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Happy Thanksgiving from the KettlePizza Family

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It’s been an exhilarating few weeks here at KettlePizza. So as we head full speed into the holiday season, Happy-Thanksgiving-from-The-Twinerywe wanted to take this opportunity to fill you in on what we have been up to, which is a lot:  we added to our dealer network here in the US and abroad, announced a super holiday sale on our Made in the USA KettlePizza kits and accessories, and celebrated our third year in our current manufacturing and office location.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one month, we even drew the interest of a business reporter who was curious enough in our story to interview us, tour the plant, meet our employees and enjoy a few slices right off of a piping hot KettlePizza.

We were flattered and grateful when this article appeared in the Boston Business Journal.  And also very thankful to all of our customers and business partners without whom we would not be where we are today.

In case you missed some of the recent KettlePizza happenings, here’s a recap:

  • To jump-start the holiday shopping season, and as some of you already know, we launched our holiday sale well in advance of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. We are offering huge discounts off of select KettlePizza merchandise now and through Monday, Dec. 1, aka Cyber Monday.   Please start filling those shopping carts!
  • Also, we really want to encourage everyone to “shop small” this Saturday, November 29, which is Small Business Saturday.  Founded four years ago by American Express, Small Business Saturday has become a powerful, annual movement and supports the businesses who are largely responsible for job creation and for keeping the jobs in the US.
  • Our national and international network of dealers continues to expand.  Today, we have established partnerships with dealers in 20 US states and internationally we are now working with distributors in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the UK, and our newest partner, On the Patio in the Republic of South Africa.  On top of this, we grew direct sales to nearly 60 countries, and
  • This is the three-year anniversary of our move into our headquarters at 8 Federal Way, Groveland, Mass., a
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    KettlePizza worldwide headquarters, 8 Federal Way, Groveland, Mass.

    small town of less than 7,000 residents and located 31 miles north of Boston. Our modern offices and manufacturing space give us the room we need to grow.  If you’re ever in the area and want to see the how we make the KettlePizza, the door is always open.

The KettlePizza community is global, passionate and growing. With close to 34,000 likes on Facebook, a growing Twitter following and this blog, we look forward to another year of engaging with you while providing you with updates about your favorite wood fired pizza oven.

Above all things, we are thankful for the year-long support of our customers and partners.  With that said, the KettlePizza family would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.  And we know you know what to do with any leftover turkey.  To get you started, here’s a great turkey pizza recipe.

25 – 50% Discounts on the KettlePizza and Accessories Begins Sunday!

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While it may be hard to believe, ’tis the season.  Yes, the holiday season is upon us and that can only wishlistmean one thing: the greatest savings period of the year for gift-buying is just around the corner.

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday.  Back-to-back-to-back opportunities to click through your holiday shopping list while experiencing significant savings.

This year, KettlePizza is once again doing its part to help make your holiday shopping experience more enjoyable and affordable because from Sunday, November 23 through Cyber Monday, Dec. 1, we’re offering 25-50% off of our Made in the USA KettlePizza kits and accessories.

Yes, you read it right — up to 50% off starting this Sunday.

If you’ve been thinking about sharing the joy you’re experiencing with your own KettlePizza with a loved one, friend or colleague, there will be no better time than from Nov. 23 – Dec. 1 to make your purchase. And if you’ve been putting off buying your first KettlePizza, or want to add to your collection, well, the sale begins in four short days.

This year, we decided to kick off our holiday sale prior to Black Friday, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.  We will not be surprised to see other small businesses throughout the US do the same.  One thing is for sure:  come Small Business Saturday on December 29, small businesses in every industry and category and in every nook and cranny in the country will be pulling all the stops to help you check off all of the items on your holiday shopping list.

Whether you’re shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, we encourage you to make our country’s small businesses the first stop on your shopping excursions. It’s the small businesses who continue to fuel job growth and keep the jobs in the US.  At KettlePizza, we’ve been committed to US job growth since day one. Without our small businesses, personalized service and the quality we’ve come to expect and love from a hands-on approach to building and servicing better products will become obsolete.

You’ll  be hearing from us throughout the season, but until the next time, we’d like to thank you for your business and wish you and yours the happiest and healthiest holiday season.

Fire Up the Braai: KettlePizza Welcomes South Africa to its Global Community

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While it’s true that Americans love a good barbecue, for many residents of South Africa, a braai (their word for barbecue)  is a way of life.  As one American expat now living in South Africa puts it: logo-big

“A braai is acceptable for any  occasion. That’s right. Birthday braai, Christmas braai, going away braai, welcome home braai, a Wednesday night just to get a few friends together braai, a graduation braai, housewarming braai, these are all perfectly acceptable times to have a braai.”

When our love of a good barbecue, especially where pizza is involved, led us down the path of KettlePizza (we started building and selling the KettlePizza right of out Al’s barn in Boxford, Massachusetts about four years ago), having a passionate customer base in South Africa was pretty far from our thoughts.  But some four years later, and thanks to a lot of hard work, the KettlePizza is now readily available to the braai-loving people of South Africa through our exclusive partnership with On the Patio, “the trusted destination for all things home outdoor related.”

On the Patio and KettlePizza have a lot in common beyond our passion for pizza cooked on a wood-fired grill. Like KettlePizza, On the Patio was founded by two friends. Like KettlePizza, the idea for On the Patio was born out of a frustration.

In the case of On the Patio,  it happens to be two friends who were frustrated by the lack of a one-stop shopping site that catered to the home outdoor lifestyle. As On the Patio Director Craig Simpson said, “As South Africans, we love our patios, our stoeps, sitting outside sharing a cold one. It is part of who we are, it is in our DNA, which is why when we looked online for specific, original products and experiences for the home outdoor lifestyle and couldn’t find much, we took action.”

Similarly, many of you already know KettlePizza was born out of a frustration with the lack of an affordable way to cook real wood-fired pizza without requiring the cook to remove the grill cover to feed the fire or check the pizza.

The stars aligned and KettlePizza and On the Patio, despite being separated by some 7,900 miles, found each other.  So excited are our new business partners, and friends, that the folks at On the Patio commissioned this outstanding video show casing KettlePizza:

Since that faithful day in 2010, KettlePizza has been shipped to more than 50 countries.  Our US distributor base is growing, and in addition we now have KettlePizza dealers in Canada, Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and now South Africa.

We welcome On the Patio to the KettlePizza global community and hope you will too by visiting their company website, by popping over to “like” their Facebook page and by following them on Twitter.

KettlePizza Featured in ‘Made in America’ Gift Guide

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We’re proud of a lot of things around here.Featured American Made Holiday Gift Guide (1)

We’re proud of our efforts to create jobs in the USA, which we recently wrote about, and to support other companies who do the same.

We’re proud that we’re a “Made in the USA” company.

We’re proud that KettlePizza components — the wooden handles, pizza stones, steel, pizza peels and other key parts — are sourced here.

And we’re sure proud when others recognize us and support these efforts of ours.

That’s why we’re excited to see that the 2014 ‘Made in America’ Holiday Gift Guide has been published and that KettlePizza is featured in it as a recommended gift. You can view the guide right here.

Made-in-America-Holiday-Challenge-2014Did you know the average American spends over $700 annually on holiday shopping? If just 10% ($70) of this was spent on gifts made in the USA, the economic impact would equate to the creation of over 200,000 American jobs.

The mission of the American Made Holiday Gift Guide from MadeInUSAChallenge.com is to provide the conscientious consumer with a place to find items that support our economy, protect the environment and give back to our communities.

We’re proud that KettlePizza is featured among these items!

Take the Made in the USA’ Challenge!

Jobs Creation: Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Continue to Lead the Way

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It’s the busy holiday season at KettlePizza. Jill and Laurie ready another Made in the USA KettlePizza for shipping at company headquarters.

While the winners of this week’s midterm election were celebrating with hot pizza and cold beer, election watchers were calling it one of the most important midterms in recent history given the focal point on jobs.  Voters gravitated to candidates they deemed were best for business, and subsequently, jobs and job creation.

Like much of the country, we too have listened in the recent years to government leaders and economists talk about the need for job creation in this country, and to stem the offshoring trend.  At times, though, we’d be scratching our heads because as a small-to-medium sized business (SMBs), all that KettlePizza and tens of thousands of companies just like ours ever wanted to do was to create jobs in the USA and keep them here.

Over the years, SMBs have consistently created new jobs without any intention of sending them overseas.  Many large organizations, however, have completely rebuilt their business model to integrate offshoring into their DNA.  While this practice may make business sense in certain cases (where offshoring takes advantage of an expertise or resources that don’t reside in the USA), for the most part big companies offshored millions of USA jobs over the years for one reason:  to take advantage of the lower cost of labor in other countries.

Did you know that in October alone small businesses created 102,000 jobs in the USA?  That’s nearly half of all the jobs that were created in the country last month across all company sizes.

When we started KettlePizza four years ago, a significant value proposition for the company was to create jobs in the USA and to support other companies that do the same.  Today we continue to be a “Made in the USA” company. We’re proud that KettlePizza components — the wooden handles, pizza stones, steel, pizza peels and other key parts — are sourced here.  It’s now interesting to see that the decades-old practice of sending certain jobs to other countries, where the cost of labor have historically been less than in the USA, is now seeing somewhat of a reversal.  It’s called “reshoring” and it’s due to rising overseas wages.

Who would have guessed?

What do they call it when jobs are created here and stay here?  We’ll leave that one up to the experts.  We’re sure there’s a word for it. But whatever it’s called, one thing we do know with absolute certainty is that Americans love their pizza and we’re thrilled to be part of this country’s $40B+ pizza industry.

The next time you’re in the market for a new service or a new product, take a good look at a business that started in the USA and kept it here.

You won’t be sorry.  Promise.

Oh, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for November 29 – that’s Small Business Saturday. We’ll be following up soon with a few suggestions on how to support the small businesses that are there for you throughout the year.

And, as always, thank you for your business!

KettlePizza and Halloween Go Together like Dr. and Mrs. Frankenstein

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Tweet your Halloween pizza creations to us @Kettlepizza
Tweet your Halloween pizza creations to us @Kettlepizza

If you’re reading this, you probably agree that every day is a great day for pizza.  But did you know that Halloween is the busiest day of the year for the pizza industry? And this year, this ghoulish of holidays falls on a Friday, likely the busiest day of the week for the pizza world throughout the year.

With this said, we have two pieces of advice for you:

  • If you’re having a Halloween party and ordering out for pizza, place your order earlier in the day – or even today. And be kind to your delivery driver: make sure your house number isn’t hidden by Halloween decorations and don’t forget the gratuity for a job well done.
  • Instead of ordering out for pizza and risking a late delivery of luke-warm pizza, and instead of making your meal of pizza a side note to your Halloween fun, make it the center of attention by cooking on your KettlePizza.

What better way to spend a crisp autumn evening than in your backyard, catching up on the week’s events with Dr. Frankenstein, Spiderman, Mary Poppins and Tinkerbell, and standing around the mellow glow and warmth of your KettlePizza while eating a delicious pizza?

While delivery pizza is obviously convenient, the fun factor is close to zero.  Now imagine your kids and their friends dressing up spooky pizzas with nutritious toppings like mozzarella strung out like a spider web, black olives in the center of pineapple slices like the eyes of a ghoul, or a Bell pepper cut in strips to form the legs of an imaginary creature.

If you still want to celebrate Halloween with your KettlePizza but want to get right down to the cooking to avoid dealing with “hangry” house guests, a few great brands make it easy to do so.  Papa-Murphy’s, for example, is making its Jack-O-Lantern pizza available through Halloween.  Papa Murphy uses pepperoni and olives for the smiling jack-o-lantern along with red sauce and mozzarella cheese.

So pick up a Jack-O-Lantern pizza from Papa Murphy, fire up the KettlePizza, and you’re in business…or do it yourself.   If you’re a DIYer, here are a couple of great Halloween pizza recipes to help get you started:   Spiderweb pizza, or scare away vampires with roasted garlic pizza.

Celebrating Halloween with grilled pizza adds exponentially to the fun factor. And just because Halloween marks the official end to National Pizza Month, remember that at KettlePizza — and we think the same goes for you — every month is national pizza month.

Tweet your spooky pizza creations to us @Kettlepizza and we’ll share them on Twitter and Facebook for the whole global KettlePizza community to see.

More importantly, have a safe Halloween!

Homegating with Family, Friends and KettlePizza is a Little Slice of Heaven

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The NFL can lay claim to being the largest live spectator sport on the planet in terms of average attendance with close to 20 million people filling seats at stadiums throughout the US each season.  That’s close to 70,000 fans per stadium on any given Sunday.  And as we know, most of these fans — with their SUVs and pick-ups stocked with grills and coolers filled with burgers and dogs and wings and brew, treating each trek to their home team’s stadium more like a pilgrimage than a road trip — are season ticket holders. So a big percentage of the 20 million are attending games on a weekly basis.

But what about the rest of us?Tailgating

While attending a game in person can be lots of fun, enjoying a “no-traffic” NFL football Sunday in the more intimate and cozy setting of a warm house filled with family and friends and high fives – and of course, pizza, because “pizza is the new hamburger” <The Today Show video> — is a great alternative.

For the majority of us, that’s our world. The world of “homegating”, where replacing the possibility of foul weather, big crowds and the time and money associated with attending an NFL game with the comfort of one’s own home – or a friend’s – is priceless.  As we know from many of our customers, homegating with KettlePizza is a growing trend.

One of the primary reasons why we came up with the idea for KettlePizza was that we wanted to provide a product that would become the centerpiece for almost any environment where friends and family gather to enjoy each other’s company.  Since it was invented in the late 1800’s in Naples, Italy, pizza has been a food that isn’t only delicious and nutritious (just try not to eat the whole pie!), but is best enjoyed when shared with others.  Whether it be a birthday celebration, a backyard Halloween party, a Friday night get together or a NFL football Sunday, chances are pizza will be part of the mix.

Granted, we’re a bit biased, but we think KettlePizza marries the best of all worlds when it comes to a family and friends get together at home — aka homegating – on a Sunday or on any other day.

The warm glow of a wood-fired pizza oven before, during and after the game, friends and family members preparing favorite toppings for the next pie, your grilling skills the talk of the neighborhood…well, that’s a little slice of heaven.

With a Made in the USA KettlePizza in your backyard, the countdown to your next homegating event will begin as soon as the final whistle blows at the end of the game.