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.

Hardee's CEO and labor secretary nominee admits hiring undocumented immigrant

Controversy and contention have followed CKE Restaurant Group CEO Andrew F. Puzder since President Trump nominated him for Labor Secretary, and today it appears that may all be coming to a head.

Pizza Inn puts new 'Punchh' in loyalty

Pizza Inn worked with mobile engagement platform, Punchh, to partially launch the chain's app-based loyalty program that gives diners points for purchases and ordering capability. According to a news release, 41 Pizza Inn locations are using the new Pizza Inn...

More than 6,000 restaurants put new chatbot to use

Restaurant tech business, Orderscape.com, is bringing a full food-ordering chatbot to more than 6,000 restaurants in the U.S. early in the second quarter of this year, according to a news release.

Pie Five opens restaurant No.100

Pie Five is opening its 100th location this week in Independence, Missouri, according to a news release from Pie Five parent company, Rave Restaurant Group. The Valley View Parkway site will join all locations nationwide to celebrate the benchmark opening...

Blaze opens doors on 4 this week

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is opening four new U.S. locations this week.

Manitowoc rebrands to Welbilt

Foodservice equipment provider Manitowoc Foodservice is rebranding to Welbilt in order to convey its commitment to put customers' needs first, according to a company press release. The change is part of the company's strategic repositioning after it spun off last...

Finnish pizza chain finishes FY up 16.3 percent

Finnish pizza chain Kotipizza has reported a 16.3-percent increase in cumulative chain sales for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, 2017, for a total of 89.9 million euros ($96.41 million). In fact, the chain's same-store sales grew 12.9 percent...

Blimpie's resurrects fast food of Roman gladiators

Blimpie's is hoping to slay the competition with an Italian street food that dates back to the time of gladiators in ancient Rome, according to a news release. Beginning today, Blimpie's is offering two piadina Italian flatbread sandwiches that blend...

Donatos debuts iOS app

It only takes three taps to reorder from Donatos Pizza via its new mobile iOS app, now available on all Apple devices, according to a press release. "As consumers continue to shift toward mobile devices for online ordering, we want to make sure our ordering capabilities meet them where they are," Donatos CEO Tom Krouse said in the release.

3 pizza brands expand

Two pizza brands are putting down roots in new territory this month, while a third brand signed a new franchisee in the Deep South, according to separate news releases. Pieology is heading for the Sunshine State with its newest site,...

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