Major franchise growth on hold from uncertainty on Capitol Hill

Franchisees cite uncertainty of tax policies, cost of implementing new health care rules and rising cost of energy as major concerns for the coming year.

Experts predict 2013 restaurant trends

Expect mobile and human resources technology to grow significantly.

Restaurant brands rank high on Entrepreneur's 2013 franchise list

The results of this year's list show that franchising is on the upswing after several tough years.

What to expect in the pizza segment in 2013

Digital technologies will be a major focus in the New Year.

Pizza segment's 2012 highlighted by expansion, mobile

Commodities, rebranding efforts and social media initiatives are also big non-food stories from this year.

Gluten-free tops pizza menu trends in 2012

Chicken pizza toppings have increased 26 percent in the past three years.

NRA releases 2013 culinary forecast

The top trends of 2012 will carry into the new year.

New York's QSR employees return to work after wage protest

'Fast Food Forward' movement is growing slowly through volunteer, social media efforts.

Health and wellness consumer disconnects and navigation strategy

Flavor and cuisine trends should then be overlapped with consumer and health trends to create a comprehensive strategy.

Red food - Blue food

Is expressing politics worth risking customers?

Are political statements tarnishing the restaurant industry’s reputation?

Following statements against Obamacare, brands’ social media conversations are no longer about the food.

Facebook ordering integration on the rise at restaurants

Benefits include speed, consumer convenience and upselling capabilities.

Papa John's boycott threatened over CEO's Obamacare comments

Founder John Schnatter estimates that the reform law will cost between $5 million and $8 million annually.

Health and wellness consumer drivers

Consumer drivers, health trends, consumer disconnects and flavor trends lead to a focused health and wellness strategy development.

Waking up to late night

As QSR and casual dining segments increase their late-night business, fast casual remains absent in this growing space.

Why isn’t there more pizza innovation?

There are five key innovation trends emerging from independent pizza restaurants in the U.S.

The sustainability playground: consumer fatigue

Consumer disconnects can only be remedied through education, and marketing familiar terms is essential.

Why the pizza segment is positioned to win in the catering space

Delivery service has already created trust between the consumer and their favorite pizzeria because they know the food will arrive on time, every time.

U.S. restaurant industry outlook: Slow and steady improvement

CIT's managing director says financing continues to open up for restaurant companies.

Marketing departments going for the jugular

Ads, menu items are outwardly trying to ‘one-up’ the competition.

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