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S.A. Whitehead

Award-winning veteran print and broadcast journalist, Shelly Whitehead, has spent most of the last 30 years reporting for TV and newspapers, including the former Kentucky and Cincinnati Post and a number of network news affiliates nationally. She brings her cumulative experience as a multimedia storyteller and video producer to the web-based pages of Pizzamarketplace.com and QSRweb.com after a lifelong “love affair” with reporting the stories behind the businesses that make our world go ‘round. Ms. Whitehead is driven to find and share news of the many professional passions people take to work with them every day in the pizza and quick-service restaurant industry. She is particularly interested in the growing role of sustainable agriculture and nutrition in food service worldwide and is always ready to move on great story ideas and news tips.




Papa John's stock value spikes to near 52-week high

Papa John's stock value spikes to near 52-week high

Love was definitely in the air on the Nasdaq Friday, where Papa John's saw its price spike at one point to nearly its highest level in the past 52 weeks. And the New York Stock Exchange was also pretty lovey-dovey Valentine's Day, where both Domino's and Pizza Hut parent, Yum Brands, saw some gains.

How do I love thee? Increasingly ... with a pizza dough heart

How do I love thee? Increasingly ... with a pizza dough heart

By the end of today, pizza restaurateurs everywhere will be seeing hearts in their dreams after spending most of these 24 hours — otherwise known as Valentine's Day — churning out pies of the same shape ad infinitem. Yep, chocolate hearts have had their day. Say hello to "Happy Valentine-shaped Pizza Day."

US restaurants vs coronavirus: The very real things US brands can do now

US restaurants vs coronavirus: The very real things US brands can do now

No, the coronavirus is not a major health threat in the U.S. at this time. But the fact is, that could quickly change, and there are some very real preparations brands can make now in the event the situation changes to the serious circumstances that China is currently facing.

Moving from pizza to pistachio doughnuts: Chicago restaurateur says it's a natural

Moving from pizza to pistachio doughnuts: Chicago restaurateur says it's a natural

Ask a pizzaiolo the key to mastering the pie and you'll likely hear it's the dough. Chicago restaurateur Rich Labriola won't argue that point. In fact, he's so smitten with the squishy stuff that he decided to master doughnut dough, too, and Chicago has never been happier about that.

Papa John's continues on a

Papa John's continues on a "roll" with traders last week

It was a relatively dismal trading week for all but one of the nation's publicly traded pizza brands, but gas prices are giving operators a break at the store level.

How Domino's connects corporate execs to reality of store life

How Domino's connects corporate execs to reality of store life

Store-level employees are often on the receiving end of corporate dictums that may not always sync with pizza restaurant reality. Enter Domino's Pizza Prep School, a program that strives to alleviate that tension by giving leaders a dose of what it's like to work on the frontlines.

Papa John's, Yum up, while Domino's, Rave down, as trading week trends mirror year

Papa John's, Yum up, while Domino's, Rave down, as trading week trends mirror year

The trends established over the last 12 months at some of the world's major publicly traded pizza brands were mirrored in the trends of the last week on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, while cheese prices may be heading for a "correction."

What pizza operators can learn from Domino's use of AI

What pizza operators can learn from Domino's use of AI

Tuesday, Pizza Marketplace told you about Domino's use of AI to boost the customer experience. Today, we break down what restaurateurs can take away from the pizza giant's experience to help improve their brands.

Domino's digs into GPUs' data-churning mega-muscle to transform customer experience

Domino's digs into GPUs' data-churning mega-muscle to transform customer experience

Domino's has discovered a virtual goldmine in the data-handling computer power of a resource once confined to the picture-heavy needs of video gaming — the GPU.

Papa John's only winner in last week's pizza trading wars

Papa John's only winner in last week's pizza trading wars

Trading in the runup to National Pizza Week was anything but a celebration for most publicly traded brands, with all but Papa John's posting losses.

Domino's, Rave stock values start trading year right

Domino's, Rave stock values start trading year right

At least two pizza brands had reason to continue their champagne toasts into the first week of 2020, though higher commodity prices as 2020 started put a damper on the fun.

Jan. 14 webinar gives even smallest brands mega-marketing powers

Jan. 14 webinar gives even smallest brands mega-marketing powers

Want to put your brand on the lists of hot dining spots without substantial outlays of cash? Plan to attend this upcoming webinar.

Domino's, Papa John's clear winners with investors in 2019

Domino's, Papa John's clear winners with investors in 2019

As the last bites of the 2019 pizza pie disappear, one thing is evident: Domino's and Papa John's have gotten a lot of love from investors this year, driving the values of both brands up to new highs.

2019's top pizza reads: century-old pizzeria restoration to futuristic pie prep

2019's top pizza reads: century-old pizzeria restoration to futuristic pie prep

The final year of the 2010s had Pizza Marketplace readers looking back nearly a century to learn about restoring historic buildings for pizzerias, as well as into one possible pizza future where pie assembly is managed by artificial intelligence via an automated pizza assembly line.

2020 pizza brand planner/predictor

2020 pizza brand planner/predictor

As 2019 draws to a close, pizza brands are contending with significant dips in dine-in traffic, as well as peaks in patrons' passion for all things plant-based. How can a brand make the most of the market is as we enter 2020? Part two of this Pizza Puzzler gives expert guidance for the year ahead.

As the new 'Roaring Twenties' dawn, what should pizza brands take on?

As the new 'Roaring Twenties' dawn, what should pizza brands take on?

This month's Pizza Puzzler focuses on a question many brand leaders are mulling over at this hour, "How should I change my brand in the coming year for maximum business benefit?" In this two-part "Pizza Puzzler," restaurant industry trend predictors, brand leaders and professional organizations give their best informed guesses for the year ahead.

Ho, ho, ho! It's sure good to be Domino's

Ho, ho, ho! It's sure good to be Domino's

Santa was apparently paying keen attention to Domino's leadership when they sent in their wishes for the brand this year, with the giant pizza chain last week again continuing to trade at record highs.

Boston's Pizza spills the beans about US growth

Boston's Pizza spills the beans about US growth

Popular Canadian born and bred brand, Boston's Pizza, has set its sights on its more southern neighbors, with plans for major expansion in the U.S. and Canada in the coming years. Pizza Marketplace interviews Boston's executive Ryan Reeves to get the lowdown.

Pizza Inn, Pie Five parent up, other public pizza brands down

Pizza Inn, Pie Five parent up, other public pizza brands down

Of the major publicly traded U.S. pizza brands, only two-brand parent, Rave Restaurant Group last week had much to celebrate.

Firehouse Subs CEO on surging sandwich sector quality + pleasant surprises

Firehouse Subs CEO on surging sandwich sector quality + pleasant surprises

Sometimes — when the restaurant gods are smiling on a brand — a new store prototype not only delivers on its objectives, but produces a whole new benefit or two as well. Such has been the case for the growing Firehouse Subs brand, which is among the many subjects CEO Don Fox shares in this QSRweb podcast.

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