Del Taco installing benefits software to manage Obamacare requirements

Del Taco has selected BenefitFocus' HR InTouch Marketplace cloud-based benefits software solution to support benefits administration and relative requirements from the Affordable Care Act. According to a news release, HR InTouch Marketplace will provide Del Taco with a single online...

Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s facilitate a Paris Hilton comeback

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's TV spot for the new Texas BBQ Thickburger pays homage to Paris Hilton's 2005 commercial for the brands, titled "I love Paris." The newest installment features a Texas twist on the original, which featured Hilton in...

TCBY and Mrs. Fields will debut dual-brand locations in LA

Famous Brands International, parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, plans to expand to debut its dual-brand layout in Los Angeles. The dual-branded locations will mark TCBY’s return to the LA market after not having been there since 2010, according to a news release.

Webinar will introduce beacon, geo-fencing basics for restaurants

Beacons can be powerful tools for reaching customers right outside a restaurant's front door, and getting them through the front door. A free live webinar sponsored by Splick.it and hosted by FastCasual.com will help restaurants understand beacons and geo-fencing and...

Tyson Foods sells poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil

Tyson Foods Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with JBS SA to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil.

Dunkin' Donuts continues Minnesota expansion

Dunkin' Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Brian and Sharon Weidendorf, to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minn., and the surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in spring 2015. According to a...

Popeyes comes up with another tear-apart LTO

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has introduced a new LTO that guests can tear apart – the Tear'n Tenderloin Chicken is available now through Aug. 25.

Del Taco launches new franchise development incentive program

Del Taco has added a new franchise development incentive programs for 2014, its 50th anniversary year. The company's objective, according to a news release, is to build on record sales at its more than 550 restaurants nationwide. "This past year...

FreshBerry opens 20th location in Saudi Arabia

Tulsa, Okla.-based FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt has opened its 20th store in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with franchise partner United Food Company. The newest location is in Jizan, in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia. It is a co-branded store with Dallas-based Pizza Inn.

Rita's raises $300K in fight against childhood cancer

Rita's Italian Ice announced today it raised $300,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood cancer. A check presentation will take place July 30 at Rita's Cool Support Center, in Trevose, Pa., with Liz &...

Dairy Queen, Chips Ahoy debut Blizzard partnership

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Chips Ahoy! cookie, Dairy Queen has launched the new Chips Ahoy! Blizzard Treat. The new offering has been named the August Blizzard of the Month. According to a news release, this marks the first time Chips Ahoy! has partnered with a QSR brand.

San Diego City Council passes minimum wage hike

On Monday, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, according to a report from Reuters. It's not a done deal. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has threatened to veto the bill, has 10 business days to act.

California franchisee acquires 39 Wendy’s restaurants

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.-based Cotti Foods has received a $39.4 million business loan from GE Capital’s Franchise Finance for the acquisition of 30 Wendy’s restaurants, the remodeling of existing units and the development of new units. According to a news...

Wendy’s testing build-your-own sandwich model

The build-your-own model is quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception in the restaurant industry, thanks to fast casual players such as Chipotle. It has made its way into the pizza space and even McDonald's has tried out the model. Now, Wendy's is testing a build-your-own sandwich program.

Arby’s shifts focus to proteins with new marketing campaign

Arby's execs believe high quality meats are the brand's unique differentiator in the QSR segment.

KFC Canada’s fast casual concept plans expansion, beer menu

KFC Canada announced the expansion of its KFC Fresh fast casual concept, which first made its debut in December 2013. "KFC Fresh began as Canada's incubator for signature innovation, so we're delighted to announce that we're expanding and evolving the...

QSR workers hold first convention to support minimum wage fight

More than 1,000 quick-service employees from around the country participated in the first-ever National Fast-Food Worker Convention last weekend. The convention was held in Chicago and included speakers such as Rep.

McDonald’s Japan cuts off China chicken supply

McDonald’s Japan announced that it will stop selling all chicken products from China, and will also stop selling chicken McNuggets in Hong Kong, following the recent scandal alleging that its Chinese supplier, Husi Food Co., was selling expired meat. McDonald’s...

El Pollo Loco begins public trading at $15 per share

On Thursday, El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 7,142,857 shares of common stock at $15 per share. According to a news release, in addition, El Pollo Loco has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,071,429 shares.

Younger consumers prioritize speed of service and technology

Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers total about 74 percent of the U.S. population, and make up a majority of foodservice consumers.

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