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Healthy Dining VP offers tips for restaurants wanting to improve menu options

There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.

McDonald's turnaround plan: 'Get closer to the customer'

McDonald's CFO said the company is behind some competitors in the digital space and is therefore investing at an 'accelerated rate' to get enhancements to the market.

Five PCI Security Deficiencies of Restaurants

The five major credit card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB), joined forces in 2004 to create the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Its sole purpose is to assist merchants in building a security program that meets the requirements expected by the card brands.

Sponsored by: Vendor Safe Technologies

Having a loyalty app will help increase your bottom line

Membership in loyalty programs is growing at a rate of 26.7 percent and loyalty programs can increase a brand’s market share by 20 percent.

Sonic franchisee's marketing shift doubles sales of LTO burger

Kergan Brothers' Who Dat burger joins its Rajin' Cajun burger as a football season LTO, generating higher ticket and traffic counts.

Approved Software Does Not Equate to PCI Compliance

The four most vital actions to accelerate your network and credit card data security

Sponsored by: Vendor Safe Technologies

Just Mayo vs. Mayonnaise: How the FDA restricts food innovation

The FDA established Standards of Identity for many products so that consumers were protected from mislabeled food product. But consumers today are more educated about ingredients.

Popeyes cites 'superior' real estate focus as driver of new unit profit growth

The chain outperformed the overall QSR category by 6 percentage points in Q3.

Startup aims to help restaurants clear hyperlocal produce hurdles

OtherShip Foods offers 10- and 20-foot containers that use hydroponics technology to grow produce on site.

Tillster CEO: Restaurant industry in first phase of mobile payments

The technology should have maximum utility for consumers, such as ordering and loyalty; payment alone isn't enough.

Customization, versatility driving the Asian food segment

Highly versatile and easily customizable, the Asian food segment is a perfect segue for East-meets-West flavor mashups that consumers of all ages will love.

Next up for QSR: Adaptive drive-thru digital menu boards

Given that almost two-thirds of sales come from drive-thru customers, this segment represents the single largest opportunity to improve revenues and profitability in QSR.

The latest green trend: Compostable containers

With the growing popularity of compostable products, they now come in all shapes and sizes to match the diversity of restaurant cuisine, including bowls, plates, hinged containers and more.

Wendy's plans to refine value messaging after 'challenging' Q3

CEO admits to winning some share from a struggling McDonald's.

Four ways the game has changed for restaurant brands

Nimbleness, dynamic customer relationships, customization and millennial insights are all key to brand success, says FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter.

5 tips to promote upcoming events at your restaurant

Work with local businesses and non-profits to promote your restaurant’s event, tie them to your event theme and encourage a co-sponsorship.

Fast Casual Executive Summit 2014 video highlights

Ever wonder what it's like to attend a Fast Casual Executive Summit? Here's a taste from our latest event in Denver.

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NEWS


Doc Popcorn plans 100 locations in Chile, Peru

Doc Popcorn has announced plans to add 100 new units in Chile and Peru throughout the next 15 years following a recently executed master franchise agreement with Alice Keh and her husband, Patricio Haristoy. The first Doc Popcorn location will...

Tim Hortons taps social media celebrities for ugly sweater promotion

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is launching its 2014 holiday packaging and the "Tims Tacky Sweater" social campaign. Fans are encouraged to share their tacky sweater moments on Twitter, Instagram and Vine using #TimsTackySweater. To reward them, the chain...

Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Arby's debuts fast casual-inspired design in Tennessee

Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. announced the opening of a new restaurant design and format in White House, Tennessee. According to the company, the new design, called "Inspire," aims to "deliver fast casual aesthetics while employing QSR economics." Arby's began remodeling...

Dunkin' Donuts hosts Twitter sweepstakes for National Espresso Day

To celebrate National Espresso Day, Nov. 23, Dunkin' Donuts is hosting a Latte Love Twitter sweepstakes beginning today and continuing through the weekend.

Sonic gets assist from Kevin Durant for healthier menu item development

Sonic has reached a multiyear endorsement agreement with NBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist Kevin Durant. As part of the agreement, Durant will serve as a national brand ambassador to collaborate on the development of new, healthier menu items. Durant...

Popeyes expands TravelCenters of America footprint

TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of two new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants at TA Jacksonville South, located at I-95, Exit 329, in Jacksonville, Florida, and Petro Dodge City at I-65, Exit 299, in Hanceville, Alabama. Both new...

Carvel makes Andes Mints center of new treat lineup

Carvel has introduced a new line of treats made with Andes Mints for a limited time. The new offerings include: Hand-Scooped Peppermint Ice Cream made with chunks of Andes Mints Andes Mints Sundae Dasher featuring peppermint soft ice cream with...

Yum! Brands' incoming CEO named as director of the board

Yum! Brands has named Greg Creed, 57, as director of the board. Creed will take over the company's helm as CEO on Jan.

Jack in the Box improves operating margin despite California wage pressures

Jack in the Box, parent company of Jack in the Box and Qdoba restaurant brands, announced its Q4 and FY results this week. Jack in the Box's Q4 same-store sales were up 3.1 percent at both company and franchised locations. This is compared to a decrease of 0.2 percent during the same period last year. For the fiscal year, ended Sept.

Square launches free POS app

The cloud-based point-of-sale solution tracks sales and manages items and inventory.

Intuit, Revel Systems developing QuickBooks POS

The new offering automatically syncs sales, payments, inventory, CRM and payroll data to QuickBooks.

Swipely ramping up in the restaurant space

Business insights provider Swipely is managing over $4 billion in annual sales on its cloud-based platform for restaurant, hospitality and retail brands. In the last six months, Swipely said it has doubled sales under management and provides insights on more...

NRA, SBA encouraging shoppers to #DineSmall on Nov. 29

The partnership will encourage shoppers to patronize local restaurants while shopping on Small Business Saturday.

ChowNow partners with Yelp for online ordering

Online ordering and marketing platform ChowNow now integrates with the Yelp Transaction Platform to allow restaurants to take orders directly from their Yelp business page.

Dairy Queen brings back Candy Cane Chill Blizzard as featured Blizzard of the Month

The Candy Cane Chill Blizzard Treat, Candy Cane Chill Waffle Cone Blizzard Treat and the Candy Cane Chill Royal Shake will all be available Nov. 29 through Dec. 31.

Koch Foods disputes 'Mercy for Animals' cruelty claim

Among other claims, Koch foods says it has not provided chicken to Chick-Fil-A since April 2013.

San Francisco restaurant workers get $4M in back pay

Workers at Yank Sing restaurant were granted back pay for minimum wage, meal, rest period and other labor code violations.

30% of holiday shoppers plan to pay with mobile wallet

More than 40 percent of holiday shoppers intend to use mobile payments at coffee shops and fast food restaurants.

Foodservice Packaging Institute's annual Trends Report shows market shifts

Packaging trends include continued interest in sustainable products.

Baskin-Robbins brings back Turkey Cake

The Turkey Cake and other ice cream cakes are customizable and can be ordered online and in store.

NRA selects LeanPath for food waste prevention program

The National Restaurant Association has chosen LeanPath Inc., provider of automated food waste monitoring systems, as its preferred supplier for the company's Conserve sustainability program.

Wholesale turkey prices on the rise

A drop in production and high beef and pork prices are putting pressure on the market, causing turkey prices to jump 16 percent year over year.

Credit card companies agree to reduce fees 10% in Canada

Card companies will reduce credit card interchange fees over five years by about 10 percent.

Report: Consumers plan to spend more at restaurants in '15

According to a new report on the state of the American consumer released today by the National Restaurant Association, although a majority of American consumers are still concerned about the economy and holding back on spending, there are signs that...

Burger King cancels German franchise license after wage-theft allegations

Burger King has canceled 89 of its German franchises after a TV report aired in May alleging wage theft and food expiration incidents. The restaurants are franchised by Yi-Ko Holding. Burger King canceled its license effective immediately.

Hardee's promo offers chance to win boat and trailer

Hardee's has kicked off its Outdoor Adventure Instant Win Game, offering customers who purchase a combo meal with a large drink or coffee with the chance to win prizes, including Bass Pro Shops outdoor gear. One grand prize winner will...

NC Bojangles' employees named Master Biscuit Makers

Bojangles' has named the winners of the 2014 Master Biscuit Maker Challenge, an annual competition among the chain's team members from more than 600 restaurants. This year's Master Biscuit Makers are Travis Squire, from Winston Salem, North Carolina, - for...

Popeyes adds software to test and evaluate business initiatives

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has partnered with APT to license its Test & Learn Management System. According to Hospitality Technology, the QSR will use the technology to test business initiatives, such as menu strategies, pricing, marketing, labor, operations and capital investments....

Burger King embroiled in trademark dispute with vegetarian concept in India

As Burger King gets ready to enter India, the parent company is embroiled in a trademark dispute with Indian company, Burger King Restaurant Pvt. Ltd. According to a news release, Burger King Corporation is threatening Burger King Restaurant Pvt.

KFC wins loyalty and engagement awards for Singapore business

KFC won several awards at the Marketing Excellence Awards and Loyalty & Engagement Awards in Singapore. At the Marketing Excellence Awards, KFC won: Gold for Excellence in Consumer Insights/market Research Silver for Excellence in Direct Marketing category At the Loyalty...

Chick-fil-A's chicken suppliers accused of animal abuse

A new video recorded by Mercy for Animals appears to show rampant examples of animal abuse at a chicken factory farm in Mississippi and a poultry slaughterhouse in Tennessee. Both facilities are owned by Koch Foods, a supplier for Chick-fil-A....

VendorSafe names new CEO with new private equity partnership

VendorSafe Technologies announced this week that Providence Equity Partners has become the company's majority shareholder. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Also, the VendorSafe board of directors has named Kevin Watson as the company's new CEO. VendorSafe is a...

Church's Chicken debuts Oreo Biscuit Bites

Church's Chicken announced it will introduce Oreo Biscuit Bites on Dec. 1.

Dunkin' Donuts rolls out holiday discounts on packaged coffee

Dunkin' Donuts' Packaged Coffee is now available at participating restaurants nationwide for a special price of three pounds for $19.99. The coffee is available in a variety of flavors, including Original Blend, Dunkin' Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and the brand's...

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