Marco's growth exceeding projections by 40 percent

Toledo, Ohio-based Marco's Pizza announced the company is exceeding expansion goals for 2014, with 131 locations added this year.

Foodservice Packaging Institute's annual Trends Report shows market shifts

Packaging trends include continued interest in sustainable products.

Firecrust pizza set to expand in Dallas

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria announced plans to add up to 10 locations over the next five years in the Dallas area.

Chuck E. Cheese and Paddington Bear team up for movie promo

Paddington Bear and Chuck E. Cheese launched a promotional offer for the Jan. 16 release of the movie Paddington, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville.

NRA selects LeanPath for food waste prevention program

The National Restaurant Association has chosen LeanPath Inc., provider of automated food waste monitoring systems, as its preferred supplier for the company's Conserve sustainability program.

Credit card companies agree to reduce fees 10% in Canada

Card companies will reduce credit card interchange fees over five years by about 10 percent.

Report: Consumers plan to spend more at restaurants in '15

According to a new report on the state of the American consumer released today by the National Restaurant Association, although a majority of American consumers are still concerned about the economy and holding back on spending, there are signs that...

Pizza Inn opens first Colorado restaurant

Pizza Inn has made its debut in Colorado, nearly 50 years after it was founded. The newest restaurant is located in La Junta. Pizza Inn also has grand openings scheduled this week in Houston and Baxley, Georgia, as well as...

Papa Murphy's launches 'gourmet' pizza toppings

Papa Murphy’s has announced a new line of gourmet pizza toppings that customers can use to customize their pizzas, including Angus steak, spicy fennel sausage and roasted garlic. "The new gourmet toppings are the perfect way to give customers the...

Preferred Restaurant Brands opens its first Papa John's location

Preferred Restaurant Brands, formerly known as Dixie Foods International Inc., announced it has opened its first of many planned Papa John's locations.

VendorSafe names new CEO with new private equity partnership

VendorSafe Technologies announced this week that Providence Equity Partners has become the company's majority shareholder. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Also, the VendorSafe board of directors has named Kevin Watson as the company's new CEO. VendorSafe is a...

Little Caesars franchisees partners with cost reduction services company

The Independent Organization of Little Caesar Franchisees has partnered with SIB Fixed Cost Reduction to provide cost reduction services to its members. Todd Messer, executive director of IOLCF, said the partnership is a "win-win" for the organization and its members....

Papa John's franchise group changes name, adds board members

Dixie Foods International Inc., a Papa John's and Capriotti's Sandwich Shops franchisee, has changed its name to Preferred Restaurant Brands. The company has also added six members to its board of directors. CEO Ken Antos said 'Preferred Restaurant Brands' better...

Crushed Red brings back Urban Harvest Pizza for seasonal promo

St. Louis-based Crushed Red Urban Bake and Chop Shop is bringing back the Urban Harvest Pizza for the cooler season.

Pieology adds VP of operations to support growth

Pieology Pizzeria has named Stephanie Lambrecht as its new vice president of operations. In this position, Lambrecht oversees systems management and restaurant operations to further advance brand growth. According to a news release, Pieology currently has 37 restaurants in Arizona,...

Chocolate companies warn of an impending shortage

Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, two chocolate giants, have warned of an impending chocolate shortage.

Asian concepts poised for high unit growth this year

New data from Technomic forecasts a 2.3-percent unit growth rate over 2013 among the 500 largest US restaurant chains. According to a news release, this will be slightly higher than the 2.1-percent growth rate from 2012-13 and much higher than...

Domino's opens its first store in Kenya

Domino's Pizza announced today it has opened its first store in Kenya through a partnership with Om Nom Nom Ltd., the master franchise holder of Domino's Pizza Kenya. The unit is located in the Westlands in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. According to a news release, Om Nom Nom Ltd.

LivingSocial adds communication platform for merchants

LivingSocial has launched Connect, a communications toolkit for merchants to engage and build relationships with customers acquired through its platform. According to a news release, with the addition of the Connect features to LivingSocial’s Merchant Center, businesses can now: Personalize...

Boston Pizza selects Paytronix for 'MyBP' loyalty program

Paytronix Systems Inc. has announced that Canada's Boston Pizza has selected the Paytronix Rewards platform as the foundation for its new Boston Pizza MyBP Program. According to a news release, Boston Pizza selected Paytronix because of its integration with both...

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