Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for wage theft accusations raised by its franchisee employees. In response,...

Dunkin' Brands commits to 100% sustainable palm oil by 2016

Dunkin' Brands announced this week its commitment to source only 100-percent sustainable palm oil in the US by 2016. According to a news release, the company will work with its suppliers and its franchisee-owned purchasing cooperative to source palm oil...

Digital cash platform now available at Canadian food truck business

British Columbia-based DougiedogDinerTruck has deployed nTrust, a digital cash platform that launched in Canada via Cloud Money. With the launch of nTrust's new mobile app on iTunes and Google Play, the Dougiedog food truck is now offering digital payment capabilities...

McDonald's hosting educational workshops for college students

McDonald's is hosting Education Workshops in the Los Angeles market, in partnership with actress and singer Arden Cho. The workshops are scheduled for: Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.

Who you gonna call? Krispy Kreme marks 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters

Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have teamed up for a new promotion that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Ghostbuster movie. As part of the promotion, two new marshmallow Kreme-filled doughnuts have been introduced to the Krispy Kreme menu. The Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts will be available Sept .

Bruster’s hires Kahala veteran to lead franchise development

Corey Bradley has joined Bruster's Real Ice Cream as its new vice president of Franchise Development. According to the company, Bradley was hired to help with the chain's turnaround and growth strategy. He most recently served as director of Franchise...

McDonald’s McCafé to hit Canadian retail shelves this month

McDonald's McCafé coffee will be available at grocery stores throughout Canada this month. According to Reuters, the retail line is part of the chain's strategy to gain ground on Tim Hortons and Starbucks in that market.

Cinnabon kicks off pumpkin season with fall menu

From now through Nov. 30, Cinnabon Bakeries are offering a fall menu that includes the Pumpkin Caramel Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll and Center of the Roll, all served with cream cheese frosting and pumpkin spices and caramel flavors. Also, new...

More restaurants adopting green practices

Research reveals that the majority of restaurants surveyed by the National Restaurant Association recycle, use compact fluorescent lighting and purchase recycled materials.

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.

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