The pace of fast casual pizza accelerates in 2014

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Despite a number of headwinds such as high cheese and beef prices and labor pressures, many operators remain optimistic for 2015.

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Low gas prices saving Americans about $200M per day versus 2013

The average cost of fuel is nearly 70 cents lower per gallon than it was last year at this time, and has dropped below the $2 mark in 13 states.

2014 on the menu: Specialty pizzas and menu overhauls

Pizza Hut wasn't the only concept to undergo a massive makeover this year; Sbarro, CiCi's, California Pizza Kitchen and Chuck E. Cheese's also all took a page from the 'Domino's playbook.'

Wheat prices up $1 since October

Gas prices drop another dime in a week.

Domino's Pizza continues Wall Street climb

Domino's shares are up 3,000 percent compared to where they were before the company's turnaround effort in 2010.

Cheese prices drop well below $2 mark

Heading into the busiest travel day of the year, gas prices have fallen for 60 consecutive days.

Good news for cheese prices after rough year

Gas prices are down more than a quarter from a month ago.

How Papa Murphy's controlled record-high cheese prices in Q3

The company's CEO believes the company has the potential to triple its domestic footprint.

With wintry weather knocking, gas prices remain low

Natural gas spot prices respond to winter's tease with an uptick.

Consumers get a boost from lowest gas prices in four years

Wheat prices jump 40 cents in a month.

Domino's riding strong Q3 momentum

Gas prices tumble 30 cents in one month.

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NEWS


Papa Murphy's launches 'gourmet' pizza toppings

Papa Murphy’s has announced a new line of gourmet pizza toppings that customers can use to customize their pizzas, including Angus steak, spicy fennel sausage and roasted garlic. "The new gourmet toppings are the perfect way to give customers the...

Papa Murphy’s adds gluten-free option

Papa Murphy's and Boulder Brands, the makers of Udi's Gluten Free branded products, today announced a partnership to bring Udi's Gluten Free pizza crust to Papa Murphy's locations. Papa Murphy’s stores will begin offering the gluten-free option this month and...

Papa Murphy’s acquires nine Minneapolis stores for $3.4M

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. announced Friday it has acquired nine Papa Murphy's stores in Minneapolis for approximately $3.4 million. According to a news release, the company completed the acquisition of the locations from a single franchisee in mid-August, bringing the company-owned store count to 24 units in the Minneapolis market.

Papa Murphy's targeting North Carolina's Triad area for growth

Papa Murphy's is reportedly planning on opening 30 locations in North Carolina's Triad area within the next five years. According to the Triad Business Journal, Papa Murphy's currently has 11 locations in North Carolina, including Greensboro and Winston-Salem markets. Scott...

Papa Murphy's extends Pepsi contract

Papa Murphy's today announced it has signed a multiyear agreement with PepsiCo to renew their 16-plus-year partnership. Under the new deal, PepsiCo will remain the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage provider and offer brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mug Root Beer...

Papa Murphy’s named a top digital marketing brand

Papa Murphy’s has been named as the No. 2 top digital marketer in the U.S.

Papa Murphy’s partnership supports Seattle area pediatric patients

Papa Murphy’s has partnered with CBS EcoMedia through its WellnessAd program to fund 24 Starlight Tablets for eight Seattle-area hospitals. According to a news release, Papa Murphy’s support to the Starlight Children’s Foundation will benefit an estimated 12,000 pediatric patients...

Papa Murphy’s scores high for guests’ ‘intent to return’

Market Research firm Technomic has released new data examining restaurant guests’ intent to return and their reasons for doing so, which vary by generation, according to the research. The research reveals that more consumers report they will return in the...

Papa Murphy’s releases first public quarterly results

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, its first earnings report since going public earlier this month. Highlights for Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013 include: Total revenues were $25.1 million compared to...

Papa Murphy's IPO priced at $11 per share

Papa Murphy's Holdings has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,833,333 shares of common stock at $11.00 per share. According to a news release, all of the shares in the offering are being offered by Papa Murphy's,...

Papa Murphy's plans $70M IPO

Papa Murphy's laid out terms for its initial public offering this week and plans to raise $70 million through about 5.8 million shares valued at $11 to $13 each.

Franchisees sue Papa Murphy's over excessive marketing fees

More than 20 franchisees within the Papa Murphy's system are suing the parent company, claiming they were misled about demand for the brand in their region, and alleging that the company's fees are "excessive." According to Forbes, the franchisees who are suing collectively own more than 60 stores.

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...

Papa Murphy's jumps into pan pizza space

Papa Murphy's has introduced a new bake-at-home Fresh Pan Pizza, featuring a thicker, buttery crust, according to a news release. "We know that one of the biggest challenges faced by families is getting a fresh made, high quality home-cooked dinner...

Papa Murphy's appoints Outback Steakhouse exec as CFO

Papa Murphy's International has named Mark Hutchens as its new chief financial officer, effective immediately. According to a news release, Hutchens brings nearly 25 years of financial leadership experience, with an extensive history in the restaurant and retail sector. Most...

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