Corporate spending at restaurants jumps 7.1% in Q3

Dinova LLC reported today that overall restaurant spending by its corporate clients grew 7.1 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2014. The total average check paid by Dinova clients increased 6.5 percent year-over-year, from $51.36 in last year’s third...

Preferred Restaurant Brands opens second Papa John's

Preferred Restaurant Brands, previously known as Dixie Foods International Inc., has announced the opening of its second Papa John's location. The franchisee's newest unit is on Roseville Boulevard in Roseville, California. "We are excited to be expanding our Papa John's...

Villa Italian Kitchen hosts Facebook holiday promotion

Villa Italian Kitchen is hosting a Holiday Wish & Win Sweepstakes for fans on Facebook with a chance to win $3,000. The brand's Facebook page also includes its holiday quiz for fans to see "What Their Holiday Wish Says About...

Pizza Hut Australia creates crunchy Doritos crust

Pizza Hut Australia has partnered with Doritos to introduce the Doritos Crunchy Crust Pizza to the brand's Stuffed Crust lineup. According to a news release, Pizza Hut spent months developing the new crust, which is made with mozzarella cheese layered...

Pie Five offering Andes Mint Brownie Pie for the season

Pie Five Pizza has introduced the new Andes Mint Brownie Pie, featuring chocolate brownie batter and dark chocolate chips in a deep dish pizza pan, then topped with chunks of Andes mints. According to a news release, every pie is...

Lower gas prices yield higher restaurant traffic, sales in October

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index posted solid gains in October, driven in large part to falling gas prices. According to a news release, the RPI was 102.8 in October, up 1.8 percent from September. “The positive same-store sales...

Domino's makes big push for digital orders

Domino's Pizza is offering 50-percent off all menu-priced pizza orders placed digitally for an entire week, beginning today and running through Dec. 7. "We're excited to bring even more convenience to customers who are taking advantage of Cyber Monday," Spokesperson Chris Brandon said in a news release.

Restaurants Canada taps interim CEO

Chef and restaurateur Donna Dooher has been named interim president and CEO at Restaurants Canada. Dooher, who is owner of Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Toronto's Liberty Village and a frequent guest on CTV's The Social, will oversee the association until...

QSR workers plan to carry low-wage strikes into year two

Quick-service employees, and other workers from a variety of service-sector jobs, plan to strike Thursday in protest of low wages. The workers are planning for the strikes to be widespread – spanning 160 cities across the US – and picked...

Pizza Hut UK's digital menu uses eye-tracking technology to help customers order

Pizza Hut UK has launched a new "Subconscious Menu," which includes 20 ingredients ranging from chicken to peppers. According to The Telegraph, however, the ingredients are not the main draw.  The digital menu features eye-tracking technology, developed by Swedish-based Tobii Technology, that helps customers with their orders.

BoomBozz spins off to-go lunch concept

Louisville, Ky.-based BoomBozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse will open a new location in the spring that will feature a to-go service model. According to Louisville Business First, the concept will be called Boom-a-GoGo and will be geared toward the lunch crowd.  It will be located in a busy shopping area in Louisville with lunch-only hours.

Papa John's incentivizes gift card purchases

From now through Dec. 31, Papa John's is offering an incentive to purchase the brand's gift card.

Burger 21, zpizza rank high on franchising list

Franchiserankings.com, a provider of reviews and ratings on franchises, has released its top 10 best food franchises for the month of November. According to a news release, each month thousands of franchisees around the world are asked to provide feedback...

Restaurants' commitment to sustainability influencing younger customers

New research from Packaged Facts finds that sustainability initiatives are increasingly important to restaurant consumers. According to the Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities report, women and higher-income consumers are especially receptive to menu claims that promote sustainability.

Sbarro's new pizza recipe features 20% more cheese

Sbarro introduced an enhanced pizza recipe this week, featuring 20-percent more cheese. "We're going back to the basics," CEO David Karam said in a news release. "We have the best cheese in the business – 100-percent whole milk mozzarella that we shred fresh daily to assure the best taste.

FAQ's about the FDA's final menu regulations

The FDA will consider details throughout the next year, and will continue to solicit input on how to properly monitor these regulations.

Webinar will tackle 'Hot or Not' trends for employers

How much will big data cost in 2015? How can restaurants mitigate rising costs and increasingly competitive labor markets?

Canadian 'Express Entry' program will remove caps on cooks, managers

Currently, cooks and foodservice managers are capped in the Canadian Federal Trades stream. Caps will be removed from all streams with Express Entry, which launches Jan. 1.

Vitamix CEO named Entrepreneur of the Year

Jodi L. Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has been named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 National Family Business Award winner. According to a news release, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recognizes industry leaders who "demonstrate...

Nat'l Restaurant Association adds Facebook app to encourage responsible alcohol service

The National Restaurant Association released the ServSafe Facebook app, Serving It Up with ServSafe, as part of its campaign to promote responsible alcohol service during the holidays. According to a news release, the campaign provides tools and tips that will...

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