Uncle Maddio's boosting speed of service with menu redesign

Uncle Maddio's Pizza has gone back to the drawing board — literally — to introduce a menu redesign as well as new menu items to maximize operations, expedite speed of service and highlight flavor-forward offerings. The redesign will simplify the...

Group forms to set supply chain best practices

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association is joining forces with food industry management consultancy, Kinetic12, to develop a set of best practices for foodservice supply chain optimization, according to a news release. The two will build off of IFMA's existing Operator...

Court action goes forward against Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Starbucks, Domino's

Some very big names — including Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Starbucks and Domino's — got some very bad news this morning when news broke that a stay granted three years ago involving them and many more has now been lifted...

ICX Association looks to ‘elevate’ the state of customer experience with annual awards

Nomination deadline for the association's annual awards is March 15, 2017.

Blast & Brew seeks Phoenix-area franchisees

Fast casual pizza mecca, Phoenix, Arizona, is about to get a little something to wash down all those pies, as the beer and pizza brand, Blast & Brew, seeks to expand in the southwestern city, according to a news release....

Fishbowl links with Android Pay for easy loyalty and coupon redemption

Fishbowl, a customer engagement platform provider for the restaurant industry, has announced an integration with Android Pay to provide easy loyalty, coupon and promotions management for restaurant industry clients. Fishbowl said in a press release that the collaboration with Android...

US foodservice 2016 Q4 wage growth among best of all industries

PayScale Inc. said its latest numbers indicated that food service and restaurant wages grew by 3.6 percent over the past year, far outpacing the national average and making food service one of just three business sectors to experience what the company called "remarkable wage growth" in the final quarter of last year, according to a news  release.

Smashburger CEO trades burgers for pizza

Former Smashburger President and CEO Scott Crane has moved to the top job at Pizza Inn and Pie Five, owned by Rave Restaurant Group, according to a news release. Crane succeeds interim CEO Clinton J.

Papa Murphy's names interim CEO

Papa Murphy’s Holdings has appointed its board chair, Jean Birch, to the position of interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. The leadership change follows the resignation of Ken Calwell as CEO and director in order to pursue other interests, according...

Mafiaoza debuts sprawling Tennessee location

Mafiaoza's Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub recently opened a site in Franklin, Tennessee, according to a news release. This is the brand's third site for partners Michael Dolan, Lars Kopperud and Brett Corrieri, and spans 10,000 square feet with a number of patios, including one on the roof and one for families overlooking the courtyard.

Little Caesars real winner of world's first texting tug-of-war

Free Little Caesars pizza was the reward for the world's first stadium-sized, rope-burn free tug-of-war game in Florida. And yet, the pizza chain itself may be the party walking away with the biggest prize from the stunt. It happened Dec.

Blaze shakes off artificial, unhealthy ingredients

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has launched an initiative to rid the chain's food of artificial ingredients with a promotion that offers free pizza to guests, who also pledge to join in the commitment to purer food production and consumption, according to...

FastCasual accepting nominations for Top 100 Movers & Shakers

FastCasual is taking nominations for its annual list of Top 100 Movers & Shakers, which honors the brands and executives leading the fast casual restaurant industry, said Cherryh Cansler, director of editorial for Networld Media Group, the parent company of...

Papa John's bakes up Beantown business

Papa John's has signed an agreement to drive growth in Boston, Massachusetts, with 1630 Pizza Company, which will open 25 units over the next five years, according to a news release. "We hope that this agreement, along with other recent...

Little Caesar's LTO feeds family for a fiver

Little Caesars comes out of the gate swinging in 2017, with two offerings giving customers cash back along with a little something sweet to start 2017. The Detroit-based QSR said in a news release that it is introducing a value-driven,...

Study: QSR and Fast Casual only restaurant segments to see traffic growth in '17

If there's a bright spot in the restaurant industry outlook for the year ahead, at least one data analysis and research company believes it will be in the limited-service restaurant category that includes QSR and fast casual, which NPD Group...

Pizza Hut pushes online ordering with half-off deal

As we enter the nation's official "I'm totally broke" week after the holiday hulabaloo, Pizza Hut is sending some relief with a half-off pie promotion aimed squarely at getting customers to order online. From now through next Tuesday, Jan.

Rapid Fired lands in northern Kentucky

The Greater Cincinnati suburb of Florence, Kentucky, is the latest city to see a Rapid Fired Pizza open — this one squarely in the middle of the city's shopping mecca of Mall Road of busy Interstate 75, according to a...

News items from around the restaurant scene this week

Lots of brands are making end-of-year moves that are making a difference in the lives of their customers and communities. Here are a handful of news morsels that crossed this site's desktop this week, along with an example of a...

Yum declares 1st dividend after split from China business

In its first dividend declaration since separation from its China business, Yum Brands Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 30 cents per share of common stock, according to a news release. Distribution is set for Feb.

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