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Pizza Hut shares up nearly $2 in 1 week

Commodity prices continue to fall, while Pizza Hut shares race above competitors.

State of the Union puts minimum wage, 30-hour work week, joint employer issues in the spotlight

It's been a busy week in Washington. From the State of the Union address to the Supreme Court to more on the minimum wage, here's a round-up of hot public policy topics for restaurants.

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Why operators need to know about patent trolls

Patent trolls could cost restaurants money and slow innovation. Here's what operators need to know about patent trolls.

Best practices for developing, deploying a mobile app for your brand

Your app is an extension of your brand, and an app with sub-par design or functionality can do serious damage to that brand.

Challenges of Today's CFO

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New Year's resolution: Start the year with a great plan for your business

If you’re one of those people who have great intentions but lack follow through, writing a good business plan is the first major test of your commitment.

Gas and wheat prices continue to fall

Gas prices have fallen even further and are down more than $1 from a year ago.

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. hopes investors will RAVE about new name

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., the parent company of Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn, has announced that it is changing its name to RAVE Restaurant Group Inc., reflecting the company's transition to a multi-brand group.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

How to manage rising food costs

Look into markets that sell seconds or items that are discounted because of overruns.

Independent pizzerias leverage local ingredients, marketing to compete with big chains

For independent operators, it's important to understand futures and have a good relationship with distributors and manufacturers to best manage food costs.

What to consider when implementing a restaurant kiosk

A majority -- 88 percent -- of restaurant patrons indicate a preference for self-service technology at their table, while 12 percent indicated a preference for a kiosk upon arrival.

Gas, cheese, wheat prices all fall to close out the year

Gas prices have fallen 50 cents in the past month and are more than $1 lower than they were this time last year.

How to choose the best rewards for your loyalty program

It's important to set the minimum purchase amount at a reasonable level so customers don’t get frustrated that they are never earning punches and thus feel like it’s not worth trying.

Christmas arrives at the gas pump

Fuel experiences its longest streak of declining prices on record, according to AAA.

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Domino's Tracker available for Samsung Smart TVs on Super Bowl Sunday

Domino's expects to deliver more than 11 million pizza slices and more than 3 million chicken wings nationwide on Super Bowl Sunday.

Kansas City SPIN! to take on Kansas

Kansas City, Missouri-based SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza is gearing up to develop franchises across the state of Kansas.

Pizza Hut promo features NFL's Rex Ryan and Tony Romo

Pizza Hut, expecting to serve 2 million pizzas for Super Bowl, recruited head football coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Tony Romo for a new campaign challenging fans to embrace the company’s new Flavor of Now menu.

After July 1, NYC will say goodbye to polystyrene foam single-use packaging

Polystyrene foam is not recyclable, and can interfere with recycling and waste reduction efforts by contaminating other recyclables.

Spazzo's deflates meatballs New England Patriots style in an epic burn

The controversy over the New England Patriots' alleged deflating of footballs to gain competitive advantage has turned into a marketing opportunity for Redmond, Washington-based Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar.

MOD pizza expects 90-store expansion in 2015

Seattle-based MOD Pizza announced it is increasing its footprint in the U.S. with company and partner expansion throughout the East coast and Midwest in 2015.

Pizza Patron experiences best performance in 28-year history after shuttering stores

Mexican pizza chain Pizza Patrón experienced its best performance in its 28-year history in 2014 after shuttering under-performing stores.

SPIN! adds new shrimp dishes, more sizes of beer, wine

Kansas City, Missouri-based SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has introduced small plates, shrimp dishes, appetizers, a new dip, and more sizes of wine and beer to its newly expanded menu in its hometown market.

Americans will gobble up 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl [infographic]

Most of those wings will be consumed in restaurants. The National Chicken Council estimates that of the wings eaten during the Super Bowl, 75 percent will come from food service outlets and 25 percent from retail grocery stores.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint opens first Raleigh-Durham location

Franchisees Andrew Madans and Tallie Madans plan to open two more Uncle Maddio’s in the area within the next 18 months.

A romantic pizza from Giordano's is available even for single cat lovers on Valentine's Day

The pizza of love is available from Feb. 9 - 15.

Pie Five to open 15th location in Texas

Houston-based Pie Five Pizza is preparing to open its second restaurant in Space City on Jan. 23.

Mazzio's, Wing Run Wings cobranding 11 flavors of wings

Mazzio’s Italian Eatery is cobranding with Wing Run Wings to offer a choice of new boneless or traditional wings in a in 11 different flavors.

Pizza Pizza to pay out dividends in February

Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp. today announced a cash dividend of $0.0667 per share for January 2015.

Ingenico, Beamm team up to launch EMV-certified tablet POS

The smart tabletPOS combines an Ingenico iCT terminal, Beamm’s smart iPad POS application and management tools, a tablet stand, and cash drawer to provide a complete EMV-certified, in-store POS solution that is Apple Pay and Google Wallet ready

Pieology intros Alfredo pizza, whole wheat crust

Pieology Pizzeria has announced the chain-wide launch of several new signature pizzas and topping selections, including a proprietary three-cheese Alfredo Sauce and signature Whole Wheat Crust.

LA receives 5th 800 Degrees Pizzeria

Los Angeles-based 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria announced the opening of its fifth location starting Monday, January 26, 2015 in the heart of downtown LA.

Displays and Exhibits offering discount to Pizza Expo exhibitors

Displays and Exhibits, a tradeshow displays retailer, announced a promotion for exhibitors at the International Pizza Expo Trade Show in Las Vegas March 23-26, 2015.

Campisi's opens 10th location in North Texas

Dallas-based Campisi's opened its newest location at Southern Methodist University's Hughes-Trigg Stigg Student Center on January 16, 2015

Pizza Hut intros Triple Cheese Covered Stuffed Crust

Pizza Hut has introduced its Triple Cheese Covered Stuffed Crust coming to the more than 6,300 Pizza Hut locations across the country.

Villa Italian Kitchen announces winner of $3,000 sweepstakes

Morristown, New Jersey-based Villa Italian Kitchen today announced the winner of its Holiday Wish & Win Sweepstakes and the grand prize of $3,000.

Mood launches Elements custom music programming

Elements provides access to a catalogue of more than five million tracks that are fully licensed for commercial use, as well as one-on-one collaboration with a Mood Music designer.

Chuck E. Cheese promo offering Amazon gift card, free tickets

Chuck E. Cheese's is giving kids free tickets and a chance to "Do the Chuck E." dance with the store's own mascot. Kids can perform the dance every hour during Ticket Splash throughout January and February.

Stevi B's adds game day, family-friendly offers

Atlanta-based Stevi B's has introduced a number of customer promotions starting this month.

Philadelphia pizzeria feeds homeless

Mason Wartman left his Wall Street career behind just over a year ago to sell pizza for $1 a slice.

QSRs dominate top 10 franchise rankings

Franchiserankings.com's top 10 restaurant franchise list is dominated by quick-service concepts, with nine out of ten spots going to QSRs.

Pizza Patron brings back 'Any 3 for $6.99' campaign

The offer allows customers to buy any three large pizzas for $6.99 without a coupon.

Blaze Pizza expands inks deal for Canada expansion

The fast-casual pizza chain is targeting Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary for the first locations.

Mellow Mushroom opens additional location in Orlando

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open in Orlando-International Drive, Orlando, Florida.

Ziosk tabletop ordering kiosks expand nationwide

Ziosk, provider of ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the table tablets, or tabletop kiosks, announced it has successfully installed tablets at restaurants across all 50 states with its most recent deployment in Wyoming.

Red Book Connect launches ACAdvisor module for HotSchedules

The ACAdvisor helps businesses track, manage and monitor ACA employment statuses.

Push is on for paid sick leave

The president is backing The Healthy Families Act, which requires employers with 15 or more employees to offer up to a week of paid sick time.

Restaurant sales up, retail sales down in December

The restaurant industry posted its eighth consecutive monthly increase and strongest volume ever in December, adding 43,600 jobs.

Gino's East property sells for more than $7M

Northbrook, Illinois-based The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, completed the sale of a Gino’s East property located in Chicago for $7,100,000.

DiGiorno tackles game day pizza delivery with "PreGiorno" campaign

Solon, Ohio-based DiGiorno Pizza, a frozen-pizza concept, has launched its "PreGiorno" campaign in preparation for upcoming game days.

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