Want to grow your brand? Know the 3 Cs

China, chicken and coffee are three factors driving growth and profit in the current foodservice industry, according to Euromonitor International colleague and Consumer Foodservice Analyst Stephen Dutton.

Commodities: Cheese prices up, wheat drops

There was good and bad news on the pizza-maker's trading tally sheet this week, as most stocks saw a bump in value. Prices for essential commodities, however, got a shot of adrenaline.

Required restaurant allergen training: Wave of the future?

Many jurisdictions nationally may not yet have regulations mandating how restaurants can best keep customers free from allergens and other food safety threats. But restaurateurs should open their eyes to the fact that this type of on-staff expertise is fast becoming a business necessity.

Capturing today's diners? A lot of it is still about 'the money'

Even with the surprises that the AlixPartners diners' preferences poll has shown this week, in many ways it still all comes down to the fact that customers want it all and they want it as cheap as they can get it.

Commodities: Cheese prices drop, so does Domino's stock

Overall, it was a fairly costly week for pizza operators' essential commodities, though ascending cheese prices returned to reality and the stock market reality was uncharacteristically harsh on Domino's value last week.

Pie Five, Firehouse, First Watch,Pei Wei execs discuss 'the good, the bad and the ugly' of online reviews

A recent survey found that 61 percent of the dining public check online reviews before visiting a restaurant. How those reviews can help or hurt sales was a central theme at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit.

It's spring in restaurantland and the stores are sprouting

At least four chains have announced plans for major growth initiatives, proving that expansion is the order of the day in the pizza and quick-serve sectors.

Hot Heads & Rapid Fired Pizza founder on a regional growth approach

Hot Heads Burritos founder, Ray Wiley, is on a roll again, this time with a fast pizza concept, called Rapid Fired. The chain has taken a regional approach to franchise growth, centered around Dayton, Ohio, which has turned out to be just the right place for a 180-second pizza place to call home.

Cowboy Chicken, Elevation Burger execs: Pay supply chain due respect or pay consequences

In a world, where customers are demanding that restaurants use ethically produced, sustainable and healthful ingredients, supply chain management has grown in its importance. Here, two successful brands discuss how they learned to pay adequate respect to this side of their operations.

Fast insights on crisis management, leadership development and restaurant/retail partnerships

Attendees at the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit in Dallas got down to business with fast insights in three key business management areas.

Commodities: Much joy in 'pizza-ville' as stock values soar

Values of the brands monitored by Pizza Marketplace soared in last week's trading. And although that news was tempered somewhat by slightly higher commodity costs overall, after a series of weeks of falling stock values, most pizza restaurateurs are likely not complaining about their balance sheets.

McDonald's massive move to mobile ordering: A big change that warrants big groundwork

McDonald’s and its recently unveiled plans to implement mobile ordering and curbside pickup is proof that even the mightiest brands now know mobile ordering is the order of the future. But, chains must lay the groundwork for this major transition by preparing a foundation that helps them clear the potential hurdles and move on to future success.

A little online burger buzz teaches a lot about menu prices

Polls and restaurant traffic data this year have made it relatively clear that limited-service restaurant customers today are increasingly concerned about the price they pay when eating out. Even as the fundamentals of the American economy remain strong, consumers continue to grow weary about spending money on fast food.

Stay solid: Join the movement to add 'e' to Pi Day

Enough of this obscure 3.14 math stuff. Join restaurateurs everywhere to make this day about the real "pie" — the one dripping with cheese on a steamy crust.

The plant-based burger that 'bleeds' like rare beef

It bleeds on the plate like a rare-cooked beef burger, tastes like a patty of ground beef but is produced with a mere sliver of the resources used to produce cow-based meat. It's the Impossible burger and it makes its chain debut today.

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.

'If in doubt, leave it out': The lessons in Cinnabon's Carrie Fisher tweet

Cinnabon's poorly received social media post about Carrie Fisher, upon her death this week, has restaurant leaders talking about how best to prevent such well-intended but still brand-burning missteps online.

Commodities: Little joy to the world in pizza commodity prices

Papa John's was the only pizza chain that reported a markedly profitable week, while the other three brands monitored here remaining essentially flat or falling slightly over the course of the trading week.

Blast & Brew taps into allure of personal choice

The new Blast & Brew pizza and beer franchise gives customers creative choice regarding what's on their plates and how they most prefer to wash it down. Here, CEO John Ferdinandi talks about the concept and the path forward.

KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell leading Chinese health initiatives

The Chinese government wants to help its people live longer, healthier lives and has enlisted the support of the nation’s leading fast-food operator, Yum China, to lead the charge.

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