. Panouzzo: the Italian twist on classic sandwich bread that fits with the fast casual trend

Traditional style pizza dough has its own well-known competitive advantage, but when you’re looking to diversify the menu, the type of dough you use can make a world of a difference.

Spicing up the menu comes in many shapes, textures and flavours, so when you’re planning your next best-selling dish, don’t stop at the toppings.

Here are 3 dough types for menu diversification that will work great for the Grocery and Foodservice industries who are looking to attract a new, dynamic kind of clientele: Millennials.

1. Focaccia: the authentic, Italian-style, all time classic

Fits with: the gourmet eating trend

Focaccia with sliced potatoes and balsamic caramelized onions
An authentic Italian-style focaccia topped with slow roasted sliced potatoes and balsamic caramelized onions.

Dive right into this authentic, Italian-style dish! The Focaccia is an all-time favourite and gets the first spot in our top picks due to its versatility; you may tailor it to the menu as an appetizer, entrée, side dish, standalone snack or even as a sandwich bread! Although similar to pizza dough, focaccia is different in texture, with a moist, cakelike interior and is served with fewer toppings.

How to top it: traditional Italian toppings include olive oil, herbs, salt, tomatoes, onions and olives.

MiMi Tip: A non-conventional way of serving focaccia: turn it into sandwich bread!

How to market it: Focaccias appeal to consumers who want to explore authentic Italian dishes and the thousands years of rich history behind them.  Focaccia fits in the gourmet eating trend.

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, side dish, or snack

MiMi’s focaccias: Pomodoro Sauce, Greek (feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes), potato/ rosemary, pepper medley and sizes: (6 x 9, 7 x 7, 12 x 9, 14 x 7)

MiMi’s stuffed focaccias: jalapeno & cheddar/ mozzarella, black olives/ onions & mozzarella and Pomodoro Sauce & Mozarella in sizes 12 x 4 and 6 x 9.

2. Flatbread: the understated, fine dining, better-for-you choice

Fits with: the healthy eating trend

Flatbreads
Flatbreads are perfect as appetizers, entrees and even desserts!

This versatile piece gets the second spot in our countdown since it not only reduces baking times significantly, but it can completely transform even the most traditional dishes. Serving pizza on a thin, flatbread crust instantly creates a sophisticated dish.

How to top it: For a crust as simple as the flatbread, try bold, gourmet toppings like: artichokes, jalapeno peppers, arugula, avocado, Gouda cheese, steak or chorizo.

MiMi Tip: Put an understated, artisan-style spin on the classic Margherita pizza by serving it on a flatbread crust!

How to market it: Flatbreads fit perfectly with the health conscious consumers, since they are considerably thinner and lighter than traditional pizza dough. Flatbreads are also a wonderful choice to upgrade your menu for a fine dining experience.

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, dessert

MiMi’s flatbreads: white, whole wheat, multigrain, garlic & rosemary, sundried tomato & basil, jalapeno & cheddar

3. Panouzzo: the Italian twist on classic sandwich bread

Fits with: the fast casual trend

Panouzzo Sandwich Bread
Elevate your on-the-go sandwiches!

Panouzzo is the combination of Focaccia and Calzone, turned into the perfect sandwich bread. Our very own Panouzzo has the same texture and delightful aroma of our famous award winning Focaccia!

Take the sandwich menu to a whole new level of crispiness by replacing traditional sandwich bread with this flavourful alternative.  Put your own spin on this purely Italian invention from the Campania region!

How to top it: use your choice of fresh meats, cheeses and an array of vegetables! Just like with any sandwich bread, the sky is your limit.

How to market it: The Panouzzo is a great match to the growing fast casual trend. Elevate your on-the-go sandwiches with this gourmet bread!

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, dessert

MiMi Tip: Use your imagination to turn sandwich bread into an irresistible dessert item! Here’s our take on it: stuff the Panouzzo with Nutella, vanilla ice-cream and bananas!

MiMi’s Panouzzos: Sliders 2” x 2”, Burger 4” x 4”, Sandwich 4” x 6”, Hot Dog 3” x 6”, Long 5” x 18” and Garlic Spread 12” x 4”.

Bottom line? Dough is an essential element in menu diversification, as it can help your business stay in line with the latest trends of the industry! For best results, put your own creative spin on these versatile products!

For more information regarding MiMi Foods products, contact us at artisticdough@mimifoods.ca or 905-660-0010.

 

Pizza for Millennials Part 2: Why every pizza menu should have a healthy crust option

Pizza for Millennials

Mimi’s Pizza for Millennials is an 8 part blog series. We will be discussing the hottest trends dictated by the rapidly growing market segment that shook up the entire pizza industry: the millennials.

In this article, we will focus on the rise of the healthy eating trend, gluten-free diets and why it’s important to have a healthy crust option on every pizza menu.

Part 2/8: why every pizza menu should have a healthy crust option

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Article highlights:

  • Healthy crust options: Amazing Grains or gluten-free
  • Taste, texture and nutritional value: a winning trio for Millennial consumers
  • Gluten-free diets are on the rise in North America and serve two different markets: those who suffer from a gluten related disorder and those who are pursuing a healthy lifestyle
  • Healthy pizza serves a growing niche market that shows no signs of slowing down

As most food operators know, healthy pizza has been making its way on every menu. When it’s time for a healthy addition to the pizza menu, you can either go for a nutritious crust option or for a gluten-free crust.

Healthy crust option 1: Pizza crust with Amazing Grains™

Amazing Grains™ is a powerful blend of super foods which takes the concept of nutritious to a whole new level.  Here’s what goes in it:

  • Sprouted buckwheat
  • Sprouted millet
  • Salba ® chia
  • Golden flax
  • Organic quinoa

Organically sourced dehydrated:

  • Oranges
  • Cranberries
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Shitake mushrooms

Taste, texture and nutritional value: a winning trio

Taste, texture and nutritional value are the winning trio when it comes to pizza, especially for the progressive generation of Millennials.

Consumers are not willing to compromise taste or texture for a crust that will offer more nutritional benefits. So why not offer a crust that can give them all three?

The quality of ingredients that go into your crust are just as important as the toppings that go on top of the pizza. Make it healthy inside out!

MiMi Tip: Are you a family-style restaurant? Pizza crust with Amazing Grains™ is an excellent alternative for parents who are looking to make pizza night a healthier night for their children.

One 100 g serving from MiMi’s pizza dough ball with Amazing Grains™ contains nutrients found in 2 servings of fruit sourced domestically from organic sources.  Amazing Grains™ can be found in our Pizza Dough Ball and Par-Baked Crusts.

Food for thought: What nutrition values does YOUR crust bring to customers?

Read more about Amazing Grains™ here.

Healthy Option 2: Gluten-free pizza crust

Gluten-free has been on the mind of every food operator, especially since this sector in Canada is estimated to grow at least 10% each year by the year 2018 (source).

Out of 10 million Canadians who are looking for gluten-free products, only 3 million represent the primary market of those who suffer from a gluten related disorder. The rest of the 7 million are a secondary market, comprised of those who are pursuing a healthy lifestyle. (source)

It’s important to know that in Canadian families, gluten is avoided for non-medical reasons too, such as weight loss, general health and, most importantly, out of sympathy for a family member. (source)

Awareness about celiac disease is just starting to spread across North America and, until recent years, little has been known about it, forcing many people to go undiagnosed their entire lives.

Gluten-free diets were never a trend. They are a way of coping with the celiac disease that is just starting to get discovered in North America.

Gluten can be found in the flour of the dough, making pizza a product that was usually avoided. However, today, dough recipes and ingredient combinations have evolved to the point where it can be safely consumed by people suffering from celiac disease. Consider adding a gluten-free crust option as a healthy alternative to a traditional pizza crust.

Conclusion

Whether you choose to go for a nutritious crust or a gluten-free option, healthy pizza serves a niche market that shows no signs of slowing down.

Have you introduced a healthy crust option or a gluten-free crust to your menu? If yes, how is it received by your customers? If not, when do you plan on making this move? Leave us your comments and let us know!

Read Pizza for Millennials Part 1/8: How to successfully introduce healthy pizza to the menu