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...

FEATURES


Breakfast, beverage competition gets a grip on Dunkin’s sales

The quarter marked Dunkin’ Donuts’ highest afternoon guest count on record, and weekly sales in June reached the highest volume.

McDonald’s points finger at marketing for sales shortfall

As part of its operations reset initiative, the chain has started to see order accuracy improvements.

How two QSRs leverage Walmart locations for brand exposure

Walmart customers are similar to Checkers and Philly Pretzel Factory customers in their quest for value, speed and convenience.

Taco Bell breakfast generating up to $120K in incremental sales

In less than six months, the brand's breakfast business is above breakeven and is about 7 percent of the menu mix.

Culver’s turns 30: COO reflects on industry and consumer changes

Consumers are now more aware of food safety, sourcing and nutritional content.

Maui Wowi CEO: Sky's the limit for brand's growth

The coffee/specialty beverage brand just launched an online store for guests who want to have its products shipped to them.

Bruster's CEO talks about the brand's anniversary, growth and proprietary operating system

Sahene is also heading up a relatively new Philly Cheesesteak concept called Wit or Witout, which recently opened its third store and has sold its first two franchisees

Auntie Anne’s SVP: Brands have to adapt to compete in marketplace

The pretzel brand is set to significantly expand internationally, as well as in non-mall locations domestically, with its new store prototype.

Arby's launches 'major' brand revitalization initiative

Arby's revitalization includes Brand Camp, where team members learn about the company's values and guest experience enhancements.

Krispy Kreme plans to step up customer engagement efforts

The brand plans to develop more relationships with licensing partners to extend the experience outside its shops.

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NEWS


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...

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...

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....

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.

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....

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.

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...

Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program

Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. According to a news release, as part of the new program, regional developers will acquire the rights to develop 25 Patrice & Associates franchises within a specified territory.

Erbert & Gerbert's plants flag on Indiana U. campus

Erbert & Gerbert’s Bistro is opening three new locations on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, including at the Gresham Dining Hall in Foster Residence Center, which is located at 1000 N. Fee Lane, The Wright Food Court at 501 N.

Mrs. Fields, TCBY expanding throughout UAE

Famous Brands International, parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, signed a new master franchise deal with Dubai-based company, The Luxury Gourmet Sweets and Candies.

Menchie's opens stores in Canada, Connecticut

Menchie's marked the opening of two stores recently, one in Canada and one in Connecticut. The Canadian store opened in Georgetown, Ontario, and marked the brand's 100th location in that market. “Canada has proven to be a strong and successful market for us and we see this growth continuing.

Villa Enterprises opens Food Hall by Villa at shopping outlet

Six of Villa Enterprises’ brands are now open at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Virginia, as part of the Food Hall by Villa. The concepts include Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf’s, Bananas, South Philly Steaks & Fries, Far East...

Jack in the Box Franchise Association honors multiunit owners

The National Jack in the Box Franchise Association held its 2014 Conference and Tradeshow recently in Whistler, British Columbia, with the theme: "Partnering for Success." The event included an awards ceremony which recognized longtime Jack in the Box entrepreneurs, Michael...

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