Alicia Kelso / Alicia has been a professional journalist for 15 years. Her work with QSRweb.com and PizzaMarketplace.com has been featured in publications around the world, including Good Morning America, Voice of Russia radio, Consumerist.com and Franchise Asia magazine.
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Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big

The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives.

National gas prices hovering near 4-year lows

Domino’s Pizza shares hit a lifetime high after a positive Q3 earnings report.

Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

Fast-paced technology changes highlighted in annual Fast Casual State of the Industry report

Restaurant operators are paying their employees more now than they were last year.

Firehouse CEO: Restaurant industry dealing with unprecedented headwinds

Union activism, food costs, data breaches and minimum wage debates are just part of the 'external factors' facing restaurant operators.

Pizza Hut's digital sales mix up 5 percent in the last quarter

As the brand continues its turnaround strategy, it will launch a new advertising position in Q4 aimed at millennials.

How technology is personalizing the customer experience

The technology and food experience are now weighted equally in the eyes of the consumer, some experts say.

Cheese prices plummet after weeks on the rise

After spiking to $2.45 in mid-September, cheese prices plummeted last week, dropping as low as $2.15.

Toppers Pizza's remodeling, digital efforts help brand stay relevant in 'fast casual environment'

The company expects its mobile site to launch by the end of this year and is investing 'seven figures' into additional digital initiatives.

Gas prices are at seven-month lows

Wheat prices also continue to plummet.

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.

Beef O’ Brady’s overcomes franchisee skepticism to launch pizza program

The company spent three years testing ingredients, operations and ovens, and has experienced a sizable comp lift since adding pizza to its brand positioning.

Cheese prices up 10 cents in a week

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

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.

Average cost of wheat inches up

Gas prices have stayed steady for the past two weeks, despite a busy holiday weekend.

RedBrick Pizza plans resurgence under new ownership

The brand is aiming for 25 locations in the next year, including a debut in the Midwest and New York.

Cheese jumps more than 30 cents in a month

Gas prices continued to fall through the busy Labor Day holiday weekend.

Restaurants jump on selfie bandwagon to engage Millennial consumers

A selfie that includes your restaurant, food or drink is a perfect form of implied testimonial.

Nearly 60% of Papa John's US delivery sales now come through digital channels

The company is in the midst of a new POS rollout that is expected to drive labor efficiencies, speed of service and order accuracy.

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