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Cheese prices up 10 cents in a week

Papa Murphy's stock is up $2 in two weeks.

Online ordering provides the holy grail of customer-level data

Even for brands in which digital ordering represents a small percentage, its search traffic and order traffic represents a meaningful sample size from which brands can glean valuable insights.

How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs

This report provides an in-depth guide for retailers, restaurateurs and other businesses that are considering installing ATMs on their premises.

Sponsored by: Elan Financial Services

What did you miss at #CONNECTsummit14? Check out the highlights

#CONNECTsummit14 included mobile innovation leaders from across the spectrum: tech, restaurant, retail.

Three ways restaurants can be smarter with local schools

Online ordering is the perfect way to remind students, parents and school administrators that you care about their needs by offering them a quick and value-oriented way to order their meals.

Inventory Control Basics for Foodservice

Foodservice inventory typically covers inventory stock or consumables/food, beverages, cleaning, and disposable supplies. These products are stored in a designated storage room area or other secure locations of the building. For the purposes of this paper when we talk about...

Sponsored by: Axis Purchasing

Record-setting harvests push wheat to 4-year low

Wheat prices closed below the $6 mark twice last week, plunging to $5.68 on Friday.

Why Apple Pay is important for restaurant operators big and small

Apple tries to make everything easy for consumers and that usually equals widespread consumer adoption down the road.

Allergen awareness: Why American brands should be watching the EU

The focus on establishments that serve food items will become more prevalent as the number of people born with allergens continues to increase.

Why restaurants should embrace mobile payment with iPhone 6 and PassBook

By combining NFC with finger touch recognition technology, Apple is able to offer NFC payment securely inside PassBook, making PassBook more relevant than ever.

McDonald's, Subway named as initial Apple Pay partners

The new mobile wallet eliminates the need for a magstripe, instead generating a single-use, unique number for each transaction.

How to survive the protein craze

Cutting costs by creating limited time offers or new menu items that scale down the serving of animal protein could be interesting to test with consumers.

iPhone mobile payment option opens up opportunity for marketers

With Apple's rollout of Apple Pay, now might be a good time for marketers to get to know Passbook.

A lesson for educational foodservice operators

How educational foodservice operators can gain a more transparent view of their costs and control of all purchasing cost factors.

Average cost of wheat inches up

Gas prices have stayed steady for the past two weeks, despite a busy holiday weekend.

What are Any’tizers, Tanglers, Frisnacks or Wrappetizers?

Restaurants can sell snacks at premium profit margins and can be more exciting for guests than the traditional core menu.

Using big data to get a big mobile strategy in place

Operators can now collect valuable information about their customers, find micro segments, create predictive analytics, and pass that value on.

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PAR launches PAR Tablet 10, PAR Tablet 8 accessories

New tablet features larger, 10-inch screen format.

Calgary preps for weeklong pizza competitions

The creators of YYC Burger Week have announced a new Calgary, Alberta-wide YYC Pizza Week. From Sept.

New England Food Show's partnership with the NRA to begin in 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association's newly announced partnership with the National Restaurant Association for the New England Food Show will begin. The NEFS is the largest tradeshow of its kind in the Northeast, according to a news release.

Project Pie plans New Jersey debut

Project Pie has signed a 9-unit franchise deal that will mark the brand’s debut in New Jersey. The new restaurants will be owned and operated by local company The Belvedere Group, which plans to open the first Project Pie location...

Heartland adds mobile and online ordering solution

Heartland Payment has introduced a mobile and online ordering solution for restaurants. The solution, called Heartland Mobile and Online Ordering, was released in partnership with ToGoTechnologies. "Restaurants are looking for a competitive mobile ordering solution that will match the functionality...

PAR Technology acquires restaurant POS software provider

PAR Technology Corporation has announced its acquisition of Brink Software Inc., a provider of cloud-based point-of-sale software for restaurants. The acquisition will give PAR Technology the ability to develop, deploy and service cloud technology solutions for quick-serve, fast casual and casual dining restaurants, according to a news release.

Restaurant organizations urging return to 40-hour full-time definition

Returning to a traditional 40-hour definition would benefit employees through more hours and income, say trade organizations.

Pizza 73 teams up with Edmonton Oilers

Western Canada’s Pizza 73 has announced a new partnership with the Edmonton Oilers. The multi-year deal, a first between the organizations, makes Pizza 73 the official pizza of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings. According to a news release,...

Pizza concepts join in on Mac & Cheese competition

The inaugural Mac & Cheese Fest will be held Oct. 4 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum from noon to 3 p.m.

Accusations of animal abuse arise at Papa John’s, Domino’s dairy suppliers

An animal protection organization this week released an undercover video showing animal abuse at Winchester Dairy, which provides milk to Leprino Foods.

Pizza Hut testing lower-calorie pizza

Last week, menu analyst Nancy Kruse said one of the hottest marketing buzzwords in the restaurant industry is "skinny." Brands such as Sbarro and Cheesecake Factory have leveraged this trend with their respective Skinny Slice and Skinnylicious offerings. Now it...

Pizza Hut announces African expansion plans

Pizza Hut Thursday announced the opening of its first restaurant in Africa with its Johannesburg, South Africa, opening. The company said the brand's entry into this market is part of its focus on emerging markets. "Africa is an emerging continent...

Blaze Pizza targets South Florida for continued expansion

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has been busy this week with new unit announcements, including in Southern California, New York/New Jersey and Tennessee. The company has also set its sights on a South Florida debut, and plans to open three locations in...

Hungry Howie’s expands North Carolina presence

Hungry Howie's Pizza continues its growth in North Carolina with the reopening of its second restaurant in Greensboro. According to a news release, this marks the Michigan-based chain's 15th location for brothers Mike, James and Steven Peterson as well as...

Kitchen Innovation nominations now being accepted

The National Restaurant Association is now accepting applications for the 2015 Kitchen Innovations Awards – the program's 11th year. According to a news release, the KI Awards recognize foodservice equipment and technology advancements. Winners are demonstrated at the annual NRA Show in May in Chicago in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion.

Pie Five opening new Tennessee, Florida locations

Pie Five Pizza Co. will open a new location in Daytona Beach, Florida, and another new location in Franklin, Tennessee, on Friday. The Daytona Beach location is the second for the company in Florida and is located near the Daytona International Speedway at 1388 W.

Papa Murphy’s adds gluten-free option

Papa Murphy's and Boulder Brands, the makers of Udi's Gluten Free branded products, today announced a partnership to bring Udi's Gluten Free pizza crust to Papa Murphy's locations. Papa Murphy’s stores will begin offering the gluten-free option this month and...

Marco’s Pizza expects to hit 1,000 stores by end of 2016

Marco's Pizza announced it is on pace to hit its goal of 1,000 stores by the end of 2016.

West Coast Franchise Expo coming to Anaheim

The International Franchise Association is sponsoring an expo for potential franchisees Oct. 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Craft beer growth outpacing broader breweries industry growth

Craft beers are growing, and seasonal offerings are big drivers of growth.

Dinova lists top network restaurants for corporate dining

Corporate dining preferences lean strongly toward fast casual concepts, according to Dinova.

Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for wage theft accusations raised by its franchisee employees. In response,...

Blaze Pizza adding two locations in LA market

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that it will open two more Los Angeles County locations, including Westfield's Topanga Mall and the University of Southern California.  These openings will put the concept at 11 locations in the Los Angeles area by early 2015.  The Canoga Park location is scheduled to open in October 2014.

Stevi B’s launches fall menu, promotions

Stevi B's Pizza Buffet is expanding its buffet options with a new dessert – the Caramel Apple Pizza. Available now through November, the Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza is filled with caramel, apple filling and cobbler crumbs. Additionally, the brand has...

Gatti’s Pizza offers $4.50 pricing to mark milestone anniversary

Gatti's Pizza is celebrating its 45th anniversary on Sept. 25 with a special one-day only promotion.

More restaurants adopting green practices

Research reveals that the majority of restaurants surveyed by the National Restaurant Association recycle, use compact fluorescent lighting and purchase recycled materials.

Pie Five Pizza hooks up with Uber, Texas State Fair for promotion

Pie Five Pizza has partnered with the State Fair of Texas, Coca-Cola and Uber to offer two VIP prize packages, each consisting of four general admission tickets to the fair. Winners will also receive food and ride coupons totaling $200...

Blaze Pizza announces a handful of new locations

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, today announced that it will soon be opening three new locations in the greater New York/New Jersey area. The company also announced it will open its 18th SoCal location Sept.

Total Merchant’s Groovv Register gets restaurant-specific upgrades

Total Merchant Services, a payments processing company, has released a restaurant version of Groovv Register designed to help independent restaurant owners. These enhancements include the ability to send orders to the kitchen printer, up to three levels of item modifiers...

Fund established to encourage pro athletes into franchising

The Playbook Solutions Group Franchise Income Fund has been formed to help professional athletes get into franchising. The fund was founded by Steve Levenson and NFL veteran Leonard Marshall is a partner. "The franchise industry is continuing to flourish and...

More consumers seeking out restaurants for beverage offerings

Specialty beverages – from coffees to teas to craft beers – have been on an upswing in the restaurant industry for the past few years and more consumers are now seeking them out. According to new research from Technomic, 21...

Beanstalk Data announces strategic partnership with Olo

The partnership brings together Beanstalk's SaaS platform and Olo's digital ordering.

US Foods rolls out fall products

US Foods is rolling out several new product lines for fall, plus a new game app for diners.

Mood Media integrating location-based marketing capabilities

Mood Media is integrating a digital signal into its media players that will allow its customers to deliver location-based marketing content.

NRA's Educational Foundation seeks neighbor, diversity nominations

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced today it has begun accepting nominations for its 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream awards. Applications and nomination forms are available online at NRAEF.org/Awards until Nov.

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