Middleby Corp. acquires Concordia Coffee Company

The Middleby Corporation announced it has acquired Concordia Coffee Company Inc., a manufacturer of automated and self-service coffee and espresso machines serving the commercial foodservice industry. Concordia's products serve the c-store, hotel, restaurant and institutional industries. The company is located...

Blaze Pizza secures Chicago expansion plan

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that it will open three new locations in the greater Chicago area. The concept will expand to five locations in the market by early 2015. According to a news release, two locations are set to open...

Cardinal International launches fundraiser for National Breast Cancer Foundation

Cardinal International, a provider of dinnerware, glassware and flatware, is hosting a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation from now through Nov. 30.

Operators donate pizzas to children’s hospitals

To mark National Cheese Pizza Day last week, operators from a variety of chains and all members of the American Pizza Community donated free pizzas to children’s hospitals across the US.

Restaurant operators invited to enter original recipe contest

Reser’s Fine Foods Foodservice Division is inviting restaurant operators nationwide to enter an original recipe using a Reser’s product.

Domino’s makes its debut in Norway

Domino's Pizza has opened its first store in Norway. The store, located in Oslo, is the first of three planned to open by the end of this year by the company’s master franchisee in Norway, led by chairman Birgir Bieltvedt.

US Foods honors pizzerias for family-friendly attributes

US Foods has named its top five restaurants for family-friendly dining. The restaurants were chosen from US Foods’ customer rosters based on their unique offerings that appeal to entire families.

Papa John's launches most extensive social media campaign for NFL season

Papa John's has introduced a new integrated advertising and social media campaign to kick off the NFL season this week. Platforms include television, radio, digital, activation and promotional marketing, according to a news release. The TV campaign features the brand's...

Striking QSR employees plan to bring minimum wage protests on global tour

Dozens of arrests have been made today in various cities across the country, as workers continue to walk off their jobs in demand of higher wages.

Pizza Hut kicking off Visa Checkout partnership with national ad campaign, giveaway

Pizza Hut’s partnership with the new Visa Checkout platform – first announced in July – will officially kickoff with a new national TV ad campaign debuting Sunday.

SKINNYPIZZA launches nationwide franchising program

New York-based SKINNYPIZZA, a concept specializing in pizza, organic salads, soups and pastas, has selected iFranchise Group and franchise attorney Harold Kestaubaum to consult on the company’s new nationwide franchising program.

Chuck E. Cheese introduces play time hours for toddlers

Chuck E. Cheese announced Chuck E.'s Playtime via its social media channels. Parents can bring their toddler-aged children to any location between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday to "enjoy safe, tyke-friendly fun in a high-visibility play space," the company said.

Clorder launches online ordering site to help restaurants raise charitable donations

Clorder Inc., a developer of cloud-based food ordering solutions, has launched a new website that helps raise funds for charities from placing restaurant orders online.

Independent restaurants experience slowed traffic

The strength and marketing clout of major and small restaurant chains kept total restaurant industry traffic flat instead of declining in the April/May/June quarter, while visits to independent restaurants declined by 2 percent, according to new research from The NPD Group.

Pie Five Pizza launches Meatball Ricotta Pie

Pie Five Pizza has introduced its latest limited-time offer – the Meatball Ricotta Pie, featuring a smoked provolone and mozzarella blend, organic marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, Italian-style meatballs and red and green peppers.

QSR employees plan 150-city strike this week

Quick-service employees in more than 150 cities are planning on walking off their jobs this Thursday as part of their ongoing protest for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union. The strikes originally began in late...

Calif. Supreme Court rules in favor of Domino’s in franchisee case

Last week, the California Supreme Court held that Domino’s Pizza, as a franchisor, could not be held responsible for a sexual harassment charge against the manager of one of its franchisees.

Pizza Hut rolls out bacon stuffed crust

After teasing its fans on social media last week, Pizza Hut announced the official launch of its new Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza on Aug. 30, to mark International Bacon Day.

Mazzio’s adds lasagnas, pasta bakes to menu

Mazzio's has introduced three new lasagna options, as well as a "create-your-own" option and Family Pasta Bakes. The new lineup includes: Create-Your-Own Lasagna gives guests their choice of marinara, red and white, Alfredo, or meat sauce to go with the traditional ricotta cheese-filled pasta.

Pizza Hut Thailand adds online ordering app

Pizza Hut Thailand has launched a new online ordering platform, developed by Tillster Inc. The rollout follows the June 2014 launch of Tillster’s online ordering website for Pizza Hut Canada.

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