Top 7 Considerations for Fast Casual Pizza Franchisees

Over the last few years, fast casual pizza has outpaced growth in other restaurant segments. Still, all fast casual pizzerias aren't created equal.

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Go big or stay home: How restaurant brands should approach international growth

While many quick service restaurants and casual dining restaurants have the appetite for international expansion, they often wind up with indigestion after investing significant resources. The reason? These brands treat their international divisions as ancillary businesses, rather than as primary growth drivers.

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

New Year's resolution: Start the year with a great plan for your business

If you’re one of those people who have great intentions but lack follow through, writing a good business plan is the first major test of your commitment.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

QSRs shift models to 'go where the consumers are'

Mobile initiatives, bigger marketing budgets, franchising growth and unprecedented headwinds grabbed headlines this year for the QSR segment.

Krispy Kreme sales, traffic jump as company begins loyalty program test

Customers can sign up for the program through their iPhone or Android device and earn reward 'Treats' for future purchases. A national roll out is expected in late 2015.

Hurdles expected to remain in place in 2015 for restaurant operators

In addition to record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling regulations, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.

Lessons from a prolific, international restaurant franchisee

The president of QSR International says offering a breakeven promotion around a beverage is the 'most intelligent thing you can do' going into a new market.

Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

Sonic franchisee's marketing shift doubles sales of LTO burger

Kergan Brothers' Who Dat burger joins its Rajin' Cajun burger as a football season LTO, generating higher ticket and traffic counts.

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Court rules in favor of Dunkin' Donuts franchisees accusing company of negligence

The Quebec, Canada Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of former franchisees in Québec in a lawsuit with Dunkin' Brands Canada Ltd. charging the company with incompetence, negligence, lack of support and breach of the contract.

New regulations bill will lead to 'costly litigation,' IFA says

Leaders of the International Franchise Association urged lawmakers in California to oppose Assembly Bill 525, which the organization believes would pose "additional and unnecessary regulations on franchise small businesses."

Complex tax code hurting franchises, IFA says

The International Franchise Association is encouraging lawmakers to pursue comprehensive tax reform as a way to support the franchise industry.

Carl's Jr. expands to Toronto, offers 'Free Food for a Year' to celebrate Guatemala opening

Guatemala marks the 34th country entered internationally by CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

Dunkin' Donuts expanding in Illinois, recruiting franchisees

Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of multi-unit store development agreements for seven restaurants in Illinois over the next several years.

IFA: key to continuing job growth is tax reform, revising work week definition

Franchise businesses will create jobs at a faster pace than the overall economy in 2015, as it has in each of the last four years.

Pret A Manger opens 39th NYC shop

Pret A Manger, the quick-serve restaurant and coffee shop, is opening the doors to its newest New York City location at New York Penn Station on Friday, April 10th, marking Pret's 39th NYC shop.

CREAM inks largest franchise deal since 2012

The agreement marks CREAM's largest franchising deal since launching franchise opportunities in 2012.

Villa Italian Kitchen opens in LGA and Seattle-based mall

Villa Italian Kitchen features Neapolitan and pan pizzas

Creamistry to expand into Southern California

Creamistry, a California-based liquid nitrogen ice cream concept, announced plans to open five new locations in the Southern California area.

Pizza Hut, Wendy's franchisee NPC announces 2014 financial results

NPC International Inc., franchisee of Pizza Hut and Wendy's restaurants, reported results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 30, 2014.

Red Robin Burger Works continues Washington, DC expansion

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. announced Monday that a second Washington, DC-area Red Robin Burger Works will open on March 23, 2015 at 1028 19th Street, NW in the Golden Triangle.

Bruster's inks 'largest domestic development deal' in its 25-year history

Bruster's Real Ice Cream will be served in Southern California under what the company is calling its largest domestic development deal in its 25-year history.

IFA to appeal Seattle minimum wage law on behalf of franchisees

The International Franchise Association announced today that it will appeal a recent decision in federal court that the organization claims allows the city of Seattle to discriminate against small franchised businesses as part of the city's 2014 minimum wage law.

IFA applauds House for taking a stand against new union election rules

International Franchise Association Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti issued a statement on the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 8, a resolution disapproving new union election rules from the National Labor Relations Board.

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