Pizza concepts join in on Mac & Cheese competition

The inaugural Mac & Cheese Fest will be held Oct. 4 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum from noon to 3 p.m.

Accusations of animal abuse arise at Papa John’s, Domino’s dairy suppliers

An animal protection organization this week released an undercover video showing animal abuse at Winchester Dairy, which provides milk to Leprino Foods.

Pizza Hut testing lower-calorie pizza

Last week, menu analyst Nancy Kruse said one of the hottest marketing buzzwords in the restaurant industry is "skinny." Brands such as Sbarro and Cheesecake Factory have leveraged this trend with their respective Skinny Slice and Skinnylicious offerings. Now it...

Pizza Hut announces African expansion plans

Pizza Hut Thursday announced the opening of its first restaurant in Africa with its Johannesburg, South Africa, opening. The company said the brand's entry into this market is part of its focus on emerging markets. "Africa is an emerging continent...

Blaze Pizza targets South Florida for continued expansion

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has been busy this week with new unit announcements, including in Southern California, New York/New Jersey and Tennessee. The company has also set its sights on a South Florida debut, and plans to open three locations in...

Hungry Howie’s expands North Carolina presence

Hungry Howie's Pizza continues its growth in North Carolina with the reopening of its second restaurant in Greensboro. According to a news release, this marks the Michigan-based chain's 15th location for brothers Mike, James and Steven Peterson as well as...

Kitchen Innovation nominations now being accepted

The National Restaurant Association is now accepting applications for the 2015 Kitchen Innovations Awards – the program's 11th year. According to a news release, the KI Awards recognize foodservice equipment and technology advancements. Winners are demonstrated at the annual NRA Show in May in Chicago in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion.

Pie Five opening new Tennessee, Florida locations

Pie Five Pizza Co. will open a new location in Daytona Beach, Florida, and another new location in Franklin, Tennessee, on Friday. The Daytona Beach location is the second for the company in Florida and is located near the Daytona International Speedway at 1388 W.

Papa Murphy’s adds gluten-free option

Papa Murphy's and Boulder Brands, the makers of Udi's Gluten Free branded products, today announced a partnership to bring Udi's Gluten Free pizza crust to Papa Murphy's locations. Papa Murphy’s stores will begin offering the gluten-free option this month and...

Marco’s Pizza expects to hit 1,000 stores by end of 2016

Marco's Pizza announced it is on pace to hit its goal of 1,000 stores by the end of 2016.

West Coast Franchise Expo coming to Anaheim

The International Franchise Association is sponsoring an expo for potential franchisees Oct. 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Craft beer growth outpacing broader breweries industry growth

Craft beers are growing, and seasonal offerings are big drivers of growth.

Dinova lists top network restaurants for corporate dining

Corporate dining preferences lean strongly toward fast casual concepts, according to Dinova.

Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for wage theft accusations raised by its franchisee employees. In response,...

Blaze Pizza adding two locations in LA market

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that it will open two more Los Angeles County locations, including Westfield's Topanga Mall and the University of Southern California.  These openings will put the concept at 11 locations in the Los Angeles area by early 2015.  The Canoga Park location is scheduled to open in October 2014.

Stevi B’s launches fall menu, promotions

Stevi B's Pizza Buffet is expanding its buffet options with a new dessert – the Caramel Apple Pizza. Available now through November, the Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza is filled with caramel, apple filling and cobbler crumbs. Additionally, the brand has...

Gatti’s Pizza offers $4.50 pricing to mark milestone anniversary

Gatti's Pizza is celebrating its 45th anniversary on Sept. 25 with a special one-day only promotion.

More restaurants adopting green practices

Research reveals that the majority of restaurants surveyed by the National Restaurant Association recycle, use compact fluorescent lighting and purchase recycled materials.

Pie Five Pizza hooks up with Uber, Texas State Fair for promotion

Pie Five Pizza has partnered with the State Fair of Texas, Coca-Cola and Uber to offer two VIP prize packages, each consisting of four general admission tickets to the fair. Winners will also receive food and ride coupons totaling $200...

Blaze Pizza announces a handful of new locations

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, today announced that it will soon be opening three new locations in the greater New York/New Jersey area. The company also announced it will open its 18th SoCal location Sept.

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