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.

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CKE Restaurant Group CEO Andrew Pudzer has officially withdrawn his name from the nomination for Labor Secretary.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

Freshii's devilish promo rewards customers for ditching QSR gift cards

The latest promotion from Freshii — which officially classifies itself as a "health casual" brand — is taking direct aim at its fast food competitors by allowing customers to exchange all their fast food gift cards for a free chef-designed...

'If in doubt, leave it out': The lessons in Cinnabon's Carrie Fisher tweet

Cinnabon's poorly received social media post about Carrie Fisher, upon her death this week, has restaurant leaders talking about how best to prevent such well-intended but still brand-burning missteps online.

5 findings inside diners' minds make great guides for 2017

NPD Group recently outlined its top five predictions about the American diner's state of mind as it relates to the dinner plate. Taken collectively, these five predictions form the kind of information that brands can take and run with in the year ahead.

Cinnabon unleashes wrath of internet over Fisher tweet

Cinnabon is struggling today with a problem that haunts just about every restaurateur in the digital age after the company's social media managers posted what the online universe quickly deemed an inappropriate comment on the death yesterday of original Star Wars cast member Carrie Fisher.

A 'post mortem': Looking back at 2016's hard-learned lessons

Experts weigh in on the eight lessons they learned in 2016 about the fine art of running a restaurant.

New food hub connects the local vegetable stand to biggest restaurant brands

Restaurateurs hoping for a central, tech-connected marketplace linking small local farmers to the skyrocketing number of restaurants, whose customers are demanding them, are getting their wish via a partnership between Aggrigator and Alba Organics. The Aggrigator Farm to Shelf Marketplace...

Wasabi to employees: We like you, we really like you

Some of the world's leading brands make their employees their first and most important customer. The UK-based foodservice brand,Wasabi, is making it a priority for their chain's employees too.

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