Build-your-own trend hits ice cream sandwiches ... 'and all's right with the world'

There may be few pleasures in life as great as an ice cream sandwich on a hot day. Until now, that is, with the rollout of "build-your-own" ice cream sandwiches at Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip. In Nestlé's take...

Church's hires McDonald's finance director

Church's Chicken has hired former McDonald's Finance Director David Knies to fill the newly created role of vice president of franchise development. Knies will support Church's Executive Vice President of U.S.

Toast and Paytronix announce integration

Toast and Paytronix are integrating their respective technologies, allowing Toast users to utilize Paytronix loyalty and gift card solutions, according to a press release. "Integrating Toast with the Paytronix platform lets restaurants take advantage of our platform and all the...

Chipotle class action suits allege brand misled public, investors about food safety measures

One class action suit was filed, another is waiting for class certification and a third is in the wings, all alleging that Chipotle and its leadership led food safety officials, investors and the public at large to believe its food safety initiatives were adequate when they were not.

BBC uncovers fecal bacteria in 3 US fast food chains' ice

A BBC "Watchdog" series investigation that found feces in iced drinks served at three U.S.-based fast food chains in the U.K., is rapidly growing into a global story this morning. British press, including the Daily Mail, began publishing the news...

Original Rex's Chicken franchisee opens 1st of 3 OK units

Original Rex's Chicken is opening a new Tulsa, Oklahoma location Aug. 24 in Bixby, according to a press release. This is the first of three locations that multi-unit franchisee, MNBE, plans to open statewide. "Our pipeline of new Original Rex's...

Chipotle mess gets worse: First sick diners, now fraud investigation

A New York litigation firm announced this morning that it has opened an investigation into allegations that Chipotle leadership engaged in securities fraud or related illegal business actions.

Chipotle stock plummets on news of Virginia norovirus outbreak

One of the worst things that could occur to any restaurant, but especially the food poisoning-plagued Chipotle chain, has happened at a Sterling, Virginia, Chipotle store. The company has confirmed that numerous customers apparently have developed symptoms of norovirus, which...

Dunkin' names new Baskin-Robbins SVP, appoints veteran fast food CEO to board

Dunkin' Brands has named one of its own veteran leaders to the position of senior vice president for Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada.

Totally tubular, dude! QSRs chow down on National Hot Dog Day

The hot dog is a humble form of sausage. But even antiheroes must have their day, and in the hot dog's case, it's Wednesday, July 19. On this day, fast food establishments nationally will revel in all forms of this...

Popeyes leader moves to GPS Hospitality

Burger King and Popeyes franchisee firm, GPS Hospitality, has hired former Popeyes Financial Strategy and Analytics Vice President Chris Phillips as vice president of business development and strategic planning. A news release said that Phillips will work with GPS Hospitality...

KC grocery-shoppers dip into Dunkin'

Under the title of "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," comes Dunkin' Donuts, which has partnered with national grocer Price Chopper to put Dunkin' offerings in three Kansas City-area supermarkets, a news release said. With their prepared meal offerings,...

Restaurant ownership groups take NYC to court over menu labeling

Four restaurant ownership groups filed suit today in the New York state court system to halt New York City’s efforts to enforce menu labeling requirements, claiming that restaurants, convenience stores and related businesses need more time to comply with the...

Krystal and Oreo host $100 Krystal gift card giveaway

Krystal restaurants and Oreo cookies have partnered for a summer social media-based campaign that doles out a $100 gift card weekly through July to customers who post pictures of their Oreo cookie-containing concoctions from the burger chain on Twitter or...

Tamale Boy opens airport location

Tamale Boy has landed in Portland International Airport's D concourse, according to a press release. The Portland-based food truck concept's founder, Jaime Soltero Jr.

Cold Stone Creamery celebrates National Ice Cream Day with BOGO offer, LTOs

This Sunday, July 16, comes with a built-in excuse to get ice cream, as it's National Ice Cream Day, and Cold Stone Creamery is taking full advantage of that fact, offering celebratory flavors and a buy-one, get-one free offer guaranteed...

3 multi-unit franchisees join Captain D's brand

Captain D's has signed three franchise agreements with new and existing franchisees leading to 10 units opening in Alabama, Florida, Texas and Tennessee, according to a press release. "The significant brand building accomplishments we've achieved over the last six years...

Everything's bigger in ... China?

China's restaurant industry is    one of the nation's main economic growth drivers, according to a report released by Meituan-Dianping, a foodservice-focused e-commerce platform. The industry expanded 11.3 percent last year to reach 3.5 trillion yuan (more than $514.6 billion USD), a news release said.

Wendy's tangos with fresh mango

The National Mango Board has announced a fresh success with Wendy's introduction of a summer LTO that includes the sunny-colored tropical fruit — a strawberry mango chicken salad. According to a press release from the NMB, getting fresh mango on...

Study on independent brands: Only the strong survive, but they also thrive

Staying independent is a pretty rough game for U.S. restaurateurs.

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