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Benefits 101: Simple ways to offer education assistance

Sit down with employees taking classes and explore flexible scheduling options.

Experimenting with Pizza Flavors

Adding a variety of flavors to your menu offers the opportunity to carve a niche and increase sales.

Sponsored by: Burke Corporation

McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Five things a pizza operator should know before purchasing insurance

Few insurance companies will insure Non Owned Auto Delivery because of the increased risk from young drivers.

How to Become a Solid Online Pizza Business

Simply posting an Internet storefront isn't enough to satisfy consumers. Success of an online presence relies on a creative mix that features secure transactions, sales tools, mobile apps and social media integration.

Sponsored by: Revention

Teaching in-store and digital ordering to play nice

One of the leading brands is on its way to a digital ordering majority. Is your brand ready to handle the demand from outside your walls?

Gas prices drop for 24th straight day despite geopolitical tensions

Wheat is down more than 40 cents in two weeks.

How do you become the Uber of food?

When an idea comes along like UBER or OpenTable, you have to challenge the status quo and create a better way to serve the customer.

Back to the Basics takes a deep look at the restaurant industry workforce

'I truly believe that great things come from people getting together and collaborating,' Mike Tyler, CEO War Room.

Domino's digital volume keeping prices down

The volume growth from digital has offset increases in the price of cheese and pork.

Turning social media likes into restaurant traffic

Offer customers something, like a discount or a recipe, in return for their like.

Fresh Brothers solves heavy traffic delivery problem with virtual store

With the concept, the company has increased two stores' business by about 15 percent without adding much labor.

6 steps to promote staff, customer allergen awareness

Have a disclaimer up in your restaurant that lets customers know the efforts made to accommodate diners with special dietary needs.

Wheat prices fall 32 cents in a week

Gas prices continue to drop from Independence Day spike.

LevelUp's new StartUp program aimed at limited-service restaurants

Consumers don't become comfortable making mobile payments until their third transaction.

Pizza Hut hopes to surpass competition in digital space in 2015

Yum! execs called the U.S. performance 'disappointing' and said the brand is in turnaround mode.

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Idaho Pizza joins Healthy Dining's roster

The Idaho Pizza Company has joined Healthy Dining as a restaurant partner. According to a news release, with 15 locations in Idaho, Idaho Pizza features menu options that meet nutrition criteria created by Healthy Dining's registered dietitians. "There will be...

WFF launches campaign to advance women leaders

The Women's Foodservice Forum has launched the WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign, an industry-wide "call to action” to support the advancement of women leaders. "Women are significantly under-represented in C-suite and executive teams and we are asking the foodservice industry...

Blaze Pizza plans giveaway for South Dakota grand opening

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its newest location July 31 in Rapid City, S.D., at the Rushmore Crossing Shopping Center. To celebrate, the company will give away free build-your-own pizzas Aug. 1 from 11 a.m.

Firecrust Neapolitan jumps into fast casual pizza space

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria has opened its first restaurant in Dallas, and has begun construction on its second location in Plano, Texas. According to a news release, Firecrust is a fast casual Neapolitan pizza concept with its head office based in...

Papa John’s marks barbecue season with spicy pulled pork pizza

Papa John's is celebrating summer barbecue season with the launch of its new spicy pulled pork pizza, available for $12 now through Aug. 24. According to a news release, the pizza features slow-cooked pork with Kansas City-style barbecue sauce, spicy...

Russo’s plans 'significant' Houston expansion

Russo's Restaurants, parent company of Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, has announced plans to "significantly" expand the brands' footprint in Houston and surrounding areas. Russo's opened the company's first location in Conroe, Texas, this month. An...

Webinar will introduce beacon, geo-fencing basics for restaurants

Beacons can be powerful tools for reaching customers right outside a restaurant's front door, and getting them through the front door. A free live webinar sponsored by Splick.it and hosted by FastCasual.com will help restaurants understand beacons and geo-fencing and...

Tyson Foods sells poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil

Tyson Foods Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with JBS SA to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil.

San Diego City Council passes minimum wage hike

On Monday, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, according to a report from Reuters. It's not a done deal. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has threatened to veto the bill, has 10 business days to act.

Papa John’s adds Cincinnati Bengals to NFL roster

Papa John’s Pizza today was named named as the "Official Pizza of the Cincinnati Bengals." According to a news release on Bengals.com, Papa John’s will now be served at Paul Brown Stadium and Bengals fans can take advantage of special...

Papa Murphy’s named a top digital marketing brand

Papa Murphy’s has been named as the No. 2 top digital marketer in the U.S.

QSR workers hold first convention to support minimum wage fight

More than 1,000 quick-service employees from around the country participated in the first-ever National Fast-Food Worker Convention last weekend. The convention was held in Chicago and included speakers such as Rep.

Drive-thru-only pizzeria boasts brick oven for speed

A pizza concept in the Cleveland suburb of North Royalton, Ohio, features a drive-thru-only setup. Cleveland.com recently published a profile of My Pizzetta, which is owned by Sharon and Bob Rybank and has been open for about six months. The owners said it is the first exclusively drive-thru pizza place in the U.S.

Younger consumers prioritize speed of service and technology

Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers total about 74 percent of the U.S. population, and make up a majority of foodservice consumers.

Chicago’s Dimo’s Pizza publishes cookbook

Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau, owner of Chicago’s Dimo’s Pizza, has launched a cookbook called "Revolutionary Pizza: Bold Pies that Will Change Your Life … and Dinner." The book was published this month by Page Street Publishing and is available for $19.99. "'Revolutionary...

Whole Grains Council sets topics for November conference

Oldways and its Whole Grains Council have announced its conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is set for Nov. 9-11, 2014 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor in Boston.

Modern Apizza owner brings new concept to Sacramento

The Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center, in conjunction with hospitality partner Classique Catering, a Centerplate company, has opened a new concept called Apizza. Classique Catering has tapped nationally-recognized pizza master Bill Pustari to create thin-crust pies featuring farm-to-fork ingredients.

Sbarro plans 80 Brazilian locations in next 10 years

Sbarro announced it will partner with B2Bold to open 80 eateries in Brazil throughout the next 10 years. This marks the second development agreement for Sbarro in Brazil.

Liguria Foods intros new premium pepperoni brand

Liguria Foods has introduced a new premium pepperoni brand: Bravo Gusto. Bravo Gusto joins the Liguria family of pepperoni, which includes Liguria Rosso, Rosso Spicy, the milder Gratifica, and the original Liguria. According to a news release, Liguria developed the new brand as its top-of-the-line offering.

Franchisors invited to meet with potential investors at Chicago event

Qualified franchise brands seeking to fuel their next level of growth have an opportunity to meet potential investors at the third annual Franchise Capital Exchange, to be held Aug. 25-27 at Hotel Sofitel in Chicago. A limited number of slots...

Kids LiveWell marks third anniversary with 150 restaurant brands

The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program is celebrating its three-year anniversary this month. The voluntary program has grown from 19 to 150 participating restaurant brands in that time, representing more than 42,000 locations nationwide.

NAACP passes resolution in favor of $15 minimum wage

On Tuesday, the NAACP unanimously passed a resolution supporting a $15 minimum wage. Partial text of the resolution is below. WHEREAS, the promotion of economic justice for all is a cornerstone of the NAACP’s mission, and the organization has steadfastly...

Former Jimmy John's CEO launching location aware mobile ordering platform

Gregg Majewski, former CEO of Jimmy John's, announced today that he is launching Qmyfood, a mobile ordering platform which features location aware technology. According to a company press release, Qmyfood grew out of Majewski's frustration as a restaurant operator with...

Digital marketing provider secures $500K in capital for restaurant industry growth

Elevate Research Inc. announced today that it has secured $500,000 in seed capital to support its growth in the restaurant and retail industries.

Hunt Brothers concludes most successful racing promotion ever

Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced that Georgianne Bradbury, from Louisville, Ky., is the grand prize winner its ultimate race weekend package, including a meet-and-greet with No. 5 Hunt Brothers Pizza driver Kevin Harvick and JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr....

Cypress Hospitality launches web-based restaurant management software

Cypress Hospitality has announced plans to release a web-based restaurant management software, FobeSoft, nationwide. Previously only available in the Jacksonville, Fla., market, FobeSoft enables operators to run their numbers in real-time and provides specific suggestions to increase profitability.

More consumers opting for takeout meals over hotel room service

Recent data from PFK Hospitality Research shows that hotel room service revenues fell 9.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, with some hotels discontinuing operations altogether. At the same time, takeout orders to hotels are growing exponentially, according to GrubHub Inc....

U.S. restaurant traffic remains stagnant with no tailwind in sight

U.S. consumers made approximately 61 billion visits to restaurants in the year ending May 2014, which is a stagnant number and remains below pre-Recession traffic levels by about 1.3 billion visits, according to new research from the NPD Group.

Pizza Hut creates a giant pizza thrower for Comic-Con attendees

In partnership with Paramount Pictures and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, set for an Aug. 8 debut, Pizza Hut will have a presence at Comic-Con International this week in San Diego.

Uncle Maddio’s signs deal to develop in NC’s Triad market

Made to Order LLC has signed a deal to open three Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint locations in the Triad area of North Carolina. The restaurants will be operated by industry veteran and Made to Order part-owner Bronce McClain, with the...

Chuck E. Cheese’s mobile app game awards in-store ticket redemption

Chuck E. Cheese's has introduced Skate Universe, an app that lets gamers help the brand’s mouse mascot dodge obstacles at various skate parks.

Unique Pizza hires dairy scientist to advise on product development

Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation today announced it has engaged Dr. M. (Mali) S.

Pizza Hut franchisee selects recycling management company

Quest Resource Management Group LLC has been selected by Pizza Hut’s largest franchisee, NPC International Inc., to manage its landfill diversion and municipal solid waste management programs. According to a news release, NPC International currently operates 1,261 Pizza Hut restaurants,...

AllergyEats conference planned for October in NYC

The 2014 AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference is set for Oct. 21 beginning at 8 a.m.

Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program

Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. According to a news release, as part of the new program, regional developers will acquire the rights to develop 25 Patrice & Associates franchises within a specified territory.

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