Good news: Restaurant sales, unit growth, financing up

Total unit growth for the Top 100 restaurant chains was 1.8 percent in 2012, the highest since 2007.

Pie Five CEO: Fast casual pizza category fills a void

By finding the right equipment, the brand has combined individualized, customized and fast.

Yum! CEO: Biggest success story is Pizza Hut China

Pizza Hut U.S. expected to grow from 6,000 stores to 8,000 in the next five to eight years.

Domino's pan pizza resonating with customers

The company had a record international growth in 2012.

Papa John's global net openings at a 10-year high

The company is also making investments in its technology and POS infrastructure designed to help units operate at peak performance.

Despite doubling system in 5 years, Marco's Pizza CEO wants more

Jack Butorac wants the Toledo, Ohio-based chain to be the fourth largest pizza brand in the U.S.

Yum! Brands: Pizza Hut China not affected by KFC supply chain crisis

Pizza Hut will continue to grow its lower-investment/higher-returns Delco Lite footprint, which is significantly smaller than its traditional restaurant.

Noble Roman's CEO dishes on growing take-and-bake model

The company has three verticals — nontraditional, grocery take-and-bake and standalone take-and-bake — positioned for future growth.

Domino's: Survival of the fittest means going global

The company is planning a Responsive Web Design initiative that provides a consistent customer experience across digital channels.

Distributed marketing empowers franchisees and sustains brand integrity

With a distributed marketing model, the local QSR has access to designs created by corporate marketers, and have a greater ability to customize these pieces to suit their specific needs.

PizzaRev founders take advantage of growing fast casual segment

"Chipotle"-like pizza concept leveraging both a quality product and speed of service.

Major franchise growth on hold from uncertainty on Capitol Hill

Franchisees cite uncertainty of tax policies, cost of implementing new health care rules and rising cost of energy as major concerns for the coming year.

The workforce structure debate of 2013: part time vs. full time

Several elements will cause employers to revisit their workforce structure in 2013, including growth, regulation changes and labor cost increases.

Restaurant brands rank high on Entrepreneur's 2013 franchise list

The results of this year's list show that franchising is on the upswing after several tough years.

What to expect in the pizza segment in 2013

Digital technologies will be a major focus in the New Year.

Pizza segment's 2012 highlighted by expansion, mobile

Commodities, rebranding efforts and social media initiatives are also big non-food stories from this year.

The Loop Pizza Grill debuts new restaurant prototype

The new restaurant introduces a new design that will serve as the prototype for future Loop locations.

Why technology is the most effective way to grow your business

At every stage of your restaurant's growth, different technologies have a role to play.

Pizza Inn names new CEO

The hire comes just as the company begins to accelerate growth of its Pie Five fast casual concept.

Restaurant industry steps up franchising incentives for military veterans

Chains are actively recruiting veterans with startup discounts to reintegrate them into the workforce.

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