Papa John's launches Ultimate Meats Pizza

Papa John's has launched its new Ultimate Meats Pizza. It is available for a limited time now through Oct.

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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.

Domino's, Pizza Inn shares outshine competitors

Pizza shares generally rose this past week with Domino's Pizza and Pizza Inn outshining competitors at a $2.49 and 43 cent leap, respectively.

How one concept is leveraging the demand for more heat

Mazzio’s added a jalapeno stuffed crust pizza to its new menu platform.

Holy jalapeno! How hot will menus get?

Sriracha, according to CCD Innovation, is in 2014 what chipotle was in 2009.

Can the pizza segment be a contender in the 'breakfast wars?'

Some pizza operators are committed to breakfast because it is a sales additive with few additions to fixed overhead costs.

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NEWS


Old Chicago issuing pizza punch cards to incentivize specialty pizza trial

To celebration National Pizza Month in October, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is providing guests with a pizza punch card throughout the month. Those who try three specialty pizzas will get the fourth specialty pizza free. The promotion has no limit on how many times guests try the 15 specialty pizzas Old Chicago offers.

Healthy beverage category on pace for 8.6% growth in Middle East

Euromonitor International, a market research company, has published new research in an e-book identifying the top beverage trends throughout the Middle East and North Africa. According to the data, the MENA region is on pace for an 8.6-percent increase in...

Papa Murphy's launches thin crust pizzas

Papa Murphy's today announced it has rolled out a new product line of thin crust pizzas, called Gourmet Delite. The collection includes the Angus Steak and Roasted Garlic Pizza and the Spicy Fennel Sausage Pizza, both made on an artisan...

Pizza Inn rolls out Stromboli-inspired offering

Pizza Inn has added Pepperoni Twists to the menu. The company said in a news release that the new offerings are "Stromboli-like" and are made by wrapping Italian dough around a blend of pepperoni and mozzarella and are sprinkled with...

Zpizza rolls out new pizza, kale salad for fall

zpizza has introduced two new items to the menu for the fall season: sausage, wild mushroom, squash pizza and chopped kale salad. Both will be available at participating zpizza locations nationwide for a limited time. According to a news release,...

Restaurant chains falling short on healthy option promises

A new white paper from Technomic, titled "Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants' Health Offerings," shows that a majority of consumers are unsatisfied with restaurant chain's availability of healthy options. A majority of consumers said it's important for brands, including...

Pizza Hut testing lower-calorie pizza

Last week, menu analyst Nancy Kruse said one of the hottest marketing buzzwords in the restaurant industry is "skinny." Brands such as Sbarro and Cheesecake Factory have leveraged this trend with their respective Skinny Slice and Skinnylicious offerings. Now it...

Papa Murphy’s adds gluten-free option

Papa Murphy's and Boulder Brands, the makers of Udi's Gluten Free branded products, today announced a partnership to bring Udi's Gluten Free pizza crust to Papa Murphy's locations. Papa Murphy’s stores will begin offering the gluten-free option this month and...

Craft beer growth outpacing broader breweries industry growth

Craft beers are growing, and seasonal offerings are big drivers of growth.

Stevi B’s launches fall menu, promotions

Stevi B's Pizza Buffet is expanding its buffet options with a new dessert – the Caramel Apple Pizza. Available now through November, the Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza is filled with caramel, apple filling and cobbler crumbs. Additionally, the brand has...

More consumers seeking out restaurants for beverage offerings

Specialty beverages – from coffees to teas to craft beers – have been on an upswing in the restaurant industry for the past few years and more consumers are now seeking them out. According to new research from Technomic, 21...

US Foods rolls out fall products

US Foods is rolling out several new product lines for fall, plus a new game app for diners.

Pizza Patrón's plan to drive traffic includes $3.99 large pizza offer

Pizza Patrón is taking the deep discounting environment to a new level with its latest promotion – running through Oct. 1 – in which customers can purchase a large pepperoni pizza for $3.99 every Monday through Wednesday. The company said the promotion was created to grab attention and drive new traffic during the typically slow summer months.

Millennials willing to pay more for better, more customizable food

The younger generation considers QSRs to be 'dollar food.'

Restaurant operators invited to enter original recipe contest

Reser’s Fine Foods Foodservice Division is inviting restaurant operators nationwide to enter an original recipe using a Reser’s product.

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