Commodities: Pizza  stocks fall, gas rises

The afterglow of a profitable Thanksgiving week of trading on the pizza marketplace is all but gone this week after pizza stock prices returned to a lower overall value over the course of last week.

Big Mac inventor leaves invaluable lesson for restaurateurs today

The passing of Big Mac inventor and McDonald’s longtime franchisee, Jim Delligatti, got me thinking about the value of true, two-way communication between a brand's top leadership and its front-line employees.

Menu Labeling: Recent clarification means law goes into effect as planned

Yesterday when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out its Clarified Statement on Compliance Date, regarding the activation on Dec.

Fast Casual Summit: 4 questions restaurant brands must answer

At last month's Fast Casual Executive Summit outside Los Angeles, restaurant marketing consultant Gerry O’Brion said the difference between winners and losers in the food service game is differentiation. Brands that can clearly answer four key questions are primed to lead this highly competitive segment of the economy.

KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell leading Chinese health initiatives

The Chinese government wants to help its people live longer, healthier lives and has enlisted the support of the nation’s leading fast-food operator, Yum China, to lead the charge.

Commodities Report: Thanksgiving week gives pizza traders a lot to be grateful for

Pizza stocks traders were clearly overjoyed at the news last week of a federal injunction halting enactment of the federal overtime pay laws that were set to take effect this Thursday. That eleventh-hour move by a Texas judge sent pizza stock prices soaring, truly giving the publicly traded brands in this business something to be grateful for.

Japanese Domino's customers get pies by reindeer

Domino's — never one to shy away from a delivery challenge — has opted to go "old school" for its latest delivery dilemma work-around in the snowy northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido. The chain is dispatching antlered delivery drivers this...

Fast Casual Summit: 5 lessons learned from m-commerce innovators

Why restaurants must "adapt to mobile commerce or die."

Last-minute federal injunction halts OT rules

Less than a week before the overtime regulations were to kick in, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the rule that would have made an estimated 4 million American workers eligible to claim overtime pay.

3 steps to choose the right technology

We all know that the amount of investment capital flowing into the food tech space has led to a virtual saturation of new restaurant technology in everything from online ordering systems to self-monitoring ovens, and even a burger-making robot. Here is a three-step process to help choose which technology is right for a growing business.

Is it time for restaurateurs to really talk turkey?

Thanksgiving, when you think about it, is the celebration of eating out with friends. Why then, doesn't the restaurant industry claim it and give restaurateurs and weary cooks everywhere something really to be grateful for?

Commodities: Most pizza stocks see bump, supply prices mixed

Commodity prices were truly a mixed bag this week with the cost of some of the most commonly used items in pizza restaurant operation truly varied, although the overall high value of the dollar has helped.

Will the menu trends of 2017 turn to the dark side?

Charcoal, heavy fats and lots of bubbles may not sound like they belong on 2017's list of menu trends, but the Canadian food-centric marketing consultancy, THP, said its research shows otherwise.

Mobile payments + loyalty programs = a millennial magnet

Entice and capture millennials and you simultaneously attract the larger overall audience. That's why restaurants need mobile payments and loyalty programs now.

6 hacks to optimize restaurant digital tech

You can invest in the best digital technology, but you'll only be getting mediocre results unless you employ techniques like the six hacks explained in this article.

Three ways to get maximum power out of direct mail

Tech may be all the talk, but one of the lowest tech approaches to promoting your brand, direct mail, is still not only effective but competitive with most anything digital is doing.

Top seven steps to supply chain heaven outlined at summit

Figuring out supply chain problems has a new urgency and importance today that might not have existed just three years ago. Here from the Fast Casual Summit last month, seven key steps to supply chain heaven.

Commodities: Election rocks nation, not pizza stocks

With the big question answered on the next U.S. president, the good news is the pizza commodities market remained relatively stable. Most prices for commodities dropped slightly over the week, while pizza stock prices were mostly up.

Free Webinar: Pilot Testing Restaurant Digital Signage - The Only Way to Fly

Invest an hour of time in the free webinar, Pilot Testing Restaurant Digital Signage: The Only Way to Fly. It's chock-full of checklists, proven testing rules and a discussion with one brand about the lessons its leadership learned through testing for a signage system that has been game-changing for that chain.

Series Part III: Digital signage software beyond the order counter

By Stuart Armstrong/ ComQi Group President For many working in food service today, their work  is strictly a "job," not a career. That fact is proven in the industry's employee turnover rates alone, with a typical fast-food restaurant fully replacing its entire staff of employees annually.

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