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.

Krystal adds new leadership to marketing, supply chain departments

The Krystal Company has announced additions to its leadership team to support the company’s growth initiative, which includes reaching the $1B mark. Jason Abelkop and Chris Kermode will join the team as chief marketing officer and vice president of supply chain, respectively.

Yum! drops China meat supplier, McDonald’s maintains relationship

Following the latest supply chain controversy in China, in which OSI Group employees were accused of using meat that fell on the ground and selling meat that had long been expired, Yum! Brands announced it was cutting ties with the...

Franchisors invited to meet with potential investors at Chicago event

Qualified franchise brands seeking to fuel their next level of growth have an opportunity to meet potential investors at the third annual Franchise Capital Exchange, to be held Aug. 25-27 at Hotel Sofitel in Chicago. A limited number of slots...

Rise Biscuits & Donuts launches worldwide franchise program

Rise Biscuits & Donuts recently announced the launch of its worldwide franchise program. Rise has partnered with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as the exclusive franchise development partner....

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...

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