Mellow Mushroom partners with bank to promote environmentalism, pizza

Central Florida's Mellow Musroom locations have partnered with Orlando's First Green Bank to give customers freebies when they open a checking account before the end of the year with the environmentally missioned bank, according to a company press release. "As...

Middleby acquiring ice equipment company

The Middleby Corporation has acquired Follett Corporation, a manufacturer of ice machines, ice and water-dispensing equipment, ice storage and transport products, and medical-grade refrigeration products for the food service and health industries. The company, which is headquartered in Easton, Pennsylvania,...

Papa John's announces 2nd restaurant in Northern Africa

Papa John’s is opening a location in North Africa's Tunisia, according to a news release. Following Egypt, Tunisia will be the second country in Africa to boast a Papa John’s franchise; the unit will be in the capital city of Tunis.

Pizza Hut pledges to halt use of BHA/BHT, some preservatives and antibiotics

Pizza Hut is getting on board with an industry-wide movement to cut the less healthful ingredients out of its menu, according to a company press release. This week the Yum! Brand said in a news release that it is committed...

Papa John's opens first restaurants in Spain, France

Papa John's entered two major European markets in May, beginning with the opening of its first Spanish location in the capital city of Madrid on May 9. The Serrano-area store is the first of more than 100 locations planned for...

Jack in the Box exec to share social media strategies during free webinar

Nearly every reputable brand is on social media, and in this competitive market, it's about more than simply having a social presence. If you want to be distinct from your competition, you need to focus on building an online community centered around your brand.

Memorial Day means free pizza for vets at Pie Five

Pie Five is showing its patriotic stripes this Memorial Day, by offering a free personalized pizza to veterans and retired, or active duty military, with valid military identification, at its outlets nationwide, according to a company press release. The pizza...

Pizza Hut gives free pizza in exchange for emoji-emblazoned Pepsi bottles

Pizza Hut and Pepsi are partnering to boost sales of both products this summer through a co-promotion that gives customers free pizza in exchange for pizza emoji-emblazoned Pepsi bottles. From June 1 to Aug.

QSRs, Pizza restaurants get competition from Mexican chain's delivery service

In hopes of competing with fast food chains, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina has partnered with DoorDash in several US markets to provide on-demand delivery of the restaurant's menu items. The initial launch area includes the eight major...

US Foods hits the NYSE

National food service distributor, US Foods Holding Corp, began trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "USFD," after its initial public offering. US Foods raised $1.02 billion in gross proceeds.

Software hopes to help restaurants meet FDA guidelines

Trabon has introduced its new My Meal, My Way Nutrition Calculator, which helps restaurants seamlessly comply with the FDA regulations that take effect May 2017, according to a company press release. The calculator provides guests with 11 specific nutritional data...

App helps co-workers communicate without exchanging cell numbers

An app that allows employees to message co-workers without having to divulge personal phone numbers is now available. Entrepreneurs Danny Leffel and Broc Miramontes created the app, Crew, after discovering that their favorite local Mexican restaurant, Don Ramon's, struggled with...

Blaze moves into Utah with location across from water park

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza — one of this year’s Top 100 Fast Casual Movers and Shakers — opened its first Utah location today in Lehi. To celebrate the chain is giving away build-your-own pizzas all day Friday to anyone who...

Pie Five moves into Austin area

Dallas-based Pie Five opens its newest location next week in the Austin-area suburb of Pflugerville, which a news release said is across the street from the Hawaiian Falls water and adventure park. "Pie Five's fun, fast and fresh flavors will...

Pomona welcomes Pieology

Pieology Pizzeria is opening a new store in the competitive Southern California market, according to a news release.

Kahala Brands merges with major Canadian quick-service franchisor

Kahala Brands Ltd, parent company of 18 brands, including Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery and Johnnie's New York Pizzeria, announced it has signed an agreement to merge with MTY Food Group, a franchisor and operator of 40 concept restaurant brands headquartered...

Pizza Hut's new dessert is an ooey-gooey treat

Pizza Hut is clearly sweet on its latest dessert offering, an ooey-gooey creation based on the scouting trip favorite, the s'more. The dessert is available for dine-in, carry-out and delivery and is a limited-time offering. Boasting Hershey chocolate, the eight-inch...

MasterPass-enabled robot to invade Pizza Hut Asia

MasterCard today unveiled the first commerce application for SoftBank Robotics' humanoid robot, Pepper. MasterPass, which is MasterCard's digital wallet service, will power the application, according to a press release. Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia P/L will be the inaugural launch partner...

Grubhub's new platform enhances management options

Online and mobile food ordering and delivery provider, Grubhub, launched a new in-restaurant platform called GrubCentral. It's accessible from any device and allows restaurant supervisors to manage menus, review Grubhub financial statements and process orders. "Efficiencies driven by this new...

Online job matching platform pops up in Texas

Workpop, an online matching platform for job seekers and employers, has launched this week in Dallas and Houston. The platform, which helps small and mid-sized businesses hire and manage employees, is also available in Los Angeles and San Diego, according...

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