Breakfast: It's what's for dinner ... lunch, snacks, too

The time may never be better for pizza restaurateurs to get in on a little breakfast action, which has long been unfamiliar territory for such brands. A recent report from market intelligence company, Packaged Facts, shows that today breakfast is...

Auntie Anne's asks fans to choose 30th birthday flavor

Auntie Anne's is turning the big 3-0 and is asking customers to choose its newest flavor, which it will announce June 26 and serve as an LTO. The voting is being centered on the brand's dedicated "pretzelnationcreation" page of its...

Taco John's names veteran QSR innovator to board

An industry veteran who was instrumental in the launches of McDonald's all-day breakfast and fresh beef is joining the Taco John's board, a news release said. G&S Food Group founder Gerard Lewis brings more than 40 years of industry experience...

HMSHost CEO elected to NRA board

HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson was elected to this year's National Restaurant Association board of directors, exclusively representing the airport dining industry, a growing player in foodservice. He joins 59 other industry professionals from all facets of foodservice business...

Carlisle acquires 46 Wendy's locations

Wendy's 10th largest franchise organization, Carlisle, said today it's buying 46 restaurants in Alabama and Florida from Roger and Raisa Webb's franchise organization — the Wendco Group — a news release said. "We could not pass up the unique opportunity...

Planet Smoothie offers 2 hours of free smoothies June 21

The first day of summer — a.k.a. June 21 — also happens to be National Smoothie Day.

Arby's now a world record-holder ... twice

Five acres. That's the size you have to beat if you want to capture the record for the world's largest advertising poster, according to Guiness World Records, which just proclaimed that Arby's took the record for that distinction this past...

Meatless: It's not just for vegans anymore

NPD Group said data shows a clearly higher demand for plant-based proteins today, evidenced by 19 percent growth in cases of such proteins shipped from foodservice distributors to independent one- to two-unit operators and so-called micro-chains with three to 19...

Auntie Anne's raising funds for cancer research

Auntie Anne's is partnering for the seventh year with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to fund childhood cancer research, a news release said. Since establishing a partnership with ALSF in September 2011, Auntie Anne's has raised more than $3.7 million for...

Extra Crispy Colonel to tell grads: Failures are 'stepping stones' to success

Extra Crispy Colonel has gone all "Pomp and Circumstance" on us as he will deliver the commencement address this Friday night, June 14, to the 2018 graduates of the Art Institute of Portland. The character, made famous by the longtime...

El Pollo Loco puts sauces centerstage for summer

El Pollo Loco has introduced a Loco Kickin' Chicken LTO, which comes with three sauces, free with a $20 Loco Kickin' Chicken Family Meal as well as with any two-, three- or four-piece chicken combo meal.  The sauce trio includes chile lime, tropical habanero and chipotle barbecue.

McDonald's creates faster, leaner 'golden-arched' machine for future

McDonald's creates faster, leaner 'golden-arched' machine for future

The way the players line up under the golden arches — at least in the U.S. — has undergone significant change as the brand had earlier promised it would.

Sonic's summer is all about pickles, chicken

Summer at Sonic means snow cone slushes, and this year one of those slushes means "pucker up." The brand this week ushered in four snow cone flavors, including Pickle Juice, along with a little tamer varieties of Bahama Mama, Blue...

Can Quiznos new owner turn it around?

Denver-based Quiznos is under new ownership. High Bluff Capital Partners, a California private equity firm specializing in corporate turnarounds is on a mission to make the brand profitable, according to the Denver Post.  Quiznos, which opened in 1981, has had a tough decade since the Recession.

Roy Rogers Restaurants welcomes marketing director

Roy Rogers Restaurants has appointed Mark Jenkins as its senior director of marketing, where he will lead strategic marketing efforts for company-owned and franchised Roy Rogers locations, according to a company press release. Jenkins joins the Roy Rogers team after...

Canadian restaurant franchisor welcomes new management

Canada-based MTY Food Group Inc., a franchisor and operator of several concepts, including Extreme Pita, Cultures, La Cremiere and Sushi Shop, is restructuring its management team this fall after its CEO and COO leave, according to a company press release....

A&W Canada eliminates plastic straws

A&W Food Services of Canada marked World Oceans Day — June 8 — by announcing its goal to eliminate all plastic straws from its restaurants by the end of this year, according to a company press release.  A&W will provide guests with the option of a paper straw, which is 100 percent biodegradable, compostable and are sustainably sourced.

Bojangles stirs a little online action into its 'sweet tea'

Bojangles is jumping on the beverage bandwagon in the run-up to this Sunday, National Iced Tea Day, by offering a 32-ounce sweet tea for one buck all weekend. A news release said the "down South" brand is known for its...

Status check: A&W at 99 ... 'and-a-half'

In the run-up to the centennial celebration of A&W Restaurants, a news release said the chain is continuing to "reappear" along U.S. roadsides, chalking up 15 new locations last year, with another dozen expected to open by the end of...

Wendy's delivers new chicken salad for free

Wendy's is not only adding a new player to its summer salad line-up, but bringing it to customers at no charge. A news release said the Berry Burst Chicken Salad offering includes strawberries, blueberries, feta cheese, greens, sliced almonds, raspberry...

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