NAPICS News

Thank you for making NAPICS '15 a success | February 18, 2015

Thanks to you, our valued attendees, NAPICS 2015 was a memorable success. You, along with some thousands of your foodservice peers, walked our show floor aisles seeing, tasting and touching the latest wares, foods and beverages from over 175 exhibiting companies.

With the insights you provided us through last year’s attendee survey, we were able to pack even more dynamic programming designed into this year’s program. Workshops and seminars Sunday and Monday attracted nearly 900 attendees to learn more about marketing and managing their businesses and maximizing revenue.

We’re already excited about and planning for NAPICS 2016. So save the dates now – January 24-25, 2016. We’ll see you then!


NAPICS Chairperson, Ann Reichle, featured on cleveland.com | February 12, 2015

CLICK HERE to read the full article.  


Learn, have fun, shop the hall and win prizes at NAPICS ’15! | February 6, 2015

How often do you get cool stuff just for showing up? (No, visiting your grandparents doesn’t count.) Believe it or not, that’ll happen at NAPICS ’15. We’ve got seminars, a packed tradeshow floor and great networking—plus chances to win iPad minis, cash and a Bose Bluetooth Mobile speaker. All just for attending. Here’s what we’re giving away and when: 

Scheduled drawings for Sunday, February 15
• 12 p.m.: iPad mini drawing
• 2 p.m. Bose Bluetooth Mobile speaker drawing
• 4:30 p.m.: $250 cash drawing

Scheduled drawings for Monday, February 16
• 12 p.m.: iPad mini drawing
• 2 p.m.: $250 cash drawing

And while you’re there …

Get breakfast, get inspired: At Business Over Breakfast on Sunday, you’ll hear industry pizza legend Tony Gemignani and ice cream trendsetter Tim Koons-McGee share their start-up stories.

Get happy: Join us for drinks and snacks Sunday at the NAPICS Happy Hour.

Get a room: Come Sunday, stay the night and return Monday. Find hotel deals here.

But don’t wait to get the early bird admission rate! Click here to register for NAPICS before February 11 and pay just $39 ($20 off admission at the door).


Don't miss these powerful pizza pros at NAPICS '15 | January 29, 2015

NAPICS ’15 packs the house with pizza pros at every level. Some, like our seminar leaders, are industry legends. Others are superb competitors and past winners of Pizza Pizzazz. Regardless of your industry status, there’s always lots to learn from your peers in the business. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect at this year’s show.

Tony Gemignani: He first visited NAPICS in 2000 as a pizza dough acrobat. He’s since become a 10-time world pizza champion, the owner of seven pizza-centered restaurants and the cofounder of the International School of Pizza. Don’t miss his multiple teaching sessions and book signing.

“Big Dave” Ostrander: There’s no more respected pizza operations consultant than “Big Dave” Ostrander, and at NAPICS ’15, you can get a 30-minute FREE one-on-one session with the legend himself by clicking here. Check out his pizza “Secrets” session, too.

Deadline is here for Pizza Pizzazz: Meet some of the nation’s finest pizza makers in this two-day battle for $15,000 cash. Not only will these competitors impress you, many will become your friends. But you must register by January 30 to enter. Click here to see the Pizza Pizzazz contest brochure, and click here to register online.

Best bargain: NAPICS’ deadline for early registration is February 11, so snag that $39 fee while it’s still available by clicking here. Cost of admission rises to $59 after that.

Get a room: The NAPICS hotel room block always sells out, so be sure to get these bargain rates by reserving a room no later than February 1. 


January 22, 2015 | Don't Miss Anything! The Value of Day 2 at NAPICS '15

In theory, you could see the entire NAPICS ‘15 exhibit hall on Sunday, but rushing through it all would guarantee you’d miss:

  • At least some of our 30 seminars
  • The opportunity for exhibitor follow-up questions--
  • Sunday is a busy one for them!
  • Columbus’s incredible restaurant and bar scene
  • And the chance to see new friends on Monday that you made Sunday

Maximize your NAPICS ‘15 experience by attending both days (Feb. 15-16, Sunday and Monday) and spending Sunday night in either of our two partner hotels, the Hyatt Regency or the Crowne Plaza. Both are just minutes’ walking distance to the Columbus Convention Center via a toasty-warm tunnel.

Get a room reserved before February 1, 2015 to enjoy special NAPICS ‘15 pricing. Here are the details:

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 800-233-1234
When making reservations, reference Group Code: NAPICS

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Downtown Columbus
33 Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 800-338-4462
When making reservations, reference Group Code: PIC

If you haven’t registered for NAPICS ‘15 already, do so online by Feb. 11 to get the $39 pre-event price. Just click here.


January 15, 2015 | Go to Business Boot Camp, NAPICS-Style Feb. 15-16

We talk a lot about networking and food sampling and pizza competitions at the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show, but the tap root of this event is in attendee education. Every year NAPICS gathers industry experts gifted with the ability to teach others about how they got started and became successful. This year is no different, and our 2015 speaker lineup is better than ever. Here’s a sample of who’ll take the stage at this year’s show:

  • Jeff Joiner (Jeff Joiner Training) will discuss how to make your customers such happy, hardcore loyalists that your brand will be “tattooed” onto their minds. He’ll even re-inspire you about your own brand!
  • Jeff Slutsky (Street Fighter Marketing) will show how out-spending competitors isn’t nearly as effective as out-thinking them. His marketing advice is street smart, real-world and easy to apply.
  • David Scott Peters (TheRestaurantExpert.com) is a master of business practicality. Let him teach you the seven key systems that should be at work in your operation to guarantee success.
  • Tony Gemignani (pizzeria owner, author, master instructor) hardly needs introducing. But if you don’t know this American pizza master and his conquest of the Naples World Pizza Cup, you do not want to miss his seminar on how to make and perfect multiple award-winning pizza styles.
  • Steve Christensen (Frozen Dessert Institute) is a veteran scoop shop operator who teaches how to hire great employees, train them correctly and keep them excited about working for you.

Attending NAPICS is like getting a weekend’s worth of consulting for the price of a few large pizzas. If you register before February 11, admission to both days of the show (February 15 and 16) costs $39. (Some consultants will charge that much to say hello!) If you wait until the day of the show, the cost is $59, which is still a bargain. Either way, join us for some serious, business-building education.


January 13, 2015 | Got Pizza Problems?

“Big Dave” Ostrander is here to help with one-on-one counseling—right on the NAPICS show floor! During NAPICS '15, operator attendees have the opportunity to sit down for a FREE 30-minute consultation with industry veteran and consultant Dave Ostrander.

During your half-hour session, you'll be able to explain your specific problems and get solutions to food cost, accounting, operations, marketing or personnel issues.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity! 

CLICK HERE to reserve your consulting time with Dave!


January 12, 2015 | Dump Luck, Bring Skills, Win Cash at Pizza Pizzazz 2015.

Whoever said winning Pizza Pizzazz takes a lot of luck hasn’t won the title, “Best of the Midwest.” The two-day contest—divided into Gourmet and Traditional categories—is a skills match pitting 75 pizza makers against each other on February 15 and 16. Everyone wants the $6,000 winner’s share of that day’s $7,500 prize, and they must earn it with the blessing of 36 judges.

Pleasing 36 people is great pizza making, not luck. And here’s a little secret: There’s no check box for “Luck” on judges’ score sheets.

In 2013, two pizza makers from one shop, Sloopy’s Sports Café, took first in both categories. That’s non-luck yielding big bucks; it was a skills show likely never to be repeated by two talents from one pizzeria.

Their victory faces were priceless, and the news that they poured nearly all of it back into their business wasn’t surprising. It’s what serious pizza makers do.

And you’ve got to be serious to win a share of the $15,000 prize: $6,000 for first, $1,000 for second, $500 for third. And as repeat winners will tell you, Pizza Pizzazz is no game of chance. That’s why they come prepared to win.

Click here to sign up now for this year’s Pizza Pizzazz. Your contest registration fee grants you automatic entry to both days of the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show. No luck required to enjoy the tradeshow when you compete. It’s just another way NAPICS honors its Pizza Pizzazz competitors.


January 8, 2015 | Do Some 'Informed Shopping' in the NAPICS '15 Exhibit Hall

Most of us like shopping for gifts, but sourcing pizza and ice cream supplies … maybe not so much, especially since such goods aren’t sexy or inexpensive.

We’re here to make sourcing simple in 2015 by inviting you to visit the exhibit hall at the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show. It’s a one-stop shop for everything required to operate a pizzeria or an ice cream store. No phone calls, no distributor cold calls, just good ol’ face-to-face friendly conversations about what’s new, better, best and worthy of use in your business.

More than 175 exhibiting companies will display their wares at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from February 15-16. That’s your opportunity to touch, taste and try for yourself any piece of equipment, food or packaging your business could ever need—all in one place. (See this year’s exhibitor list by clicking here.)

Past attendees say it takes a day to take in all NAPICS has to offer, so many stay Sunday night in Columbus and return to the exhibit hall Monday to ask questions, consider purchases and get great show-only discounts. That’s not only easy shopping, that’s informed shopping!

Click here and register before February 11 to get the early bird registration price of $39. Hardly a better bargain for access to the nation’s largest pizza and ice cream tradeshow!


October 1, 2014 | It's Back: The Nation's Largest Combined Pizza and Ice Cream Show 

February 15-16, 2015
Greater Columbus Convention Center | Columbus, Ohio

Exhibits: Larger than the average distributor show, yet conveniently smaller than huge national events, NAPICS’ size makes for easy browsing of the latest industry products and services.

Educational Sessions: Our ever-robust education platform is laser-focused on issues important to operators: marketing, operations, profitability and creativity.

Registration: Grab a deal when you register before February 11, 2015, for just $39 per person! CLICK HERE to register or call 740-524-4123.