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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Pizza executives reflect on the top menu stories of the year

Customization, speed, local and gluten-free were the top buzzwords this year.

Natural gas prices up 'substantially'

Wheat prices continue to tumble, falling 18 cents in a week.

Off the menu: 10 pizza stories in 2013 that had nothing to do with food

The fast casual segment experienced a 9 percent growth in visits in 2013, led in part by top-your-own pizza concepts.

A look at the top 2013 pizza menu trends

Deep dish appeared on more menus, and 'healthy-halo' descriptors also increased.

Wheat prices at lowest level in years

Yum! Brands shares fall following the company's Analyst Day.

Yum! Analyst Day: Pizza Hut U.S. readies for core product innovation in '14

Chicken will also be a major focus in the U.S., as the company advertises WingStreet for the first time.

Local, healthy top the NRA's 2014 menu forecast

Gluten-free, non-wheat themes jump on the prediction list for the New Year.

Gas prices stable heading into holiday shopping season

Wheat prices remain under $7 for a second week.

Generating the most ROI from a digital marketing budget

Restaurants can build habit and frequency through digitally driven, one-to-one marketing campaigns.

Wheat prices drop under $7

Wall Street has had quite a run this year, and continues to hit new milestones. The Dow Jones, for example, finished above 16,000 for the first time last week.

Hands-on management needed as hourly workforce ages

To attract the top talent, you need to show them the career path, responsibility and a quality of life.

Stock market continues to break record highs

The average cost of wheat falls to $7 even.

CEO: EMN8 rebrands to keep up with digital, international trends

The company's new loyalty service allows customers to engage with a brand across multiple channels.

2014 predictions: Will the Paleo diet be the next gluten-free?

Wise operators check out farmers' markets, night markets and truck rodeos to see what's selling.

About 15 percent of U.S. gas stations report sub-$3 prices

Natural gas hits its lowest price-point in three months.

Your Pie aims for 100 locations by 2015

Your Pie's brick oven is the focal point of each restaurant, and cooks pizzas and Panini bread in 7 to 10 minutes.

FDA aims to put transfat on the chopping block

The FDA today proposed guidelines to eliminate the use of transfats in the U.S. food supply. According to the New York Times, the agency hopes to declare that transfats are no longer "generally recognized as safe." The proposal has to...

Papa John's stokes pizza's digital war

Papa John's claims that more than 45 percent of orders now come from ecommerce.

Chuck E. Cheese's brings focus back to birthday parties

The company is testing three new major attractions for kids, as well as a new token price structure.

Wheat prices drop more than 20 cents in a week

Some analysts predict gas to drop to 3-year low by year's end.

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