Sonic's top franchisee recognized for embracing technology

Sonic has presented its Troy Smith Hall of Fame award to franchisee Buddy McClain. The award is the highest offered by the Sonic system and is named after the brand’s founder. McClain is the CEO of MVP Sonics.

Heartland adds mobile and online ordering solution

Heartland Payment has introduced a mobile and online ordering solution for restaurants. The solution, called Heartland Mobile and Online Ordering, was released in partnership with ToGoTechnologies. "Restaurants are looking for a competitive mobile ordering solution that will match the functionality...

PAR Technology acquires restaurant POS software provider

PAR Technology Corporation has announced its acquisition of Brink Software Inc., a provider of cloud-based point-of-sale software for restaurants. The acquisition will give PAR Technology the ability to develop, deploy and service cloud technology solutions for quick-serve, fast casual and casual dining restaurants, according to a news release.

McDonald's offering giveaways for Apple's iPhone 6 customers

McDonald's is leveraging its partnership with Apple to offer surprise activations for people waiting in line today for the iPhone 6 launch. McDonald's brand ambassadors are on site today at the Apple flagship store in New York City, as well...

McDonald’s increases quarterly dividend by 5%

McDonald's board of directors this week declared a quarterly cash dividend of 85 cents per share, payable on Dec. 15 to shareholders of record on Dec.

Burger King's largest franchisee adds 30 more restaurants

Carrols Restaurant Group announced Thursday that it is expanding its Burger King portfolio with the acquisition of 30 restaurants in North Carolina. Burger King's largest franchisee exercised its right of first refusal to purchase the 30 units in eastern North...

Restaurant organizations urging return to 40-hour full-time definition

Returning to a traditional 40-hour definition would benefit employees through more hours and income, say trade organizations.

Chick-fil-A adds mobile payment app in Ohio markets

Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, area can now pay for their meals through their smartphone. The chain has rolled out a new mobile payment system in this market, according to Fox 19 News. The free app is available on Android and iOS platforms.

Krispy Kreme joins sustainable palm oil bandwagon

Following Dunkin Donuts announcement Wednesday that is has committed to sourcing only 100-percent sustainable palm oil by 2016, Krispy Kreme made a similar pledge. On its website, Krispy Kreme said its efforts to source "responsible" palm oil began in January...

Auntie Anne's testing Meijer superstore locations

Auntie Anne's has opened a test unit in a Meijer superstore location in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Kitchen Innovation nominations now being accepted

The National Restaurant Association is now accepting applications for the 2015 Kitchen Innovations Awards – the program's 11th year. According to a news release, the KI Awards recognize foodservice equipment and technology advancements. Winners are demonstrated at the annual NRA Show in May in Chicago in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion.

Krispy Kreme expands share repurchase program

Krispy Kreme's board of directors has increased the company's current share repurchase program from $80 million to $105 million. The current authorization was originally approved by the board in July 2013, and was increased from $50 million to $80 million...

McDonald's creates customer officer position to sharpen marketing focus

As part of its attempt to sharpen its marketing focus and turn sales around in the US, McDonald's has named its first-ever vice president-customer officer. According to Ad Age, Fred Ehle will report to CMO Deborah Wahl and will be...

Burger King rolls out suggestive-sell drive-thru displays

More than 6,000 FlashRight Suggestive Sell Displays have been installed at Burger King restaurants throughout the country. According to a news release from FlashRight, the displays are designed specifically for outdoor use in the drive-thru and are placed at the point of purchase on the speaker post or confirmation order display.

West Coast Franchise Expo coming to Anaheim

The International Franchise Association is sponsoring an expo for potential franchisees Oct. 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

NEXTEP brings self-order kiosks to Chicago cafe

In a recent case study by food technology provider Nextep Systems, the company outlined the challenged it faced in working with SAVOR…Chicago to accommodate a large number of guests on a budget at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center.

Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for wage theft accusations raised by its franchisee employees. In response,...

Dunkin' Brands commits to 100% sustainable palm oil by 2016

Dunkin' Brands announced this week its commitment to source only 100-percent sustainable palm oil in the US by 2016. According to a news release, the company will work with its suppliers and its franchisee-owned purchasing cooperative to source palm oil...

Digital cash platform now available at Canadian food truck business

British Columbia-based DougiedogDinerTruck has deployed nTrust, a digital cash platform that launched in Canada via Cloud Money. With the launch of nTrust's new mobile app on iTunes and Google Play, the Dougiedog food truck is now offering digital payment capabilities...

McDonald's hosting educational workshops for college students

McDonald's is hosting Education Workshops in the Los Angeles market, in partnership with actress and singer Arden Cho. The workshops are scheduled for: Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.

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