Pizza Hut China continues to drive big profits

Yum! Brands' worldwide operating profit grew 15 percent in Q1.

Pizza Patrón tests by-the-slice program

The brand is also testing a fountain service in a new California unit.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza ready to branch outside of home market

Kansas City, Mo., chain signs first franchise agreement for Los Angeles.

Commentary: Is your franchisee meeting delivering ROI?

Make a long-lasting connection with your key stakeholders.

Chuck E. Cheese's plans to shift marketing focus to parents

The big topic on CEC Entertainment's earnings call Thursday was Chuck E. Cheese's planned marketing shift from kids to parents. The company's 2012 strategies are segmented into three major components – initiatives to increase comparative store sales; increase the growth...

Papa John's net openings hit 10-year high

Online orders now make up more than 30 percent of business.

Restaurants adapt to 'new normal' with efficiency, innovation

Mergers and acquisitions market won't be as active in 2012.

Yum! Brands to continue bullish growth after posting 30% profit

Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands has found its sweet spot in China, posting 19 percent same-store sales growth in that country in 2011. The company reported results for its fourth quarter and full year 2011, ended Dec.

Naked Pizza's frozen line expands

Grocers in three states now selling new item.

Pizza Hut listed among top global brands

Based on financial performance and brand strength, Pizza Hut was listed as No. 81 on Interbrand’s top 100 global brands of 2011.  Interbrand, a global brand consulting firm, recognized Pizza Hut’s menu expansion, with the addition of pasta and wings, as a positive step away from the brand’s single-product reputation.

The top 5 reasons to franchise your business

If you are an entrepreneur and you have one, two or even three operations, why should you be thinking about franchising? There are many reasons, but here are the top 5: I have a brand that I want to expand...

A broader look at pizza’s busy year

There were plenty of stories that stood out this year, and even more to look for in 2012.'s top stories of 2011

Stocks were hot as companies focused on domestic and international growth.

Restaurant industry has strong showing in Entrepreneur's top franchise rankings

Magazine's annual rankings of top franchised companies weigh stability, growth rate, size of the system, startup costs and more.

Restaurants recruiting more veterans with franchise discounts

Operations-based business model is a good fit for those with military backgrounds.

Papa John's reports big Q3 profits

Boosting the quarter's performance was a heavier focus on national media, as well as the execution of a premium price point plan.

Gatti's debuts fast casual concept

Gatti's Pizza has unveiled its new fast casual concept, Gatti's. The first unit opens today in Austin, Texas, with six more in the pipeline for the Texas market. Gatti's features signature pizzas made from scratch, as well as specialty salads and oven-baked sandwiches.

Point, Counterpoint: Domino's menu labeling stance

Executive director of New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance responds to Domino's plea for menu labeling flexibility.

What’s the hottest segment of the restaurant industry? Fast casual. [Infographic]

Since the economic downturn, the fast casual segment has led the restaurant industry in both sales and unit growth. And it continues to outperform on both fronts. This infographic shows just how hot fast casual dining is.

Expanding into foreign markets requires flexibility

Chains should look within densely populated, economically-stable areas where the brand is able to make meaningful connections with consumers via marketing and public relations.

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