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.

PizzaMarketplace.com'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.

Growth spurt: Inc. 500 list full of fast casual concepts

Annual list measures percentage revenue growth of privately held companies.

Who will be 'the Chipotle' of the pizza industry?

An inside look behind a growing trend in the pizza industry.

New concept matches franchisees to lenders

Boefly has attracted many big-name chains as they seek various funding options for growth.

Bringing New York slices to Texas and beyond

A dedication to fresh ingredients has helped Anthony Russo create a successful franchise.

Small chains get online with online ordering

Operators and industry consultants share tips about successfully implementing systems.

Growing chains prove being different equals success

Several pizza concepts make Technomic’s list of Top 50 fastest-growing chains.

Wheat prices on the rise

Domino's hits 52-week high for the third week in a row.

Commentary: Pizza Hut one of many chains helping with post-disaster efforts

Employee provides firsthand account of team's experience following the Joplin tornado, which included giving away more than 7,800 pizzas.

NRA 2011: Food Truck Spot doubles from inaugural year

Exhibitors discussed increase in leads and enthusiasm for the mobility segment.

New concept launch: From ideation to franchising

Fledgling concept creators discuss challenges, offer tips in starting a restaurant business from scratch.

Commentary: Domino's franchisee wows social media blogger

Editor's note: As restaurant operators try and find the magic formula for getting the best - and most profitable - response from their social media efforts, the process can prove frustrating at times. There are murky rules to this fledgling platform, and return-on-investment numbers are difficult to quantify.

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