Arby's slides into pizza market

Pizza restaurateurs have just gotten yet another competitor in QSR brand, Arby's, which now offers pizza sliders, a news release said. The pizza rendition of the popular menu item joins seven other Arby's slider variations, including buffalo chicken, chicken and...

Marco's adds Best Pizza Franchise designation to awards

Marco's Pizza is having its day. A Harris poll announced Tuesday that the brand made its Top 5 list for brand equity, and now the chain has been designated "Best of the Best" pizza franchise in Entrepreneur magazine's rankings, a news release said.

From burgers to pizza, it's all about the 'hot'

Two QSR brands are putting diners' hot and growing penchant for heat and spice front and center on their permanent menus with fiery offerings. For sister brands, Carl's Jr. and Hardees, the latest offering is a shared menu item that doubles up on everything from the beef in the burgers to the heat in the peppers.

Meal kit chain expands in the Gulf Coast

Meal assembly kit company, Dream Dinners, is expanding in Alabama after signing a franchise deal to open a store in Daphne. The deal is the start of what the company said is its long-term goal of continued growth in the...

California Pizza Kitchen delivers all the hits on its summer discs

California Pizza Kitchen has created a slew of warm weathers offerings in line with current cultural trends to eat for a longer, healthier life. "Our new menu additions feature summer-fresh ingredients like strawberries and watermelon that we're using in playful...

Restaurant industry upbeat for 2017; big year for digital marketing

This year promises to be a lucrative one for the restaurant industry, according to the Toast Restaurant POS "Restaurant Success in 2017 Industry Report," which takes an inside look at restaurant owners' strategies for this year. Toast compiled data from...

Operators and vendors join forces to set supply chain best practices

Foodservice supply chain company, HAVI, has joined with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, food industry consultants at Kinetic12 and research company, Datassential to help develop what a news release said will be the first set of supply chain best practices...

Mergin' and movin' out in the pizza universe

Four pizza brands are planning additions to their worldwide restaurant system pies this spring, along with two other brands who are set to merge.

2 pizza brands 'lightening up' spring menus

Both Mod Pizza and Blaze are taking decidedly "lighter touches" with their spring offerings, adding a few veggies to star on their menus. At Mod Pizza it's that 'spear of springtime,' asparagus, that steals the show on the chain's Crosby...

Papa John's gets 'down to earth' in the Bluegrass

Papa John's is really getting down-to-earth about its toppings this spring, beginning right in the heart of the Bluegrass State, just in time for the great Kentucky Derby in early May. The international pizza chain, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has...

5 pizza brands explore new territories

Pizza's worldwide appeal needs no further proof than the weekly parade of pizza restaurant opening announcements. In fact, at least five established brands have announced expansions over the last week or so, beginning with Grimaldi's plan to open five sites...

Growth slows for restaurant chains in 2016

The Top 500 chain restaurants experienced a deceleration in 2016 with cumulative sales growth checking in at 3.6 percent, down from 5.2 percent the prior year, according to Technomic. Net unit growth stayed relatively stable at 1.7 percent, vs.

With 10 million daily food deliveries, Meituan-Dianping a name to know

It may be relatively unknown in the Western World, but in 20 of China's biggest cities, the name Meituan-Dianping is as commonly heard as Amazon and Google. That's because in China Meituan-Dianping delivers fast food to just about everybody there...

Pizza Press presses forward, 150 new sites by late 2018

Five years after its inception, Pizza Press is having a growth spurt, announcing this week plans to open nearly 150 restaurants worldwide over the next two years. The goal, according to a company press release, is to have 300 restaurants...

NRA to Congress: 'Press go on health act but fix it later'

National Restaurant Association Policy and Government Affairs EVP Cicely Simpson today told Speaker of the House and U.S. Rep.

NRA implores Congress: 'Keep debit-swipe fee controls in place'

The National Restaurant Association has joined forces with dozens of other restaurant groups to launch a campaign against repealing debit swipe-fee protections under the Durbin Amendment, which passed in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. The issue is coming...

Pieology dares customers to get into 'the thick of it'

Pieology says the April debut of its new "PieRise" thick-crust not only works great as a delivery or takeout option but is also the first of its kind in the DIY pizza market, according to a news release. "We've been...

In-N-Out, Mellow Mushroom, Chipotle top list of allergy-friendly chains

The food allergy site, AllergyEats, has dubbed its Top 10 shining star restaurants when it comes to giving customers with food intolerances what they want and need. The Top 10 list is solely focused on how well a chain "accommodated...

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.

Blaze opens doors on 4 this week

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

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