Sentry Marketing Group acquires mystery shop company

Sentry Marketing Group announced it has acquired mystery shop company Feedback Plus. According to a news release, Feedback, founded in Dallas in 1971, was a charter member of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association.

Papa John's execs delivering keynote at Momentum 2014

Supply Chain Commerce Solutions provider Manhattan Associates Inc. has announced that John Schnatter, Papa John's founder, chairman and CEO, and Tony Thompson, Papa John's president and chief operating officer, will be the customer keynote speakers at Momentum 2014, May 5-8...

Pizza Studio plans 20 Phoenix locations

Los Angeles-based Pizza Studio will expand into Phoenix after signing a multi-unit development agreement with COO John Lutz for 20 new locations in the market throughout the next five years. The first location opened earlier this week in CityScape, according...

Bill introduced to make restaurants' 15-year tax depreciation schedule permanent

U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Richard Neal, D-Mass., Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., this week introduced H.R.

CFOs, chain restaurants council caution against minimum wage hike

The divide over the minimum wage seems to be growing deeper, with employees staging strikes across the country in favor of an increase, and U.S. CFOs cautioning against such a move. In a new Global Business Outlook survey released by...

Revention's new EyeDeliver app provides real-time delivery data

Revention has released its latest Restaurant Management product, called EyeDeliver. According to a company news release, EyeDeliver is a mobile application that provides real-time delivery data to drivers and management, offering operators the ability to make educated decisions and increase...

Yum! Brands issues quarterly dividend

Yum! Brands' board has declared a dividend of $0.37 per share of common stock. The quarterly dividend will be distributed May 2, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 11.

CiCi's operator recognized for focus on customer service

CiCi's Pizza awarded owner/operator Karl Busch, of El Paso, Texas, with its "2013 Legendary Operator and Manager of the Year" award. The award was presented at the company's annual conference held recently in Frisco, Texas. According to a company news...

February a tough month for restaurants, study finds

Black Box Intelligence and People Report released the Restaurant Industry Snapshot for February, finding the cold winter month resulted in negative same-store sales – marking the third consecutive month of declines for the key metric. Same-store sales growth in restaurants...

Domino's plans hiring spree in Washington market

Domino's Pizza aims to hire 500 new employees across 79 stores in the Western Washington region as part of its Regional Hiring Day March 26. According to a company news release, all of the new positions are for delivery drivers,...

Captain D's, Subway among Operator Innovations awards finalists

An independent panel of foodservice operator experts has selected finalists for the third annual 2014 Operator Innovation Awards. These finalists were chosen in five categories - Health and Nutrition, Marketing, Menu Development, Sustainability and Technology. The winners in each category,...

Papa Murphy's applies for NASDAQ listing under 'FRSH'

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. According to a news release, the number...

Delivery initiative contributes to Casey's increased pizza sales

Casey's General Stores reported positive third quarter sales throughout all of its categories, despite challenging weathers, according to CEO Robert Myers. For the quarter, same-store sales were up 10.7 percent for the prepared food and fountain category, with an average...

MMS Catering Institute adds senior faculty members

The MMS Catering Institute has announced the addition of three new institute senior faculty members. Roland Zagnoli, founder and CEO of Zagnoli Trading Company, Dan Hirt, CEO of Primary Color, and Betsy Craig, founder and CEO of MenuTrinfo, will receive...

Franchisee: Pizza Hut 'struggling to find relevant consumer proposition'

Pizza Hut's largest franchisee, NPC International, reported Q4 and fiscal results today, including a 5.2 percent drop in comp sales in Q4, and a 3.7 percent decline for fiscal 2013. In a company news release, NPC's president and CEO Jim...

Sbarro files for bankruptcy again

Sbarro has filed for bankruptcy protection again, its second such filing in three years. Rumors have been swirling about the move for a couple of weeks, and Reuters reported this morning that the Melville-N.Y.-based pizza chain, and more than 30...

Cinnabon's Kat Cole headlining Snagajob's hiring event

Snagajob's fifth annual Hire Minds Summit, May 4-6 at the Wyndham, Va., Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Richmond, Va., will feature Cinnabon President Kat Cole as the keynote speaker. "I'm looking forward to speaking at this year's Hire Minds...

Perino to discuss policy issues at the NRA Public Affairs Conference

Former White House Press Secretary and Fox News Host Dana Perino will address the National Restaurant Association's 28th annual Public Affairs Conference, April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. According to a news release, Perino will address 600 restaurateurs from across the...

Roark Capital's managing director among Silver Plate winners

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association announced the winners of the 2014 Silver Plate Awards, which are operator awards for the foodservice industry. Among this year's winners, in the "Chain Limited Service" category, is Steve Romaniello, managing director, Roark Capital Group. He was nominated by Coca-Cola Refreshments.

Weather dampened restaurant traffic in January

One theme touched upon during most recent earnings calls has been the severe winter weather's impact on restaurant traffic. According to the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index, that impact in January was very real. "Current situation indicators such as...

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