"Research and consumer insights drive our business decisions from menu offerings to supplier partnerships," said Bill Lacey, senior vice president, marketing, Sodexo. "Fast casual remains the industry's hot spot, increasing its year-over-year sales in 2015 by 11.5% and custom-built pizza is the breakout category in that space. Blaze Pizza is the segment leader where fast casual pizza is concerned, with sales that grew 205% in 2015, making a partnership with them a great fit for the nearly 500 colleges and universities served by Sodexo."
RESPONSIBLE INGREDIENTS & SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING
Driven by its commitment to "Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet," ingredients in Blaze's pizzas and salads are free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Additionally, the restaurant uses eco-friendly packaging, with pizza boxes certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, salad containers produced from recycled plastic, and numerous compostable materials.
"Blaze has been cultivating fanatics among college students since our first restaurant opened at UCI in 2012," said Jim Mizes, president and COO of Blaze Pizza. "We're thrilled to be able to reach even more college students through our new partnership with Sodexo."
About Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The Fortune Global 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations. Learn more about Sodexo at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights.
About Blaze Pizza
The first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes, thoughtful interior design, and a service culture that celebrates individuality. Now ranked as the leading fast-casual pizza chain in the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, Blaze Pizza is building momentum and developing a cult following as it expands across the country. The company currently operates 160 restaurants in 31 states and Canada, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Boston. Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel's Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis. For more information, please visit blazepizza.com and facebook.com/blazepizza or click here to view a company video.
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