Survey finds the food and beverage industry in poor shape

Inefficiency and carelessness are plaguing the food industry, according to a survey of more than 200 independent restaurants and chains by collaborators Oracle Hospitality and Technomic. The survey focused on how individual businesses manage labor and inventory — and the...

Who you gonna call? Papa John's!

It seems Papa John’s and the Ghostbusters franchise share some history. "The original ‘Ghostbusters’ film debuted in 1984, the same year I opened the first-ever Papa John's location," said John Schnatter, founder, chairman and CEO of Papa John's. To capitalize...

Infographic: What's Domino's doing so right in India?

When you enter a market as diverse, populated and even chaotic as India, it pays to do your research. At least that's what a relatively new player in that country's coupon industry found out. Coupon Hippo Social Media Outreach and...

800 Degrees Pizza heats up with new partnership

Murfey Ventures is now investing in 800 Degrees Pizza. This new partnership is allowing 800 Degrees to expand in area and corporate development as well as international licensing. Scott Berkowitz, a real estate and hotel franchise expert is now operating...

Yum! Brands names new strategy and investor relations chief

Yum! Brands Inc has hired Keith Siegner, 41, as its vice president of investor relations and corporate strategy. He assumes the role in early July and reports to CFO David Gibbs, according to a news release.

mPOS increases faster than expected, opens market to new vendors

Restaurateurs still pondering a move to smartphone- and tablet-based POS systems might be interested in the latest Juniper Research study: It predicts that within five years, retail transactions via mPOS systems will represent 20 percent of all transactions. This is...

Stevi B's partners with Six Flags for 20th birthday party

Stevi B’s is partnering with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to celebrate the restaurant’s 20th Birthday BBQ Bash on Aug. 5. "Our 20th birthday marks an incredible milestone for Stevi B's, and we’re excited to celebrate with our customers who have...

Kahala Brands merges with major Canadian quick-service franchisor

Kahala Brands Ltd, parent company of 18 brands, including Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery and Johnnie's New York Pizzeria, announced it has signed an agreement to merge with MTY Food Group, a franchisor and operator of 40 concept restaurant brands headquartered...

Yum! offers $4.6 billion of new debt in anticipation of split from China business

At the close of business Wednesday, Yum! Brands Inc announced that it was offering $4.6 billion of new debt to optimize its capital structure ahead of a planned separation of its China business. The financing is another milestone in the...

Survey: Consumers leveraging smartphones to make dining decisions, find deals

Consumers are continuing to use their digital devices to help make dining decisions, including searching for nearby locations and deals, according to a survey, "The Evolution of Dining in the Digital Age," published this week by RetailMeNot. It found that...

Restaurant, oh restaurant, how do I pay thee? Study counts the increasing number of ways

Restaurateurs who offer the most-preferred ways to pay at their establishments are getting the edge in attracting business. That's one of the primary findings of the Second Annual Blackhawk Network Shopper Study. The firm — which produces gift cards and...

Revention launches digital guest management solution

Revention has launched an ordering module designed to help pizza joints and other full-service restaurants manage operations, according to a company press release. The guest management solution provides real-time kitchen preparation times, tracks table turns and order statuses and monitors to-go orders, said Laura J.

Domino's CEO: Business robust in Q1

Domino's Pizza reported a solid Q1, revealing same-store sales, global store counts and earnings per share were up. "We started 2016 with yet another strong quarter of growth for both our international and domestic operations," said J. Patrick Doyle, Domino's president and CEO.

Yum! Brands reports 21% profit growth

Yum! Brands reported that Q1, which ended March 19, resulted in a better-than-expected core operating profit growth of 21 percent, driven by 42 percent growth in the chain's China business. The brand in the U.S.

Marco's Pizza launches Marco's University online education, training program

Marco's Pizza has launched Marco's University Online, an online training and education platform that encourages Marco's team members to pursue formal education and provides them with discounted tuition.

Restaurants gear up for summer hiring season

Ninety-one percent of hourly employers anticipate hiring the same or more workers this summer compared to last year.

Domino's Pizza names new communications head

Domino's Pizza Inc. announced that Lynn Liddle will retire as executive vice president of communications, investor relations and legislative affairs after nearly 14 years of service with the company.

Wipro partners with Jubilant FoodWorks to cut energy, operational costs

Wipro signed a five-year partnership with Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, master franchisee for Domino's Pizza and Dunkin' Donuts in India, to deliver energy management services to reduce energy and operational costs.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza names a new COO

Matt Andrew, founder and CEO of Uncle Maddio's Pizza, announced the promotion of Scott Goodrich to COO.

Grotto Pizza wins Paytronix Loyaltees Award for gift card campaign

Paytronix Systems announced the second winner of its 2016 Paytronix Loyaltees Awards and Grotto Pizza took best gift card campaign award.

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