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...

Total Merchant’s Groovv Register gets restaurant-specific upgrades

Total Merchant Services, a payments processing company, has released a restaurant version of Groovv Register designed to help independent restaurant owners. These enhancements include the ability to send orders to the kitchen printer, up to three levels of item modifiers...

Rita's Italian Ice celebrates Iowa debut

Rita's Italian Ice has opened its 50th location of the year, and its first in the state of Iowa.  The new location is at Hawthorne Plaza, 9250 University Avenue, West Des Moines.  To celebrate the grand opening, the location will offer complimentary Italian Ice on Sept.

Fund established to encourage pro athletes into franchising

The Playbook Solutions Group Franchise Income Fund has been formed to help professional athletes get into franchising. The fund was founded by Steve Levenson and NFL veteran Leonard Marshall is a partner. "The franchise industry is continuing to flourish and...

More consumers seeking out restaurants for beverage offerings

Specialty beverages – from coffees to teas to craft beers – have been on an upswing in the restaurant industry for the past few years and more consumers are now seeking them out. According to new research from Technomic, 21...

Subway goes with Softcard for mobile payments platform

Softcard users who tap and pay at a Subway restaurant will receive $1 back on every purchase over $1 made with the American Express Serve card throughout the end of the year.

Beanstalk Data announces strategic partnership with Olo

The partnership brings together Beanstalk's SaaS platform and Olo's digital ordering.

US Foods rolls out fall products

US Foods is rolling out several new product lines for fall, plus a new game app for diners.

Mood Media integrating location-based marketing capabilities

Mood Media is integrating a digital signal into its media players that will allow its customers to deliver location-based marketing content.

NRA's Educational Foundation seeks neighbor, diversity nominations

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced today it has begun accepting nominations for its 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream awards. Applications and nomination forms are available online at NRAEF.org/Awards until Nov.

Wendy's expands coupon book program nationally

For the first time this year, Wendy's is expanding its Halloween coupon book nationally. The coupon book program raises money for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to help find families for children in foster care. From now through Oct.

N.C. Dunkin’ Donuts sued for religious discrimination

A Seventh-Day Adventist in Asheville, North Carolina, has filed a lawsuit against Dunkin’ Donuts for religious discrimination, claiming his scheduled working hours violated his religious beliefs. According to USA Today, Darrell Littrell filed the suit against franchisee Citi Brands LLC...

Cinnabon piloting snack-based concept

Cinnabon is reportedly opening a new store in Houston this month called the Bon Bake Shop. According to the Franchise Herald, the Bon Bake Shop features small menu items (compared to typical Cinnabon offerings) and new flavors, such as Oreo icing and brownie batter. The pilot is located at Houston’s Willowbrook Mall.

Quiznos plans 100 restaurants in Taiwan

Quiznos hopes to have 100 new restaurants open in the Taiwan market within the next 10 years. According to a story in Focus Taiwan, the first handful of stores are expected to open in the Taipei area within Q1 2015. Quiznos made its debut in Taipei this month.

Tim Hortons expects 7 percent U.S. sales growth for Q3

Tim Hortons Inc. today pre-announced preliminary 2014 same-store sales growth results for Q3, ending Aug.

Tim Hortons kicks off annual Smile Cookie fundraising campaign

Tim Hortons' annual Smile Cookie campaign kicks off today throughout North America, raising funds for local charities and hospitals. According to a news release, restaurant owners donate 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of the $1 chocolate chunk smile...

Fro-yo, burgers, pizza concepts' growth indicate high demand

According to Inc. Magazine's annual list of privately-held companies, fast casuals are still setting the pace for the restaurant industry.

Nestlé Café marks morsel’s 75th anniversary with charitable campaign

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the chocolate chip morsel, Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is teaming up with the Cookies for Kids' Cancer organization. The partnership will help fund research grants for five pediatric cancer centers around the...

Dunkin' Donuts on track to hit 500 units in India

Dunkin' Donuts has opened a new flagship restaurant in India, in the South Indian City of Bangalore. The company also announced its franchisee in that market, Jubilant FoodWorks, is on track to meet its development target of 500 units over...

Quiznos, CiCi's, Cold Stone among franchise businesses with high default rates

The Wall Street Journal this week examined the 10 "worst franchise brands," based on SBA loan defaults. The list included three restaurant brands – Cold Stone Creamery, Quiznos and CiCi's Pizza. Topping the list was Planet Beach, with a 41.1 percent default rate.

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