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NRA: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram execs share 3 social media myths

Social media myths dispelled by Facebook, Twitter and Instragram experts.

Fast casual stars honored at Top 100 gala

The 2015 Fast Casual Top 100 gala in Chicago honored the list's top 50 brands. Panera came out on top, and there were a few other surprises as well.

Get a Bigger Piece of the Pie

Online ordering, and mobile ordering in particular, is no longer simply a nice add-on for consumers, it's an expectation.

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The hidden benefit of SMS text marketing messages

Erin Levzow, Director of Digital and E-commerce at Wingstop, points out a key benefit of SMS promotions that you may have overlooked.

A look at NRA 2015

About 60,000 foodservice providers and operators met this week in Chicago for NRA 2015.

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NRA: Menu trends beckon return to simpler times

For those of us who want to return to "the good old days," that time is here, at least in the world of restaurant trends, according to mega-trends analyst Nancy Kruse in her "Menus 2015: Turning Trends into Moneymakers" session at NRA 2015.

NRA: Is marijuana the next menu trend?

Will marijuana soon be on your menu? Steve Fox, director of VS Strategies, counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLC, and panelist for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show's "Marijuana on the Menu" session thinks so.

Industry gears up for NRA show

The restaurant industry’s biggest show of the year is kicking off Saturday when tens of thousands of restaurant operators and vendors meet in Chicago for the NRA event.

Bugging out: Is cricket flour on your menu?

Many in the foodservice industry are touting cricket flour as the next "super protein."

Commodities: Gas on the rise, cheese staying steady

As we inch closer to the upcoming Memorial holiday, gas continues to rise, but the week saw few changes in cheese and wheat.

Leveraging kiosks for fresh-on-the-spot pizza anywhere

Pizza is the go-to meal for almost every occasion. Normally there are only a few options to purchase pizza such as frozen, carryout or delivery. However, kiosk manufacturer A1 concepts has crafted a new pizza kiosk which will allow consumers to purchase a fresh pizza on the spot.

Building brands: Pie Five's CEO shares strategies

Pie Five's parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, is looking to build and expand the concepts under the brand.

Gas prices top highest of the year

While gas prices continued to rise, cheese remained steady last week and wheat saw a significant drop.

Why Group Purchasing Organizations are good for manufacturers and members

By working through a GPO, the manufacture of food or supplies can "speak" directly to decision-makers in the purchasing arena, thus saving time, money and the hassle of hunting down those important people.

Millennials blazing trends trail as franchisees

Millennials are crazy about fast casuals, healthy menu options and the independence restaurant technology affords, but are they a generation likely to be interested in owning a restaurant?

Baltimore restaurants calling for peace

As clean-up efforts continue after the riots in Baltimore, several area restaurants are providing free food and coffee for firefighters, police, the Maryland National Guard, paramedics and EMTs. They are also urging the city’s residents to support solidarity and peace through using the social media hashtags, #peace, #solidarity and #support.

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CiCi's attributes new marketing, high quality to financial success

CiCi's Pizza's announced that the company's strategic plan designed to transform the brand and improve results across its nationwide system has begun paying off with a second year of strong year-over-year sales growth in 2014.

Incredible Pizza invests $1M for go-carts, laser tag, expansion

The Incredible Pizza Company announced it is investing more than $1 million in its Springfield, Missouri location by adding 10,000 square feet by this winter.

Rosati's embraces POS marketing

Point-of-sale software provider ArrowPOS has inked an agreement with Rosati's Pizza to provide software to the chain's 140 locations nationwide.

Uncle Maddio's launches first Panama City store

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is expanding in Florida with its first opening in Panama City Beach.

Domino's unveils key leadership changes

Domino's Pizza announced several changes in internal leadership positions.

Westfield debuts video sneak peek of new LAX remodel

The design was inspired by L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard and features 21 new dining and retail destinations, including newly revealed first-of-its-kind The Marketplace by Wolfgang Puck.

Uncle Maddio's expands N.C. footprint

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will open its first location in High Point, North Carolina, on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Blaze sets foot in new territory, ranks 2nd in Top 100

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza opened doors to its first-ever Texas location.

'Multicultural' Freedom Pizza launches in Dubai

Owners of the United Arab Emirates-based NKD pizza announced the end of its franchise agreement and the launch of Freedom Pizza, a carry out and delivery business with five stores across Dubai, a 237-person team, 127 delivery drivers and an average delivery time of 23 minutes.

Fresno Pieology to feature customized salads

Pieology Pizzeria announced the opening of its second Fresno restaurant.

N.J.-based 1000 Degrees Pizza launching 20 stores in Austin

New Jersey-based 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza will soon launch the first of 20 franchised locations to open in the state over the next 18 months.

ReportLinker releases pizza market report for foodservice and retail

ReportLinker announced the release of its Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition study that gives industry participants insights and information to help them navigate the industry.

Domino's ignores illegal working conditions, says New York Atty General Schneiderman

The New York State Attorney General reached a settlement agreement with Domino's Pizza, the latest restaurant franchise cited for labor violations such as underpaying employees and failing to pay overtime.

Pizza Hut to nix artificial ingredients by July

Pizza Hut announced plans today to make changes to its ingredients standards, beginning with the removal of artificial flavors and colors from its nationally available pizzas by the end of July 2015

Persona expands footprint into Texas with 5-unit deal

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has signed a five-unit deal for Houston, marking the brand's first franchise development agreement in the state of Texas.

Pizza Patron promotion driving lunch traffic

Dallas, Texas-based Pizza Patrón has launched its $3.99 large pepperoni lunch pizzas for a limited time.

Papa John's awards Cleveland Browns Sports Partners of the Year

Sports partnerships play a critical role in the success of Papa John's marketing mix worldwide, with more than 150 partners in the U.S. alone.

Toppers to expand with 6-unit deal

Toppers Pizza announced a multi-unit partnership with Sioux Falls-based Nordic Venture Partners.

Pizza Pizza deploys Apple Watch order app

Pizza Pizza customers will now be able to order pizza from their wrist, the company announced, after the launch of its app for Apple Watch.

Papa John's provides ingredients transparency across digital channels

Papa John's announced a facelift to its digital and social channels by sharing new ingredient statements, definitions and details.

Uncle Maddio's rolls out Florida expansion

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will soon enter the Orlando market.

Crowdfunding a potential source of financing for restaurants

Restaurants in Arkansas are utilizing a new source for alternative funding: crowdfunding.

Former Arby's VP joins CiCi's

CiCi's Pizza, a pizza buffet concept, announced the promotion of Steven Jones to chief operating officer.

L.A. raises minimum wage to $15

The city of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the U.S., voted Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, from the current $9.

Domino's launches ordering via Twitter, pizza emoji

Domino's Pizza unveiled its latest ordering option, which combines ordering via tweet and ordering via emoji, specifically the pizza emoji.

PizzaRev prepares for Colorado debut

PizzaRev will make its Colorado debut this summer in Boulder, followed closely by a second location in Lafayette, according to a company press release

Pie Five cracks Fast Casual's Top 100, expands North and South

Pie Five Pizza Co. claimed the third-highest spot on the annual Top 100 Movers and Shakers ranking for 2015 published by FastCasual.com.

Concern over GMOs increasing, NPD study says

Over half of U.S. consumers express some level of concern about genetically-modified organisms, according to a report from The NPD Group.

Mediterranean cuisine growing in popularity, study says

Food Genius, a foodservice data provider, published a new monthly industry analytics presentation focused on Mediterranean cuisine.

Checkers & Rally's, Toppers Pizza crack Top 50 Multi-Unit Franchises report

Checkers & Rally's Restaurants Inc. announced it was ranked as the No. 1 restaurant franchise by Franchise Business Review in its Top 50 Multi-Unit Franchises for 2015 special report.

Little Caesars ranked No. 1 in value, affordable QSRs

Sandelman & Associates ranked Little Caesars No. 1 for value and affordability of 148 fast food and pizza restaurant chains in its Quick-Track 2014 Study Annual Awards of Excellence.

Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Hut partner with Visa Checkout

Visa Checkout, the online check out service that Visa launched less than a year ago, announced new partnerships with brands such as Dunkin' Donuts and Pizza Hut.

NRF: Obama’s overtime rules will 'hollow out' management jobs

The Obama Administration’s plan to revise federal overtime regulations would likely “hollow out” low- and mid-level management positions in the restaurant and retail industries and trigger a shift toward more hourly and part-time workers, according to the National Retail Federation.

Global foodservice sales increasing

New data from Market Research Company Euromonitor’s has found that global consumer foodservice value increased over 5.4 percent in 2014, with over USD $2.7 trillion dollars in sales

NPD: Bird flu outbreaks concerning consumers

More than half of U.S. consumers are concerned about bird flu outbreaks and the dangers they pose to their food safety.

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