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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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.

Digital signage provides ambiance and marketing enhancements

Fast Casual Executive Summit panelists share their quick ROI stories from installing digital menu boards.

FCES panel: Ready or not, mobile payments are coming

Mobile payments provide the ability to more personally interact with your guests, and gain more data about their habits.

How to add the right beverages and desserts to the menu mix

Don't be bullied into doing something just because a competitor is doing it well.

Analysts predict spike in natural gas costs

Yum!'s stock falls after a disappointing earnings report and continued struggles in China.

FCES '13: Carville, Matalin weigh in on D.C.'s gridlock

The couple sparred on immigration reform and the regulatory environment, among other topics.

Pizza Hut's WingStreet plans first national ad campaign

Pizza Hut China plans leverage the brand's momentum to grow its Casual and Home Services businesses.

Lower gas prices partly attributed to government shutdown

After weeks on the decline, wheat prices jump back up.

Project Pie founder finds a niche in fast casual pizza

James Markham doesn't predict a fast casual pizza bubble, but expects many concepts to struggle operationally in the long term.

What the government shutdown means for the restaurant industry

Federal loans and food safety are two areas that will be affected.

Natural gas prices drop across the country

Gas prices are 20 cents lower than they were a month ago.

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