Rapid Fired Pizza slices up second Cincinnati location

The Queen City of Cincinnati, Ohio is getting yet another Rapid Fired pizza late this summer, according to a company press release. The Montgomery Road location is in an area anticipated to draw large crowds, so this restaurant is nearly...

Instagram: One marketer's take on why it may be a restaurant's best friend

There's a lot of buzz lately in the food service community about Instagram and its value as a visual marketing tool. That's part of the reason a Toronto-based marketer started delving into the platform's value and use across the food-service...

Let the spending begin: McDonald's, Papa John's declare quarterly dividends

Good news for McDonald's and Papa John's shareholders this week. The boards of both chains declared quarterly dividends for company shareholders late Thursday, according to  separate news releases.  In Chicago, McDonald's said it will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 89 cents per share on Sept.

Firenza begins targeted expansion

Firenza Pizza signed a development agreement for five new units in North Carolina, according to a company press release. The locations will be developed over the next four years and the first will open this year in Charlotte.

Uno's pizza loses some girth

Uno Pizzeria & Grill calls its new Chicago thin-crust pizza its biggest new product launch since Deep Dish Pizza was brought on to the scene in 1943, according to a news release. "Chicago thin crust is a game-changer for Uno's...

Malawi's bring Pizza with a Purpose to Virginia

The Church Restaurant Group will open the first Malawi's Pizza franchise on the eastern seaboard this fall, according to a news release. The first of five Virginia locations will open then in Fredericksburg and begin — like the other three...

Mr. Gatti's opens first location since 2015

Gatti's Pizza opened its first new restaurant since the chain was purchased in 2015 by Sovrano, LLC. The new location is on East Belt Line Road in Richardson, Texas and offers table-side service and outdoor seating. "There is a strong...

Hot Italian hosts annual design, film, and food festival

Hot Italian pizza bar, a Californian concept, is partnering with Niello Fiat in hosting the seventh annual Moderno Italiano Festival being held Aug. 12 -14. Events will be held at all three locations: Midtown Sacramento, Davis and Public Market Emeryville,...

Pieology pizzeria rolls into new territory

Pieology Pizzeria has opened its first Arkansas location in Fayetteville at 1777 Martin Luther King Blvd. The location is owned and operated by the Kingdom Pies LLC franchise group.

Managers waste food no more: HotSchedules and BiRite announce partnership

HotSchedules and BiRite Foodservice Distributors have announced a partnership intended to help restaurant and hospitality managers accurately order and monitor inventory. Managers can now receive BiRite products through HotSchedules inventory, according to a release. HotSchedules is an application that allows...

Pieology Pizzeria rolls into second North Carolina location

Pieology Pizzeria is opening its second North Carolina location, this one will be at 4158 Main, North Hills, Suite 103, in Raleigh. The franchise is the second owned and operated by Segovia Aslan Enterprises. "We're excited to continue our expansion in the southeast with our second North Carolina location in Raleigh.

&Pizza signs lease deal with MSC Retail

MSC Retail announced a lease agreement with &Pizza, according to a company press release. The unit will occupy 2,375 square feet of a 50,000-square-foot facility operated by Midwood Investment and Development.

Smoothie system sales down, the NPD Group finds

Dollar sales of smoothie makers declined during the first part of 2016, a press release said. According to the NPD Group, a global information company, dollar sales of these systems declined 10 percent.

Sodexo aims to make it a cage-free egg world

Sodexo, a food service company, is partnering with Humane Society International to supply cage-free eggs across the globe by 2025. The announcement follows a pledge to switch 20 million pounds of liquid eggs used in the U.S. to cage-free in the next five years.

Pieology opens third Florida location

Pieology opened its third Florida location in Jacksonville, according to a company press release.

Dippin' Dots now available across US in Chuck E. Cheese restaurants

Since its introduction in 2015, the demand for Dippin' Dots has increased among Chuck E. Cheese customers, according to a company press release.

Papa John chickens out

Papa John's said its has, as promised in December, transitioned to the use of vegetarian-raised, antibiotic-free poultry as of July 1, "We've taken a lot of steps to bring our customers transparency around our ingredients," said Papa John's Chief Ingredient...

Former NRA exec moves to Specialty Food Association

The not-for-profit Specialty Food Association has hired a new president away from his previous role as chief innovation and member advancement officer with the National Restaurant Association, according to a company press release.  Phillip M.

Canadian restaurant group acquires Kahala, readies for US growth spurt

Shareholders approved the merger Thursday of Kahala Brands Ltd and a wholly owned subsidiary of MTY Food group. Kahala — as the parent company of 18 brands, including Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery and Johnnie's New York Pizzeria — had previously...

Pie Five, Pizza Inn CEO steps down

Rave Restaurant Group’s CEO Randy Gier is stepping down, according to a press release from the company that owns 300 Pie Five and Pizza Inn units.

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