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.


Summit keynote speaker: 5 seconds to leading amidst rapid change

Best-selling author and CNN commentator Mel Robbins tells fast casual leaders why they are likely just 5 seconds away from the best approach to their toughest challenges.

2 chains fight back against kids' bullies

Two chains have recently begun programs to fight bullying among youngsters, including Pizza Factory and the more publicized campaign from Burger King, which is getting widespread media attention today with a thought-provoking video.

Commodities: Domino's dives despite rosy Q3 financials

Late September's gain was last week's pain for Domino's in NYSE trading, but lower cheese and gas prices do soothe some of the hurt.

Pizza conquers the world: A roundup of recent chain expansions

The slice of the pie that all pizza restaurateurs want a piece of is growing at a furious rate, as this roundup of recent expansions and openings proves.

Toppers Pizza: 'Delivering' during annual football frenzy

We're right in the thick of it, as they say, when it comes to heavy-duty pizza delivery season with football in full swing. Toppers director of national marketing and menu innovation shares how he keeps up with demand.

Commodities: Domino's leaps up, Papa John's plummets

Domino's stock price soared last week while Papa John's took a significant hit. But there was good news for both brands in the largely lower commodity prices on most critical supplies, including that increasingly important delivery-enabling commodity, auto fuel.

Your Pie talks hurricane recovery after this year's 1-2 punch

Many brands continue to deal with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma damages, including Your Pie, which has locations in the path of both storms. CEO Bucky Cook recently shared thoughts on pre-planning and recovery.

Commodities: Most brands see sunny end to September in trading, fuel prices

Except for Pizza Hut parent Yum Brands' less-than-appetizing trading price trend, the last week of September was a fairly profitable one for major pizza brands.

Commodities: Pizza stocks rise as fall starts

The leaves may be falling, but pizza stock prices were all up last week, the first week of fall.

Delivery takes on new importance: Is automation a pizza operator's new BFF?

Delivery services are expected to grow 51 percent by 2021, bringing a lot of new restaurant food and service categories into a segment that once was the almost exclusive domain of pizza restaurateurs. Is automation the answer to keeping up in this increasingly crowded field?

1st Pizza Hut soon to be museum

Pizza Hut is getting its own museum next year in its birthplace 58 years ago of Wichita, Kansas.

Commodities: Another nice bounce for Domino's

Aside from Domino's, which jumped in value, most pizza restaurateurs had little to celebrate last week in either trading of their own brands or prices paid on the commodities market.

Post-hurricane, pizza restaurateurs help put normal back in communities

Pizza restaurateurs play a critical role in their communities after disasters like Hurricane Irma.

Commodities: September markets cool down for pizza restaurateurs

The month of September did not start on much of a high note for pizza restaurateurs, with mostly falling stock prices an higher-trending commodity prices.

Commodities: The cheese stands alone

At the markets last week, cheese was about the only thing making pizza restaurateurs crack a smile.

Commodities: Domino's fall where they may as take-and-bake comes into play

Eating out is fast becoming eating in, and Wall Street appears to be taking notice when it comes to prices paid for pizza stocks of late.

Top take-homes in teaching restaurant tech to work together

Competition and narrow margins in the restaurant business demand a nip-and-tuck approach to efficiency. Uncle Maddio's recently worked with ParTech to streamline tech integration. In this article, the two companies share takeaways from that process.

Fazoli's 'Comeback Kid' shares turnaround story at London summit

"It was ugly," Fazoli's President and CEO Carl Howard exclaimed as he detailed the state of the chain when he arrived to lead it nine years ago. "I mean everything you can think about a restaurant chain — it was wrong." Herein, the summary of a turnaround from the London Restaurant Franchising and Innovation summit in July.

Commodities: Last week's markets a preview of eclipse for some brands

It might have seemed to some last week that today's total eclipse was coming early, as stock prices fell or flattened for the majority of brands monitored here in trading.

Play now or Pay later: Webinar relays KFC and Pizza Hut lessons on loyalty and mobile ordering

KFC and Pizza Hut put their loyalty and mobile ordering experience on the chalkboard.

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