Thursday, October 30, 2014

Behind the Scenes of Domino's Pizza - #DPZBloggerDay14

I received travel expenses and products as part of Domino's Pizza Blogger Day.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Did you know that Domino's delivers more than 1 million pizzas a day worldwide or that Domino's is consistently one of the top five companies in terms of online transactions, behind companies such as Amazon and Apple?  I learned that information and so much more during Domino's Pizza Blogger Day 2014. 

I, along with several other bloggers from around the states, were guests for the day at Domino's Pizza headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The day was jam-packed with a tour of the World Resource Center, Supply Chain Center, and other areas of Domino's interest.

Kitty Bradshaw of blog with same name
Although I didn't get to spend time with each and every blogger, it was nice meeting with likeminded gals.  It couldn't have been a better group!
Domino's World Resource Center has displays of company merchandise, products, and items of interest.

There were a few interesting upcycled pieces that lined the walls.  They were made of materials used in Domino's facilities.

We donned hard hats and white coats to tour the Supply Chain Center.  It's there that all supplies are housed and fresh dough is made daily.  It was quite obvious that the company takes meticulous measures to ensure quality ingredients for their pizza and safety for their workers.

The dough goes through quite the process.  I can't remember the exact number, but lots and lots of dough is made every day.  At one point, it goes through a conveyer belt line and is picked off by workers.

We were able to get a view of the future of Domino's restaurants.  It is a prototype for what most all Domino's restaurants will soon look like.  It's meant to be more interactive and give customers the chance to see the pizza being made.

My favorite part of the day was visiting the Test Kitchen.  It's there that new food ideas come to life.  Eighty-five percent of the items on Domino's menu are new since 2008. 

Each blogger was given the opportunity to make, bake, and cut their own pizza.  We learned how pizzas are made and how ingredients are measured.

I loaded up with pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, sausage, and bacon.

A Q&A session took place with President and CEO, Patrick Doyle as well as other top-level executives.  We discussed the menu, technology and online ordering, community outreach, and more. 
It was a whirlwind of a trip but well worth it.  After going behind-the-scenes, I was given a broader view on the company, how they're moving forward in the pizza market, and how they seem to care for their customers.
What's your favorite Domino's menu item?