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.

Bloomberg puts Burger King CEO’s age, experience under microscope

Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover today shows a booster seat on top of a throne with the accompanying headline, "Burger King is run by children." The story’s spotlight centers on CEO Daniel Schwartz, who is 33 years old and one of the...

Whole Grains Council sets topics for November conference

Oldways and its Whole Grains Council have announced its conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is set for Nov. 9-11, 2014 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor in Boston.

Nestlé Toll House Café marks two openings in a week

A new Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip opens today at the Sikes Senter Mall in Wichita Falls, Texas, marking the state’s 25th location. The location is one of 18 cafés set to open this year under a master lease...

Roy Rogers continues East Coast expansion

Roy Rogers Restaurants has signed a franchise agreement with Ed Abramson for a new location in Brick, N.J. The Brick Roy Rogers is projected to open in early 2015, marking the franchisee’s second restaurant opening in the Ocean County market....

Focus Brands selects purchasing group to manage supply chain

Focus Brands Inc. has selected restaurant supply chain buying group SpenDifference to manage purchasing for its more than 3,000 domestic locations across six concepts.

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.

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