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Gas prices are at seven-month lows

Wheat prices also continue to plummet.

How to cultivate a loyal guest at your restaurant

Loyal guests don’t just randomly happen: they are cultivated through good food and great experiences.

How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs

This report provides an in-depth guide for retailers, restaurateurs and other businesses that are considering installing ATMs on their premises.

Sponsored by: Elan Financial Services

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

5 restaurant redesigns to reduce energy costs

For all these energy upgrades, it’s important to think long term and consider the entire life cycle of the technology in question.

Inventory Control Basics for Foodservice

Foodservice inventory typically covers inventory stock or consumables/food, beverages, cleaning, and disposable supplies. These products are stored in a designated storage room area or other secure locations of the building. For the purposes of this paper when we talk about...

Sponsored by: Axis Purchasing

Report: Restaurant mobile websites slow to load digital orders

If mobile websites included a click-to-order button that routed customers to a geolocation API, the brands' mobile experiences would be better suited to handle each query.

Experts share insights on millennial dining-out decisions

Shaped by user-centric devices and the Great Recession, value-conscious millennials are looking for great experiences that are friction-free.

Is grass-fed milk better for you than organic milk?

One industry insider claims grass-fed labels are bringing in customers, more than non-GMO labels.

New guide caters to restaurateurs, retailers looking to boost income with ATMs

'How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs' delivers 40 pages packed with essential information about the business of owning, operating and earning revenue from ATMs.

Cheese prices up 10 cents in a week

Papa Murphy's stock is up $2 in two weeks.

Online ordering provides the holy grail of customer-level data

Even for brands in which digital ordering represents a small percentage, its search traffic and order traffic represents a meaningful sample size from which brands can glean valuable insights.

What did you miss at #CONNECTsummit14? Check out the highlights

#CONNECTsummit14 included mobile innovation leaders from across the spectrum: tech, restaurant, retail.

Three ways restaurants can be smarter with local schools

Online ordering is the perfect way to remind students, parents and school administrators that you care about their needs by offering them a quick and value-oriented way to order their meals.

Record-setting harvests push wheat to 4-year low

Wheat prices closed below the $6 mark twice last week, plunging to $5.68 on Friday.

Menu trends: Consumers want functionality from their food

The word 'fresh' is the most powerful driver of menus because it has a connotation that it is real food being served.

Why Apple Pay is important for restaurant operators big and small

Apple tries to make everything easy for consumers and that usually equals widespread consumer adoption down the road.

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Data breach extends beyond Jimmy John's to other restaurants

Data breach extended beyond 216 Jimmy John's restaurants to include 108 other restaurants.

GrubHub data reveals gender differences in takeout ordering patterns

The findings of a recent analysis of a year's worth of GrubHub data reveals differences in what, when and where men and women order takeout.

Restaurant Association, UnitedHealthcare partner up for member discounts

The National Restaurant Association has announced exclusive member discounts from UnitedHealthcare on manual medical rates for fully insured business groups with 51 or more eligible employees. According to a news release, through NRA's Health Care HQ, members can access potential...

Pizza Inn rolls out Stromboli-inspired offering

Pizza Inn has added Pepperoni Twists to the menu. The company said in a news release that the new offerings are "Stromboli-like" and are made by wrapping Italian dough around a blend of pepperoni and mozzarella and are sprinkled with...

Villa Italian Kitchen plans slice giveaway for Facebook fans

Villa Italian Kitchen will celebrate National Pizza Month this October with its fifth annual Have a Slice Day pizza giveaway, offering new and existing Facebook fans a free slice of pizza on Oct. 14. Fans who like the brand on Facebook will have access to a time-sensitive, downloadable coupon for one free slice of pizza.

Blaze Pizza plans Raleigh-Durham debut in December

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced it will soon open first North Carolina location, near Raleigh-Durham, in December.

Global foodservice trends driven by QSR segment performance

Higher check averages at restaurants around the world during Q2 helped to increase the overall consumer spending in every country except Spain and Italy, according to new data from The NPD Group. NPD's Crest foodservice market research shows that traffic...

Domino's annual fire safety campaign heats up in October

Domino's Pizza's is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky the Fire Dog for the seventh consecutive year to promote Fire Prevention Week. From Oct.

Agilysys adds table management solution

Agilysys Inc., a provider of IT and hospitality software and services, today announced an expansion of the rGuest product offering to include rGuest Seat, a table, reservation and wait list management solution. According to a news release, the application streamlines...

Food truck revenue expected to increase by 76% in next five years

The food truck segment began picking up steam around 2008, with many concepts abandoning more expensive brick-and-mortar bills during the Great Recession. According to the National League of Cities, there are no signs of this marketing slowing down – food...

Hungry Howie's adds social media elements to breast cancer fundraiser

Hungry Howie's Pizza will feature its annual "Love, Hope & Pizza" campaign throughout October to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. As part of the campaign, pizzas will be served in a pink box featuring the NBCF logo....

Zpizza rolls out new pizza, kale salad for fall

zpizza has introduced two new items to the menu for the fall season: sausage, wild mushroom, squash pizza and chopped kale salad. Both will be available at participating zpizza locations nationwide for a limited time. According to a news release,...

Mellow Mushroom opens North Myrtle Beach location

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opened a new location in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this week under the ownership of Matt and Alexandra Duke. This location features an "under the sea" design them, with boats converted into a hostess stand...

Survey launched to track restaurant menu prices

Restaurant supply chain co-op SpenDifference has launched the latest survey in its menu price tracking study program. U.S.

Seasonal hiring outlook solid, according to survey

Eighty-nine percent of employers anticipate hiring the same number of seasonal workers as 2013, or perhaps more.

Pie Five’s weekly sales up 25% year-over-year

Pizza Inn Holdings reported its Q4 and FY financial results earlier this week. On the quarter, the company’s Pizza Inn concept experienced a 1.5-percent increase in sales from the previous year. Its sister brand, Pie Five, turned in a comp-store sales increase of 12.9 percent over the prior year.

Blaze Pizza plans two pizza giveaways to mark openings

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its second Wisconsin location, in Bayshore Town Center, on Oct. 2. To celebrate, the location will offer free pizzas on Oct.

Domino’s showcases new store design with carryout promotion

Domino's Pizza will offer a weeklong promotion for customers placing a carryout order. The promotion will be held from Sept.

Insureon launches microsite for small foodservice businesses

The educational site is designed to help caterers, food trucks and other operators manage risk exposure.

YP teams up with GrubHub

Partnership will add online and mobile ordering to YP's local search.

SCS Global Services and SafetyChain Software partner for training and automation

SCS Global Services has partnered with SafetyChain Software to provide services for training, certification to third-party food safety schemes, and food safety and quality assurance automation.

Red Book Connects launches HotSchedules iPad app

New app takes advantage of iPad's larger screen to enhance viewing options, data display.

Swarm and Revel Systems announce partnership

The integration of Swarm and Revel solutions will yield visitor traffic and sales conversion data users can use to make operational and marketing decisions.

Restaurant Technologies rolls out mini-portable oil solution

Restaurant Technologies Inc. has introduced a new mini-portable oil solution to fit the needs of commercial kitchens that are challenged with the need to haul fryer oil long distances from one kitchen to the next or from the kitchen to...

Pie Five opens doors in Utah with food pantry fundraiser

Pie Five Pizza will open a new location Friday in South Jordan, Utah, and will celebrate on Oct. 3 with a ribbon cutting and a fundraiser for St.

Groupon adds restaurants to Deal Builder platform

Groupon has added features to its Deal Builder tool for merchants, expanding the platform to include restaurants and provide control over the appearance and structure of their promotions. Deal Builder, which launched earlier this year, is a self-service option for...

Americans spending 40% more on dining out than in 2013

As we barrel toward the fourth quarter and the holiday season, a new report from American Express says that Americans feel more financially stable compared to last year, and their spending habits are reflecting this trend. The American Express Spending...

Washington State Domino's plans hiring day with 500 openings

Domino's Pizza locations in Western Washington are planning to host a Regional Hiring Day on Oct. 8, with 500 openings to fill across 80 stores.

Blast 825 partners with charities for grand opening

Blast 825 will celebrate the opening of its newest location in Roseville, California, with a week-long charity giving event culminating in a VIP Party on Oct. 2, which is open to the public.

Growing income gap affecting restaurant industry traffic

The income gap between the wealthiest and poorest Americans is the widest its been in 100 years, according to the Pew Research Center. Those who identify as "middle class" has also never been lower. This macroeconomic trend is having a...

NYC pizzerias’ annual food bank fundraiser set

The annual Slice Out Hunger fundraiser is scheduled for Oct. 8 starting at 6 p.m.

Restaurant chains falling short on healthy option promises

A new white paper from Technomic, titled "Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants' Health Offerings," shows that a majority of consumers are unsatisfied with restaurant chain's availability of healthy options. A majority of consumers said it's important for brands, including...

NRA to participate in US Food Waste Challenge webinar

The webinar, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, will offer information on reducing food waste through food donation.

Pie Five plans 15 units in the Hoosier State

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded up to 15 franchise units for the state of Indiana to restaurateur Carl Dissette.

800 Degrees plants flag in Pasadena

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza will open its first Pasadena, California, location on Friday at 2 E. Colorado Ave.

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