Majority of middle market execs have positive business outlook

According to CIT Group’s newly-released and third annual Voice of the Middle Market study, a majority of middle market execs have a positive outlook for their businesses, with 63 percent indicating that their companies are better off today than last...

Service remains priority for restaurant patrons even as technology usage increases

The National Restaurant Association has released new research that shows overall technology use in restaurants is increasing. More than one-third of consumers say they are more likely to use technology-related options in restaurants now, compared to two years ago. In...

Cousins Subs provides support for displaced children

The Cousins Subs Make It Better Foundation has awarded Faith, Hope, & Love Inc. a $2,000 grant to provide displaced children in Racine County, Wisconsin, with a duffel bag of personal care and comfort items. According to a news release,...

El Pollo Loco added to Healthy Dining website

El Pollo Loco also announced that 21 of its menu offerings have been added to the HealthyDiningFinder.com website for meeting nutrition criteria that emphasizes lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats. "We are thrilled to have our handcrafted,...

El Pollo Loco adds franchising exec

El Pollo Loco has named Mark A. Belanger, CFE, as VP, Franchise.

Quiznos plans 1,500 units in China market

Quiznos is continuing its international development with growth into seven countries in Asia and the Middle East. This expansion is part of the company's strategy to open more than 1,000 restaurants in more than 40 countries by 2020. "Quiznos was...

Casio teams up with MicroSale for Android POS app

Casio America Inc. recently announced its partnership with MicroSale to create TabPOS, an app for its Android-based POS systems.

Wix.com acquires OpenRest

OpenRest's integration into the Wix platform will enable restaurant owners to take orders directly from their Wix websites and native mobile apps.

National Restaurant Association adds of SVP of Strategic Alliances

The National Restaurant Association today announced the hiring of Jeffrey Calore as senior vice president of Strategic Alliances.

Restaurant Canada feathers ruffled by government's lack of transparency on chicken pricing

Restaurants Canada is calling on a government commission to be more transparent as it investigates the cost of production formula used in setting the price of Ontario chicken.

TouchBistro, Merchant Warehouse team up for mobile payments

TouchBistro will use Merchant Warehouse's Genius Customer Engagement Platform to process payments made via the TouchBistro POS solution.

Franchise Assoc. hosting call on NLRB Joint Employer Ruling

The International Franchise Association will host a conference call Thursday to discuss the impact of the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel's recommendation that McDonald's Corp. and its franchisees be considered "joint employers." IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira said...

Wendy's joins campaign to provide winter wear for kids, seniors

Wendy's Restaurants is helping to raise awareness for the Salvation Army and WTAE's Project Bundle-Up program, which ensures that families have appropriate winter outwear for the season. During the month of November, more than 55 Wendy's Restaurants in Western Pennsylvania...

Dunkin' Brands extends NAACP partnership

Dunkin' Brands announced that it will host a new educational webinar as part of its Diversity in Franchising Initiative in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. According to a news release, the goal of the...

Dunkin' Donuts to join the croissant donut craze

Dunkin' Donuts is jumping on the cronut craze with its own take on the crossaint donut, which will be available nationwide beginning Nov. 3. According to a news release, Dunkin' Donuts' Croissant Donut (the company does not call it a “cronut") features a flaky croissant ring that is glazed like a donut.

Food+Tech Connect, ShopKeep offering support for restaurant growth boot camp

Food+Tech Connect and ShopKeep have teamed up to offer 25 full scholarships to The Power of Brand: Growing Your Restaurant boot camp, taught by former Union Square Hospitality Group CMO Felicia Stingone. "In today's increasingly competitive restaurant industry, I have...

GE Capital extends restaurant financing opportunities

GE Capital, Franchise Finance announced today that it has expanded its team of account executives to focus on the restaurant industry. Leading the initiative is Allen Johnson, who has been promoted to managing director of new relationship development in the...

Auntie Anne's testing cheddar stuffed pretzel snacks

Auntie Anne's is currently testing new cheddar cheese stuffed pretzel nuggets at 18 of its stores in select US markets. The product test, which began on Sept.

Menchie’s partnership unveils first-ever Cinnabon fro-yo flavor

Menchie's has partnered with Cinnabon for its November featured flavor, Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll. The partnership marks the first time that Cinnabon has teamed up with a frozen yogurt brand to create a cinnamon roll flavor. According to a news...

Webinar will take marketers beyond mobile payment

For restaurants and retailers, the possibilities opened by the mobile wallet revolution extend far beyond payments.

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