Meal credits

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Many restaurant owners who offer free meals to their employees are unaware that they are entitled to a minimum wage meal credit for each employee. Specifically, an employer who customarily furnishes meals to employees may reduce the cash wages paid...

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Is social media part of your marketing mix?

We all know that our friends and families influence us if they give us a recommendation…or a ‘stay away!’ …for a vendor or business. And those recommendations have proliferated in the social media sphere through sites like facebook and Yelp....

Want to Facebook? What are you waiting for

Ninety five percent. That’s right, 95% of all consumers are on Facebook, according to our latest research findings across both North America and the UK. We asked more than 12,000 consumers from all age and income groups to tell us about their social media usage last month.

Culinary Tide's 2012 top trends

Culinary Tides, Inc. released the report: "Top 10 Trends Analysis - Shifting Sands 2012: A cross analysis of predictions across Government, Technology, Health, Consumer, Travel, Beverage, and Food & Flavor trends," hitting the food industry in 2012 and beyond.

Would YOU resist a robber?

The young manager knelt in front of the safe, a thousand thoughts cluttering his head. His fingers were nearly frozen with fear as he fumbled with the combination.

Could your restaurant survive a 15% decrease in business?

The question we field more than any other when talking to small merchants is, “Who is making me become PCI compliant?” The answer is too complicated to simply point at one entity and say, “It’s this guy, right here.” In...

Courting new trials

Let’s talk for a minute about new trial. No, not the court kind, but the kind that every restaurant wants … new consumers trying out your restaurant for the first time.

Block cheese prices down slightly

Pizza stocks not affected by stock market dip.

A lesson in loyalty

Recession or not, the restaurant industry is here and growing. Consumers spend a huge percentage of their food budgets on eating out at restaurants, and restaurant sales are expected to top $600 billion this year.

The top 5 reasons to franchise your business

If you are an entrepreneur and you have one, two or even three operations, why should you be thinking about franchising? There are many reasons, but here are the top 5: I have a brand that I want to expand...

Ring in 2012 with organic food innovation

I predict that 2012 will be a banner year for Organic Food Product Innovation, and those who sit on the sidelines will miss the opportunity to strike gold in this rapidly growing product segment. I predict this for several reasons...

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NEWS


Healthful, flavorful meals top trends at QSRs, fast casuals

As diners become more sophisticated in their tastes and desire for flavorful, healthful foods, quick-service and fast casual operators are plating up additional items that satisfy those demands, National Restaurant Association research finds. Consumers questioned for the NRA's 2012 Restaurant...

Commentary: Child Nutrition Act is an important first step

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed into law a $4.5 billion measure that aims to make school meals more nutritious and expands the reach of lunches and dinners to more children. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is one component of...

Survey reveals working consumers skipping meals

According to a new study conducted by WorkPlace Media, 76 percent of workers surveyed have made cuts to their food and beverage consumption. Overall, 31 percent of workers surveyed reported making less money due to the recession while 34 percent said cheaper fast food trumped health concerns during the economic downturn.

Mintel identifies healthy food menu challenges

CHICAGO -- Despite increased buzz about healthy dining and restaurant nutrition labeling, new findings from Mintel Menu Insights suggest healthy menu items still face a tough battle for acceptance.   Surveying American diners, Mintel found that only 20 percent rank food health as an important factor when ordering dinner.

Fast casual chains lead restaurant-industry growth

CHICAGO -- Restaurant-industry growth continues to be driven by fast casual chains, according to data released by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic Inc. in its annual reporting on the top 500 U.S.

Pizza Hut franchisee talks about rise, fall

The Wichita Eagle: In his book, "Pie in the Sky: Adventures of a Pizza Hut Entrepreneur," Dick Hassur talks about his rise and fall as Pizza Hut's first franchisee. Hassur started with nothing, built a portfolio of stores worth about $7 million, then lost it all.

Report: Consumers impacted by higher menu prices

CHICAGO — In a recent national survey by foodservice consultants Technomic, more than half of consumers polled said they have noticed higher menu prices at full-service restaurants. Perhaps a more disconcerting finding for restaurant operators, however, is that consumers have exaggerated notions of how much prices have increased at national chains.

NRA releases 2008 forecast, partners with Podcast Grill for three-part series

NetWorld Alliance, publisher of Pizza Marketplace and Podcast Grill, has partnered with the National Restaurant Association on the production of several restaurant-industry podcasts. The three-part series covers the 2008 Restaurant Industry Forecast and will be available for download Dec.

Pizza Marketplace launches industry study

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pizza Marketplace has unveiled its 2007 Pizza Marketplace Industry Study, an in-depth look at trends and topics in the pizza industry around the globe.

Interview with the 'Pizza Dude'

Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer: Craig Jackson has been working for Domino's for nearly two years.

Brooklyn pizza tour makes TV appearance

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Brooklyn's "A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour" recently was featured on NBC's Today Show in a segment entitled "Brooklyn's Best Pizza Joints." The tour, in its second year, allows tourists to hop aboard a bus in Manhattan...

Fast Casual releases hiring and retention report

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The editors of Fast Casual magazine, PizzaMarketplace.com and QSRWeb.com have released the special report "Hiring and Retention: How to Recruit, Train and Keep the Best Employees." Fast Casual surveyed more than 100 restaurant operators and interviewed a...

Scientists study benefits of pizza–and-Coke diet

The Independent: Coca-Cola has enlisted scientific researchers to study the effect of Coke in fighting anemia. In clinical trials at an English university, a group of men and women are being fed a diet of pizza and Coke to study the effect on iron levels in their blood.

Report details U.S. Italian food market

LYON, France — Research firm Reportlinker.com has added a new Italian food-market research report to its catalogue.   The report, Italian Food in the U.S., takes an in-depth look at the trends driving that market.

Restaurant Performance Index declines in April

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry softened in April, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity registered a moderate decline. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

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