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...

MOD Pizza continues California expansion

MOD Pizza continues its California expansion with the opening of its Irvine store this week. MOD Irvine is located in Westpark Plaza at 3965 Alton Parkway. "We have been thrilled with the response to our first California store, which opened last month in Valencia.

NRA unveils new office, entertaining space

The National Restaurant Association has dedicated its new Trinchero outdoor terrace, part of its new office and entertaining space in Washington, D.C. The NRA's newly designed office space is located at 2055 L Street, N.W. and features an entertaining area...

Russo's plans 'significant' domestic and international expansion

Russo's Restaurants, parent company of Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, has announced plans to significantly expand domestically and internationally in 2014. According to a company news release, Russo's plans to open an additional 12 to 15...

Carmela's Pizzeria national franchising plans unveiled

Greenfield Farms Food Inc. announced details from its planned national franchisee program for its Carmela's Pizzeria concept.

Chipotle launches fast casual pizza concept

While many new top-your-own concepts expand throughout the country touting themselves as the "Chipotle of pizza," there is now an actual "Chipotle of pizza." Chipotle Mexican Grill announced that it has partnered with restaurateurs Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson to...

Union leaders urge dialogue over Sysco, US Foods merger

James P. Hoffa, general president of union organization International Brotherhood of Teamsters, has issued a statement regarding last week's announcement of Sysco's $3.5B acquisition of US Foods. "Sysco and US Foods should sit down now with stakeholders — including labor...

Michigan pizzeria rewards employees with entire day's worth of sales

The 50-plus employees at Klavon's Pizzeria and Pub in Jackson, Mich., earned their holiday bonuses through a record-setting day of sales on Dec. 10.

Henny Penny acquires Wood Stone Corp.

Henny Penny, a provider of foodservice equipment solutions, announced Monday that it will acquire Wood Stone Corporation, a manufacturer of stone hearth cooking equipment. Their combined reach will strengthen each brand and expand the global footprint and opportunity for market...

New officers added to NRA's supply chain executive group

The National Restaurant Association announced the appointment of two new officers to its Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group. David D. Cox, president of ARCOP Inc.

ROC United releases diners guide for ethical eating

To launch its third National Diners Guide for ethical eating, ROC United hosted a panel discussion this week, featuring restaurant owners from around the country dedicated to providing living wages and improved working conditions for their employees. "Our Diners Guide...

Domino's employees back to work after wage complaint termination

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that 25 Domino's Pizza employees who were fired after wage complaints have been reinstated, newyork.cbslocal.com reported. According to a news release from the attorney general's office, an agreement was made between Schneiderman...

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