Commodities: Yes, Papa John's took a hit

Commodities: Yes, Papa John's took a hit

Last week’s commodities trading was a mixed bag of good and bad news, with minor wins for pizza operators on cheese and natural gas prices. But, in trading on Wall Street, it was all about the fallout from Papa John's CEO John Schnatter's comments about the NFL’s effects on the brand’s Q3 performance.

Canadian start-up with a Caribbean bent shows passion integral to Perfect Pitch win

Canadian start-up with a Caribbean bent shows passion integral to Perfect Pitch win

A Toronto mom-and-pop focused on a Caribbean native's love for his culture, along with his new bride's love for him took home honors at this year’s Perfect Pitch competition at the 2017 Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville.

Media 'pile-on' shows Papa John's CEO really stepped in it this time

Media 'pile-on' shows Papa John's CEO really stepped in it this time

Papa John's CEO John Schnatter learns (hopefully) the hard lesson of playing the blame game, especially when it comes to race issues and football in the U.S.

Halloween: Rant, rave or review the night that was with us

Halloween: Rant, rave or review the night that was with us

Share your wins, losses and laughs with us this Hallow's eve for a story on the challenges of meeting tonight's epic pizza demands and how operators meet them next week.

Commodities: All tricks, no treats last week in pizza operating costs

Commodities: All tricks, no treats last week in pizza operating costs

Falling stock prices and rising commodity costs make for unhappy pizza restaurateurs as we head into the week of tricks and treats.

Millennials: 'Give us big discounts, cut the small talk'

Millennials: 'Give us big discounts, cut the small talk'

One of the more eye-opening sessions at this Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville this month was a quick, question-filled hour-long chat with a varied panel of millennials about what gets their restaurant business and what does not.

CEOs of Wing Zone, Focus Brands, Captain D's, Backyard Burgers, Koti Pizza predict industry changes, trends

CEOs of Wing Zone, Focus Brands, Captain D's, Backyard Burgers, Koti Pizza predict industry changes, trends

This year's Fast Casual Executive Summit wrapped up Tuesday night with insights from some of the industry's most successful CEOs.

Summit keynote speaker: 5 seconds to leading amidst rapid change

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.

Pizza leaders must go face-to-face into a techie future

Pizza leaders must go face-to-face into a techie future

I love technology as much anyone, and firmly believe that it's an accelerator that not only drives sales and traffic, but also helps to develop great people. But as great as technology is, there is still no substitute for high-touch leadership.

2 chains fight back against kids' bullies

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.

Digital menus: Do you fear something you already know?

Digital menus: Do you fear something you already know?

Editor's Note: A version of this blog original appeared on Pizza Marketplace's sister site, Digital Signage Today. A few days ago I was reading some articles on digital menu boards. Many of them were about how to lay out the...

Commodities: Domino's dives despite rosy Q3 financials

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

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

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.

Worldwide expansion: Where to go and who to know

Worldwide expansion: Where to go and who to know

The old adage of "getting to know the locals" is more relevant today than ever for restaurant chains. Here, Euromonitor's Stephen Dutton spells out three guiding principles proven in global restaurant market research.

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

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.

Pizza delivery's changing landscape: Lessons from retail universe

Pizza delivery's changing landscape: Lessons from retail universe

The trend sweeping the industry for increased delivery from all brands is changing the landscape for pizza restaurateurs, who've traditionally "owned" the delivery territory. Fortunately, the wider retail world has been dealing with the same phenomenon for some time and has plenty of lessons to teach pizza operators about this "brave new world."

The pizza brand leader's silver bullet in a tech-filled world

The pizza brand leader's silver bullet in a tech-filled world

I love technology as much anyone, and firmly believe that it's an accelerator that not only drives sales and traffic, but also helps to develop great people. But as great as technology is, there is still no substitute for high-touch leadership.

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

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.

New Pieology concept puts customers in brand's R&D Department

New Pieology concept puts customers in brand's R&D Department

Pieology Pizzeria opened its latest endeavor this week, Pieology Pizzeria R&D, a restaurant concept that gives customers a voice in the chain's decision-making about menu items and flavor combinations.

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