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Häagen Dazs rolls out shop redesign

The redesign focused on simplifying the ordering process; creating a tasting station to sample new flavors; and minimizing the ordering pressure.

Fans showed up for free ice cream, were challenged to 'pay it forward'

Cold Stone Creamery is sending its Random Acts of Cold Stone team around the country giving away free ice cream. In return, the team is challenging fans to "pay if forward" by committing a random act of kindness for someone else.

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State of the Union puts minimum wage, 30-hour work week, joint employer issues in the spotlight

It's been a busy week in Washington. From the State of the Union address to the Supreme Court to more on the minimum wage, here's a round-up of hot public policy topics for restaurants.

Why operators need to know about patent trolls

Patent trolls could cost restaurants money and slow innovation. Here's what operators need to know about patent trolls.

Using Analytics to Get the Most Out of Digital Signage

Digital signage offers a great deal of promise, but how do you know if it's delivering?

Sponsored by: Scala, Inc.

Limited-time offer, long-time benefits

Seasonal flavors are more popular than ever: Tehnomic reports that two-thirds of consumers said they’d be likely to order limited-time-offer foods that match flavors from the specific time of year

How QSRs are hitting on the customization trend

Forty percent of consumers consider menu variety to be extremely or very important to them when choosing a QSR, almost regardless of their age, gender, income or other factors.

New Year's resolution: Start the year with a great plan for your business

If you’re one of those people who have great intentions but lack follow through, writing a good business plan is the first major test of your commitment.

Mobile strategies should align your customers’ needs with your business goals

Instead of chasing the latest fads, your mobile strategy must add real value to the consumer and enhance their experience at your stores to be successful.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

How to fight rising food costs before they hurt your business

Shop around for food networks or buying groups, which offer better collective buying power.

What to consider when implementing a restaurant kiosk

A majority -- 88 percent -- of restaurant patrons indicate a preference for self-service technology at their table, while 12 percent indicated a preference for a kiosk upon arrival.

Wetzel's Pretzels adds digital animation to tell product story

The animated digital boards were unveiled in November at Wetzel's Disneyland location and have exceeded expectations.

How to choose the best rewards for your loyalty program

It's important to set the minimum purchase amount at a reasonable level so customers don’t get frustrated that they are never earning punches and thus feel like it’s not worth trying.

How White Castle balances innovation and tradition in restaurant branding

Brand loyalists came up with the phrase, "They're so good, they'll slide down your throat."

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Rita's Italian Ice adds CMO

Robin Seward previously served as VP of brand marketing for Arby's. Her team served up the timely and viral "Pharrell hat" tweet.

Chick-fil-A foundation awards $1.1M in grants to local children's leadership charities

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 were awarded to 25 organizations.

Del Taco sets stage for New Jersey invasion

Del Taco announced that it will enter into the Northeast region with the signing of two development agreements in New Jersey, slated to begin opening in 2016.

McDonald's global comp sales down 1% for 2014

Troubles continue for the fast food giant, with global comp sales down 1 percent for the year and falling guest traffic.

Menu launch yields 25% increase in grilled menu item sales for Captain D's

The D-Lite Meals menu, which launched at the beginning of January, features Tilapia, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Shrimp Skewers, Grilled Chicken Breast, and Surf and Turf (grilled steak tips and shrimp skewers), all served on a bed of rice with a side of broccoli and green beans.

Americans will gobble up 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl [infographic]

Most of those wings will be consumed in restaurants. The National Chicken Council estimates that of the wings eaten during the Super Bowl, 75 percent will come from food service outlets and 25 percent from retail grocery stores.

Butterball Foodservice rolls out three new turkey breast products

The three new products were all developed with an eye towards health.

Ingenico, Beamm team up to launch EMV-certified tablet POS

The smart tabletPOS combines an Ingenico iCT terminal, Beamm’s smart iPad POS application and management tools, a tablet stand, and cash drawer to provide a complete EMV-certified, in-store POS solution that is Apple Pay and Google Wallet ready

Carl's Jr. releases extended version of 'Au Naturel' Super Bowl spot

The spot features model Charlotte McKinney, who has been named Maxim's "Girl of the week" and Esquire's "Women we love of Instagram."

Mood launches Elements custom music programming

Elements provides access to a catalogue of more than five million tracks that are fully licensed for commercial use, as well as one-on-one collaboration with a Mood Music designer.

Baskin-Robbins expanding Kentucky footprint

Franchisees recently opening the brands' first Shelbyville, Kentucky location, and a new location is planned for Louisville.

Bojangles’ Selects AMTdirect to manage corporate real estate portfolio

The system centralizes lease terms including rent, taxes, insurance, utilities and other obligations.

QSRs dominate top 10 franchise rankings

Franchiserankings.com's top 10 restaurant franchise list is dominated by quick-service concepts, with nine out of ten spots going to QSRs.

Wendy's, McDonalds drop soft drinks from kids' menus

Soda will no longer be the default option for kids' meals, and soft drinks will be phased out of menu boards.

McDonald's brings back Triple Cheeseburger in select markets

The $2 sandwich is available in select restaurants in Indianapolis, Ohio, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Atlanta, Florida, Houston, Raleigh, and parts of the Midwest, Greater Southwest, Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Southern California.

Meritage acquires nine Wendy's Restaurants in Tallahassee, Florida

The Wendy's restaurants were acquired from a franchisee and are contiguous to the company's existing Wendy's operations in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ziosk tabletop ordering kiosks expand nationwide

Ziosk, provider of ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the table tablets, or tabletop kiosks, announced it has successfully installed tablets at restaurants across all 50 states with its most recent deployment in Wyoming.

Red Book Connect launches ACAdvisor module for HotSchedules

The ACAdvisor helps businesses track, manage and monitor ACA employment statuses.

Push is on for paid sick leave

The president is backing The Healthy Families Act, which requires employers with 15 or more employees to offer up to a week of paid sick time.

Restaurant sales up, retail sales down in December

The restaurant industry posted its eighth consecutive monthly increase and strongest volume ever in December, adding 43,600 jobs.

Burger King brings back nugget deal, sparking talk of price war

Burger King’s previous chicken nugget promotion, which ran in October, helped the company post a 3.6 percent gain in same-store sales in the U.S. and Canada for the third quarter.

McDonald's USA making its digital menu board play

AT&T collaborating with digital signage solution provider STRATACACHE and digital signage display provider LG Electronics to provide a completely integrated digital menu board solution for McDonald's USA.

Sonic Drive in adds breakfast, snack LTOs

The TOASTER breakfast sandwich and Lil' Doggies and Lil' Chickies will be available for a limited time.

Demolition danger for first Taco Bell building

A local preservation group is working to save the building, which is located at 7112 Firestone Blvd. in Downey, California

Marble Slab, MaggieMoos urging dieters to ditch resolutions on Jan. 17

The ice cream purveyors are offering a buy-one-get-one promotion on Jan. 17, which is National Ditch Your New Year's Resolution Day.

Church's launches app

The new app also features a store locator for restaurants in the United States, a menu tab and opportunities to provide feedback.

Handel's, Wendy's and Quiznos expand footprints

Handel's debuted in Nevada, The Briad Group opened its 60th Wendy's, and QSR International launched its nineteen Quiznos in Venezuela.

Quiznos taps former Krystal exec as new CEO

Quiznos has appointed Doug Pendergast as president and Chief Executive Officer.

ShopKeep launches mobile app for iOS

The app works with ShopKeep Register, the company’s point of sale application, and offers users the ability to monitor business operations via their mobile devices.

Popeyes preliminary FY2014 results positive

Preliminary results for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. show the chicken brand posted same-store sales growth of 6.2 percent for the year and added 148 restaurants in 2014.

Franchise Expo South headed to Houston February 5-7

The Expo will include a small-business seminar series hosted in conjunction with the local Houston resources, and more than 40 other free seminars and five in-depth symposia on a variety of topics.

PAR announces rollout of SureCheck Advantage device

Users can perform checklists and access unlimited compliance data and reports using the SureCheck Advantage.

Zomato acquires Urbanspoon

The deal marks restaurant search app Zomato's entrance into North America. Zomato is now active in 22 countries.

Franchise association names new regulatory VP

The International Franchise Association announced the addition of Michael Layman as VP of Regulatory Affairs.

NRA expands Healthy Dining partnership

Healthy Dining provides nutritional knowledge to NRA members and their customers.

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