Minimum wage employees in 21 states to get a raise in the New Year

Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015. The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.

Chick-fil-A, Whataburger rank high for millennial loyalty

According to new research from YouGov, Jimmy John’s, Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A and Whataburger, have the highest current millennial customer loyalty among all major limited-service brands from throughout the past six months. According to a news release, the research looked at purchase...

Franchisee adds 36 Burger King restaurants

GPS Hospitality has purchased 36 additional Burger King restaurants, marking the company's third acquisition in 2014. A BK franchisee since 2012, GPS was founded by Tom Garrett with the purchase of 42 restaurants in the Metro Atlanta area.

Bruster's Ice Cream plans 25 new locations in '15

Tim Sedney has signed a franchise agreement to open a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream shop in the Dobbins Landing section of Erie, Pennsylvania, one of 25 locations Bruster’s expects to open next year. The standalone shop is scheduled to open in March 2015 at 3100 W. 12th St., site of a former Bruster’s that operated there many years ago.

Carl's Jr. signs agreement to enter Japan

Carl’s Jr. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co. Ltd.

bogopogo launches restaurant mobile coupon plan

bogopogo has launched its FRAMPLE (Free + Sample) plan, providing free mobile coupon access to all restaurants across the US and allowing them to promote their best restaurant deal. "This changes everything. Now every restaurant in America can communicate their...

Tim Hortons' knits an entire restaurant for holiday campaign

Tim Hortons' #WarmWishes campaign, launched in mid-November, has generated nearly 10,000 winter hat donations for children in need, as well as 2,000 blankets, which will be donated to a Toronto shelter. Also as part of the campaign, Tim Hortons "knitted"...

Taco Bell launches first advanced promotion for mobile app users

Taco Bell is now offering a year-end gift card promotion and $1 Crunchwrap Sliders with Fritos available exclusively through the Taco Bell mobile app starting today. The offers will be available to all customers nationwide beginning Dec. 22. For the...

Dunkin' finds sweet spot with Croissant Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts announced this week that it has sold more than 4.6 million croissant donuts since they launched nationally in November. The company said in a release that the offering is one of its most popular LTOs in recent brand...

OrderUp adds AOL veteran to executive team

Baltimore-based OrderUp has hired former AOL SVP of Corporate Development Michael Smith as its new VP of Corporate and Business Development. The move will support OrderUp's growth. According to a news release, OrderUp's order and delivery volume has recently increased...

Key themes for '15: Food quality, customization, customer-facing technology

Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...

McDonald's adds iBeacon technology in Georgia restaurants

McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia, are integrating beacon technology, powered by Bluetooth low-energy beacon solution provider Piper. The objective, according to a company news release, is to give customers a new and better dining experience. With Piper's platform, supported by...

Bojangles' biscuits getting cheesy

Bojangles' plans to add some cheese to its signature buttermilk biscuits. The company announced today on its Facebook page that the Cheddar Bo is coming in the New Year. It includes two slices of aged cheddar cheese melted inside a...

Great American Cookies ranks high for franchisees

Great American Cookies has ranked No. 1 in Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual Franchise 500 issue for the fifth consecutive year.

Dunkin' Donuts aims for 410-plus net new US units in 2015

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. announced its performance expectations for 2015 for its Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands.

Wendy's names new CMO, digital VP

The Wendy's Company has announced several changes to its senior leadership team, including a new CMO and a VP to head up digital initiatives. According to a news release, the changes were made to drive growth. They include: Todd Penegor, SVP and CFO, has been promoted to EVP, CFO and International.

Agreement enables Paytronix Rewards, NCR Aloha POS integration

The new Cloud Connect integration will enable Paytronix to integrate, maintain and deploy its solution across NCR’s install base of more than 100,000 restaurant locations.

Dining habits shifting toward snacks

In 2004, one-third of survey respondents reported they ate several small meals throughout the day, while 10 years later, 39 percent of respondents indicate they do the same.

Fast casual sales significantly outpaced other segments in Q3

New research from Technomic's Financial Dashboard finds that the fast casual restaurant segment outperformed all others with nearly 8 percent growth in same-store sales during Q3 2014.

Families with kids making fewer restaurant visits

According to new research from The NPD Group, families with kids have made 1 billion fewer visits to US restaurants in the past six years. This consumer base represents 32 percent of US households and $83.7 billion of total restaurant...

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