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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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.

Pizza concepts sweeten things up in October

From Papa John's 8-piece cookie to Mellow Mushroom's sundae with bacon, desserts took center stage last month.

Uno Chicago Grill engages customers with tabletop technology

Casual dining is the last space where customers give their credit card to someone who walks away with it.

Fuel prices decline 6 cents in a week

Papa John's hits a 52-week high after researchers upgrade the stock to 'buy' status.

Fresh Brothers thinks outside the pizza box for innovation

Fresh Brothers chose King's Hawaiian bread for its sliders to put a bigger focus on the brand's signature meatballs.

Chuck E. Cheese's marketing shift paying off for shareholders

Cheese prices are up 15 cents in two months.

Millennials want to help your brand share its story

The 80 million-strong Millennial demographic currently accounts for about 21 percent of all consumer spending.

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