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Commodities: Gas spikes 15 cents in two weeks

Gas prices spiked 15 cents per gallon, but are still lower than this time last year, as are wheat prices.

Lock it up: 5 ways to protect customers using mobile payments

There are plenty of cost-efficient mobile payment processors designed to fit the budget needs of small businesses, but ensuring sensitive data customers that your business is secure is just as important as the convenience factor mobile payments offer.

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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Catering to success with menu labeling

Menu labeling goes beyond in-store menu boards to include catering programs as well as banquet dishes.

Extraordinary measures: The top four areas restaurants should measure for success

Today, forward-thinking restaurant operators are using modern video technology to measure virtually everything from shift readiness to inventory control.

Custom Products that make you stick! Catalog

StickerYou offers the highest quality custom products that make you stick!

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The 'Fight for 15': Workers and restaurants battle for minimum wage

An already contentious issue, organizations including the International Franchise Association, the Service Employees International Union and others drafted statements explaining how they think the wage campaign will impact the industry.

Get a Bigger Piece of the Pie [infographic]

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

Social media is a must, but not enough: tips for getting creative

Owners need to look outside the box and develop strategies that seamlessly integrate with customers’ always-on and always-connected world.

Why digital ordering is a 'must have' for your restaurant

It's a race to the top for both fast casuals and QSRs latching on to the potential digital ordering can offer.

Pizza Hut executive discusses importance of mobile customer engagement

Baron Concors, Chief Digital Officer at Pizza Hut, discusses why it's important to think mobile first.

Where’s the beef: Restaurants experimenting with lean proteins

The trend of consumers embracing lean proteins is one that many restaurants are embracing in an effort to help offset the cost of beef, which increased 25 percent last year.

Guide to running a successful mobile RFP process

This comprehensive guide will help you make an educated decision about which vendors to choose for your business.

Evolution of oven technology drives fast casual pizza segment

You can now walk into any fast casual pizza joint and ask for a pizza (not a slice) topped with whatever you want and receive it either at the register or within 5 minutes at your table.

Extra! Extra! How the odd pairing of newspapers and pizza built a successful brand for Pizza Press

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read about how two seemingly unrelated concepts - pizza and newspapers - have merged together to create a brand experience at Pizza Press that feels timeless, yet modern.

Building loyalty with mobile: Where to start?

Eric Buckner, Senior Product Manager - Mobile for Sears Holdings, discusses where to start when considering a mobile loyalty program.

It's something personal: tips for building loyal locals and establishing community roots

Technology and social media outlets provide opportunities to personalize messages, but showing the locals you care about their community is proving to be an effective way to target customers and build loyalty.

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Pie Five opens Texas, Missouri locations

Pie Five is opening two new locations, bringing its number of locations to 45.

Health concerns driving seafood, vegetarian menu innovations, Technomic says

Seafood, vegetarian or vegan menu innovation will become essential as millennials represent a greater portion of foodservice consumers.

Boston Pizza rolls out new wings order and sauces

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based Boston Pizza introduced the Wings Two-Four, a case that holds 24 chicken wings.

Toppers inks 6-unit deal for Midwest expansion

Restaurant veteran and local resident Shane Quail will lead the growth in the area, with the backing of Nordic Venture Partners.

GrubHub launches app for Apple Watch

GrubHub, an online and mobile food ordering and delivery service, today launched its Seamless App for Apple Watch. The company will also release a GrubHub app for Apple Watch in the near future.

Hungry Girl takes on pizza

Champion Foods, a take-and-bake food company that has more than 10 private-label pizza brands, has partnered with Hungry Girl.

iPad POS designer announces partnership with Powa

Retailers and restaurateurs in U.S. and Asia can manage transactions through Bindo, powered by PowaPOS next generation POS hardware, according to a company release.

Pizza Studio celebrating DC opening with free pizza

Co-founders Samit Varma and Ron Biskin celebrate the area's first location by giving away free pizza to customers from 11-2 pm and 5-8 pm on April 23.

NRA releases Foodamental workshop schedule for May conference

The interactive educational workshops are designed to provide guests the opportunity to see hands-on demonstrations from top chefs and industry leaders.

Datassentials releases appetizer trends report

The research, which found that 85 percent of all restaurants serve some form of an appetizer, consists of information on what appetizers consumers want the most and what operators are doing about it.

Panino's Pizzeria recipient of Escalon prize

Escalon Premier Brands, a division of H.J. Heinz Company L.P. that produces packaged tomatoes and tomato sauces, selected the three-unit chain Panino's Pizzeria as the recipient of a free pallet of the company's California tomatoes.

EnviroPure receives NRA innovation award, expected to save restaurants 400 gallons of water a day

Commercial foodservice and plumbing product manufacturer T&S Brass and Bronze Works announced the National Restaurant Association awarded the company the Kitchen Innovations Award for its new EnviroPure ozone recirculation option.

Datamonitor predicts high-fiber fad will replace protein trend in 5 years

The firm also expects consumers to abandon fad diets in favor of enjoying all of the food groups in moderation.

U.S. Hispanics restaurant visits, spending outpacing non-Hispanics, study says

The U.S. Hispanic population's overall restaurant visits outpaced its population growth, research says.

Technomic releases consumer ratings, demographics report

Technomic's has unveiled its Consumer Narrative comprised of more than 7.5 million consumer ratings compiled within Technomic's Consumer Brand Metrics (CBM).

Supply chain strategic value growing due to greater consumer control, Technomic says

Technomic released its latest report, State of the Foodservice Supply Chain 2014.

Cherryh Butler returns to FastCasual.com

Cherryh Butler has returned as editor of FastCasual.com and managing editor of Networld Media Group's Food and Retail publications.

Old Chicago Pizza launches spring menu, gluten-free pizza

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom announced the launch of its new spring menu offering, including an expanded selection of Tavern Bites and Taproom Classics such as the Craft Your Own Mac N' Cheese and three new Craft Burger selections.

Wisconsin governor declares state of emergency for bird flu outbreak

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared on Monday a state of emergency after discovering three flocks of poultry in the state contracted a lethal case of bird flu.

Chuck E. Cheese's deploys energy-conserving tech

EnTouch Controls, an energy management company, announced that Chuck E. Cheese's has chosen EnTouch 360° Energy Management Service as its official energy management solution for corporate stores in North America.

U.S. consumers spending more on restaurants than groceries

Restaurant spending experienced a recent surge that is causing grocery stores to lose ground with U.S. shoppers.

IFA, Chamber of Commerce applaud statute blocking NLRB 'joint employer liability' expansion

The International Franchise Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Workforce Freedom Initiative announced their approval of a new law in Tennessee establishing that franchise and franchisee employees are separate entities.

NRA partners with Craft Beer Expo for upcoming shows

National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the Craft Beverage Expo announced a partnership uniting Influencers from both organizations.

Mobile payments app for restaurant goers seeks to cut wait time and feed the hungry

Full Society launches IndieGoGo campaign to finalize app development designed to allow users to donate when paying for a restaurant bill.

Encourage Millennial spending with healthy fare, good deals, study says

Their biggest complaints, according to the research, are that restaurants are too expensive, that it's cheaper to eat at home and that they feel better about cooking at home because it's healthier and tastes better.

Customers spend more across restaurant categories with mobile apps

Fast casual, according to the research, is the most likely restaurant category to report mobile ordering, at 1 percent of the segment's total traffic.

MasterCard's mobile ordering app powers new Harlem restaurant

The app, embedded with MasterPass, enables consumers to pay their bill when they're ready to leave an establishment.

California Pizza Kitchen CEO talks droughts, wages, 'next chapter'

California Pizza Kitchen's CEO talks with Fox News Business news.

New regulations bill will lead to 'costly litigation,' IFA says

Leaders of the International Franchise Association urged lawmakers in California to oppose Assembly Bill 525, which the organization believes would pose "additional and unnecessary regulations on franchise small businesses."

Complex tax code hurting franchises, IFA says

The International Franchise Association is encouraging lawmakers to pursue comprehensive tax reform as a way to support the franchise industry.

Your Pie celebrates 7 years, launches Maple Bacon Gelato

Your Pie announced the latest of the brand's seasonal Craft Pie Series, the new Maple Bacon Gelato.

New Classic Chicago Gourmet Pizza website emphasizes user experience with responsive design

Classic Chicago Gourmet Pizza partnered with Click4Corp, a web design company based in Plano, Texas, to develop its new website.

Papa Murphy's teams up with partners for mobile marketing, interactive nutrition info

Papa Murphy's announces new partnerships to fight hunger, provide nutrition information and expand its Southeast presence.

Pie Five expands footprint in Chicago

The new restaurant marked Pie Five's 41st location.

Taxpayers picking up $9 billion tab due to low restaurant wages, study says

The release of the report comes a day before the National Restaurant Association's annual lobby day on Capitol Hill.

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