Cousins Subs now testing the sale of Wrigley gum products

Cousins Subs is launching a 12-month systemwide test of Wrigley chewing gum and mint products, including Orbit Spearmint Sugarfree Gum, Hubba Bubba bubble gum and Altoids Peppermint mints at all locations. According to a news release, the products were originally...

Kids LiveWell marks third anniversary with 150 restaurant brands

The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program is celebrating its three-year anniversary this month. The voluntary program has grown from 19 to 150 participating restaurant brands in that time, representing more than 42,000 locations nationwide.

Dunkin’ Brands partners with NAACP to increase franchising opportunities for people of color

Dunkin' Brands has announced a partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to increase African-American participation in the franchise industry and provide more business opportunities for people of color.   The partnership was launched today at the NAACP's annual convention in Las Vegas.

Villa Enterprises adds hibiscus, mango, pomegranate tea flavors

Villa Enterprises has added new flavored iced teas including hibiscus, mango and pomegranate at its restaurant concepts, Green Leaf’s and Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, participating locations for a limited time. Also, Green Leaf’s & Bananas has kicked off a...

NAACP passes resolution in favor of $15 minimum wage

On Tuesday, the NAACP unanimously passed a resolution supporting a $15 minimum wage. Partial text of the resolution is below. WHEREAS, the promotion of economic justice for all is a cornerstone of the NAACP’s mission, and the organization has steadfastly...

Former Jimmy John's CEO launching location aware mobile ordering platform

Gregg Majewski, former CEO of Jimmy John's, announced today that he is launching Qmyfood, a mobile ordering platform which features location aware technology. According to a company press release, Qmyfood grew out of Majewski's frustration as a restaurant operator with...

Digital marketing provider secures $500K in capital for restaurant industry growth

Elevate Research Inc. announced today that it has secured $500,000 in seed capital to support its growth in the restaurant and retail industries.

Cypress Hospitality launches web-based restaurant management software

Cypress Hospitality has announced plans to release a web-based restaurant management software, FobeSoft, nationwide. Previously only available in the Jacksonville, Fla., market, FobeSoft enables operators to run their numbers in real-time and provides specific suggestions to increase profitability.

More consumers opting for takeout meals over hotel room service

Recent data from PFK Hospitality Research shows that hotel room service revenues fell 9.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, with some hotels discontinuing operations altogether. At the same time, takeout orders to hotels are growing exponentially, according to GrubHub Inc....

U.S. restaurant traffic remains stagnant with no tailwind in sight

U.S. consumers made approximately 61 billion visits to restaurants in the year ending May 2014, which is a stagnant number and remains below pre-Recession traffic levels by about 1.3 billion visits, according to new research from the NPD Group.

Ben and Jerry's digging into digital signage down under

Ice cream and sorbet chain Ben & Jerry’s has selected Task Retail Technology and its xchangemedia multiplatform and digital design technology for its national multimedia project and digital signage rollout in Australia, according to an announcement from the companies.

Auntie Anne’s launches third annual childhood cancer fundraiser

Auntie Anne’s has launched its third annual fundraiser to fight childhood cancer, and has again teamed up with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The brand’s goal is to fund 10,000 hours of research, according to a news release. From now through Sept.

Rita’s Italian Ice plans expansion in New Mexico market

Rita’s Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for New Mexico and three cities in southern Colorado – Durango, Pagosa Springs and Trinidad – to RNM Management Inc., owned by Dave and Mark Gaulden. According to a news...

TacoTime launches rebranding initiative

TacoTime has launched a rebranding initiative that includes store remodels, menu updates and the tagline, "Made Fresh Since 1960." According to a news release, more than 30 percent of the brand’s stores will be updated with a new color scheme...

Petition nets 250K signatures asking Dunkin' Donuts to dump polystyrene cups

About 250,000 signatures made their way onto a Change.org petition asking Dunkin’ Donuts to end its use of polystyrene cups by April 2015.

New KFC, McDonald's chicken supply chain scandal surfaces in China

Yum! Brands and McDonald’s have halted orders from a meat supplier in Shanghai, China, after a TV station investigated sales of expired products. The Xinhua News Agency’s report showed workers at the Husi Food Co.

AllergyEats conference planned for October in NYC

The 2014 AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference is set for Oct. 21 beginning at 8 a.m.

Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program

Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. According to a news release, as part of the new program, regional developers will acquire the rights to develop 25 Patrice & Associates franchises within a specified territory.

Erbert & Gerbert's plants flag on Indiana U. campus

Erbert & Gerbert’s Bistro is opening three new locations on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, including at the Gresham Dining Hall in Foster Residence Center, which is located at 1000 N. Fee Lane, The Wright Food Court at 501 N.

Pollo Tropical offers Parent's Day deal

To celebrate National Parent’s Day, Pollo Tropical is offering $2 off any Create Your Family Meal on July 27.

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