Alicia Kelso / Alicia has been a professional journalist for 15 years. Her work with FastCasual.com, QSRweb.com and PizzaMarketplace.com has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Good Morning America, Voice of Russia radio, Consumerist.com and Franchise Asia magazine.
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With wintry weather knocking, gas prices remain low

Natural gas spot prices respond to winter's tease with an uptick.

How some restaurant operators plan to navigate higher minimum wages

Restaurant patrons across age groups and political orientations support increasing the minimum wage and adjusting it annually for inflation.

Papa John's POS rollout to be completed by Q1

The company remains bullish on North China and is focused on shifting its marketing and menu strategies to support growth in the market.

Proteins take menu, marketing spotlight despite historically high costs

The trend is largely driven by millennials, who look at price value differently; they want it to be worth what they pay and they’re not willing to compromise on taste.

Prognostication: 2015 menu trends

Beverages, micro-local, crowdsourcing and increased competition from nontraditional foodservice outlets are all expected to shape the restaurant landscape in 2015.

Domino's riding strong Q3 momentum

Gas prices tumble 30 cents in one month.

Pizza concept preps for 120%-plus sales boost on Halloween

Topper’s Pizza CEO says Canadian consumers are becoming more adventurous with their orders.

Keys to success: Hard work, excellence, flexibility

The best-selling author believes we've lost touch with too many old school ideas and that work has become a four-letter word.

How to make more money and have more fun: An unconventional perspective

The best-selling author believes hard work and excellence are the two keys needed for success.

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.

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