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The un-red meat: Restaurants embracing new proteins

Restaurants are trying to meet Americans' desires to eat healthier by giving them a variety of protein options.

Why Group Purchasing Organizations are good for manufacturers and members

By working through a GPO, the manufacture of food or supplies can "speak" directly to decision-makers in the purchasing arena, thus saving time, money and the hassle of hunting down those important people.

Top 7 Considerations for Fast Casual Pizza Franchisees

Over the last few years, fast casual pizza has outpaced growth in other restaurant segments. Still, all fast casual pizzerias aren't created equal.

Sponsored by: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint

Millennials blazing trends trail as franchisees

Millennials are crazy about fast casuals, healthy menu options and the independence restaurant technology affords, but are they a generation likely to be interested in owning a restaurant?

Why Jersey Mike's added ordering and payments to their mobile app

Rich Hope, CMO of Jersey Mike's Subs, talks about the restaurant chain's mobile app.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Harnesses Customer Feedback to Improve, Advocate

Orange Leaf partnered with InMoment to launch a store-wide Voice of Customer feedback program and social advocacy initiative.

Sponsored by: InMoment

Lock it up: 5 ways to protect customers using mobile payments

There are plenty of cost-efficient mobile payment processors designed to fit the budget needs of small businesses, but ensuring sensitive data customers that your business is secure is just as important as the convenience factor mobile payments offer.

Catering to success with menu labeling

Menu labeling goes beyond in-store menu boards to include catering programs as well as banquet dishes.

Extraordinary measures: The top four areas restaurants should measure for success

Today, forward-thinking restaurant operators are using modern video technology to measure virtually everything from shift readiness to inventory control.

How the Firehouse Subs mobile app meets consumer needs

Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs, talks about the two key ways his brand's mobile app meets customer needs.

The 'Fight for 15': Workers and restaurants battle for minimum wage

An already contentious issue, organizations including the International Franchise Association, the Service Employees International Union and others drafted statements explaining how they think the wage campaign will impact the industry.

Back to the future: 6 innovative technologies saving restaurants money and changing the industry

The restaurant of the future is here, with technological innovations that enable faster, more efficient and more profitable operations than ever.

Social media is a must, but not enough: tips for getting creative

Owners need to look outside the box and develop strategies that seamlessly integrate with customers’ always-on and always-connected world.

Pizza Hut executive discusses importance of mobile customer engagement

Baron Concors, Chief Digital Officer at Pizza Hut, discusses why it's important to think mobile first.

Where’s the beef: Restaurants experimenting with lean proteins

The trend of consumers embracing lean proteins is one that many restaurants are embracing in an effort to help offset the cost of beef, which increased 25 percent last year.

Why digital ordering is a 'must have' for QSRs

It's a race to the top for both fast casuals and QSRs latching on to the potential digital ordering can offer.

Guide to running a successful mobile RFP process

This comprehensive guide will help you make an educated decision about which vendors to choose for your business.

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Wage, policy changes creating 'perfect storm' for franchisees, industry attorneys say

Labor attorneys for franchise businesses say the industry is facing a "perfect storm" of attacks from labor regulators and unions.

QSR visits grow in U.S., China, Britain

Visits to quick service restaurants, which represent the bulk of global foodservice traffic, were more a reflection of consumer sentiment than each country’s economic state in the fourth quarter of last year

HotSchedules and Jobsabi release Apple Watch apps

HotSchedules, a global software-as-a-service provider for the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries, announced the launch of their applications for use on the Apple Watch.

Lower profits attributed to Wendy's 'reduced gains' in sale of restaurants

The Wendy's Company reported unaudited results for Q1 ended March 29, 2015.

Service union joining franchisees, activists in minimum wage fight

The Service Employees International Union is joining franchisees and activists together in the fight to raise minimum wage.

NRA releases Mother's Day dining stats

Mother's Day, the most popular holiday of the year for dining out, will bring nearly half of Americans to dine out, or order restaurant takeout or delivery, on May 10.

LRS rolls out next-generation restaurant solutions

Long Range Systems has announced four updates to the company’s solution portfolio: the next generation Guest Pager, table location technology, waitlist management and digital guest survey tools.

Starbucks concept store is an 'Espresso Shot'

Starbucks is opening its first-ever express format store at 14 Wall Street, across from the New York Stock Exchange.

Tillster teams up with PayPal for mobile payments

Tillster Inc., provider of digital ordering and engagement products and services for the restaurant industry, has announced an agreement with PayPal.

Dunkin' Brands' Government Affairs VP joins NRA as VP of Government Affairs & Policy

Simpson will be a member of the association's executive leadership, reporting to President and CEO Dawn Sweeney.

EatStreet wins Entrepreneur of the Year award

EY has announced that EatStreet cofounders Matt Howard, Eric Martell, and Alex Wyler are finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award in the Midwest.

Revention, Syrus integration provides POS solution

Revention, provider of restaurant management solutions, announced its integration with Syrus Restaurant Information Services.

Website connects restaurant industry to online marketplace

Pace Public Relations announced its newest client, The Restaurant Zone, a tech-startup designed to help restaurant owners, operators and workers.

Sloan's to open 5 locations in UAE

The first location will open in Dubai in early fall 2015 at the BurJuman Center, a mall in the heart of Dubai.

NEC to host Google+ Hangout on FDA menu labeling regulations

NEC Display Solutions of America, provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, will host a Google+ Hangout on FDA menu labeling regulations.

Taco John's 'Street Tacos' spark 11% sales increase

Mexican quick-service restaurant Taco John's debuted Street Tacos this April, sparking an 11.1 percent increase in year-over-year sales.

Tokyo customers camp out for 1st Taco Bell since the 1980s

Taco Bell, opening for the first time in Tokyo since the 1980s, saw customers camped out in front of the store overnight for a chance at a free T-shirt and tacos when the doors opened at 10 a.m.

Dole launches fruit purees for restaurant menus

Dole launched its Chef-Ready Fruit Purées for kitchen and bar menus.

Chronic Tacos partnering with L.A. Angels

Chronic Tacos is partnering with the Los Angeles Angels for the fourth straight year, bringing new promotions.

World Tea Expo to teach how to profit from tea on the menu

The expo will host tea tastings and sessions on how to profit from tea on the menu and at the bar.

NRA reports positive performance for restaurant industry

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index remained positive in March as a result of higher same-store sales and optimistic outlook for business conditions

RBI posts 'strong start' for Q1

Restaurant Brands International Inc. reported financial results for Q1 ended March 31, 2015.

Coca-Cola among winners of NRA FABI awards

The National Restaurant Association announced the recipients of the Food and Beverage Awards recognizing progressive food and beverage products that the organization believes will make a significant impact in the restaurant industry.

McDonald's commits to ending deforestation

The commitment is part of McDonald's Global Sustainability Framework efforts, encompassing all of the company's products.

Consumer sentiment driving global QSR visits

Quick service restaurant visits grew in Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, and United States, where consumer confidence is higher.

Dunkin' Donuts cutting latte prices in NYC

NYC guests can now purchase a medium latte for $1.99.

Quiznos adds to pretzel bread options

The chain has recently added two menu items incorporating pretzel bread.

Health concerns driving seafood, vegetarian menu innovations, Technomic says

Seafood, vegetarian or vegan menu innovation will become essential as millennials represent a greater portion of foodservice consumers.

Dunkin' Donuts inks 10-unit deal for Minnesota

Dunkin' Donuts announced the the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with franchise group, Legacy Concepts LLC, to develop 10 restaurants in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas.

Former Wienerschnitzel janitor wins franchisee performance award

Wienerschnitzel announced that Northern California-based franchisee, Farouk Diab, is the recipient of Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine's 15th Annual Most Valuable Performer Award in the "Spirit of Franchising" category.

KFC pulls plug on fast casual concept

KFC has closed the doors to KFC Eleven.

GrubHub launches app for Apple Watch

GrubHub, an online and mobile food ordering and delivery service, today launched its Seamless App for Apple Watch. The company will also release a GrubHub app for Apple Watch in the near future.

Yum still rebuilding after China scandal

Yum Brands' sales declined in Q1, but Taco Bell's breakfast is a hit.

iPad POS designer announces partnership with Powa

Retailers and restaurateurs in U.S. and Asia can manage transactions through Bindo, powered by PowaPOS next generation POS hardware, according to a company release.

7,000 lbs of food waste a month diverting to compost, White Castle says

White Castle intends to divert more than 7,000 pounds of food waste per month to a commercial compost facility in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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