Pizza Ranch exec on making a buffet brand soar

Pizza Ranch exec on making a buffet brand soar

Pizza Ranch Director of Operations Al Pottebaum talks to Pizza Marketplace Editor Shelly Whitehead about the pizza buffet approach and winning best pizza brand in this year's Market Force survey.

Food Network's former marketing maven offers best branding strategies at October Fast Casual Executive Summit

Food Network's former marketing maven offers best branding strategies at October Fast Casual Executive Summit

As the former marketing and branding executive for food media powerhouses like Food Network and the Cooking Channel, Susie Fogelson has a lot to share with restaurant leadership about the art of selling their brands today. She will do just that at the upcoming Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 7-9 in Seattle.

Commodities: Papa John's in free fall

Commodities: Papa John's in free fall

The turmoil around the Papa John's brand expressed itself clearly on the trading floor last week when that chain's value continued to fall, while pizza restaurateurs got a break on auto fuel prices as the summer travel season winds down to a close.

Pizza brands' blockchain business primer: New source on increasingly important tech

Pizza brands' blockchain business primer: New source on increasingly important tech

The blockchain may sound like something that has absolutely nothing to do with the restaurant business, but nothing could be further from the truth. Innovative restaurant leaders are already using it to help manage a variety of operations. Are you?

Colony Grill pizza: A testament to immigrant ingenuity's role in restaurant industry

Colony Grill pizza: A testament to immigrant ingenuity's role in restaurant industry

In the annals of pizza concepts with staying power, Colony Grill's multi-cultural rendition of the pie stands tall, and the 83-year-old brand's story is a lesson in the real value of what the American melting pot of cultures means to both the restaurant industry and business in general.

Papa John’s: 'Actions of 1 person' could cost brand $50 million this year

Papa John’s: 'Actions of 1 person' could cost brand $50 million this year

Leadership at Papa John’s took on the woeful task last night of talking to investors about the brand’s devastating second quarter financials, vowing not to let the future of the world’s third-largest pizza brand "be defined by the words and actions of one person."

MOD Pizza CEO on the 'happy accident' that launched a winning brand

MOD Pizza CEO on the 'happy accident' that launched a winning brand

MOD Pizza CEO Scott Svenson sits down with Pizza Marketplace Editor Shelly Whitehead to provide some background on how some of society's most marginalized people have ended up making MOD one of the most successful U.S. pizza brands.

Oath Pizza scales up with investment, partnership from Aramark

Oath Pizza scales up with investment, partnership from Aramark

Oath Pizza is pairing up with food, facilities and uniform provider, Aramark, to bring the certified humane pizza brand to new location categories including college campuses, sports arenas, hospitals, office buildings and more.

Commodities: Most brands rebound

Commodities: Most brands rebound

Most pizza brands rebounded in value last week, while commodity prices remained fairly tame.

How Wow Bao 'wows' 'em with cartoon-adorned cubbies

How Wow Bao 'wows' 'em with cartoon-adorned cubbies

Wow Bao's Geoff Alexander talks about how the brand uses kiosks, cubbies and cartoons to delight busy customers even when they are in a huge hurry to pick up and go.

Preventing 2 workplace problems that land pizza restaurateurs in court

Preventing 2 workplace problems that land pizza restaurateurs in court

The restaurant industry and its workers are the subject of more sexual harassment claims than any other industry, according to a recent Harvard Business Review report. Still, that's just one category of workplace discrimination and harassment that pizza leaders must know, understand and address with employees.

Commodities: Pizza brands take a beating

Commodities: Pizza brands take a beating

Last week was a tough one for most pizza restaurateurs as the prices for all essential commodities rose, while all but one brand monitored by this site suffered stock losses.

Schnatter sues Papa John's board over chairmanship ouster

Schnatter sues Papa John's board over chairmanship ouster

John Schnatter wants to see the books and any record of the board discussions behind Papa John's board's decision to push the outspoken company's founder out of his board chairmanship.

Pies, sides of the near-future: The trends en route to a pizza near you

Pies, sides of the near-future: The trends en route to a pizza near you

What's not merely new to the pizza trade, but about to be new? Take a brief test to see if you know, then read on to find out what culinary trend forecaster Suzy Badaracco believes is the next best thing.

Restaurant leaders discuss 3 digital categories turning industry on its head

Restaurant leaders discuss 3 digital categories turning industry on its head

Digital signage, online ordering and loyalty apps are collectively transforming the restaurant business as we've known it for most of the past several decades. Check out what Fazoli's and La Madeleine leaders recently said about those changes, along with some great observations on the digital initiatives from NPD Group.

Toppers returns to its 'rebel' roots with items 'outside the (pizza) box'

Toppers returns to its 'rebel' roots with items 'outside the (pizza) box'

Toppers is going back to its quirky beginnings by thinking "outside the (pizza) box" when it comes to the brand's menu.

Papa John's names law firm to oversee investigation, audit

Papa John's names law firm to oversee investigation, audit

Papa John's International, Inc. said this morning that a special committee consisting of all independent directors of the board has appointed the international law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Llp. to oversee an audit and investigation of the company.

Papa John's kicks Schnatter out of HQ, acts to fix brand, company culture

Papa John's kicks Schnatter out of HQ, acts to fix brand, company culture

Investors are showing their approval in the actions taken thus far by Papa John's to act on the problems inflicted by its founder's words. Stocks were up decisively at the close of markets last week, so Papa John's leadership is pressing full-steam ahead to distance itself from its controversial founder.

Papa John's lessons about founders, spokespersons, media training

Papa John's lessons about founders, spokespersons, media training

Where will Papa John's go from here as a pizza brand and what should pizza restaurateurs take away from the embattled brand's problems about media training? Two experts offer their takes.

Commodities: Pizza brands make nice gains ... especially Papa John's

Commodities: Pizza brands make nice gains ... especially Papa John's

Despite the global news swirling around Papa John's brand and its controversial founder, John Schnatter, it was a pretty profitable week for pizza restaurateurs in the U.S., with all the brands monitored by this site showing gains last week.

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