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FEATURES


Cheese prices finally show some relief

Papa Murphy's makes its debut on the stock market.

Gas prices back on the rise, no slowdown expected

Domino's, Papa John's and CEC Entertainment ride the stock market high.

Wheat prices drop a dime in a week

Three more 52-week highs turned in last week.

Natural gas prices reach 18-month high

Chuck E. Cheese stock gets a boost from augmented reality mobile app launch.

Winter wheat crop threatened by U.S. drought

Yum! Brands' stock jumps after a strong earnings report.

Slideshow: Highlights from the 2010 Pizza Executive Summit

Take a look back at this year's premier pizza event for c-level executives.

Slideshow: Highlights from the 2010 Pizza Executive Summit

Take a look back at this year's premier pizza event for c-level executives.

Cheese continues to slide

Block cheese prices continued their downward trend last week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, averaging just above $1.37 per pound.

Cheese continues to slide

Block cheese prices continued their downward trend last week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, averaging just above $1.37 per pound.

Cheese prices continue to climb

Block cheese prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange are up 25 percent compared with last year.

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NEWS


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,...

Chuck E. Cheese's sale to private firm finalized

An affiliate of Apollo Global Management LLC and Chuck E. Cheese's parent company, CEC Entertainment Inc., announced on Friday the completion of the investment company's acquisition of the 577-unit pizza and entertainment chain. According to a news release, the acquisition was effected through a tender offer followed by a merger.

Chuck E. Cheese's sells to private equity firm

CEC Entertainment, parent company of the Chuck E. Cheese's chain, announced a merger agreement with Apollo Global Management, in which the private equity firm will acquire CEC for approximately $1.3 billion, including the assumption of debt. Apollo's $54 per share,...

Is a sale looming for Chuck E. Cheese's?

Will the rock-and-roll Chuck E. mouse soon be owned by a private equity firm? According to Reuters, potentially. The publication reported earlier this week that the Irving, Texas-based entertainment pizza chain is exploring a sale and has been working with Goldman Sachs to explore its options.

Minimum wage debate sends restaurant stocks into tailspin

The day after President Obama proposed an increase in the federal minimum wage — from the current $7.25 to $9 — during his State of the Union address, shares of McDonald's fell hard. Marketwatch reported that Wednesday's performance of the...

Pizza Hut launches website for prospective franchisees

Pizza Hut has launched PizzaHutFranchise.com, a new website showcasing franchising opportunities nationwide, making it easier for potential franchisees to join the Pizza Hut team. "We're excited to offer people a way to really understand, step by step, what it means...

CPK gets boost from rumored buyer

Rumors that a private equity firm is interested in buying California Pizza Kitchen has bolstered its upward stock trend started in early July. It closed at $17.94 on July 30, up $1.35 from the previous week's close of $16.59.

Domino's enjoys 56 percent income surge for Q2 2010

Domino's has reported its 2010 second quarter earnings for the period ending June 20. The company has seen sustained gains from its "Oh Yes We Did" campaign and recipe overhaul started in fall 2009: Comps have turned around, and net income is up more than 50 percent.

Noble Roman's shareholder dissatisfied with corporate policies

Kevin McBride, Florida-based shareholder of the Indianapolis-based Noble Roman's pizza chain, voiced his complaints about what he sees as the company's nepotism during a shareholder meeting, according to an article in the Indianapolis Star.   From the Star: The company's top positions are dominated by the Mobley family.

Noble Roman's shareholder dissatisfied with corporate policies

Kevin McBride, Florida-based shareholder of the Indianapolis-based Noble Roman's pizza chain, voiced his complaints about what he sees as the company's nepotism during a shareholder meeting, according to an article in the Indianapolis Star.   From the Star: The company's top positions are dominated by the Mobley family.

NPD Foodservice Summit to address industry trends

The NPD Group, a leading market research company, will be bringing together foodservice executives, analysts, and researchers for a one-day foodservice summit in Chicago on April 15. The summit, which will be held at The University of Chicago's Gleacher Center,...

NPD Foodservice Summit to address industry trends

The NPD Group, a leading market research company, will be bringing together foodservice executives, analysts, and researchers for a one-day foodservice summit in Chicago on April 15. The summit, which will be held at The University of Chicago's Gleacher Center,...

Commodities update -- Week of March 1, 2010

Cheese   Block cheese prices trended downward last week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, averaging just under $1.37 per pound. Prices were off 7 cents from the previous week.

Commodities update -- Week of March 1, 2010

Cheese   Block cheese prices trended downward last week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, averaging just under $1.37 per pound. Prices were off 7 cents from the previous week.

Commodities update -- Week of Feb. 22, 2010

Cheese   Block cheese prices trended downward last week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, averaging just above $1.44 per pound for the shortened trading week ended Feb. 19.

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