Latest SpenDifference study to forecast 2015 restaurant menu prices

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International franchising accelerates for top brands

Franchise Times has published its annual Top 200 list and, once again this year, QSRs dominate the top 10. The top five franchises include McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, KFC, Subway and Burger King, respectively.

1000 Degrees Pizzeria projects 25 new locations in 2015

1000 Degrees Pizzeria, a New Jersey-based Neapolitan Pizza franchise, announced it is planning to open more than 25 new locations in 2015. The company is now accepting qualified franchisees in all 50 states. 1000 Degrees creates its Neapolitan pizzas using 00 flour and imported meats and cheeses.

Round Table Pizza launches its largest-ever one-day charity event

Throughout this month, Round Table Pizza’s Family Charities arm is partnering with Make-A-Wish to raise funds for children battling life-threatening illnesses. Customers who make a donation will be invited to write their name on a paper star, which will be...

Mobivity adds QSR veteran to board to support growth in the segment

Mobivity Holdings Corp., a provider of smart receipt marketing solutions and mobile marketing technologies, has named William Van Epps to its board of directors as an independent director. The appointment of Van Epps brings the total number of directors to...

CiCi’s Pizza signs franchise deal for Missouri expansion

CiCi's Pizza today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Fogle Enterprises Inc. to bring its first location to Branson, Missouri, by early spring 2015.

The Loop Pizza Grill goes for treats over tricks on Halloween

The Loop Pizza Grill will offer a free kid's meal and treats to customers ages 12 and under, who come to the store on Halloween in costume Oct. 31 between 4 p.m.

Pizza 73 tops new pie with mini meatballs

Western Canada-based Pizza 73 has introduced a new Mini-Meatball Mania Pizza, topped with red onions and mini meatballs. "It is important for us to constantly develop innovative new products to provide our customers with a variety of menu options," CMO...

Pie Five plants flag in Baltimore area

Pie Five Pizza will host a grand opening Friday for its first location in the Baltimore area. The new restaurant is the brand's second in Maryland and 25th location nationwide.

Villa Italian Kitchen acquires 34 mall locations

Villa Enterprises announced it has opened 34 Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants in regional malls throughout the US. The units were acquired in April from Chicago-based General Growth Properties, Inc.

CiCi's selects Sbarro veteran for chief marketing role

CiCi's Pizza has named Sarah McAloon as its new chief marketing officer. According to a news release, McAloon will be tasked with leading the company's brand revitalization initiative. She joins CiCi's from Sbarro LLC, where she also served as chief...

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza debuts in Omaha market

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza's newest franchisee, longtime international operator Dee Jay's, is opening its first SPIN! Pizza location today in the Omaha, Nebraska, suburb of Papillion. The agreement calls for Dee Jay's to open a minimum of five restaurants in Nebraska,...

Pizza Hut scores big with Ultimate Hershey's cookie ad

Ace Metrix announced the top scoring ads of Q3, based on its Ace Score in a variety of categories. In the QSR category, Pizza Hut earned the highest score for its Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie ad. In reference to...

East Coast concept adds eco-friendly pizza boxes

Pizza Pie-er, a three-unit pizza concept with locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, is now carrying Ecovention's GreenBox, an eco-friendly pizza box that breaks into plates and a storage unit for leftovers, and is made of 100-percent recyclable material. According...

Pizzerias among 'strictest' restaurants for special requests

Urbanspoon has compiled a list of America's Strictest Restaurants, or 35 concepts where substitutions, additions or deletions are either frowned upon or not allowed. The list is peppered with pizza concepts, including Jackson's Pizza in Seattle, where chefs spend months...

Startup aimed at helping restaurants pay suppliers on single platform

Sourcery, a San Francisco-based startup that helps restaurants, caterers and corporate kitchens to order and pay for food from local suppliers on a single platform, raised $2.5 million in seed funding from angel investors.

PieZoni selects LevelUp loyalty and mobile payments app

Rhode Island-based PieZoni's, a 16-location pizza brand, has announced a partnership with LevelUp to release its new loyalty app. According to a press release, the app will enable mobile payments, including a PieZoni's "Pass" card that customers can store in...

Nancy's Pizza creates Ditka-inspired pizza

To celebrate National Pizza Month, Nancy's Pizza has extended its collaboration with spokesperson and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka to launch the new Da Ditka Pizza. Da Ditka Pizza includes cheese, meatballs, pepperoni, onions and green peppers. "National Pizza...

Villa Italian Kitchen debuts in Mexico City

Villa Enterprises has opened its newest Villa Italian Kitchen in Mexico City at Centro Las Americas, in Ecatepec.

Square Order testing proximity tagging for line-busting ordering feature

Customers can pre-order menu item, and when they are within a zone timed to food and beverage preparation, a 'proximity tag' is triggered alerting the restaurant to start prepping.

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