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.

Part 3: Smaller brands, offbeat products win big in trend toward higher-end eating

Within the food service industry, the growing trend toward upscale ingredients delivered quickly is not only changing the way restaurants do business, but it's also opening up great opportunities for smaller-scale vendors whose premium products address the desire of so many of us for a little sparkle with our Spam.

Part Two: A glimpse of the groundwork involved in creating a new food service sector

In part two of this series on a new food service sector that some have called "luxury QSR," the first official player in that category talks about the kind of research went into the birth of the brand and where it's headed.

Part One: A new restaurant sector pokes its way out of the shell in California

In this first of a three-part series, we take a closer look at the chain that claims it's inventing a new restaurant sector that combines speed and quality into an idea that some industry analysts say the market is clamoring for.

Commodity prices all up, aside from two pizza stocks

It was an up week for the price of all commodities last week, although Domino's and Papa John's stocks fell.

It's almost summer: Is your restaurant set for the big stink?

Summer is just around the corner and so are the odors inherent when warmer weather and food mix at your restaurant. Here are six tips from the maintenance experts at Cintas to keep down the stink this summer.

9 things this editor learned about YOU at NRA

I'm introducing myself as the new Food Editor of this site, as well as starting us off with a handful of my observations about YOU, from this year's NRA meeting in Chicago.

An overall 'up' week, aside from Domino's and natural gas

Prices were up for just about everything this week, except for natural gas in the Northeastern U.S. and Domino's, both of which fell.

Pressure building: McDonald's and joint employment

As the issue of joint responsibility for employee wages and other workplace issues winds its way through the docket with the NLRB, the battles lines appear to be steepening on both sides.

NRA2016: What you need to know about emerging global markets (Part 2)

In part two of this series on global markets for restaurateurs, Euromonitor International shares discussed what global restaurateurs must keep in mind when designing their outlets overseas.

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