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.

With wintry weather knocking, gas prices remain low

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

Pizza Hut announces complete brand, menu overhaul

Changes include new crusts, drizzles, toppings, uniforms, website and more.

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


Pizza Hut's Oman system honored for Big Data actions

Pizza Hut Oman has been awarded the "Most Innovative Industry Application of Big Data" at The Customer Festival Awards, held recently in Dubai. According to a news release, the winners were selected by an independent panel of judges from brands...

Baskin-Robbins, DQ, Taco Bell among creative finalists for the year

Ace Metrix has announced its 2014 Brand of the Year Watch List, its finalists of brands with the top-performing creative. Winners will be announced Jan.

Pizza Hut Australia creates crunchy Doritos crust

Pizza Hut Australia has partnered with Doritos to introduce the Doritos Crunchy Crust Pizza to the brand's Stuffed Crust lineup. According to a news release, Pizza Hut spent months developing the new crust, which is made with mozzarella cheese layered...

Pizza Hut UK's digital menu uses eye-tracking technology to help customers order

Pizza Hut UK has launched a new "Subconscious Menu," which includes 20 ingredients ranging from chicken to peppers. According to The Telegraph, however, the ingredients are not the main draw.  The digital menu features eye-tracking technology, developed by Swedish-based Tobii Technology, that helps customers with their orders.

Malware hackers pose as Pizza Hut

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning to consumers about Pizza Hut's 55th anniversary email, telling them to click the button for a free pizza coupon. According to the FTC, however, the coupon link will actually install malware on...

Pizza Hut's US boss to take over global business

David Gibbs, 51, will be promoted to Global Pizza Hut CEO on Jan. 1, 2015.

Pizza Hut scores big with Ultimate Hershey's cookie ad

Ace Metrix announced the top scoring ads of Q3, based on its Ace Score in a variety of categories. In the QSR category, Pizza Hut earned the highest score for its Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie ad. In reference to...

Pizza Hut testing lower-calorie pizza

Last week, menu analyst Nancy Kruse said one of the hottest marketing buzzwords in the restaurant industry is "skinny." Brands such as Sbarro and Cheesecake Factory have leveraged this trend with their respective Skinny Slice and Skinnylicious offerings. Now it...

Pizza Hut announces African expansion plans

Pizza Hut Thursday announced the opening of its first restaurant in Africa with its Johannesburg, South Africa, opening. The company said the brand's entry into this market is part of its focus on emerging markets. "Africa is an emerging continent...

Dinova lists top network restaurants for corporate dining

Corporate dining preferences lean strongly toward fast casual concepts, according to Dinova.

Pizza Hut launches hunger relief campaign

For the eighth consecutive year, Pizza Hut is asking its customers to donate online and in-store to raise funds for the World Hunger Relief campaign to benefit the World Food Programme. From now through Oct.

Pizza Hut kicking off Visa Checkout partnership with national ad campaign, giveaway

Pizza Hut’s partnership with the new Visa Checkout platform – first announced in July – will officially kickoff with a new national TV ad campaign debuting Sunday.

Pizza Hut rolls out bacon stuffed crust

After teasing its fans on social media last week, Pizza Hut announced the official launch of its new Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza on Aug. 30, to mark International Bacon Day.

Pizza Hut Thailand adds online ordering app

Pizza Hut Thailand has launched a new online ordering platform, developed by Tillster Inc. The rollout follows the June 2014 launch of Tillster’s online ordering website for Pizza Hut Canada.

Winner of Pizza Hut's fantasy football contest to score free pizza for a year

Pizza Hut announced its weekly fantasy football contest is open until Nov. 12.

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