Seeking a source of new summer business? Reach out to all those smartphone-addicted travelers

We love our smartphones. We love them so much that, according to a new poll, they are our favorite place to spend time while on vacation.

Innovative Upstarts Part 2 - Toppers: A cocky brand that dares to take on the big pizza guys

Scrappy anti-corporate brand, Toppers Pizza, is almost daily delivering a box full of attitude to the older more iconic pie-makers in this sector.

Innovative upstarts: In the sandwich category, Which Wich has it 'in the bag' (Part 1)

When Jeff Sinelli founded his Which Wich sandwich chain, it was probably destined to have something a little offbeat about it after his success with a relatively unusual concept in his former chain, Genghis Grill. That kind of innovation is where we started our questioning with Sinelli.

How to light up your brand: 4 innovative execs tell all

This four-part series looks into the successes behind Toppers, Mooyah Burger, Slim Chickens and Which wich.

GE sells off restaurant assets of lending arm in massive 3-way deal

GE Capital U.S. is selling the bulk of its restaurant financing assets, which are worth about $1.4 billion.

Friday's Brexit left most pizza stocks relatively unchanged

The week that ended with the market-shaking news of Brexit, seems to have left pizza stocks relatively unchanged, though wheat commodity prices dropped sharply on the week.

The start-up and the old-timer: A tale of 2 pizza chains

Longtime pizza chain, Hungry Howie's and relative newcomer, MidiCi, take very different approaches to the category but still have something very fundamental in common.

National Retail Federation asks U.S. House to put OT regulation 'on pause'

The House Small Business Committee this week got an earful from the National Retail Federation on the Federal overtime regulations set to become effective Dec. 1. The NRF said the regulation will not only freeze hiring but will also lead to lay-offs and demotions.

Americans have lots of new-found love for fast food, but still smitten with full-service

Americans are feeling the love a little more these days for fast food, according to this year's customer satisfaction survey and index for the food service industry. But, as a nation, our true love is still heading out to a full-service restaurant for a meal.

Still need to fill some summer employee spots? Look for candidates with camp counselor qualities

Need some pinch-hitters to flesh out the spring hires that didn't work, or didn't last? Think about candidates who've had experience as camp counselors, or show those kinds of qualities because they are often both leaders and team players who work well in the restaurant setting.

International franchise expansion requires hefty work upfront

Domestic franchisors, whether running one location or 100 in the U.S., face a challenging journey in the quest to go international.

Pizza commodities: Costlier to create, but cheaper to deliver

Key ingredients used in pizza creation were all priced higher on the markets last week, though the cost of delivery was cheaper thanks to falling gasoline prices. Pizza stocks were mixed.

The peanut butter (allergy) crunch heard ‘round the country

In what should serve as a cautionary tale for the entire foodservice industry, Panera Bread faces a $500,000 lawsuit over a grilled cheese sandwich contaminated with peanut butter.

A whole lot of movement going on in the pizza marketplace

Lots of action going on in pizza franchises this week. Here's a quick look at three that crossed our desks this morning.

Commodity prices make this a great summer for LTOs and menu variety

Favorable commodity prices gives restaurants a chance to exercise their menu creativity with new offerings and LTOs.

Humane Society CEO: Customers prefer restaurants that show compassion to animals

The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States discusses why he believes that restaurant brands embracing animal exploitation will lose cusomers.

Persona Pizza Chef wins big again with house-made desserts

Persona Pizza may be small now as a chain, but its chef and co-founder has big plans and even bigger passion for his product.

Subway, Dunkin' and Pizza Hut are big winners in Harris Poll study

The annual Harris Poll EquiTrends Restaurant Brands of the Year have been named as the result of the massive survey of Americans and restaurant preferences.

You CAN take it with you: Super-portable pizza cones set to conquer the world

Easy entry for franchisees and portability for customers are helping Kono Pizza expand around the world.

Are your diners a little lost?

A new poll finds there's a lot of confusion out in America's restaurant dining rooms about just what those menu items really are.

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