Consumer confidence grows, but costs pressure profits

Despite increased consumer confidence, increased costs -- beef is up 39 percent -- are making it tough for restaurants to earn a profit.

Business diners spend 6% more than leisure diners

Concur, a provider of spend management solutions, has released an analysis showing the habits of business diners and their benefits to restaurant revenue. Supported by insights from Table8, the analysis also sheds light on business dining trends in the US...

Dunkin' Donuts' mobile payment and gifting app surpasses 10 million downloads

Dunkin' Donuts today announced that it has achieved two digital milestones: 2 million DD Perks Rewards loyalty members. Surpassing more than 10 million downloads of the Dunkin' Mobile App for mobile payment and gifting. To celebrate, the brand will recognize...

Syrus Restaurant Information Services adds Android app

Syrus Restaurant Information Services has added an Android app to its restaurant management solutions portfolio to complement its already existing iOS app. According to a news release, the app offers restaurant operators with historical and real-time information on store performance...

Restaurant groups deride lack of Renewable Fuel Standard decision

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will delay the 2014 ethanol volume mandate, a move that will continue to affect commodities costs. The announcement was greeted with strong opposition from restaurant industry organizations. "We are disappointed that the...

Del Taco plans expansion throughout Chicago

Del Taco has announced its plans to develop at least eight restaurants in the Chicago area, beginning by early 2016. Leading the company’s expansion in the Chicago metropolitan area is The Tasty Group Chicago LLC. The first restaurant is tentatively...

Krystal adds once-secret Thanksgiving stuffing recipe to packaging

For the first time, The Krystal Company is revealing its Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. The once-secret recipe has been printed on limited-edition steamer pack boxes. In conjunction with the rollout of the recipe, the brand is partnering with Big Easy Foods,...

Popeyes franchisee secures financing to add 20 restaurants

GE Capital's Franchise Finance business announced it has provided financing to Z&H Foods LLC to develop more than 20 Popeyes units and to refinance debt. GE Capital Markets served as administrative agent on the transaction. Based in Sugarland, Texas, Z&H...

Doc Popcorn plans 100 locations in Chile, Peru

Doc Popcorn has announced plans to add 100 new units in Chile and Peru throughout the next 15 years following a recently executed master franchise agreement with Alice Keh and her husband, Patricio Haristoy. The first Doc Popcorn location will...

Tim Hortons taps social media celebrities for ugly sweater promotion

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is launching its 2014 holiday packaging and the "Tims Tacky Sweater" social campaign. Fans are encouraged to share their tacky sweater moments on Twitter, Instagram and Vine using #TimsTackySweater. To reward them, the chain...

Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Arby's debuts fast casual-inspired design in Tennessee

Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. announced the opening of a new restaurant design and format in White House, Tennessee. According to the company, the new design, called "Inspire," aims to "deliver fast casual aesthetics while employing QSR economics." Arby's began remodeling...

Dunkin' Donuts hosts Twitter sweepstakes for National Espresso Day

To celebrate National Espresso Day, Nov. 23, Dunkin' Donuts is hosting a Latte Love Twitter sweepstakes beginning today and continuing through the weekend.

Sonic gets assist from Kevin Durant for healthier menu item development

Sonic has reached a multiyear endorsement agreement with NBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist Kevin Durant. As part of the agreement, Durant will serve as a national brand ambassador to collaborate on the development of new, healthier menu items. Durant...

Popeyes expands TravelCenters of America footprint

TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of two new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants at TA Jacksonville South, located at I-95, Exit 329, in Jacksonville, Florida, and Petro Dodge City at I-65, Exit 299, in Hanceville, Alabama. Both new...

Carvel makes Andes Mints center of new treat lineup

Carvel has introduced a new line of treats made with Andes Mints for a limited time. The new offerings include: Hand-Scooped Peppermint Ice Cream made with chunks of Andes Mints Andes Mints Sundae Dasher featuring peppermint soft ice cream with...

Yum! Brands' incoming CEO named as director of the board

Yum! Brands has named Greg Creed, 57, as director of the board. Creed will take over the company's helm as CEO on Jan.

Jack in the Box improves operating margin despite California wage pressures

Jack in the Box, parent company of Jack in the Box and Qdoba restaurant brands, announced its Q4 and FY results this week. Jack in the Box's Q4 same-store sales were up 3.1 percent at both company and franchised locations. This is compared to a decrease of 0.2 percent during the same period last year. For the fiscal year, ended Sept.

Square launches free POS app

The cloud-based point-of-sale solution tracks sales and manages items and inventory.

Intuit, Revel Systems developing QuickBooks POS

The new offering automatically syncs sales, payments, inventory, CRM and payroll data to QuickBooks.

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