Alicia Kelso Alicia has been a professional journalist for 15 years. Her work with FastCasual.com, QSRweb.com and PizzaMarketplace.com has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Good Morning America, Voice of Russia radio, Consumerist.com and Franchise Asia magazine.
Many of the company's units are 17 years old and are inconsistent with the branding efforts in the past five years.
Chuck E. Cheese's hits a 52-week high after rumors surface about a sale.
Flash's incompatibility with Apple products has contributed to its dwindling presence.
The cost of wheat continues to tumble.
Wall Street experiences more record highs.
This year's readers were interested in menu trends, marketing campaigns and emerging technologies.
Wheat prices continue to fall, now averaging under $6.50.
Mobile ordering, carry out/delivery, transparency and customer service are on the agenda.
Customization, speed, local and gluten-free were the top buzzwords this year.
Wheat prices continue to tumble, falling 18 cents in a week.
The fast casual segment experienced a 9 percent growth in visits in 2013, led in part by top-your-own pizza concepts.
Deep dish appeared on more menus, and 'healthy-halo' descriptors also increased.
Yum! Brands shares fall following the company's Analyst Day.
Chicken will also be a major focus in the U.S., as the company advertises WingStreet for the first time.
Gluten-free, non-wheat themes jump on the prediction list for the New Year.
Wheat prices remain under $7 for a second week.
Restaurants can build habit and frequency through digitally driven, one-to-one marketing campaigns.
Wall Street has had quite a run this year, and continues to hit new milestones. The Dow Jones, for example, finished above 16,000 for the first time last week.
To attract the top talent, you need to show them the career path, responsibility and a quality of life.
The average cost of wheat falls to $7 even.