We love pizza!
1. 9 February is National Pizza day in the UK.
2. 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide every year – and 3 billion of those are in the US. That’s around 100 acres of pizza a day, or about 350 slices per second!
3. In the UK, we spend around £4.4 billion on pizza every year.
4. 49% of Brits eat pizza at least once a week.
5. 1 in 6 pizzas bought is delivered, and 1 in 3 is chilled, or frozen.
6. Pizza Hut once delivered a pizza to the International Space Station in 2001. They paid the Russians $1 million to transport the pizza and then made a commercial out of it.
7. The most successful Pizza Hut is in Moscow, and sells £6,500 in pizza, pasta and drinks per day.
8. In the UK our favourite topping is pepperoni.
9. In Japan they go for squid, in India they like pickled ginger, minced mutton and tofu, Brazilians like green peas sprinkled over their topping, while Russians serve up pizza covered in a mixture of sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon and red onions.
10. In New Zealand you can buy a Marmite-stuffed pizza. It’s called the CheeZeeMite.
11. Man has been eating flat-breads since Ancient times, but pizza as we know it was ‘invented’ in 1889 by Raffaele Esposito of Naples, who baked a pizza for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. With red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil, it matched the colours of the Italian flag – and the margherita pizza was born.
12. There are around 10,000 pizza outlets in the UK, and over 90% of them are chains.
13. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest recorded pizza ever baked was 37.4m in diameter and made at Norwood Hypermarket, Norwood, South Africa, on 8 December 1990. It weighed over 20173 kg, and was topped with 2923.4kg of sauce, 4252.4kg of cheese and 1082.7kg of pepperoni. It was eventually cut into 94,248 slices!