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The hidden benefit of SMS text marketing messages

Erin Levzow, Director of Digital and E-commerce at Wingstop, points out a key benefit of SMS promotions that you may have overlooked.

A look at NRA 2015

About 60,000 foodservice providers and operators met this week in Chicago for NRA 2015.

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

Industry gears up for NRA show

The restaurant industry’s biggest show of the year is kicking off Saturday when tens of thousands of restaurant operators and vendors meet in Chicago for the NRA event.

4 tips for long-lasting franchise success

What does it take to succeed as a franchisee in a climate of changing labor policies, nutritional guidelines and generational trends?

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

Bugging out: Is cricket flour on your menu?

Many in the foodservice industry are touting cricket flour as the next "super protein."

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.

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?

Baltimore restaurants calling for peace

As clean-up efforts continue after the riots in Baltimore, several area restaurants are providing free food and coffee for firefighters, police, the Maryland National Guard, paramedics and EMTs. They are also urging the city’s residents to support solidarity and peace through using the social media hashtags, #peace, #solidarity and #support.

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.

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.

Food revolution: 5 eco-friendly trends radically transforming foodservice

As restaurants race toward trends the Millennial generation embraces, enviromentally- and animal-friendly initiatives are picking up speed.

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.

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NEWS


Sonic Candy Slush line to appeal to millennials

After a year of success from mixing bits of candy into its Slushes, Sonic will expand it Candy Slush line to include drinks with popping candy and crushed Jolly Ranchers.

Checkers & Ralley's to develop up to 50 units

Checkers & Rally's Restaurants Inc. is set to develop ten new franchisee partnerships and plans to add 40-50 new locations throughout the country.

Colonel Sanders brought back to life for KFC's 75th anniversity

For its 75th anniversary KFC is bringing back the Colonel. Former SNL start Darrel Hammond will play Colonel Harland Sanders reincarnated 35 years after his death at age 90.

Crowdfunding a potential source of financing for restaurants

Restaurants in Arkansas are utilizing a new source for alternative funding: crowdfunding.

KFC first QSR to enter Myanmar

KFC is the first major US fast food chain to enter Myanmar.

Former Arby's VP joins CiCi's

CiCi's Pizza, a pizza buffet concept, announced the promotion of Steven Jones to chief operating officer.

L.A. raises minimum wage to $15

The city of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the U.S., voted Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, from the current $9.00.

Tim Hortons intros Nutella baked goods

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop announced that for a limited time, the company will offer baked goods featuring the hazelnut spread Nutella.

Wienerschnitzel partners with Hildebrand for Indy 500

Wienerschnitzel announced its sponsorship of American race car driver J.R. Hildebrand for the 2015 Indianapolis 500.

Concern over GMOs increasing, NPD study says

Over half of U.S. consumers express some level of concern about genetically-modified organisms, according to a report from The NPD Group.

Carl's Jr. opens first unit in Colombia

Burger chain Carl's Jr. opened its first restaurant in Bogota, Colombia.

Texas Chicken to open 7 units in Bulgaria

Texas Chicken, sister brand to Church's Chicken, struck a deal to expand to Bulgaria.

Mediterranean cuisine growing in popularity, study says

Food Genius, a foodservice data provider, published a new monthly industry analytics presentation focused on Mediterranean cuisine.

Checkers & Rally's, Toppers Pizza crack Top 50 Multi-Unit Franchises report

Checkers & Rally's Restaurants Inc. announced it was ranked as the No. 1 restaurant franchise by Franchise Business Review in its Top 50 Multi-Unit Franchises for 2015 special report.

Little Caesars ranked No. 1 in value, affordable QSRs

Sandelman & Associates ranked Little Caesars No. 1 for value and affordability of 148 fast food and pizza restaurant chains in its Quick-Track 2014 Study Annual Awards of Excellence.

Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Hut partner with Visa Checkout

Visa Checkout, the online check out service that Visa launched less than a year ago, announced new partnerships with brands such as Dunkin' Donuts and Pizza Hut.

NRF: Obama’s overtime rules will 'hollow out' management jobs

The Obama Administration’s plan to revise federal overtime regulations would likely “hollow out” low- and mid-level management positions in the restaurant and retail industries and trigger a shift toward more hourly and part-time workers, according to the National Retail Federation.

Global foodservice sales increasing

New data from Market Research Company Euromonitor’s has found that global consumer foodservice value increased over 5.4 percent in 2014, with over USD $2.7 trillion dollars in sales

NPD: Bird flu outbreaks concerning consumers

More than half of U.S. consumers are concerned about bird flu outbreaks and the dangers they pose to their food safety.

IFA warns Cuomo NYC wage increase is discriminatory

The International Franchise Association President and CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, issued the below statement as part of an effort to warn New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that any increase in a city's minimum wage should be applied uniformly to all types of businesses.

Paytronix upgrades mobile-app features for restaurants

The company said the new enhancements make it easier than ever before for restaurants and retailers to customize their apps while simultaneously making them easier and more compelling for customers to use.

Grocery store sales surpassed by restaurants for the first time

Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery store sales for the first time on record, the National Restaurant Association reported.

Panera earns top spot on Fast Casual Top 100

FastCasual.com’s editorial team has released its annual list of the industry’s most significant brands and trends, awarding Panera Bread the top spot

PizzaRev CEO joins California Restaurant Association

PizzaRev CEO and co-founder, Rodney Eckerman, joined the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association, the state's restaurant and hospitality industry association.

Former Pizza Hut chief of marketing joins Wendy's

The Wendy's Company announced the appointment of Kurt Kane, 43, to the newly created position of Chief Concept Officer, responsible for all North American marketing and innovation efforts.

Heinz posts 'solid' Q1 results

H.J. Heinz Corporation II announced financial results for Q1 2015, which indicate solid business performance.

Dunkin' Donuts set for 9-unit expansion in Albuquerque

Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, NMR LLC.

Captain D's announces positive growth, expansion in Arkansas

Captain D's LLC announced it is experiencing continued success with a 4.94 percent same-store-sales growth for Q1 2015.

Technomic report: Consumers prefer turkey over chicken

Technomic released its "2015 Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report," which found that diners are increasingly looking for menu alternatives.

NRA offering free eCertificates for SafeServe training products

The National Restaurant Association is now offering complimentary eCertificates for the ServSafe suite of training products, including ServSafe Manager, Food Handler, Allergens and Alcohol.

Study: Restaurant customers ready for mobile payments

Customers are more comfortable with mobile payments, a fact restaurants should embrace, according to study published today by Harbortouch, a supplier of point- of-sale systems.

NatureWorks to sponsor NRA compost program

The National Restaurant Association’s Conserve sustainability initiative announced NatureWorks LLC, supplier of renewably sourced materials, as a new program sponsor.

McDonald's Latin America reports tough first quarter

Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc., the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, reported unaudited results for Q1 ended March 31, 2015.

3 for 1: Olo, LevelUp launch ordering, loyalty, payment solution

Olo and LevelUp have launched the restaurant industry's first fully turnkey mobile commerce solution with built-in ordering, loyalty and payment in one user experience.

April restaurant sales up more than 3%, research says

Applied Predictive Technologies' index found an increase of 3.6 percent in restaurant sales for the same month, compared to April of last year.

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