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

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read all 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.

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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.

8 things restaurants should do before building a website

Not sure where to begin? Here are eight things eateries should consider before starting the website building process.

Virtual Currency: The Next Disruptor in Payments

Virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, is the next disruptor in payments. Adoption is on the rise and consumers want places to spend their bitcoin.

Persona slated to open 3 locations in southeast

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has inked a development agreement for three restaurants in the Southeastern United States, including South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Ordering up efficiency: Optimizing work flow using mobile technology

Restaurants are beginning to integrate various technologies that are allowing them to achieve greater efficiencies.

Millennial workforce driving digital workforce management solutions

Managing your restaurant digitally has plenty of advantages and with the rapidly changing workforce, it may even soon be necessary.

Your Pie looking for national growth in the midst of fast casual pizza boom

With 22 units open, Your Pie is hoping to break out of the Southeast and go nationwide.

The cheese stands alone: average block prices are just hanging out

The cheese stands alone this week, with prices remaining relatively stable for the past three weeks, while wheat is down nearly $0.20.

Axis Purchasing Identifies $15 million in Savings for Foodservice Members

Axis Purchasing, the group purchasing organization, identified savings for its foodservice members of more than $15 million in 2014.

From Guinness record setter to Oscars night: How Big Mama's is turning fame into fortune

How does a company capitalize on its fame and turn old news into something lasting and sustainable?

​Why manufacturers offer rebates and not net pricing

In a corporate situation, there are pros and cons for both the buyer and the manufacturer to use the rebate system.

Domino's, Papa John's share new 52-week high

While cheese and wheat prices hardly moved last week, Domino's and Papa John's both reached new 52-week highs on the same day.

Dessert trends indicate consumers want a mix of flavors and textures

Everyone has a sweet tooth, but the question is, what are the flavors that customers most crave?

The week sees a rise in gas prices, cheese stays stagnant

Gas prices may be up, but cheese costs have stayed the same for two weeks and things are looking relatively good for pizza stocks this past week.

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YUM! wins awards, breaks fundraising record for hunger relief campaign

Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief effort is a private sector hunger relief initiative, spanning more than 125 countries, over 41,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and 1.5 million associates.

Blaze Pizza expands in San Francisco

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced the grand opening of a new San Francisco restaurant at Stonestown Galleria on Saturday, March 28.

California Pizza Kitchen Turns 30

​California Pizza Kitchen will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 27.

Chipotle, Subway, Pizza Hut take home Harris Poll 'Brand of the Year' award

Brands with the highest scores for equity receive the Harris Poll EquiTrend "Brand of the Year" award for their category.

Hot off the press: Pizza Press's 2nd opening

The Pizza Press, a fast-casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant, announced the grand opening celebration of its second location at 155 North Glassell in Old Towne Orange, California on Saturday, March 28th, starting at noon with pizza, drinks and prizes.

Top single-unit restaurants with more than $1M in annual revenue released

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the High Volume Independent Restaurants database to its line of research products.

11% mortality rate of cage-free hens not solely due to cage-free housing, WAP says

By going cage-free, food businesses can also stay at the forefront of market trends, since several major corporations – including Burger King, Starbucks, Aramark, and Unilever – have proactively committed to transition to sourcing only cage-free eggs over the next several years.

Uncle Maddio’s signs largest multi-unit deal to date

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint announced today the signing of its largest franchise deal to date.

March Madness drives up chicken wing prices 63%

Restaurant operators are paying higher prices this year during March Madness for bone-in wings, spending 63 percent more than in 2014.

Emerald acquires Pizza Expo, Pizza Today

California-based Emerald Expositions LLC has acquired International Pizza Expo and related trade publication Pizza Today from Macfadden Communications Group.

Granbury releases new online ordering system at Las Vegas Pizza Expo

Granbury Solutions announced the unveiling of a new online ordering system, Thr!ve Online at the 2015 Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

Bigger not always better, Technomic study says

Technomic released results regarding the 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States, which found that the restaurants accelerated their cumulative sales to a 4 percent increase growth in 2014, totaling an estimated $274.4 billion.

Crisis communications agency devoted to foodservice opens doors in Atlanta

Blink, a crisis communications agency serving food channels, opened its doors today, with locations in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.

Managing customers online, tracking ROI among top concerns for restaurateurs

LivingSocial has released its "Restaurants Trends & Insights for 2015" report, which found that 68 percent of restaurateurs have limited marketing budgets and 49 percent of respondents have difficulty tracking ROI of marketing investments as their most significant marketing challenges.

UCLA business program to host restaurant executive conference

UCLA Extension will host the 19th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference on Thursday, April 16 at UCLA Covel Commons in Los Angeles.

NRA celebrates Women's History month

The National Restaurant Association is celebrating Women’s History month this March by recognizing the contributions of many women who have achieved success in restaurants and promoted the industry.

Marco's celebrates National Spinach Day by fighting hunger

On Thursday, March 26, Marco’s Pizza is celebrating National Spinach Day by offering customers a free medium Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza for bringing a can of spinach to the store.

Pie Five comes sweepin' down the plain with first Oklahoma store

The Stillwater restaurant will mark Pie Five’s 40th location in 11 states.

Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply hen housing study found 'trade-offs' for each system

'Depending on the goals and perspectives of a food production company, egg producer or other food system stakeholder, those trade-offs may be weighed differently.'

IFA to appeal Seattle minimum wage law on behalf of franchisees

The International Franchise Association announced today that it will appeal a recent decision in federal court that the organization claims allows the city of Seattle to discriminate against small franchised businesses as part of the city's 2014 minimum wage law.

IFA applauds House for taking a stand against new union election rules

International Franchise Association Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti issued a statement on the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 8, a resolution disapproving new union election rules from the National Labor Relations Board.

Marco's offers free pizza on National Spinach Day

Thursday, March 26 is National Spinach Day, a day honoring the leafy green vegetable that's loved by both Popeye and parents.

EarthLink launches IT bundle for franchisees that 'lack financial resources'

EarthLink Holdings Corp., a managed network and cloud solutions provider for businesses and restaurants, announced the launch of a new bundled franchise solution at the 2015 Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference.

American Holdings acquires JoJo's Pizza Kitchen, Fresca's Mexican Grill

American Restaurant Holdings Inc. announced its acquisition of Fresca's Mexican Grill and JoJo's Pizza Kitchen. The acquisitions were completed via ARHI's wholly owned subsidiaries, Fresca's Acquisition Inc. and JoJo's Acquisition Inc., respectively

HotSchedules launches restaurant data marketplace

HotSchedules, provider of mobile and cloud-based technology for the restaurant and hospitality industries, today announced the launch of Bodhi, an open platform-as-a-service solution, designed to promote lower cost integrations and the rapid development of mobile applications.

IFA claims Seattle minimum wage hike is discrimination

The International Franchise Association has issued a statement vowing "to keep fighting to block the city of Seattle from discriminating against small franchised businesses as part of the city's 2014 minimum wage law, after the group's request for a preliminary injunction was denied yesterday in federal court."

Domino's launches 50% off pizza deal for hoops fans

Domino's Pizza is giving college basketball fans a special deal as they cheer on their favorite teams the first week of the month-long tournament games.

Free lunch when 16-Beats-a-1 at Little Caesars Pizza

Little Caesars is offering basketball fans a chance at free lunch at participating Little Caesars restaurants on Monday, April 6 if any #16-seeded team beats a #1-seeded team in an unexpected victory in the games played on March 19 and 20 of the 2015 college men's basketball championship tournament.

Campaign urges Starbucks, McDonald's to filter pornography from public Wi-Fi

Enough Is Enough, a pornography-free Wi-Fi campaign, delivered over 46,500 petition signatures to the CEOs of Starbucks and McDonald's, urging the companies to filter both child pornography and pornography on their public Wi-Fi services.

Pizza Hut marches into madness with $1M giveaway to half-court shot winner

Pizza Hut is offering customers the chance to sink a half-court shot for a $1 million prize with one stipulation: they must do it backwards.

New study focuses on aging consumers in foodservice

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Canadean Ltd's new report "How to differentiate Marketing between Aging Consumers and Other Audiences in Food markets" to its database of research.

Australian restaurant industry to grow $11B over 5 years

IBIS World Industry has published a report on the restaurant industry in Australia.

NRA awards Coca-Cola VP Ambassador of Hospitality

The foundation gives the award to "an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and exemplary leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint adds Thai flavor

Fast-casual pizzeria Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is bringing Southeast Asian flavors to its menu with the introduction of two new limited-time only menu dishes, the ThaiTastic Salad and Sriracha Chicken Pizza.

General Mills to hold 'Pizza Crust Boot Camp' at Las Vegas Pizza Expo

The Doughminators of General Mills announced their attendance at the 2015 International Pizza Expo taking place March 23-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the team will discuss dough and "how it is essential to creating a signature pizza."

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