Nearly 90 percent of chain restaurants listed on Foursquare

Restaurant Sciences, a provider of restaurant industry information and analytics, released Foursquare statistics from its Restaurant Internet Marketing Study (RIMS). According to the study, Foursquare is gaining widespread acceptance among restaurants and their patrons, and outpacing Yelp's popularity in key...

Pizza Hut Canada promotion teases customers until September

Pizza Hut Canada has introduced its "Don't Open Me" challenge. From now through Sept.

Uncle Maddio's introduces gluten-free pizza for kids

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint launched a gluten-free kids' pizza this week. The kids' meal pizzas are available with a choice of more than 25 gluten-free toppings. For people with gluten allergies, including celiac disease, eating food containing gluten can cause varying degrees of illness and internal bodily damage.

Papa Murphy's expands mobile marketing initiative

Papa Murphy's Take 'N Bake Pizza has expanded its partnership with mobile marketing provider Phizzle. The mobile marketing product is now available in nearly 550 franchised restaurants throughout 26 states. Working with Phizzle since 2010, Papa Murphy's runs customized in-store...

Online-To-offline loyalty program closes $3M Series A investment round

Plink, an online-to-offline loyalty program that rewards members for dining and shopping, has closed a $3 million Series A round of funding from Grotech Ventures. The funding will help accelerate development of Plink's platform for offline advertisers, member acquisition marketing...

Topper's fundraiser helps roof collapse victims

Topper's Pizza stores across Ontario are lending their support to the Elliot Lake Relief Fund as a way to help Elliot Lake, Ontario, residents and community members affected by the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall roof collapse in June,...

NPD: Consumer interest in smaller portions, customization lead to combo meal declines

Combo meals are down by about 1 billion servings since 2007, according to market research firm The NPD Group. A recently released NPD foodservice market research report finds that smaller lunch and supper meals, more and better value offerings, price...

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza offering relief from the heat

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza's five greater Kansas City, Mo., locations are offering a "Crummy Weather Voucher" good for 20 percent off dinner now through Thursday. The chain is hoping to lure customers in despite the record-breaking heat wave blanketing the area....

Report: Burger King has fastest growing fan base on Facebook

A new report from social-benchmarking company Unmetric highlights the social media efforts of the top 16 quick-service restaurants, identifying the brands that are most active and have the most active fan bases. The report's results are based on the Unmetric...

Pizza Patron's Spanish language promo nets record sales

Pizza Patron's Pizza Por Favor campaign, which ran for three days in June, resulted in record sales for the company. Andrew Gamm, Pizza Patron's brand director, said that more than 25 percent of the chain's stores broke all-time sales records...

Flippers Pizzeria's group menu pricing aimed at tourists

Flippers Pizzeria is trying to woo groups into its Central Florida stores with the introduction of group menu pricing and catering. Specifically, the chain is hoping to attract tourists visiting Orlando's theme parks and resorts this summer. Flippers' group menu...

Zagat releases first-ever pizza survey results

Zagat has long observed consumers' burger, ice cream and coffee preferences. This week, the restaurant guide also has taken a look at pizza-eating habits for the first time. Zagat's James Mulcahy wrote a blog overview of the inaugural survey results,...

Domino's Australia pushes catering platform

Domino's Pizza Australia has launched an online tool to help customers place catering orders easily. According to Franchise.net, the catering tool includes a variety of discounted packages to suit group ordering, from just pizzas to packages including pizza, drinks, sides and desserts. Pricing is done per person.

Naked Pizza teams up with Steve Nash Foundation

Naked Pizza fans can enter now to "Get Naked with Steve Nash." The promotion offers the chance to meet the NBA MVP at the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown in New York City on June 27. Entries can be made by...

SUTUS solution now in use at more than 10,000 pizza franchises

SUTUS, a technology specialist for the pizza franchise industry, has announced that its single-platform telephony, data and networking solution is now being used by more than 10,000 franchise users across North America. Custom-engineered for the franchise industry, the company's Business...

John's Incredible Pizza Co. partners with philanthropic daily deal site

Sharing Spree, a daily deals website that donates a portion of every consumer purchase to community organizations, and John's Incredible Pizza Company, are teaming up to offer a deal that will benefit Portland, Ore., area schools. All day today, Portland...

Papa John's earns highest score in customer satisfaction index

Papa John's had the highest customer satisfaction scores among limited-service restaurants, according to the 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) released today. Papa John's achieved the highest score ever by an individual brand in the Limited Service Restaurant category, and...

Localgiftcard.com to connect small businesses, consumers nationwide

A new website called LocalGiftCards.com will enable customers to support small businesses when purchasing gift cards. LocalGiftCards.com is a marketplace where consumers can buy and send gift cards from businesses all over the country. It's the online version of the...

Pizza Hut UK adds mobile app to raise money for charity

Pizza Hut is the latest company in the United Kingdom to partner with The Giving Card, which gives customers who sign up the ability to receive discounts on meals while donating to a charity of their choice. Customers buy the card online and select a charity to donate 10 British pounds (about $15.65) to from their annual subscription.

Cone-shaped pizza finds home at the Jersey Shore

Cono Italiano Inc., the exclusive license holder for the North American distribution and manufacturing rights for "pizza cono," a one-of-a-kind, drip-free, cone-shaped pizza, has announced that its pizza cono and empanadas are being sold on the boardwalks of New Jersey....

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