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A Behind-the-Scenes Look into Pizza Manufacturing with Nick Fallucca of Palermo’s Pizza
Episode 4416th March 2021 • Manufacturing Happy Hour • Chris Luecke
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Nick Fallucca is passionate about pizza and people. He's the Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Palermo's Pizza, a company that's been an Italian frozen food staple in the Midwest and beyond for over 50 years.

In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, we sit down with Nick to talk about all things pizza and what goes on behind-the-scenes in food manufacturing. He takes us through the challenges of packaging, experimenting with new ideas, and competing for shelf space. Nick also shares why building relationships with customers is so important and why you need to be passionate about what you do. We round off our talk on the importance of community and the ultimate debate of whether pineapple belongs on pizza.

In this episode, find out:

  • What it’s like growing up in a family business
  • The challenges of pizza manufacturing
  • How to create a great product that sells
  • Why it’s important to build relationships in sales
  • What it takes to be successful and competitive in manufacturing
  • The importance of community and charity

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Tweetable Quotes:

  • “You either innovate or you die."
  • “A business is just a person behind a desk. It’s not like you’re selling to some robot. There’s still a person making those decisions.”
  • “You’ve got to be so passionate about it that it’s not just your job. It’s kind of your life.”
  • “When you open a pizza…there’s nothing hidden. All the ingredients are front and center. So, making a great pizza every time is not easy.”

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