Shelly Whitehead / Award-winning veteran print and broadcast journalist, Shelly Whitehead, has spent most of the last 30 years reporting for TV and newspapers, including the former Kentucky and Cincinnati Post and a number of network news affiliates nationally. She brings her cumulative experience as a multimedia storyteller and video producer to the web-based pages of Pizzamarketplace.com and QSRweb.com after a lifelong “love affair” with reporting the stories behind the businesses that make our world go ‘round. Ms. Whitehead is driven to find and share news of the many professional passions people take to work with them every day in the pizza and quick-service restaurant industry. She is particularly interested in the growing role of sustainable agriculture and nutrition in food service worldwide and is always ready to move on great story ideas and news tips.

Trumpcare yanked before vote, Affordable Care Act remains ... for now

Trumpcare was pulled from consideration in a vote by Congress this afternoon, despite an ultimatum from the president last night to vote on the measure. For now, the Affordable Care Act, remains with plenty of questions about what's next on this front being asked by restaurant leaders and employees.

Reader Poll: Restaurant confrontations - are they happening more often?

The news is filled with a constant flow of incidents demonstrating the worst in human behavior often happening at the chains this website's readers oversee. It appears to be increasing, but is that the case and if so, why?

Stay solid: Join the movement to add 'e' to Pi Day

Enough of this obscure 3.14 math stuff. Join restaurateurs everywhere to make this day about the real "pie" — the one dripping with cheese on a steamy crust.

The plant-based burger that 'bleeds' like rare beef

It bleeds on the plate like a rare-cooked beef burger, tastes like a patty of ground beef but is produced with a mere sliver of the resources used to produce cow-based meat. It's the Impossible burger and it makes its chain debut today.

Cousins redesign highlights why Boomers are still important

Millennials are the age group of the moment, but the boomers who once held that title should not be forgotten just yet, particularly when it comes to restaurant redesign, according to those at Cousins who've just gone through the process.

White Castle claws its way into McDonald's crab space

White Castle's took on McDonald's this week in one-page visual distillation of the term "good, healthy competition" this week.

Grace Slick to Chick-fil-A: 'Thanks for the pro-LGBTQ donation'

The potential dangers restaurateurs face by mixing their personal beliefs in connection with their businesses was made abundantly clear this week when Jefferson Starship lead singer, Grace Slick, quite literally pulled a quick one on Chick-fil-A.

Research: Domino's living up to its promise to 'not suck'

Domino's might be stealing market share away from rivals in both the pizza sector and among large quick-service chains.

New player rolling into foodservice news universe

On April 1, a whole new foodservice business website hits the online world to cover everything about the growing food truck industry worldwide.

Puzder withdraws his name for Labor Sec, rights organizations applaud

CKE Restaurant Group CEO Andrew Pudzer has officially withdrawn his name from the nomination for Labor Secretary.

Happy Pizza Day ... particularly you, Texas, Michigan

Pizza Marketplace wishes you a Happy Pizza Day. And just for kicks, we thought we'd share a little list that Welcomemat Services sent our way about which towns' residents redeemed the most free Welcomemat pizza gifts over the last year when Texas and Michigan showed a special fondness for the pies.

And the bride wore … pepperoni?

Long white dress. Bouquets of exotic flowers.

3 brands discuss sweating out Super Bowl's 'super Busy-ness'

Across the U.S. this pre-Super Bowl week, restaurant owners, employees and vendors are probably popping extra vitamins — maybe even carb-loading a little in anticipation of the monumental demands coming Sunday. Here three brands relay the worries, the work and the potential wealth at stake.

Big brands hoping to score with a variety of marketing tactics on Super Bowl Sunday

Brands will fight for their piece of the pie on what the USDA describes as the  No. 2 food holiday of the year. Fifteen percent —  or about 48 million people — will place some type of food order.

Gutting the 'gut feelings' from hiring: 2 restaurant companies' $40M story

Who knew technology could help restaurateurs get the right human touch tableside? Two large restaurant companies tell their highly profitable story.

Seizing the media opp: Tricky, but potentially very rewarding

Brand promotional opportunities are everywhere for the restaurant industry, and there may be no better examples of that than two national news events this week that two very different brands used to their great advantage.

A&W's post-Yum success proves breaking up isn't hard to do

Sometimes, brands like people do better solo than as a member of even the nicest restaurant family. Such has been the case for a brand that is actually the nation's oldest restaurant chain, A&W.

Taco Bell puts a brake on restaurant industry's revolving door

Taco Bell's 4-year-old Start with Us, Stay with Us initiative required a slew of cultural changes for the brand, but is now starting to pay off with big, long-term results in employee quality, retention and engagement.

World's oldest QSR rebrands, expands in US

The time may never be more ripe for 118-year-old Yoshinoya to hit a growth spurt in the U.S. The brand's U.S. CEO offers insight into what's coming as the Japanese-based beef bowl chain begins rebranding on American soil.

The gluten-free opportunity: New rewards await

Skyrocketing demand for gluten-free choices on restaurant menus is spawning creative solutions from restaurateurs, food service vendors and health watchdog groups to provide diners with choices that are both healthful and great tasting.

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