Commodities: Stock values rebound, supply prices flatten

The bottom line improved last week for pizza restaurateurs as stock prices for four major brands rebounded in value, and commodity prices overall either fell or remained flat.

Gutting the 'gut feelings' from hiring: 2 restaurant companies' $40M story

Who knew technology could help restaurateurs get the right human touch tableside? Two large restaurant companies tell their highly profitable story.

Seizing the media opp: Tricky, but potentially very rewarding

Brand promotional opportunities are everywhere for the restaurant industry, and there may be no better examples of that than two national news events this week that two very different brands used to their great advantage.

4 Facebook factors to face down for maximum brand impact

With 1.8 billion active users each month, nearly one-third of whom are in that golden 25-to-34 demographic, Facebook is a potential source of restaurant gold, making the quality of a brand's participation in the social media venue absolutely critical to...

Commodities: A painful week for pizza stocks

It was a fairly excruciating week for publicly traded pizza brands last week with prices in free fall from the start of trading last Monday.

4 functional factors fueling pizzeria design trends

Three pizza brands that have recently implemented redesigns make it clear that industry changes are driving some of the most popular design trends.

New York City Domino's: We pay more

At a time when the incoming administration in Washington shows little support for increasing the federal minimum wage or putting programs in place to assist American workers with health coverage, at least in New York City, Domino's is working in...

Food truck growth goes full throttle: Part 2 - costs and challenges

Businesses and individuals driven by a passion for serving all types of food are recognizing the opportunity to launch a food truck. While these entrepreneurs hail from a variety of backgrounds, they all face the challenges of having sufficient capital, defining their niche, establishing a solid business strategy and executing it.

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...

Food truck growth goes full throttle: Part 1

This four-part series explores the successes and challenges of the food truck industry, which has grown by 12.4 percent over the past five years. It's now worth $650 million and should hit $2.7 billion this year.

C-Speak: Is your audit program helping you attract customers?

Watch this video interview with a foodservice expert to learn why so many audit programs fail and what brands should know when searching for, designing and implementing their own plans.

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.

IoT, customer-facing robots and VR among topics to be discussed at 2017 ICX Summit

The annual conference, which draws hundreds of customer experience leaders and innovators, is June 5-7 in Dallas and features a range of interesting sessions and a special networking function.

Sleep talkers beware: Alexa is listening for your restaurant reorders

Amazon Prime members can now voice-order meals through Amazon Restaurants on Alexa-enabled devices,

Why Dominos and Papa John's sales are up in a food service downturn

Why are some pizza chains thriving in an overall economic downturn for the restaurant industry? The answers speak volumes about today's customers' demands.

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.

Pushing boundaries: Top 10 menu trends of 2017 revealed

Combining cuisines from all over the world will be 2017's No. 1 trend. Other trends include spicier flavor profiles, more vegan and veggie options and DIY cooking.

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