Commodities: Cheese prices finally beginning to fall

Cheese prices are finally falling, but the price of wheat is taking up the slack in this week's commodity report of pizza restaurateurs.

Big reasons why big data can vastly improve marketing efforts

We all know the big, failed product launches, especially those from companies known for marketing greatness like New Coke, the Arch Deluxe and Orbitz soda. And, of course, there’s lots of analysis out there about why they crashed and burned,...

5 great ways paid social ads can equal more restaurant reviews

It's no secret that online reviews can be very beneficial for a restaurant's reputation and business. But many restaurateurs are not aware that they can use paid social promotion to win reviews, making the most of the ad dollars you spend on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Expert advice for restaurateurs if a fake restaurant Facebook page steals your location

At least 60 Houston restaurants are being misrepresented as fictional restaurants, as we reported yesterday, but nobody is sure why. We posed the question to the experts to help other restaurateurs avoid being victimized.

Yum! shareholders turn up the volume on demand for antibiotic-free meat

Two Yum! Brands shareholder groups step up the pressure on Yum! Brands to rapidly ban the use of the antibiotic-raised meats at all its brands' locations.

What's it worth to dress like me? About $8 million if you're Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A conducted its annual Cow Appreciation Day about a month ago, on July 12. If you're not familiar with this event, it's an annual rite at the chain where customers dress like cows to receive free entrees.

Houston plagued by fake restaurant listings

Somebody is creating dozens of fake restaurant Facebook listings for real restaurant locations in Houston. The question is, why?

Why universal POS technology makes all the difference in franchising

Traditionally, franchisors received self-reported metrics from franchisees, making inventory management and sales analysis an unnecessarily lengthy process. To free up valuable time and receive a more accurate understanding of overarching operations, franchisors should consider technology solutions that streamline measurement.

Commodities: A relatively rough week for most pizza makers

Last week was not the cheeriest for the pizza marketplace with most pizza stocks dropping.

International franchising: 8 tips for smooth sailing overseas

The CEO of Franchise Global Frands provides eight tips for U.S. franchisors who want to go global.

Hourly workers: The new endangered species?

The hourly labor market is getting tighter all the time for restaurateurs. A new national study reveals what these workers want and sheds light on how restaurateurs might attract and keep the best and brightest.

Using kitchen equipment to enhance food safety

A chef from one of the nation's largest kitchen equipment manufacturers answers questions about the role of kitchen equipment in protecting and even heightening food safety. The hidden surprise? The best systems can yield labor savings, too.

Restaurant recession looming? Debate begins

Is the restaurant industry heading for a downturn?

Restaurant kiosks serve up multiple demographics

QSR kiosks are all the rage these days, especially with McDonald's and other QSR giants jumping on the trend. Restaurant kiosks are now drawing in every demographic at a faster rate due to their ability to boost customer experience.

5 questions for diners making the digital switch

As we cruise through 2016, with nearly 80 percent smartphone adoption, there is little debate: A restaurant brand's digital program is now of paramount importance. With restaurants enjoying higher average ticket size and increased visit frequency due to digital ordering...

The true effects of food photos: part 2

The prevalence of social media photo marketing campaigns in food service raises an interesting question: Do consumers really feel satisfaction and happiness from posting pictures on social media of their restaurant experiences?

Pssst... QSR execs, got 10 minutes?

QSRWeb is seeking answers to its annual state of the industry survey.

Would you like some kimchi in your burrito, sir? A look at Taco Bell's innovation process

The public relations folks at Yum! Brands recently took a moment to give us a peek inside their menu innovation process.

The true effects of food photos: part 1

Back in the 1800s when photography was first invented, it would have been hard to imagine people using the technology to document lunch. As restaurants are quickly discovering, however, food photography is not something to be dismissed as a passing fad.

Commodities: Papa John's is only gainer

The price of cheese continues its upward trend, while the prices for other common commodities monitored by pizzamarketplace.com fell over last week.

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