Yum! Brands okays separation, increases dividend and appoints board member

Lots of high-level action occurring this week at Yum Brands with its board of directors giving the go-ahead to the previously announced separation of the company from its China business. Yum China begins trading Nov. 1, on the New York Stock Exchange as YUMC.

Commodities: Another profitable week for pizza operators

Aside from stabilizing auto fuel prices and slightly rising natural gas prices, last week was a particularly rosy one for pizza restaurateurs' bottom lines.

Texas groups join NRF to sue Labor Department over new overtime rule

A group of Texas chambers of commerce has joined the NRF to file suit on behalf of the "millions of employers and employees" that the groups say the new rules will negatively affect.

Commodities: A good week to be in the pizza biz

Despite all the doomsayers last week, predicting the beginning of a restaurant recession, pizza restaurateurs had a very good week last year at the market. Commodity prices -- aside from auto fuel -- all dropped, while the value of pizza stocks rose, particularly at the smaller take-and-bake Papa Murphy's chain.

What the best-dressed pizzas are wearing now

Almonds, arugula, potatoes and eggs, are just a few of the players in the results of our completely unscientific poll of cool and surprisingly tasty pizza toppings, the first of a two-part series on what's "up" in pizza.

The franchisee's financial 4: Top tips to get investors to show you the money (Part 2 of a series on restaurant financial issues)

In yesterday's initial part of this series, readers got expert advise on equipment leasing options and how they can help with your overall food service operations. Today's article, takes a deeper look at the work most restaurateurs must make sure they accomplish before approaching any outside sources for financing their dreams.

To lease or not to lease: 5 tips, if that is your question (Part 1 of 2 on restaurant financing issues)

In a business that demands a steady and relatively liquid cash flow, leasing equipment can make a lot of sense. Here are five tips to help you decide what equipment to lease and how to prepare for the deal.

Commodities: Prices on the rise

The price of commodities were mostly on the rise last week, while the value of pizza stocks fell, making the holiday week less than happy one for those in the pizza business.

Study: 3 restaurant priorities that pay off big

A newly released study from Deloitte shows that a huge chunk of frequent diners prefer to order online, but at quick service restaurants they end up spending 26 percent more on food when they do. For fast casual, it's 13 percent more.

15K restaurants deploy everything from unicorns to engaged employees to fight hunger

Eat out so hungry kids can eat. It’s a simple notion with a huge possible impact, as nearly 15,000 restaurants nationwide join the effort to provide meals for the 1 in 5 American children who cannot count on their next meal.

How a free meal can make customers for life

Taking a chance with a free meal coupon can pay off in big ways with new customers in the market.

Freebirds, United Airlines help restaurants understand location-based marketing

Location-based marketing is the best way to reach customers around our location and it's a very cost-effective way to market to consumers, said Erin Levzow, Freebirds World Burrito marketing VP.

Technavio names Top 5 food-delivery services

Technavio's latest research names the Top 5 players in home delivery worldwide, as well as some of the major market forces.

Commodities: Cheese, wheat prices down, pizza stocks up

For pizza restaurateurs, it was largely a good week, with cheese prices continuing their descent, along with lower wheat prices and mostly improved pizza stock prices.Gas was down for the week and year, but up slightly from a month ago. Natural gas, however, did climb slightly, partly as a result of rig shut-ins due to Tropical Storm Hermine.

8 ways to cut drive-thru times

The following eight expert tips for cutting drive -thru times should get your pick-up lanes moving along faster than ever.

Getting 'granular' about restaurants' many possible uses for whole grains

It’s little wonder restaurateurs are seeking new ways to incorporate old grains into their menus, given the trend toward increasingly healthful eating from sustainable sources. In this question-and-answer session with the nonprofit Whole Grains Council, restaurateurs get background on the trend, and tips on where to take it with their menus.

CEOs of Captain D's, HuHot, Yalla, Slapfish pull back the curtain on business strategies

Improving sales, engaging customers, recruiting employees, food-safety issues and meeting government-mandated policies are just a few issues restaurant operators face daily. They'e also just a few of the topics that several CEOs will address during the CEO Roundtable at the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Beyond the smartphone: Restaurants and retailers challenged to reach consumers everywhere

At the recent CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit, executives discussed how providing the best omnichannel experience should be a top priority.

Purple dough, sweet potatoes: world brimming with pizza opportunities

Pizza is a hot restaurant concept around the world, according to Euromonitor International, which reported that it's gaining in popularity in not only traditional pizza markets but also in areas where it has usually been considered exotic, if not a little weird.

Dunkin' Donuts, Pita Pit share tips for driving mobile app adoption, use

Digital gurus at Dunkin' Donuts and Pita Pit offer up real-life insight on mobile app strategy.

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