Food truck growth goes full throttle: Part 2 - costs and challenges

Businesses and individuals driven by a passion for serving all types of food are recognizing the opportunity to launch a food truck. While these entrepreneurs hail from a variety of backgrounds, they all face the challenges of having sufficient capital, defining their niche, establishing a solid business strategy and executing it.

Commodities: Prices for pizza-makers rise, but so do most pizza stocks

The overall production tab for pizza restaurateurs took a hit last week in commodities trading when just about every basic need in the pizza-making and delivery process increased over the course of the week.

Food truck growth goes full throttle: Part 1

This four-part series explores the successes and challenges of the food truck industry, which has grown by 12.4 percent over the past five years. It's now worth $650 million and should hit $2.7 billion this year.

Can Smashburger's former CEO put Pie Five back on positive path?

The last few years have been tough for Rave Restaurant Group, which owns Pie Five and Pizza Inn. Smasburger's former CEO, Scott Crane, however, stepped into the corner office this week and has plans to grow the brand.

Commodities: A (kinda) Happy New Year for pizza prices

The first week of trading for 2017 brought mostly better news for pizza restaurateurs, who had a brutal end-of-year week on the markets for 2016.

The gluten-free opportunity: New rewards await

Skyrocketing demand for gluten-free choices on restaurant menus is spawning creative solutions from restaurateurs, food service vendors and health watchdog groups to provide diners with choices that are both healthful and great tasting.

IoT, customer-facing robots and VR among topics to be discussed at 2017 ICX Summit

The annual conference, which draws hundreds of customer experience leaders and innovators, is June 5-7 in Dallas and features a range of interesting sessions and a special networking function.

Sleep talkers beware: Alexa is listening for your restaurant reorders

Amazon Prime members can now voice-order meals through Amazon Restaurants on Alexa-enabled devices,

Commodities: A rocky 2016 ends with pizza stocks falling

The last week of 2016 was brutal for pizza stocks, which bled off significant value before the close of trading on Dec. 30.

'If in doubt, leave it out': The lessons in Cinnabon's Carrie Fisher tweet

Cinnabon's poorly received social media post about Carrie Fisher, upon her death this week, has restaurant leaders talking about how best to prevent such well-intended but still brand-burning missteps online.

5 findings inside diners' minds make great guides for 2017

NPD Group recently outlined its top five predictions about the American diner's state of mind as it relates to the dinner plate. Taken collectively, these five predictions form the kind of information that brands can take and run with in the year ahead.

Commodities: Down, down, down … for all but Domino's

Commodities traders were invoking Johnny Cash's lyrics during trading in the week before Christmas, as prices on all pizza chain commodities except auto fuel went "down, down, down," along with the value of most pizza stocks monitored by this site.

A 'post mortem': Looking back at 2016's hard-learned lessons

Experts weigh in on the eight lessons they learned in 2016 about the fine art of running a restaurant.

How is color coloring customer perceptions?

Color is critical to customer experience since it has a notable and predictable impact on their moods and emotions.

Commodities: Little joy to the world in pizza commodity prices

Papa John's was the only pizza chain that reported a markedly profitable week, while the other three brands monitored here remaining essentially flat or falling slightly over the course of the trading week.

Blast & Brew taps into allure of personal choice

The new Blast & Brew pizza and beer franchise gives customers creative choice regarding what's on their plates and how they most prefer to wash it down. Here, CEO John Ferdinandi talks about the concept and the path forward.

Commodities: Supply prices up, stock prices mixed

It got more expensive to stock the shelves for pizza restaurateurs last week, but most brands still got a lift in trading over the week.

Starbucks pizza? Yes, it's true

The chain's ambitious plan will increase revenue by 10 percent, grow earnings per share by 15-20 percent and drive mid-single-digit comp growth each year, while opening 12,000 new stores globally by 2021.

Why Moe's Southwest Grill, A&W focusing on digital marketing

Digital media is always changing, so it's important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments.

Commodities: Pizza  stocks fall, gas rises

The afterglow of a profitable Thanksgiving week of trading on the pizza marketplace is all but gone this week after pizza stock prices returned to a lower overall value over the course of last week.

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