Australia takes world pizza crown AUSTRALIA today can boast being home to the best gourmet pizza in the world, after taking on the rest of the globe at the America's Plate competition in New York, and coming out on top.The America's Plate competition —...

Kmart's link with Little Caesar pizza chain may be shaken with new Kmart CEO

Detroit Free Press: The future of Little Caesar Enterprises Inc.'s relationship with Kmart —already coasting on an expired contract — faces more uncertainty now that the Troy, Mich., retailer is being run by a former Pizza Hut executive. Kmart Holding Corp.

3 new pizza companies move to shakeup Lansing market

Business Direct Weekly: LANSING, Mich. — Competition for a slice of the region's pizza market is heating up, as three franchise chains are moving into Greater Lansing. Cottage Inn Inc., Eatza Pizza Inc.

Little Caesars closes pizza stores in Japan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Little Caesars has shuttered 16 units in Japan and is auctioning off the accompanying equipment. According to a former unit operator in Nagasaki, this is the second time Little Caesars has closed the units.

Leadership of Little Caesars pizza chain shifts to one family member from two

DETROIT--The family business empire that controls the Little Caesars pizza chain, the NHL's Red Wings and Major League Baseball's Tigers, will be run by one of Mike and Marian Ilitch's children instead of two.

Little Caesars sues franchisees for breach of contract

DETROIT—Little Caesar Enterprises has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Michigan accusing more than three-dozen of its franchisees of breach of contract and trademark infringement.

Take-and-Bake Test

Papa John's, Donatos Pizzeria and Pizza Inn are testing take-and-bake pizza. Will the move help or hinder their businesses?

Sandelman 'Awards' highlight improvements in pizza category

VILLA PARK, Calif.—A quarterly syndicated Quick-Track(R) research program conducted by Sandelman & Associates asked 62,205 fast-food users across 61 U.S. markets during 2003 which chains they liked best.

Little Caesars launches ''Rudolph' and ''Frosty' holiday video-and-pizza promo

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Little Caesars and Classic Media are co-promoting a coupon giveaway for free pizza and discounts on purchases of holiday classics "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman." According to a news release, customers of participating video retailers...

OPINION: If you think fiction's interesting, take a look at reality in the pizza news

There's a wry eye in the house when Editor Steve Coomes takes a look at the pizza price wars, possible takeovers and sell-offs, and the never-say-die issue of redlining.

Credit card thief caught via pizza delivery

SAN ANTONIO, Tex.—A credit card thief was arrested on Oct. 25, after a smart consumer called a pizza shop where he had just placed an order.

Little Caesars returns to Dallas-Fort Worth area

DALLAS -- After a near four-year absence, Little Caesars is returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. According to the Dallas Morning News, the Detroit-based chain closed 47 company-owned pizzerias in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1999, virtually ending its presence there.

Rockland Tech Group ranked second in Dallas-Fort Worth ''Fast 50'

DALLAS-FORT WORTH -- DiamondTouch POS manufacturer Rockland Technology Group has been ranked the second-fastest-growing technology company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the area's Technology Fast 50 Awards. According to a news release, the annual awards are sponsored by Deloitte...

Ten former Little Caesars convert to Great Alaska Pizza Co.

MAT-SU, Alaska -- Six months after 10 Little Caesars pizza stores here became Great Alaska Pizza Co. units, owner Mark Sines and operations director Tracy Terranova are pleased with the change.

Menasha rolls out take-and-bake pizza tray

Menasha's new corrugated take-and-bake pizza tray reflects increasing interest in pizza's fastest-growing segment.

Leaner NRA show attendance not affecting pizza franchisors

Several pizza franchisors say that, just as it has in the past, the pizza industry will bounce back when the economy does.

Little Caesars gaining strength after time of struggle

DETROIT -- Following years of struggle and unit number losses, it appears Little Caesars' pizza army is marching forward again. According to the Detroit News, a return to fresh cheese, new menu offerings, revamped stores, employee retraining and other initiatives...

Kmart closures to slice 101 Little Caesars pizza stations

DETROIT -- Little Caesars likely will lose 101 of its pizza stations located inside 326 Kmart stores slated to close this year. According to a report in Crains Detroit, Little Caesars also will lose product sales to 138 K-Cafes located in other Kmarts set to be shuttered.

Little Caesars to open Michigan Pizza Kit plant

HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A Little Caesar's Pizza Kits plant is expected to be operating in Huron Township, Mich., in six to 12 months.

Little Caesars is 'optimistic' Kmart will survive

DETROIT -- Weeks after contracts between Troy. Mich.-based Kmart and Detroit-based Little Caesar Enterprises Inc., expired, the Michigan firms say talks to keep their 11-year-old partnership alive continue.

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