NRA names Metro Pizza founder 2014 convention chair

Sam Facchini, co-founder and co-owner of Metro Pizza, has been named by the National Restaurant Association as its convention chair for the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2014 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, according to...

CIC Partners adds Pizza Hut Co-op exec as operating partner

CIC Partners, a middle market private equity firm, has added Sam Khoury to its team as an operating partner in residence. CIC Partners said in a news release that Khoury's addition deepens the firm's strengths investing in the food and restaurant industries. Khoury previously served as VP, Pizza Hut National Purchasing Co-op Inc.

Pizza Hut U.S. names new president

Yum! Brands Inc. has appointed David Gibbs, 50, as president of its Pizza Hut business in the U.S., effective immediately.

Chuck E. Cheese's announces four new openings

Chuck E. Cheese's announced it opened four new restaurants across the country on Dec.

United Fresh launches new quarterly report, webinar series

United Fresh Produce Association has launched "Fresh Insights for Foodservice," a new quarterly report showcasing the latest trends in fresh produce use in foodservice and restaurants, according to a news release. The concept was initiated by United's Retail-Foodservice Board as...

zpizza introduces Take N Bake line

In celebration of National Pizza Week, Jan. 8 from 3 p.m.

Flippin' Pizza enters Middle East market

San Diego-based Flippin' Pizza has signed a master franchise agreement for more than 25 locations across various countries in the Middle East. The brand's franchise partner, Magnolia Middle East Group, has already opened the doors of its first UAE branch...

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint heading to Texas

Stewart Geyer, an aerospace engineer and Rhodes Scholar, has signed on to become the first Uncle Maddio's franchise operator in Texas. He joins Janie and Emily Stephens, trained chefs from Paris' Le Cordon Bleu, to expand the brand throughout the...

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza plans 30 units in three new states

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza announced that Millennial Restaurant Group, a partnership between franchise veterans Junior Bridgeman and Jim Patterson, has signed an agreement to develop 30 Blaze Pizza franchise units in Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky. According to a news release,...

Boston Pizza adds 12 restaurants to the royalty pool

Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund and Boston Pizza International Inc. announced that effective immediately, the fund's royalty pool has been adjusted to include the royalties from 12 new full-service restaurants opened across Canada in 2013. This marks the 12th consecutive annual increase of royalties payable to the fund.

Survey shows small business optimism for 2014

ShopKeep POS, a provider of cloud-based business management software for the retail and restaurant industries, recently surveyed more than 640 small businesses around the U.S., with most respondents stating they were optimistic about 2014. According to ShopKeep, 94 percent of...

New marketing strategy leads Peter Piper Pizza to record sales growth

Arizona-based Peter Piper Pizza has reported record-breaking same-store sales growth with 45 consecutive months. According to the company, sales were hit hard in 2009 during the recession. Peter Piper Pizza hired Santy Integrated advertising agency and, together, they built a...

New Year brings minimum wage increases in handful of states

The New Year's holiday brought about an increase in the minimum wage in 13 states. With these increases, there are now 21 states that have minimum wages higher than the federal level of $7.25 an hour. According to USA Today,...

Restaurant traffic levels hit 5-month high in November

Driven by improving same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index hit a five-month high in November. The RPI stood at 101.2 in November, up 0.3 percent from October and the strongest level since June.

Pizza Patrón embracing Mexican roots

Pizza Patrón executives intend to roll out multiple new strategies designed to bring the brand closer to its core Mexican-born customers in 2014. The company plans to execute an array of updated branding programs that include new product development, unique...

Domino's adds cheese-less pizza in Isreal

Domino's Pizza has introduced a cheese-less vegan pizza at its Israel units. According to Haaretz, the new pizza features vegetables and a soy-based topping and sells for about $20. NPR adds that the item's introduction was inspired by a Facebook...

Carmela's Pizzeria plans to add alcohol in select locations

Carmela's Pizzeria units in Centerville, Springboro and New Carlisle, Ohio, are currently achieving sales at a rate to realize an estimated aggregate of $2M (unaudited) in annual revenue for 2014, including sales from the addition of a fourth unit currently...

Sbarro grows South American presence

Sbarro announced it will continue its international growth through a partnership with Dubai Comercio e Representacoes to open 20 units throughout the next decade in Brazil. The franchise agreement with Dubai Comercio e Representacoes expands Sbarro's footprint in South America,...

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza marks Chicago debut

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza will open its first Chicago location at 953 W. Belmont Avenue today.

Middleby acquires Automatic Bar Controls

The Middleby Corporation today announced the acquisition of Automatic Bar Controls Inc., a manufacturer of beverage dispensing systems for the foodservice industry. According to a news release, the equipment solutions of Wunder-Bar include products used by leading restaurant chains, convenience...

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