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.

Who you gonna call? Krispy Kreme marks 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters

Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have teamed up for a new promotion that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Ghostbuster movie. As part of the promotion, two new marshmallow Kreme-filled doughnuts have been introduced to the Krispy Kreme menu. The Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts will be available Sept .

Bruster’s hires Kahala veteran to lead franchise development

Corey Bradley has joined Bruster's Real Ice Cream as its new vice president of Franchise Development. According to the company, Bradley was hired to help with the chain's turnaround and growth strategy. He most recently served as director of Franchise...

McDonald’s McCafé to hit Canadian retail shelves this month

McDonald's McCafé coffee will be available at grocery stores throughout Canada this month. According to Reuters, the retail line is part of the chain's strategy to gain ground on Tim Hortons and Starbucks in that market.

Cinnabon kicks off pumpkin season with fall menu

From now through Nov. 30, Cinnabon Bakeries are offering a fall menu that includes the Pumpkin Caramel Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll and Center of the Roll, all served with cream cheese frosting and pumpkin spices and caramel flavors. Also, new...

More restaurants adopting green practices

Research reveals that the majority of restaurants surveyed by the National Restaurant Association recycle, use compact fluorescent lighting and purchase recycled materials.

Franchise owners head to Capitol Hill to voice opposition of McDonald’s decision

Franchise owners across a number of industries are in Washington, DC, today to voice their opposition to the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling against McDonald's that stated the company shares joint employer status with their franchiees. Because of the...

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