Research: Domino's living up to its promise to 'not suck'

Domino's might be stealing market share away from rivals in both the pizza sector and among large quick-service chains.

2 former McDonald's franchisees trade Big Macs for fast casual pizza

Pie Five is going north with its latest opening, while Uncle Maddio's heads south after signing a deal for five restaurants in the Sunshine State. Pie Five's newest restaurant and first Pennsylvania location opens today on Walker Road in Chambersburg....

Yum board member steps down

Yum! Brands said that board member and Corvex Management LP Managing Director Keith A. Meister is leaving the company's governing body, effective immediately, according to a news release. Meister said that with the spin-off of Yum China complete along with...

Marco's promotes EVP to COO

Marco's has promoted former Executive Vice President of Operations Tony Libardi to the position of COO for the chain. The move brings marketing, employee engagement, corporate and franchise operations, and learning and development under his oversight, according to a news release.   Marco's said Libardi strongly adheres to a service profit model.

Big Easy-based Blaze bites back with gator sausage offering

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza is opening a New Orleans location this month and is offering free build-your-own pies on Friday, Feb. 17 with a little something local among the choices.

Speedline Solutions debuts new menu management tool

Speedline Solutions is debuting a menu management system to help chains create and release a consistent menu for all locations as well as ConnectService, which streamlines online orders and allows ordering when the POS software is not running, according to...

Fake news on McDonald's and Chipotle stopped in its tracks

Fake news is again causing problems for the foodservice industry, this time inolving McDonald's and Chipotle. The event also involved reporters at USA Today and the financial news site,, both of whom received a fraudulent news releases attempting to...

Commodities: Markets show pizza some love

As we approach the annual day of love this week, traders were obviously getting in the mood last week toward pizza stocks, which got a nice bounce in value over last week with regard to the four brands monitored by this site.

Hungry Howie's launches loyalty program

Hungry Howie’s Pizza has launched its Howie Rewards loyalty program this week that integrates mobile ordering with loyalty in hopes of boosting sales and customer numbers in coming days, according to a release. The program awards points for purchases of...

New restaurant rating system focuses on economic impact

Food industry veteran Sara Brito and entrepreneur Jeff Hermanson have collaborated to create a new rating system for all restaurants based on economic impact within communities, ingredient transparency and sustainable business practices, according to a press release. The system, Good...

Marco's names COO

Marco's Pizza has promoted its EVP of operations and former Burger King executive, Tony Libardi to chief operations officer, a news release said. In the new role, both marketing and employee engagement will now be under Libardi's direction.

Harris poll yields dim glow for restaurant brands

These are not only tumultuous but very partisan times in the U.S., and a Harris Poll indicated that the public perception of foodservice brands often swirls around the actions, beliefs and politics of a brand or a brand leader's publicized...

Yum asks, 'Why shouldn't the chicken cross the road?'

Yum is taking its chicken show on the road, according to a conference call with the Louisville-based company's CEO Greg Creed Thursday, who said the company is adding delivery to its KFC brand. Though Creed did not provide a potential...

Pizza industry mourns death of Little Caesar's founder

The death of 87-year-old Little Caesar's founder, Mike Ilitch, Friday has hit a lot of people in their hearts over the weekend. He not only grew one of the world's largest pizza chains out of the Detroit mom-and-pop restaurant that he and his wife, Marian, ran but also played in the minor leagues with the Detroit Tigers.

Flames of resistance rise against Hardee's CEO as labor secretary

The "pot" of resistance is still boiling under Labor Department Secretary nominee and Hardee's parent company CEO Andrew Puzder. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer this morning implored President Donald Trump to withdraw his nomination of the fast food mogul, according...

Uncle Maddio's promotion checks all the right boxes

Everybody has a little artist or inventor inside, and Uncle Maddio's latest promotion taps directly into that creative spirit. The chain's national "Create-Your-Own" Pizza contest is off and running on this Pizza Day, challenging all those closet Julia Childs out...

[LIVE WEBINAR] Food safety, human error and the digital age

Mistakes are inevitable in any endeavor, but with all the players and products involved in a typical food service operation, they are almost sure to occur. That's a scary thought when you consider that — at least in some cases involving food safety issues — there are not only whole brands at stake, but most importantly, human life.

Yum China tramples expectations; profit up 31%

Yum China's first earnings report as an independent company proves that sometimes breaking up can be a very beautiful thing. In fact, its first report since the October spin-off from Louisville-based Yum Brands not only surpassed estimated sales projections for...

Rave Q2 results show Pie Five, Pizza Inn struggles

With a new CEO in place now in the form of former Smashburger CEO Scott Crane, Rave Restaurant Group today reported its relatively downbeat Q2 2017 financial results for the period ending in 2016 on Dec. 25, according to a news release.  The results indicated problems for both Pie Five and the older, more traditional Pizza Inn brand.

Papa John's hires away Panera IT leader

Papa John's has hired former Panera Bread IT and Enterprise Architecture VP Mike Nettles to be the brands SVP and chief Information and digital officer, according to a news release. Nettles brings more than 27 years of business and technology leadership experience to the Louisville-based pizza brand.

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