Alicia Kelso / Alicia Kelso 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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Holy jalapeno! How hot will menus get?

Sriracha, according to CCD Innovation, is in 2014 what chipotle was in 2009.

Cheese remains below $2 for second week in a row

After hitting 6-year highs, gas prices tumble in a week.

Papa John’s franchisee: Trying to be everything to everyone is a bad strategy

Pierre Panos expects a ‘shakeout’ in the fast casual pizza subsegment.

Gas prices hit 6-year highs over holiday weekend

Public pizza company stocks ride the positive jobs report.

Restaurants fire up promos for Fourth of July holiday

From menu rollouts to marketing campaigns, some concepts are in the spirit.

Wheat prices remain solidly below $7

Pizza Hut parent company hits another fresh 52-week high last week.

The (half) year in review for the pizza segment

Digital ordering should make up more than half of sales for the bigger brands within the next year.

All eyes on Iraq as gas prices rise

Yum! Brands reach a fresh 52-week high on Friday.

Cheese prices rise sharply week over week

Gas prices inch higher as summer approaches.

How technology expands the customer experience beyond the restaurant

A robust mobile platform can help brands create a faster, frictionless relationship with consumers.

Blaze Pizza plans to become a national player by targeting Millennials

The new Louisville, Ky., location will be ‘overstaffed’ to ensure guests are taken care of ‘no matter what.’

Wheat prices fall below $7 mark

Cheese prices rise sharply to close out last week.

How to maximize your supply chain strategy

In addition to cost, choose a distributor based on their food safety record and customer service metrics, as well as their sanitation practices.

How to extend the brand experience beyond your restaurant's four walls

You have to commit to social media, spending time there and deeply engaging with your customers.

Wheat down nearly 80 cents from last month

Gas prices inch up as pumps start switching to summer blends.

Restaurant marketers: Fear of failure kills creativity

In order for a marketing strategy to be successful, the operations team has to execute.

For the restaurant industry, mobile payments move into critical mass phase

Finding a good partner and testing are critical, as the mobile app is an extension of your brand.

Are you ready to add off-premise catering to your business?

Catering should never be an afterthought; it's a lot of work and it reflects your reputation and brand.

Menu trends: 'Bland isn't acceptable anymore'

Brands’ innovation processes should be influenced directly by consumer feedback.

Papa Murphy’s trading at post-IPO lows

Wheat and cheese prices continue gradual declines.

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