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.


Commodities: Stock traders, gas producers take toll on pizza brands last week

Commodities: Stock traders, gas producers take toll on pizza brands last week

Food commodity prices last week dropped in trading, but increasing prices on all types of fuel, including natural gas more than made up for any potential gains their for pizza restaurateurs.

Hepatitis A in restaurant industry: Scary, inaction is scarier

Hepatitis A in restaurant industry: Scary, inaction is scarier

Hepatitis A is raising a harrowing spectre over the restaurant industry thanks to its rapid spread and high number of cases, particularly in the eastern half of the nation and Midwest. Restaurant food safety expert Betsy Craig answers questions about the scope of the problem and what restaurant leadership can do.

Commodities: A good week ... unless you're Papa John's

Commodities: A good week ... unless you're Papa John's

Commodities down, stock prices up make a good week for all the brands monitored here, except Papa John's, which took a serious hit in value last week after its earnings report.

Louisville Domino's, Old Chicago pizza employees diagnosed with Hepatitis A

Louisville Domino's, Old Chicago pizza employees diagnosed with Hepatitis A

Two Louisville employees — one who recently worked at a Domino's and a second at an Old Chicago Pizza location — have been diagnosed with acute Hepatitis A, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness.

Pizza restaurateurs vie for piece of Mother's Day pie

Pizza restaurateurs vie for piece of Mother's Day pie

The moms are coming and bringing pizza restaurateurs lots of business, according to a recent survey.

Commodities: Cheese, wheat, auto fuel get pricier

Commodities: Cheese, wheat, auto fuel get pricier

Most pizza stocks monitored by this site took hits last week during trading, though one brand did get some love from Wall Street.

Commodities: Domino's, Papa Murphy's win big

Commodities: Domino's, Papa Murphy's win big

It was a storybook ending last week on the stock market for Domino's and Papa Murphy's.

Pizza Patrón: 'Edgy' brand seeks to expand

Pizza Patrón: 'Edgy' brand seeks to expand

The time may never be better for Pizza Patrón with its mission to promote what it sees as the true "spice of life" -- an edgy multi-cultural take on pizza.

Commodities: Soaring gas prices rock pizza restaurateur's delivery-centric world

Commodities: Soaring gas prices rock pizza restaurateur's delivery-centric world

The breaks that pizza restaurateurs are getting on commodities like cheese and wheat are likely being "eaten up" by surging vehicle fuel and natural gas prices.

Compostable pizza box promises restaurateurs cost savings

Compostable pizza box promises restaurateurs cost savings

It's round, like the pies it is designed to hold, costs more than cardboard boxes and is made of something that's usually thrown away. But PizzaRound may just be the answer to a whole list of problems created by traditional cardboard pizza boxes.

Commodities: An 'up-and-down' week for pizza stocks, commodities

Commodities: An 'up-and-down' week for pizza stocks, commodities

Last week's commodities and brand trading results formed a hilly path of ups and downs across the board.

Commodities: Prices rise for operating essentials, but so do stock values

Commodities: Prices rise for operating essentials, but so do stock values

Pain at the pump for most Americans these days is accompanied by pain at the commodities market for pizza restaurateurs in the U.S., with the price of most of the essentials needed to run a great pizza operation pushing higher last week.

Pizza franchisors, meet your new competition - Jersey Mike's

Pizza franchisors, meet your new competition - Jersey Mike's

Pizza franchisors, heads up! Seems there is a new player in the pizza game —one that's eyeing pizza operators willing to venture into a little "out-of-the-[pizza]-box thinking," so to speak.

Commodities: Traders lay a golden egg in pizza restaurateurs' baskets during Easter week

Commodities: Traders lay a golden egg in pizza restaurateurs' baskets during Easter week

Aside from the mounting price of vehicle fuel, it was a very happy Easter week for pizza operators.

Commodities: Some pizza brands hit 'pot o' gold' in St. Patrick's Day week trading

Commodities: Some pizza brands hit 'pot o' gold' in St. Patrick's Day week trading

The "luck of the Irish" was very selective on the brands it blessed during St. Patrick's Day week.

&pizza, Rotolo's, Pie Five with the whys behind Pi Day

&pizza, Rotolo's, Pie Five with the whys behind Pi Day

Pi Day is here and that means not only deals, fun and even a little something serious.

Commodities: Clocks not the only things 'springing ahead'

Commodities: Clocks not the only things 'springing ahead'

Just as we reset all our clocks to "spring forward" over the weekend, pizza stocks also spent the last trading week moving up in value.

Commodities: Prices begin to rise, along with temperatures

Commodities: Prices begin to rise, along with temperatures

The annual changing of the seasons is beginning; for proof, look no further than the price of commodities.

Commodities: A little bit of everything over week's trading activity

Commodities: A little bit of everything over week's trading activity

All players were heading in their own directions in commodity and brand trading last week.

Audiologist, deaf pizzeria owners wage war on diners' No. 1 in-restaurant complaint

Audiologist, deaf pizzeria owners wage war on diners' No. 1 in-restaurant complaint

Noise and an inability to hear comprise the No. 1 complaint from diners about their in-restaurant experiences. One audiologist has created a tool to help businesses that want to be more "ear friendly" to the customers they serve.

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