Growing income gap affecting restaurant industry traffic

The income gap between the wealthiest and poorest Americans is the widest its been in 100 years, according to the Pew Research Center. Those who identify as "middle class" has also never been lower. This macroeconomic trend is having a...

Restaurant chains falling short on healthy option promises

A new white paper from Technomic, titled "Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants' Health Offerings," shows that a majority of consumers are unsatisfied with restaurant chain's availability of healthy options. A majority of consumers said it's important for brands, including...

NRA to participate in US Food Waste Challenge webinar

The webinar, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, will offer information on reducing food waste through food donation.

Lavu iPad POS advances localized solutions for European restaurants

Lavu is aiming to strengthen its European reach by adding hardware integrations, support and partnerships.

Square plans to add bitcoin, Apple Pay acceptance

Square CEO Jack Dorsey recently said the company's register service will eventually accept all forms of payment, including bitcoin and Apple Pay. "We're building a register so that sellers can accept a credit card, so they can accept cash, so...

PAR launches PAR Tablet 10, PAR Tablet 8 accessories

New tablet features larger, 10-inch screen format.

Calgary preps for weeklong pizza competitions

The creators of YYC Burger Week have announced a new Calgary, Alberta-wide YYC Pizza Week. From Sept.

New England Food Show's partnership with the NRA to begin in 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association's newly announced partnership with the National Restaurant Association for the New England Food Show will begin. The NEFS is the largest tradeshow of its kind in the Northeast, according to a news release.

Project Pie plans New Jersey debut

Project Pie has signed a 9-unit franchise deal that will mark the brand’s debut in New Jersey. The new restaurants will be owned and operated by local company The Belvedere Group, which plans to open the first Project Pie location...

Heartland adds mobile and online ordering solution

Heartland Payment has introduced a mobile and online ordering solution for restaurants. The solution, called Heartland Mobile and Online Ordering, was released in partnership with ToGoTechnologies. "Restaurants are looking for a competitive mobile ordering solution that will match the functionality...

PAR Technology acquires restaurant POS software provider

PAR Technology Corporation has announced its acquisition of Brink Software Inc., a provider of cloud-based point-of-sale software for restaurants. The acquisition will give PAR Technology the ability to develop, deploy and service cloud technology solutions for quick-serve, fast casual and casual dining restaurants, according to a news release.

Restaurant organizations urging return to 40-hour full-time definition

Returning to a traditional 40-hour definition would benefit employees through more hours and income, say trade organizations.

Pizza 73 teams up with Edmonton Oilers

Western Canada’s Pizza 73 has announced a new partnership with the Edmonton Oilers. The multi-year deal, a first between the organizations, makes Pizza 73 the official pizza of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings. According to a news release,...

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.

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