C-stores continue to elevate foodservice offerings in market share fight

The National Association of Convenience Stores' annual show concluded last week in Las Vegas with some sessions covering the continued elevation of foodservice offerings in the segment, threatening market share from traditional limited-service concepts. C-stores are pressured to evolve amid...

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Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

A case for produce management

Produce is hard to benchmark what you should be paying on a regular basis because there is no regularity to the product category.

Wheat prices spike as gas falls

Wheat prices increased after weeks of decreasing prices.

Cheese prices plummet after weeks on the rise

After spiking to $2.45 in mid-September, cheese prices plummeted last week, dropping as low as $2.15.

Beef O’ Brady’s overcomes franchisee skepticism to launch pizza program

The company spent three years testing ingredients, operations and ovens, and has experienced a sizable comp lift since adding pizza to its brand positioning.

Pizza concepts capitalizing on by-the-slice demand, economics

Pizza Hut is aiming to have 15 to 20 Slice Bars open in the US by the end of this year.

Menu trends: Consumers want functionality from their food

The word 'fresh' is the most powerful driver of menus because it has a connotation that it is real food being served.

How to survive the protein craze

Cutting costs by creating limited time offers or new menu items that scale down the serving of animal protein could be interesting to test with consumers.

What are Any’tizers, Tanglers, Frisnacks or Wrappetizers?

Restaurants can sell snacks at premium profit margins and can be more exciting for guests than the traditional core menu.

Gas still cheaper than this time last year

Last week's stock market saw lower prices for gasoline and diesel fuel, with natural gas remaining stable and wheat and cheese on the rise.

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Domino’s Canada commits to domestic-only cheese supply

Domino's Pizza of Canada has announced a partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada by committing to using only cheese made from 100-percent Canadian milk on all its pizzas and other menu items. Domino’s Pizza of Canada is based out of...

Boombozz Pizza signs on as sponsor of Louisville Brewfest

Boombozz Pizza and Taphouse, the presenting sponsor of the 6th Annual Louisville (Kentucky) Brewfest, will host a party to kick-off Brewfest weekend tonight at 7 p.m. The event will be held at its Highlands location, 1448 Bardstown Road in Louisville,...

Villa Italian Kitchen sauces up its signatures

Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants have introduced a new LTO called "Smother It!" which offers guests the chance to add either Bolognese or Alfredo sauce atop of their Stromboli, pizza or entrée for 99 cents. "We've been serving our Stromboli and...

Demand for breaded chicken sandwiches on the rise

An increasing number of consumers are requesting breaded chicken sandwiches, according to new research from The NPD Group. Servings of breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3 percent over the last four years, and in the year ending...

Giordano's kicks off 40th birthday with new menu launches

Giordano's Famous Stuffed Pizza is celebrating its 40th birthday by kicking off a 40-day promotion that includes giveaways, social media campaigns and new menu items. "Giordano's has deep roots in Chicago, going back to 1974, as the leader in establishing...

Domino's names new leaders, organizational structure

Domino's Pizza has announced promotions for top leaders and changes in internal organization.

Papa Murphy's launches 'new and improved' cheesy bread

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. unveiled its new Thick 'N' Cheesy HomeBacked Bread now available nationwide.

Pie Five Pizza encourages paying it forward with #pieitforward campaign

To celebrate National Pizza Month fast casual pizza brand Pie Five Pizza has kicked off the Pie It Forward campaign that surprises one guest at each location with a free pizza every day in October.

Old Chicago Pizza donates to children's cardiology research

This month Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is donating $1 from every Chicago 7 and Meat Me specialty pizzas ordered after 3 p.m. to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska to fund cardiology research.

Domino's teams up with local schools for National School Lunch Week

Domino's has joined up with schools across the nation for National School Lunch week October 13 to October 17, 2014.

Pizza 73 tops new pie with mini meatballs

Western Canada-based Pizza 73 has introduced a new Mini-Meatball Mania Pizza, topped with red onions and mini meatballs. "It is important for us to constantly develop innovative new products to provide our customers with a variety of menu options," CMO...

Nancy's Pizza creates Ditka-inspired pizza

To celebrate National Pizza Month, Nancy's Pizza has extended its collaboration with spokesperson and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka to launch the new Da Ditka Pizza. Da Ditka Pizza includes cheese, meatballs, pepperoni, onions and green peppers. "National Pizza...

Restaurants shave 12% off new menu item calorie counts

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health documented an average decline of about 60 calories in new menu items in 2013, compared to 2012.

Great Value Colleges names top 50 college pizzerias

Great Value Colleges, an information and ranking website devoted to higher education topics, has posted a list of the "50 Great (and Mostly Cheap!) College Town Pizza Shops."

Pizzeria rewards kind behavior during National Bullying Awareness month

Laguna Beach, California's zpizza is joining local schools in a nationwide campaign against bullying, the company said.

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