CiCi's earns environmental award

The Sustainability & Environmental Services Department in Plano, Texas, has awarded CiCi's Pizza the Environmental Star of Excellence, recognizing outstanding environmental leadership and achievement within the community. The award gives accolades to CiCi's "Organic Recycling Program," an ongoing green initiative which began in May 2008.

Yum! Brands recognized for Earth Week program

Yum! Brands Inc., parent of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants, has received the "Innovative Program Award" from the Employee Services Management (ESM) Association's Awards of Excellence Program for its 2008 Earth Week program that...

Pizza Fusion Mesa receives LEED certification

Organic pizza chain Pizza Fusion has been awarded LEED Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council for its Mesa, Ariz., restaurant. The recognition makes Pizza Fusion the first LEED certified restaurant in Arizona.

Green Restaurant Association, NY restaurant assoc. partner

NEW YORK — The national non-profit Green Restaurant Association (GRA) and the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) have announced their official partnership in greening New York's restaurants. With GRA's 19 years as the industry standard for Certified Green Restaurants...

NRA 2009: Pavilions highlight organic, green product lines

CHICAGO — Natural and eco-friendly offerings continue to draw operators' attention as demonstrated by the products showcased in the Organic & Natural and Green Restaurant Products pavilions at the 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The show runs through Tuesday at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Green Seal intros new life-cycle standard for restaurants and foodservice

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Seal, the premier ecolabel in the United States, has announced the release of GS-46, Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Foodservices.

Pizza Fusion continues West Coast expansion

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Organic pizza chain Pizza Fusion will be opening its fifth California location in Santa Monica in June, followed by another location in West Hollywood.

Pizza Fusion launches running team

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- Vaughan Lazar, co-founder and president of organic pizza chain Pizza Fusion, has started the Fusion Extreme Team, a running team aimed at helping athletic enthusiasts achieve their goals while participating in various philanthropic efforts. The Fusion Extreme...

NRA Show to highlight sustainability practices, trends

CHICAGO -- The 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, will provide attendees with the concrete tools needed to increase their sustainability efforts. "We recognize the numerous opportunities in this area, and are presenting them to attendees at this year's NRA Show.

Boston's taps Current Energy for management system

DALLAS -- Current Energy, a Dallas-based provider of energy efficiency solutions for commercial and residential customers, will install its Energy and Operational Management System in all future Boston's The Gourmet Pizza restaurant locations throughout the United States, the company has...

Pizza Fusion signs international expansion deal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Organic pizza chain Pizza Fusion has signed a master franchise development agreement for Saudi Arabia with Samir Food Co. Ltd., the company has announced.

Pizza Fusion to serve as food sponsor for fashion event

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Organic pizza chain Pizza Fusion is the official food sponsor of the "2009 Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach" event, slated to run March 25-28. "Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach" is a four-day event providing a platform...

Value replacing green as corporate priority

The Wall Street Journal: As the financial crisis continues, value is overtaking environmental concerns as the best way for companies to demonstrate a sense of social responsibility. Green hasn't gone away, but companies are having to consider their "value" equation...

Food Alliance hosts sustainability forum

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Food Alliance is hosting the Sustainable Food Industry Forum & Gala Dinner on March 12, at the University of Portland in Portland, Ore. The Sustainable Food Industry Forum is an annual event that attracts more than 100...

Pizza Fusion opens first Kansas location

LEAWOOD, Kan. -- Organic pizza chain has opened its first location in Kansas, in the city of Leawood.

Ask the Experts: What are the top three ways restaurant operators can market their sustainability efforts?

As restaurant operators add sustainable products to their offerings, they may be unsure of how to market that message to their customers. Pizza Marketplace asked Heather McPherson, sustainability sales and marketing manager for Truitt Bros.

Ask the Experts: How can operators find sustainable suppliers?

As interest in sustainability increases, operators may be unsure of where to find suppliers who carry sustainable products. Pizza Marketplace asked Peter Truitt, president of Truitt Bros.

Pizza Marketplace conducts sustainability study

Pizza Marketplace is inviting readers to participate in a survey looking at sustainability efforts and trends in the restaurant industry. The survey should take less than 2 minutes to complete and the results will be published in the Feb/March issue...

Yum! to release corporate responsibility report

The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal: Yum! Brands will distribute its first corporate responsibility report tomorrow at an investor conference in New York. Similar reports will be produced every other year in the future.

Consumer interest boosts sustainability, green efforts

BOSTON — Consumer interest in sustainability is growing and doesn't appear to be affected by the economy. As interest in green buildings has grown, the U.S.

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