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...

zpizza expands Northern California presence

zpizza has opened a new South Bay location at 1190 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Blaze debuts in Idaho, Chicago suburb

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its first Idaho location on Nov. 20 in Meridian.

Digital Screenmedia Association and NEC to host menu board webinar

The webinar will cover the value of menu boards, interactive screens, mobile payments and proximity marketing.

Mobile payments present opportunity for brands to engage customers

Now that Apple Pay is here, marketers have to figure out what to do with it. While mobile payments will likely be a good thing, there's a lot of potential value for customers and brands beyond the transaction.

Cobranded build-your-own pizza, froyo concept marks debut

DIY Restaurant Group celebrated the grand opening of its newest concept, uBuild + Trugurt Duo, in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, on Nov. 12.

Granbury releases SmartCoupon feature for tablet POS

Granbury POS has released the new SmartCoupon feature for its Thr!ve tablet POS system.

NRA report: Millennials spend higher proportions on food than families

The National Restaurant Association has published its newest edition of its Consumer Spending in Restaurants report. The report was last published in 2009 and analyzes spending on food away from home by demographic. “Looking at demographics is extremely important for restaurant operators.

Domino's Pizza Tracker now available on smart watch device

Domino's Pizza's Pizza Tracker is now available on the Pebble Watch device. Domino's Tracker was launched about seven years ago and allows consumers to follow their order from the oven to the door. The partnership with Pebble marks the first...

Restaurant Association teams up with Heartland for webinar on EMV liability shift

Heartland Payment Systems has partnered with the National Restaurant Association to present a series of restaurant-specific educational webinars. The first webinar will address EMV and the impending liability shift planned for October 2015. Heartland Payment Systems' Mike English, executive director,...

Pizza Hut's largest franchisee offering online business degrees to employees

Pizza Hut's largest global franchisee, NPC International, has partnered with Martin Methodist College to offer employees online business degrees. NPC International also franchises 400 Wendy's restaurants. The company will offer incentives for its employees to pursue a college degree through...

Networld Media Group to launch Virtual Currency Summit in Boston, April 2015

Renowned economic strategist Bruce Fenton, Managing Director of Atlantic Financial, has been confirmed as a featured Summit speaker.

MOD Pizza plans local charity fundraising drive

For the second year in a row, all MOD Pizza stores will donate $1 from every pizza sold during the week of Nov. 25-30 to local charities.

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