Study: Wanderlust is stealing restaurant dollars

Consumers' love of travel is slicing into the food service sector's pie, potentially creating a defining moment for the restaurant industry.

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.

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...

New system uses data, cameras and sensors to improve restaurant operations

Revel Systems is partnering with Dragontail Systems to implement their food preparation process software and machine learning technology in restaurants worldwide, according to a news release.  The Dragontail Algo system optimizes the food prep process from order to delivery to save time and money, according to company press release.

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 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...

Convenience chain uses POS to boost pizza sales

To help streamline its pizza delivery business, Casey’s General Store has added SpeedLine's POS and enterprise restaurant management, according to a news release. The chain, which has installed the systems at more than 200 of its 1,900 locations, will roll...

Rave names VP of real estate

Rave Restaurant Group, the parent company of Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza Co, has hired Judy Messenger as its VP of real estate. Messenger is responsible for making strategic real estate decisions that foster growth and transformation of the brand, in addition to expanding market presence, according to a company press release.

Chowly integrates online ordering, POS systems

Chowly is partnering with MICROS Retail Systems to integrate all third-party online ordering systems into POS systems for MICROS clients, according to a press release. "We take great pride in being able to resolve such a growing pain point for...

A day without women in the restaurant industry?

Women contribute largely to the restaurant industry, according to the Departmentment of Labor, which reported that in 2015, the foodservice industry as a whole was made up of 54.5 percent women. The majority of positions held by women include line...

800 Degrees names CEO

800 Degrees Pizza has named Tommy Lee as its chief executive officer. Lee most recently served as the CEO of Rockfish Seafood Grill based in Dallas, Texas, from 2010 to 2016, managing the brand's 15 locations. He's also held several...

Manitowoc Foodservice rebranded as Welbilt

Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. announced today that it has completed its name change to Welbilt Inc.

Mod Pizza conquers 2016

Mod Pizza spent 2016 growing. The chain announced this week that it added 100 locations system-wide and achieved same-store sales growth of 5.3 percent, bringing its combined 2-year same-store sales growth to over 18 percent. System-wide sales reached $152 million...

Workers' groups quiet about Trump's pick to replace Hardee's CEO as labor sec nominee

President Trump's latest pick for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, has evoked little response from workers' rights and other organizations supporting restaurant workers' interest. That is a significant difference from the ongoing criticisms levied in the name of Trump's initial choice, CKE Restaurant Group CEO Andrew Puzder.

New restaurant rating system focuses on economic impact

Food industry veteran Sara Brito and entrepreneur Jeff Hermanson have collaborated to create a new rating system for all restaurants based on economic impact within communities, ingredient transparency and sustainable business practices, according to a press release. The system, Good...

Flames of resistance rise against Hardee's CEO as labor secretary

The "pot" of resistance is still boiling under Labor Department Secretary nominee and Hardee's parent company CEO Andrew Puzder. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer this morning implored President Donald Trump to withdraw his nomination of the fast food mogul, according...

Hardee's CEO and labor secretary nominee admits hiring undocumented immigrant

Controversy and contention have followed CKE Restaurant Group CEO Andrew F. Puzder since President Trump nominated him for Labor Secretary, and today it appears that may all be coming to a head.

5 money-saving supply chain trends for 2017

Having a solid supply chain is imperative for restaurants looking to reduce food-safety issues and to keep costs low, said Consolidated Concepts President Bruce Reinstein. He believes the restaurants that pay attention to the following five trends will stay nimble in handling the operational challenges in foodservice over the next year.

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