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,...

Marco's Pizza leaps to top of fastest-growing pizza chains

Marco's Pizza has been named fastest-growing U.S. pizza franchise on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list this year, ranking 38th overall on the list of notable franchises, while jumping 43 spots up from its place on the same ranking last year,...

PizzaRev LTO plants garden goodies atop pies

PizzaRev is flirting with vegetable lovers this month with its LTO that packs cauliflower and kale pesto into a plant-based pie that veggie lovers can gladly plant their teeth in. The seasonal special features pesto made with kale and pine...

New England Chuck E.Cheese's dials it down to delight kids with autism

Chuck E. Cheese's locations in New York, New England and New Jersey are launching Sensory Sensitive Sundays in conjunction with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, known as CARD.

Last call: Fast Casual Top 100 nominations closing today

If you think your brand belongs on the annual Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers, today is your last chance to turn in your nomination. The list honors the brands and executives leading the fast casual restaurant industry, said...

MOD Pizza welcomes 9th franchising partner

Southern Pie has joined MOD Pizza's team as its ninth franchise partner, according to a press release. Robbie Hill and Kimberly Hill Hayden, Southern Pie executives, plan to open MOD units later this year.   "We are pleased to have Southern Pie, LLC join our group of talented and passionate multi-unit operators.

California Pizza Kitchen app: Call it 'pay Dough'

California Pizza Kitchen has launched its CPK Pizza Dough Rewards mobile app which allows diners to both pay and be paid by phone, according to a news release. The new phoned-based loyalty tool offers guests the ability to pay and order by phone, then track their food as it's prepared.

Pie Five LTO makes lower-cal pizza possible

Pie Five is offering a 600-calorie pizza LTO starting today, according to a news release. The new Low Five menu item features a 7-inch pie with a side salad, as well as options for other additional toppings, though those add...

105 organizations to Congress: Reject Hardee's CEO for labor secretary

A coalition of more than 100 groups representing food chain employees, as well as corporate accountability and environmental organizations is calling on U.S. legislators to reject CKE Restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder as the next U.S.

Papa John's issues dividend

Papa John's declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per common share, according to a news release. The payout on the dividend is for shareholders of record as of Feb.

Papa Murphy's entices franchisees with cash incentives

Papa Murphy's is launching a growth program to attract franchisees, who will be eligible for more than $75,000 in incentives per store in select, larger markets this year, according to a news release. Other incentives offered in the program include:...

Study: Getting lightest restaurant users to visit more is key to increasing sales

If just half of the country's lightest restaurant users made one more visit per year, the industry would see a $1.1 billion increase in sales, according to a report from NPD Group. The report is based on NPD's receipt mining...

Webinar: How Which Wich engages frontline employees

Technology trends are continually launching that have the power to drastically affect your business model as well as how you communicate with and engage employees. Assessing which tools and technologies are worth the investment isn't always an easy task, which...

Donatos opens sites in Ohio and Kentucky

Donatos opened two locations this week in Granville, Ohio and Owensboro, Kentucky, according to a news release. The Granville site has a bar and party space. S&C Restaurants owns and operates the restaurant, as well as four others in Ohio.

Blaze to light up 2 Ohio cities this spring

Toledo and Canton, Ohio. will soon have Blaze pizza restaurants in their boundaries, according to a news release. The units will open this spring, expanding the brand's total footprint in Ohio to four locations, including existing sites in Mason and...

MOD Pizza celebrates 200th location

MOD Super Fast Pizza is opening its 200th location this month, according to a press release. To celebrate, the concept is hosting an event at the 200th unit in Fredrick, Maryland, and is offering $2 off all pizzas and salads...

Pizza Pizza commits to antibiotic-free chicken

Pizza Pizza is celebrating its 50th year in business by pledging to use only antibiotic-free chicken meat in its restaurants going forward, according to a company news release.

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