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It‘s not just a pizza topping
Summer / Fall 2023


Pepperoni is easily the most popular pizza topping in North America. We so often enjoy it without giving a thought to style, ingredients, or even history. The delicious, red rounds that are found on pizzas everywhere started their journey at the southern end of The Boot. When immigrants from Italy came to America they adapted their traditional salume to fit the ingredients they had and the palates of their new communities. These changes included making the soppressata less spicy, more finely ground, and most importantly adding it to pizzas.

There are many ways to produce and consume pepperoni, so let’s examine the different options available to processors and let the Hela creative Research and Development Team offer some new ideas.

Discover the pepperoni possibilities within:

  • Pizza Pepperoni
  • Sandwich Pepperoni
  • Pepperoni Everything else!

Pepperoni Pizza Topping


The name pepperoni comes from the Italian peperone which means bell pepper. Pepperoni as we’ve come to know it in North America is primarily a pizza topping that can range from high end and premium to a low cost but flavourful pizza ingredient. The range of styles and possibilities with pizza pepperoni is wide reaching and depends on your end consumer’s desire. In recent years there has a been a trend of cup and char pepperoni being driven on social media, but that’s not to say it’s the only style!

We can help you try:

  • Semi-dry Cup and Char pepperoni
  • Fully Cooked Lay-Flat Pepperoni
  • Fully Dry Traditional Pepperoni
  • Hot Honey Flavoured Pepperoni
  • Reduced Sodium Pepperoni
  • Reduced Fat Pepperoni
  • Roasted Garlic Pepperoni
  • Extra Hot Pepperoni
  • Plant-based Pepperoni

Pizza Pepperoni


Large diameter sandwich pepperoni are often overlooked by Canadians when choosing what deli slice could be used to fill their sandwich. The large diameter pepperoni is a popular choice south of the border. For example, when building a classic New Jersey style Italian sub, layer with other Italian style deli meats as they make a sandwich that is greater than the sum of the parts.

Large diameter sandwich pepperoni can be offered in a fully cooked style deli meat, semi-dry style deli meat, or a world- class fully dried deli meat. No matter which method you chose, Hela can help make it delicious!

How about:

  • Extra smoky sandwich pepperoni
  • Deluxe sandwich pepperoni with green pepper and mushroom inclusions
  • Canadian eh! Pepperoni with bacon and mushroom inclusions

Sandwich Pepperoni


Why let the delicious flavour of pepperoni stop at a deli meat? Use pepperoni as your inspiration for creating new and decadent flavours. The typical salty, smoky, spicy taste of pepperoni makes the perfect seasoning for BBQ ready meats, snack seasonings, cheeses, and more!

How about these ideas?

  • Spicy Pepperoni Snack Seasoning
  • NY Style Pepperoni Mozzarella Cheese Seasoning
  • Smoky Pepperoni BBQ Rub
  • Pepperoni Bread Seasoning
  • Garlic Parmesan Pepperoni Wing Sauce
  • Pepperoni Flavoured Smoked Sausage
  • Pepperoni Jerky
  • Pepperoni Ice Cream

Anything is possible and is only limited by your imagination.

Delicious Flavour of Pepperoni


  • R&D Team experienced in many different product categories
  • Ability to create products based on customers’ ideas
  • Ability to bring new product ideas and fully developed concepts for customer review
  • Real plant production experience that enables Hela Spice to create an easy to produce system of blends and raw materials including processing instructions, to make processing simple for companies
  • We can adapt procedures to best utilize available plant processing equipment


Have a product idea? Tell us all about it and your search for the perfect ingredients. Find it all at Hela Spice. Let’s talk about your next best-seller.