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Pizza Hut wasn't the only concept to undergo a massive makeover this year; Sbarro, CiCi's, California Pizza Kitchen and Chuck E. Cheese's also all took a page from the 'Domino's playbook.'
On top of record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling logistics, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.
Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.
The average cost of fuel is nearly 70 cents lower per gallon than it was last year at this time, and has dropped below the $2 mark in 13 states.
Recent electronic intrusions in some of the most well-known retailers have caused business owners around the country to question whether or not they are susceptible to cybercriminals, and what they can do to protect themselves.
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Write down where you want to be in one year, three years or five years as a way to better understand where you are headed and how you are going to get there.
The upswing in the economy means competition for talent will heat up in 2015. That means employers need to up their game when it comes to attracting and retaining the best team members.
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The focus on healthy menu attributes, such as grass-fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free products, etc., seemed to be more prevalent than similar products in the United States.
Focusing on how diversity is presented on a company website provides an opportunity to reaffirm our industry’s commitment to reaching a multicultural workforce and customer base.
Gas prices drop another dime in a week.
After years on the rise, gluten-free cuisine has fallen out of the top 10 list of the National Restaurant Association's annual survey.
Refer to the failures of your company's ancestors because there is a lot to learn there.
Millennials believe they simply don't have time to commit to a sit down 90-minute meal, so brands should deliver succinct experiences to help customers do more with limited time.
Mall-based restaurants can see a significant spike in sales around the holiday season, bolstered by high traffic volumes and consumers' desire for indulgence.
Keep an eye out for a team member who takes new peers under their wing; you just might have had an excellent trainer under your nose.
Domino's shares are up 3,000 percent compared to where they were before the company's turnaround effort in 2010.
Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.
A handful of businessmen and women have come up with new concepts specifically to solve restaurant operators' biggest problems.
The new Cloud Connect integration will enable Paytronix to integrate, maintain and deploy its solution across NCR’s install base of more than 100,000 restaurant locations.
In 2004, one-third of survey respondents reported they ate several small meals throughout the day, while 10 years later, 39 percent of respondents indicate they do the same.
New research from Technomic's Financial Dashboard finds that the fast casual restaurant segment outperformed all others with nearly 8 percent growth in same-store sales during Q3 2014.
According to new research from The NPD Group, families with kids have made 1 billion fewer visits to US restaurants in the past six years. This consumer base represents 32 percent of US households and $83.7 billion of total restaurant...
RedBrick Pizza is launching an expansion campaign to add more than a dozen restaurants in Nebraska over the next three years. The company will host a VIP Taste & Tour franchise event from 6-9:30 p.m.
Pie Five Pizza Co. has opened its newest Wichita, Kansas, restaurant on Rock Road, across from Bradley Fair.
Snagajob has released its free app for iOS and Android, designed to make the job posting/hiring process easier by using a smartphone’s or tablet’s video, photo and GPS technology. Employers can currently post jobs for free via the app’s free...
Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded up to 55 franchise units to John "J.D." Draper and John Draper II.
Boston Pizza has teamed up with Hockey Canada and Dietitian Kelly Anne Erdman to launch a new Athlete's Choice menu. According to a company announcement, the menu is designed to provide energy, as well as the right amount of sodium...
FutureCast's ShareLikeBuy millennial marketing conference is set for Feb. 4 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
California-based Healthy Dining has added two information technology professionals to help the company's growth. Steve Palmer and Alex Kang will further the development of Healthy Dining’s new software and digital platforms. Additionally, the team will develop new software applications designed...
Blaze Pizza will continue its aggressive expansion throughout the country with a new unit in Sarasota, Florida, expected to open in January. The Kentucky-based Millennial Restaurant Group, which is franchising the concept in four states, today announced the groundbreaking of...
Americans continue to choose pepperoni as their favorite pizza topping, but what may be surprising to some is that more consumers are basing their decisions on the crust. According to a new report from Dataessential, the crust has become a...
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has announced the opening of two new restaurants this week, one in Hixson, Tennessee, and the other in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The Hixson location is the company's first in the Chattanooga market. To celebrate the opening, $1 from every Chicago 7 and Meat Me sale after 3 p.m.
Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will launch a new IT strategy in Q1 aimed at improving customer engagement and franchisee satisfaction.
Company claims to be the first online ordering system to offer the new payment technology.
The NCR Silver POS system for small businesses has been integrated with LevelUp's mobile payment and payment platform. According to an announcement from the companies, the integration was made to provide small businesses – primarily fast casual restaurants – with...
The computer-assisted text analysis was more accurate at predicting restaurants' demise than ratings alone (although it is most powerful when used in combination with numerical ratings).
The regulations affect entities with at least 20 locations nationwide operating under the same name. Attorneys discussed the law’s complexities and answered operator questions during the webinar.
As restaurant brands increasingly jockey for more consumer visits, it's more important than ever for operators to keep a strong pulse on what their customers are looking for when they dine out. According to new research from The NPD Group,...
Thanx Inc. has released new data today showing that over the last several years restaurant revenue declined 22 to 45 percent during the post-Thanksgiving holiday period.
Project Pie has announced a partnership with commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to help franchisees introduce the fast casual pizza concept in new markets. "This partnership with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank will elevate Project Pie to the...
Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its first North Carolina location Thursday in Morrisville's Park West Village. To celebrate, the restaurant is offering free pizzas Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
zpizza has added the zCarnivore to its menu, featuring four types of meat - all-natural pepperoni, fennel sausage, smoked ham and bacon – and topped with hand-torn oregano. The zCarnivore pizza is available through February. "The zCarnivore is a craveable taste that's a meat lover's dream," Founder Sid Fanarof said in a news release.
Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded up to 10 franchise units to restaurateur Mark Mehrizi to expand the brand in Kentucky.
The Great Western Drought topped all food-related stories for American consumers in 2014. According to the Hunter Public Relations' 12th annual Food News Study, conducted in partnership with Libran Research & Consulting, the shrinking bee population and the war on...
New research from Technomic finds that most consumers want transparency from restaurant brands about their menu choices. Additionally, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives.
SafetyChain Software announced it is offering a complimentary Return on Investment calculator report for food and beverage companies looking to build a business case to implement food safety and quality assurance automation solutions in 2015. According to a news release,...
On the heels of its franchise agreement announcement with TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants to grow in Michigan, Seattle-based MOD Pizza also plans to add South Carolina to its portfolio. The company has partnered with Rich Connolly to develop a presence...
With 288 deals and $95.2 billion raised, 2014 will end with record activity in the US IPO markets, according to the EY Global IPO Trends: 2014 Q4 report released this week. EY Global said 2013 revived the IPO market in...
New research from Food Genius finds a growing number of healthier menu options and more concepts touting a health-halo menu.
CiCi's Pizza has named Jim Lebs as its new chief financial officer Jim Lebs. According to a news release, Lebs has 20 years of experience and most recently served as VP – Supply Chain for Sonic Drive-In. He also served...
The conference will focus on technologies such as digital signage, self-service kiosks, mobile and tablets, as well as emerging technologies like beacons, virtual assistants and augmented reality.
TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants, a Michigan-based restaurant group with a portfolio of casual and QSR brands, has announced plans to open 25 MOD Pizza locations throughout the state during the next five years. Its first two leases have been signed...
Pizza Hut Oman has been awarded the "Most Innovative Industry Application of Big Data" at The Customer Festival Awards, held recently in Dubai. According to a news release, the winners were selected by an independent panel of judges from brands...
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