Canadian restaurant group acquires Kahala, readies for US growth spurt

Shareholders approved the merger Thursday of Kahala Brands Ltd and a wholly owned subsidiary of MTY Food group. Kahala — as the parent company of 18 brands, including Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery and Johnnie's New York Pizzeria — had previously...

Domino's doles out dividend after 90 quarters of global growth

Domino's pizza today reported Q2 results, including the company's 90th consecutive quarter of sales growth globally and its 21st in the United States. Domestic same-store sales grew 9.7 percent year over year, while international stores recorded a 7.1 percent increase....

Chinese labor market stabilizes -- restaurant sector is key

The labor market in China appears to finally be stabilizing and one of the leading industries driving that turnaround is the food-service sector. That news comes this week from a joint study by Chinese career platform, Zhaopin Limited, and the China Institute for Employment Research at Renmin University.

What are ya' drinking? New technology gives more accurate answer than ever

Beverage dispensing company Lancer has partnered with beverage data company Weissberger to create a platform that turns Lancer fountain dispensing machines into smart dispensers. Already, Coca-Cola and the U.S.

Papa Murphy's starts serving antibiotic-free chicken today

Papa Murphy's today became the first national chain pizza restaurant to commit to serving all antibiotic-free chicken for everything on its menu containing the poultry item. In a news release Monday afternoon, the chain said all of its more than...

What's in a napkin? Maybe more than you think

Restaurant customers often take stacks of napkins when they visit with little thought to waste or cost to the business owner, and employees at the drive-thru aren't much better when they toss an equally healthy stack of paper in to-go...

NRF backs another idea for diluting overtime rules

Legislation that would slow the enactment of some of the provisions of the overtime rules set to take effect in December received loud and instantaneous applause from the National Retail Federation. The Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act was introduced in...

Toppers adds IT leader to blaze trail into future

Toppers is taking a huge digital step for the brand's future with the recent hire of Tony Ellis as the chain's first vice president of information technology. His mission, according to a news release about the appointment, is to take...

Yum! increases profit prediction for year after solid Q2

Yum! Brands has increased its full-year core operating profit growth forecast to 14 percent from the previously predicted 12 percent, according to a company press release, which reported a solid Q2 that resulted in earnings per share of 81 cents...

Diners find review sites valuable for getting and giving feedback

Review sites are considered valuable by nearly all diners, according to a new Original Review study and nearly as many are willing to share feedback on their dining experience. The study polled  500 men and women ages 21 and older, and reports 95 percent of consumers use review sites before dining at a new restaurant.

Technavio names top 8 vendors in US

The top eight vendors in the U.S. food service industry for the next four years are, according to a study by Technavio, offering a lot of value for their clients amid a highly fragmented and therefore intensely competitive market.

Sports fans would embrace mobile food, drink ordering at events

Ever found yourself hungry at a sporting event, run to the concession and then, due to long lines, jog back to your seat so you don't miss alot of action? You're not alone. Long wait lines are a prime reason...

Marco’s Pizza announces new CFO

Ohio-based Marco's Pizza announced the appointment of Buddy Solomon as Chief Financial Officer. Solomon enters his role as a veteran in the restaurant, media and technology industries, including past positions at Arby's, Cox Newspapers and Cox Auto Trader. "Reaching the...

Q1 Foodservice visits on the rise

Most of the global foodservice markets, including The Big Five European Countries, Australia, Canada, China, and Japan, ended the first quarter of 2016 with an increase in store visits and consumer spending, according to The NPD Group report. Traffic gains...

Kono adds management manpower ahead of rapid expansion plans

Kono USA, the company behind Kono Pizza, has expanded its management team to meet the challenges of growth for the chain in the years ahead, according to a news release. The company said it has opened several new locations and...

Fireside Pies teams with rapid delivery services in Dallas area

Twelve-year-old Fireside Pies is among the flock of restaurants making connections with delivery services like Uber and Amazon to deliver food in less than an hour to businesses and homes. A news release said that the brand's Texas location has...

Free shift-scheduling tool set to expand client base

Sling bills itself as "the only free shift-scheduling tool for non-desk employees," and it's being used by huge employers like Subway and AMC Theatres, so its first-year progress report could be of interest across the restaurant industry. Since its 2015...

Rapid Fired Pizza continues rapid growth in Ohio

Dayton-area pizza chain, Rapid Fired Pizza, now boasts five locations in and around the Ohio city. It opened two more stores in June, including a Dayton location on Wilmington Pike and a Springfield location on Bechtle Avenue, according to a...

Community-based Pizza Patron sees record sales at several locations

Pizza Patrón announced that it is focusing on growth in the Southwest, Chicago and Louisiana after the chain reported all-time record sales at about 10 percent of its 93 locations. A news release said the chain experienced sales records at...

Papa Murphy’s Bridg(es) the marketing gap

Papa Murphy's executives said this week that they will use Bridg software to track vital information like the frequency of customer visits and how much money a diner spends per visit, as well other consumer behavior and store data to...

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