University of Houston to offer PhD in Hospitality Administration

The University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management plans to begin offering a Ph.D.

'Push for Pizza' app hits the market

A group of 19-year-olds from Brooklyn, N.Y., have developed the new Push for Pizza app, which allows customers to order their pizza with one tap. According to the Huffington Post, the founders call the new app the "Uber for pizza." The app made its debut this summer.

Franchising association seeks to halt Seattle’s minimum wage increase

The International Franchise Association has asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the City of Seattle from raising its minimum wage. The IFA says the city's recently enacted law to...

More consumers eating meals alone

New research from The NPD Group shows that consumption behaviors in the U.S. are shifting and are more individualized than previous generations.

Yum! Brands adds new interactive component to hunger fundraiser

Yum! Brands has announced the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort with the new "Pass The Red Cup" challenge featuring multi-Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera. Aguilera has been the spokesperson for Yum! Brands' hunger initiative since 2009. The...

Marco’s Pizza plans entry into India market

Marco's Pizza has signed its first franchise deal in India with plans to open 400 stores throughout the next 10 years. Leading the expansion in India are DJ Patel and Monaliza Patel who have a combined 33 plus years of...

Hunt Brothers launches Fathead promo to kick off football season

Hunt Brothers Pizza is kicking off football season with its new "60 Days of Fathead” promotion, which runs now through Sept. 30. For a chance to win one Fathead prize a day for 60 days, contestants enter at HuntBrothersPizza.com/Fathead.

Ynot Pizza partnership yields Ynot Session IPA craft beer

Virginia's Ynot Pizza & Italian Cuisine has partnered with Green Flash Brewing Co. to create the specialty craft brewery's first local beer release – Green Flash Ynot Session IPA. According to a news release, Green Flash has confirmed plans for...

Boston’s new kids’ program includes menu, interactive mobile app

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar has launched a new kids' program today, which includes a new healthier menu and an interactive mobile app. "The core of our business model is the ability to offer both a sports bar and family-friendly...

Restaurant industry adds nearly 19K jobs in July

The National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy announced today that the restaurant industry added a net 18,600 jobs in July on a seasonally-adjusted basis. This marks the 53rd straight monthly increase and 25th consecutive month with gains of at...

Papa John’s increases shareholder dividend by 12%

Papa John's International today announced that its board has approved a 12 percent increase in the quarterly dividend payable on PZZA's common stock. According to a news release, this results in a quarterly dividend rate of $0.14 per share, or...

Papa Murphy's extends Pepsi contract

Papa Murphy's today announced it has signed a multiyear agreement with PepsiCo to renew their 16-plus-year partnership. Under the new deal, PepsiCo will remain the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage provider and offer brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mug Root Beer...

Pizza Studio continues SoCal expansion

Pizza Studio has opened its newest restaurant, located in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. This marks the brand's eighth California store to open with others throughout the country. Since making its debut in 2013, Pizza Studio has signed...

Naked Pizza joins Healthy Dining's restaurant roster

Healthy Dining has announced its newest restaurant partner – Naked Pizza. With nine locations in the U.S., Naked Pizza features menu options that meet nutritional criteria set by Healthy Dining's registered dietitians. "Our mission at Naked Pizza is to make one of the most popular fast foods – pizza – more healthful and nutritious.

PeopleMatter teams up with NCR to streamline employee onboarding process

PeopleMatter has announced a new relationship with NCR. As part of the agreement, NCR’s Aloha POS and Back Office technology and the PeopleMatter Platform will be integrated to send employee data, real-time and bi-directionally, between the PeopleMatter Platform and NCR...

Restaurant traffic slips in June, same-store sales continue to rise

The National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index reported a moderate decline in June, driven largely by softer traffic. The RPI was 101.3 in June, down from a level of 102.1 in May and the first decline in four months.

ChefTec adds Lot Tracking to ChefTec xt3

Culinary Software Services announced the availability of Lot Tracking as an add-on feature in the recently released ChefTec xt3. "The ChefTec Lot Tracking Module allows the operators to quickly establish the source and movement of the affected food items and...

Latest Chinese supply chain crisis hits Yum! Brands' sales 'significantly'

Yum! Brands said the latest supply chain crisis in China has caused "significant, negative" damage to sales at its KFC and Pizza Hut brands in that market. Reuters reported that if this impact is sustained, it will have a "material"...

Pizza Patron drops large pizza price to $3.99 to gain new traffic

Starting Aug. 4, Pizza Patrón will offer $3.99 large pepperoni pizzas every Monday through Wednesday for a limited time. According to the company, the discount price's objective is to raise awareness and drive new traffic to stores during the typically...

MyCheck's full integration with POSitouch aimed at restaurants

MyCheck has announced a complete integration into POSitouch point-of-sale software for quick-service and full-service restaurants. According to a news release, the MyCheck install onto POSitouch systems is done remotely and involves the implementation of a button straight onto the payment...

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