Russo's New York opens Texas location

DALLAS -- Anthony Russo, owner of RUSSO'S NEW YORK Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, has announced the opening of the first Russo's Italian Kitchen restaurant in the Dallas area.    Russo first introduced Houston to his coal-fired pizzeria in Spring 2008.

Domino's gears up for House Party, American Legends pizza promo

IRVINGTON, N.Y. — House Party, a consumer activation and experiential marketing company, is partnering with Domino's Pizza to celebrate Domino's American Legends pizzas by sharing them at 2,000 in-home parties across the country.

Domino's adds Fiery Hawaiian pizza to American Legends line

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Domino's Pizza has introduced its new Fiery Hawaiian pizza, the latest addition to its popular Domino's American Legends specialty line.

Study: 'Natural' claims ranked first on 2008 food, drink launches

CHICAGO — The latest review from the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) shows in 2008, food and drink claims classified as "natural," including all natural, no additives/preservatives, organic and wholegrain, were the most frequently featured on new products globally....

FDA clears tomatoes, investigation ongoing

Google/Associated Press: The FDA has lifted its salmonella warning on tomatoes, but continues to ask those at risk of salmonella — including the elderly and people with weak immune systems — to avoid fresh jalapenos and serranos, and any dishes...

N.C. restaurant focus of salmonella investigation

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer: Health investigators have converged on a Charlotte, N.C.-area restaurant suspected of being a source of multiple salmonella illnesses. The investigators also are analyzing the facility's suppliers for any possible link to a national outbreak that has sickened more than 1,000 people.

Chains put tomatoes back on the menu

FRESNO, Calif. — California tomato growers are relieved that restaurants and grocery stores have announced the return of tomatoes to store shelves and menus.

19 Fla. counties cleared, ready to ship tomatoes

MAITLAND, Fla. — Florida's tomato growers in the state's prime tomato-producing regions enthusiastically welcomed the U.S.

Bellissimo adds distributors

HOUSTON — Bartlett, Ill.-based Greco and Sons, and Youngstown, Ohio-based Youngstown Wholesale Grocery Co., have joined Bellissimo Foods as member distributors, the company has announced. Bellissimo Foods has more than 40 distribution centers and is a leading foodservice provider to...

Paradise intros new BBQ sauces

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Paradise Tomato Kitchens has introduced several new BBQ sauces, the company has announced.

Amato's to offer gourmet sauces

PORTLAND, Maine — New England pizza chain Amato's has expanded its line of jarred pasta, pizza and marinara sauces with a new collection of Super Premium San Marzano jarred pasta sauces. Vine-ripened San Marzano tomatoes are cultivated in volcanic soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius and are renowned for their flavor and sweetness.

Fregene's Pizza wins harvest fair awards

PETALUMA, Calif. — Fregene's Pizza and chef Glenn Cybulski won medals for each of Fregene's six entries in this year's Sonoma County Harvest Fair awards gala, held Sept.

CiCi's to go trans fat-free

COPPELL, Texas — All of the menu items at CiCi's Pizza's 615 restaurants will measure zero trans fat by the end of 2007, the company announced. Most of CiCi's pizza toppings and salad dressings already measure zero trans fat, the...

Domino's eyeing custom pizza

Brandweek: In an effort to reverse slipping sales, Domino's Pizza is testing new offerings that will allow consumers to select the type of sauce going on the pie and the flavoring of the crust. Domino's saw its sales drop to $3.2 billion in 2006 compared with $3.3 billion the previous year.

Eureka Pizza offering organic sauce

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — All 14 units of Eureka Pizza have begun offering 100 percent certified organic tomatoes in their deluxe pizza sauce.

Domino's crowns 'World's Fastest Pizza Maker'

LAS VEGAS — Domino's Pizza Inc. has named Dennis Tran, a Domino's Team Washington regional director from Silver Spring, Md., the 2007 World's Fastest Pizza Maker.

California town celebrates pizza

The Sentinel (Hanford, Calif.): The seventh annual Central Valley Pizza Festival wrapped up its three-day run on Sunday. All of the ingredients for a pizza are produced in the area.

Pizza and pasta continue consumer-growth trend

New York — America's increasing consumption of pizza and pasta is expected to take the retail market for Italian foods from nearly $12 billion in 2006 to more than $13.8 billion in 2011, according to Italian Foods in the U.S.,...

Violet Packing merges with Delorio's Frozen Dough

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. — Violet Packing, manufacturer of Don Pepino and Sclafani tomato products based in Williamstown, N.J., merged with DeIorio's Frozen Dough Products, producer of pizza dough products in Utica, N.Y.

Power Pizza baking more healthful pizzas

MIAMI — Power Pizza, a dine-in, delivery and carryout concept, wants to revolutionize pizza by making it more healthful.   According to a news release, Power blends whey protein concentrate into its dough to improve the nutritional value of a beloved dish traditionally filled with carbohydrates.

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