March Madness drives up chicken wing prices 63%

Restaurant operators are paying higher prices this year during March Madness for bone-in wings, spending 63 percent more than in 2014.

Emerald acquires Pizza Expo, Pizza Today

California-based Emerald Expositions LLC has acquired International Pizza Expo and related trade publication Pizza Today from Macfadden Communications Group.

Granbury releases new online ordering system at Las Vegas Pizza Expo

Granbury Solutions announced the unveiling of a new online ordering system, Thr!ve Online at the 2015 Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

Bigger not always better, Technomic study says

Technomic released results regarding the 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States, which found that the restaurants accelerated their cumulative sales to a 4 percent increase growth in 2014, totaling an estimated $274.4 billion.

Crisis communications agency devoted to foodservice opens doors in Atlanta

Blink, a crisis communications agency serving food channels, opened its doors today, with locations in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.

Managing customers online, tracking ROI among top concerns for restaurateurs

LivingSocial has released its "Restaurants Trends & Insights for 2015" report, which found that 68 percent of restaurateurs have limited marketing budgets and 49 percent of respondents have difficulty tracking ROI of marketing investments as their most significant marketing challenges.

UCLA business program to host restaurant executive conference

UCLA Extension will host the 19th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference on Thursday, April 16 at UCLA Covel Commons in Los Angeles.

NRA celebrates Women's History month

The National Restaurant Association is celebrating Women’s History month this March by recognizing the contributions of many women who have achieved success in restaurants and promoted the industry.

Marco's celebrates National Spinach Day by fighting hunger

On Thursday, March 26, Marco’s Pizza is celebrating National Spinach Day by offering customers a free medium Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza for bringing a can of spinach to the store.

Pie Five comes sweepin' down the plain with first Oklahoma store

The Stillwater restaurant will mark Pie Five’s 40th location in 11 states.

Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply hen housing study found 'trade-offs' for each system

'Depending on the goals and perspectives of a food production company, egg producer or other food system stakeholder, those trade-offs may be weighed differently.'

IFA to appeal Seattle minimum wage law on behalf of franchisees

The International Franchise Association announced today that it will appeal a recent decision in federal court that the organization claims allows the city of Seattle to discriminate against small franchised businesses as part of the city's 2014 minimum wage law.

IFA applauds House for taking a stand against new union election rules

International Franchise Association Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti issued a statement on the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 8, a resolution disapproving new union election rules from the National Labor Relations Board.

Marco's offers free pizza on National Spinach Day

Thursday, March 26 is National Spinach Day, a day honoring the leafy green vegetable that's loved by both Popeye and parents.

EarthLink launches IT bundle for franchisees that 'lack financial resources'

EarthLink Holdings Corp., a managed network and cloud solutions provider for businesses and restaurants, announced the launch of a new bundled franchise solution at the 2015 Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference.

American Holdings acquires JoJo's Pizza Kitchen, Fresca's Mexican Grill

American Restaurant Holdings Inc. announced its acquisition of Fresca's Mexican Grill and JoJo's Pizza Kitchen. The acquisitions were completed via ARHI's wholly owned subsidiaries, Fresca's Acquisition Inc. and JoJo's Acquisition Inc., respectively

HotSchedules launches restaurant data marketplace

HotSchedules, provider of mobile and cloud-based technology for the restaurant and hospitality industries, today announced the launch of Bodhi, an open platform-as-a-service solution, designed to promote lower cost integrations and the rapid development of mobile applications.

IFA claims Seattle minimum wage hike is discrimination

The International Franchise Association has issued a statement vowing "to keep fighting to block the city of Seattle from discriminating against small franchised businesses as part of the city's 2014 minimum wage law, after the group's request for a preliminary injunction was denied yesterday in federal court."

Domino's launches 50% off pizza deal for hoops fans

Domino's Pizza is giving college basketball fans a special deal as they cheer on their favorite teams the first week of the month-long tournament games.

Free lunch when 16-Beats-a-1 at Little Caesars Pizza

Little Caesars is offering basketball fans a chance at free lunch at participating Little Caesars restaurants on Monday, April 6 if any #16-seeded team beats a #1-seeded team in an unexpected victory in the games played on March 19 and 20 of the 2015 college men's basketball championship tournament.

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