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Startups prove the future of foodservice is bright

A handful of businessmen and women have come up with new concepts specifically to solve restaurant operators' biggest problems.

Social media expert: Restaurants need to get better at brand storytelling

The challenge is no longer having the biggest presence or most followers; now quality matters before activity.

Virtual Currency 101 for Restaurants

The basics of virtual currency and what restaurateurs need to know to accept virtual-currency payments.

Sponsored by: Virtual Currency Today

8 tips for heading off holiday scheduling stress

Increased traffic coupled with more requests for time off can add up to scheduling stress. Check out these tips for reducing the stress.

Log onto the tech revolution or get left behind

Restaurants are opting for fully integrated digital menus, which speed up service, educate customers easily and tap into inventory and POS systems.

Approved Software Does Not Equate to PCI Compliance

The four most vital actions to accelerate your network and credit card data security

Sponsored by: Vendor Safe Technologies

Gluten-free beer finds its way

I can't tell you how many photos from friends I receive of restaurant bar menus that feature gluten-free beer. The photos are sent out of enthusiasm for the gluten-free movement making its way to the beer menus across the country...

Pizza operators get their wish with FDA's final menu labeling regulations

The FDA's ruling mandates menu labeling by the slice, not the whole pie. Pizza restaurants do have to say how many slices are in a pizza.

How to make sure your dishes are properly sanitized

Ideally, one person should clean the dishes and the other person sanitize and handle the clean ones. If this isn’t possible, strict procedures must be followed to disinfect hands between loads.

Cheese prices drop well below $2 mark

Heading into the busiest travel day of the year, gas prices have fallen for 60 consecutive days.

What's in your kitchen?

Technology in food engineering and processing equipment coupled with better logistics has given companies the ability to specialize.

Restaurant organizations apprehensive about Obama's executive action on immigration

It has been estimated that about 20 percent of chefs, head cooks and cooks in the restaurant industry are undocumented immigrants.

Healthy Dining VP offers tips for restaurants wanting to improve menu options

There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.

Having a loyalty app will help increase your bottom line

Membership in loyalty programs is growing at a rate of 26.7 percent and loyalty programs can increase a brand’s market share by 20 percent.

Good news for cheese prices after rough year

Gas prices are down more than a quarter from a month ago.

Just Mayo vs. Mayonnaise: How the FDA restricts food innovation

The FDA established Standards of Identity for many products so that consumers were protected from mislabeled food product. But consumers today are more educated about ingredients.

How Papa Murphy's controlled record-high cheese prices in Q3

The company's CEO believes the company has the potential to triple its domestic footprint.

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Papa John's incentivizes gift card purchases

From now through Dec. 31, Papa John's is offering an incentive to purchase the brand's gift card.

Burger 21, zpizza rank high on franchising list

Franchiserankings.com, a provider of reviews and ratings on franchises, has released its top 10 best food franchises for the month of November. According to a news release, each month thousands of franchisees around the world are asked to provide feedback...

Restaurants' commitment to sustainability influencing younger customers

New research from Packaged Facts finds that sustainability initiatives are increasingly important to restaurant consumers. According to the Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities report, women and higher-income consumers are especially receptive to menu claims that promote sustainability.

FAQ's about the FDA's final menu regulations

The FDA will consider details throughout the next year, and will continue to solicit input on how to properly monitor these regulations.

Webinar will tackle 'Hot or Not' trends for employers

How much will big data cost in 2015? How can restaurants mitigate rising costs and increasingly competitive labor markets?

Canadian 'Express Entry' program will remove caps on cooks, managers

Currently, cooks and foodservice managers are capped in the Canadian Federal Trades stream. Caps will be removed from all streams with Express Entry, which launches Jan. 1.

Vitamix CEO named Entrepreneur of the Year

Jodi L. Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has been named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 National Family Business Award winner. According to a news release, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recognizes industry leaders who "demonstrate...

Nat'l Restaurant Association adds Facebook app to encourage responsible alcohol service

The National Restaurant Association released the ServSafe Facebook app, Serving It Up with ServSafe, as part of its campaign to promote responsible alcohol service during the holidays. According to a news release, the campaign provides tools and tips that will...

Int'l Franchise Association adds two executives

The International Franchise Association has added two government relations and public policy professionals to its team. They include: Elizabeth Hays Taylor, most recently chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, will join IFA Dec.

Mazzio's Pepperollies return to the menu

Mazzio’s is bringing back its Pepperollies for a limited time. The offering features layers of cheese and pepperoni baked into rolls and served with marinara sauce for dipping. The Pepperollies are available by the half dozen for $4.99 or a...

Papa John’s acquisition extends brand's India presence

Papa John’s, Avan Projects and Global Franchise Architects today announced the acquisition of Pizza Corner stores in South India. Papa John’s will convert the existing Pizza Corner stores to Papa John’s restaurants through Q1 2015. This acquisition is part of...

Consumer confidence grows, but costs pressure profits

Despite increased consumer confidence, increased costs -- beef is up 39 percent -- are making it tough for restaurants to earn a profit.

Business diners spend 6% more than leisure diners

Concur, a provider of spend management solutions, has released an analysis showing the habits of business diners and their benefits to restaurant revenue. Supported by insights from Table8, the analysis also sheds light on business dining trends in the US...

Syrus Restaurant Information Services adds Android app

Syrus Restaurant Information Services has added an Android app to its restaurant management solutions portfolio to complement its already existing iOS app. According to a news release, the app offers restaurant operators with historical and real-time information on store performance...

Restaurant groups deride lack of Renewable Fuel Standard decision

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will delay the 2014 ethanol volume mandate, a move that will continue to affect commodities costs. The announcement was greeted with strong opposition from restaurant industry organizations. "We are disappointed that the...

Papa John's new Red Kettle Cookie raises funds for Salvation Army campaign

Papa John's has introduced a Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and The Salvation Army Red Kettle Cookie. A portion of the proceeds from each cookie sold during its limited-time availability will go to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. The Philly Cheesesteak Pizza will be available through Dec.

Uncle Maddio's continues Florida expansion

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint has announced an agreement to develop three restaurants for Ocala and Marion, Lake and Sumter counties in Florida. In addition to the Ocala area, Uncle Maddio’s has development agreements to build three more Uncle Maddio’s in...

RedBrick Pizza plants flag in Nebraska

RedBrick Pizza will open its first Nebraska restaurant this month at Oakview Mall in Omaha. According to a news releae, this new location is the first of several planned for the area in the next three years. “We believe Omaha is the perfect city to open our first RedBrick Pizza restaurant in Nebraska,” COO Chris Pfau said in a news release.

Blast 825° crowdsources pizza recipes from local charities

Blast 825° has announced the winner of its "People's Choice" award from the brand's recent Roseville, California, grand opening event. The Placer SPCA, one of four local charities that participated in Roseville Blast 825°'s charity build contest, had the winning...

Crushed Red intros 'Chop Top' pizzas

Crushed Red Urban Bake and Chop Shop has added Chop Top pizzas to the menu, featuring the same preparation technique as its chopped salads, using mezzaluna knives. “The Chop Top Pizzas have better topping distribution for a better flavor profile...

Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Sbarro adds heat with new 3 Pepper Chicken Pizza

Sbarro is spicing things up with its new limited-time offering – the 3 Pepper Chicken Pizza. The offering includes Poblano pesto, grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and mozzarella cheese. It is available now through Dec.

Square launches free POS app

The cloud-based point-of-sale solution tracks sales and manages items and inventory.

Intuit, Revel Systems developing QuickBooks POS

The new offering automatically syncs sales, payments, inventory, CRM and payroll data to QuickBooks.

Swipely ramping up in the restaurant space

Business insights provider Swipely is managing over $4 billion in annual sales on its cloud-based platform for restaurant, hospitality and retail brands. In the last six months, Swipely said it has doubled sales under management and provides insights on more...

NRA, SBA encouraging shoppers to #DineSmall on Nov. 29

The partnership will encourage shoppers to patronize local restaurants while shopping on Small Business Saturday.

ChowNow partners with Yelp for online ordering

Online ordering and marketing platform ChowNow now integrates with the Yelp Transaction Platform to allow restaurants to take orders directly from their Yelp business page.

Blaze ignites Knoxville opening with free pizza giveaway

Fast casual concept Blaze Pizza is celebrating the opening of its Knoxville store by giving away free pizza.

San Francisco restaurant workers get $4M in back pay

Workers at Yank Sing restaurant were granted back pay for minimum wage, meal, rest period and other labor code violations.

Marco's growth exceeding projections by 40 percent

Toledo, Ohio-based Marco's Pizza announced the company is exceeding expansion goals for 2014, with 131 locations added this year.

Foodservice Packaging Institute's annual Trends Report shows market shifts

Packaging trends include continued interest in sustainable products.

Firecrust pizza set to expand in Dallas

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria announced plans to add up to 10 locations over the next five years in the Dallas area.

Chuck E. Cheese and Paddington Bear team up for movie promo

Paddington Bear and Chuck E. Cheese launched a promotional offer for the Jan. 16 release of the movie Paddington, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville.

NRA selects LeanPath for food waste prevention program

The National Restaurant Association has chosen LeanPath Inc., provider of automated food waste monitoring systems, as its preferred supplier for the company's Conserve sustainability program.

Credit card companies agree to reduce fees 10% in Canada

Card companies will reduce credit card interchange fees over five years by about 10 percent.

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