Shelly 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: 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.

UK Pizza Hut delivering 'mood-enhancing' pizza on 'Blue Monday'

In case you're unable to roll out of bed this time of year and didn't know it, this coming Monday is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, according to Sky Travel, the British marketing travel agency that...

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.

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.

New food hub connects the local vegetable stand to biggest restaurant brands

Restaurateurs hoping for a central, tech-connected marketplace linking small local farmers to the skyrocketing number of restaurants, whose customers are demanding them, are getting their wish via a partnership between Aggrigator and Alba Organics. The Aggrigator Farm to Shelf Marketplace...

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.

Hardee's CEO tapped as labor secretary: What's in it for restaurant biz?

Where the nation and the restaurant industry labor force are concerned, Andy Puzder is quite vocal in his pro-automation and anti-regulation views. These views are aligned with those of President-elect Donald Trump, who, according to CNN, has named the CKE Restaurants CEO as the nation's new secretary of labor.

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.

What to learn from DC pizza brand's fake news nightmare

The potentially brand-ending effects of rumor in the Internet age became painfully evident Sunday when a fake news report connected to Washington D.C's pizzeria, Comet Ping Pong, led to a gunman opening fire. The incident should serve as a lesson as to how and why brands need response plans in place.

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.

Curse you, unruly reindeer! Domino's reins in reindeer delivery plan

Domino’s Japan said that after a few days of working with reindeer to deliver its pizzas in cold, snowy Hokkaido, Japan, it's abandoning the plan to use them for delivery.

Big Mac inventor leaves invaluable lesson for restaurateurs today

The passing of Big Mac inventor and McDonald’s longtime franchisee, Jim Delligatti, got me thinking about the value of true, two-way communication between a brand's top leadership and its front-line employees.

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