Locali chooses Fransmart to accelerate franchising

Locali is partnering Fransmart to take its franchised natural food concept, with an organic-based deli menu, nationwide, according to a press release. "We want change the way people think about healthy eating," Locali Co-Founder Melissa Rosen said in the release....

Oath pledges growth and good farm practices

Oath Craft Pizza said it's raised $7 million in a series B funding round led by Boston-based venture capital firm Breakaway Venture, bringing the total raised by the brand since its 2015 start to about $16 million, a news release...

New England brand becomes 1st US pizza chain with animal welfare designation

A growing New England pizza brand has become the nation's first pizza chain to receive a rigorous animal welfare product designation for several of its offerings, signaling the trend toward sustainable, conscientious menus is reaching well into the pizza marketplace...

Live webinar shows operators how to help diners 'see right through you' in the transparency age

Today's diners will not settle for anything akin to "mystery meat" or other food that smacks of artificial ingredients. They expect simplified ingredients and transparency when it comes to what they are eating. But delivering that is not as easy...

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...

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...

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.

Bridg partners with Papa Murphy's for big results with lapsed customers

Papa Murphy's recently partnered with Bridg to create buzz and business with the chain's lapsed customers, according to a company press release. "While we had existing customer data, we partnered with Bridg to extract, analyze and leverage the information to...

New food hub connects the local vegetable stand to biggest restaurant brands

Restaurateurs hoping for a central, tech-connected marketplace linking small local farmers to the skyrocketing number of restaurants, whose customers are demanding them, are getting their wish via a partnership between Aggrigator and Alba Organics. The Aggrigator Farm to Shelf Marketplace...

800 Degrees Pizza opens in MiamiCentral

As if it wasn't hot enough in Florida already, downtown development MiamiCentral welcomed 800 Degrees Pizza's first Florida location to its family of vendors and services, according to a release. “With locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo and Dubai,...

The Princess City welcomes Pie Five

Pie Five didn't have to be a frog to open its newest location in The Princess City of the Hoosier State, Mishawaka, Indiana today. The unit is owned and operated by franchisee Carl Dissette, who owns six other Pie Five Locations in Indiana, Chicago and Iowa, according to a news release.

Old Chicago looking for franchisees

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is looking for franchisees in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to help grow the brand's presence in those areas, according to a press release. "The growing demand for a unique dining experience and customized selection of...

Pieology cooks up location in LA

The Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles is now home for Pieology Pizzeria's newest location, operated and owned by MR Pie Guys, according to a press release. The move is part of the brand's expansion in Southern California, and puts the restaurant right in the middle of a major L.A.

Donatos reformulates ingredients

Donatos Pizza has officially rid its pizzas, salads and subs of artificial flavors and colors, MSG and high-fructose syrup, according to a press release. "Donatos has been committed to serving customers with great-tasting food since opening our very first shop in 1963," said Donatos Pizza President and CEO Tom Krouse.

Brandmuscle publishes 3rd edition of 'The State of Local Marketing Report'

The third edition of The State of Local Marketing Report published several surprising findings and gave a blueprint for success to national and global brands looking to interact with local entities, according to a press release. The report consolidated more...

Bridg releases enhanced CRM

Bridg announced a new customer relationship management solution, which combines disparate customer data silos, according to a release. Bridg Enhanced CRM compiles POS, email, online ordering, loyalty and other venues to produce a high-view of a restaurant's customers. The technology's...

Pizza Hut's 'A Day of Giving' benefits local first responders and shelters

Tis the season of giving, and Pizza Hut locations in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky are bestowing a total of 1,750 pizzas to local emergency responders, including fire and police departments, as well as hospitals and shelters, according to a...

Blaze Pizza opens 2 new Louisiana locations

Blaze Pizza extended is extending its roots deep down into the watery land in and around the Big Easy, along with another in Shreveport, according to a press release. "The authenticity of our food, plus a service culture that genuinely...

Blaze Pizza opens new Chicago-area location

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is opening a new Chicagoland location in Orland Park on Nov. 14, according to a press release. Franchise partner, Adam Cummis, said he hopes to build strong community ties with local groups and create a spot where guests can connect, create and enjoy. The location will host a grand opening with free pizzas on Nov.

Pizza Hut and Xbox Games offer 1 free Xbox One S per hour

Pizza Hut and Xbox teamed up to bring back Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box and offer a free Xbox One S every hour from Nov. 7 until Dec.

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