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How did Apple Pay perform in its first quarter?

Eighty percent of Panera's mobile payments came from Apple Pay in Q1 2015. But 80 percent of how much?

Here's two new mobile POS developments you'll want to keep an eye on

In the market for a new mobile POS? Prefer the Windows 8.1 operating system? You've got some new options on the market.

Using Analytics to Get the Most Out of Digital Signage

Digital signage offers a great deal of promise, but how do you know if it's delivering?

Sponsored by: Scala, Inc.

Bigger isn't always better: the case for limited menus

Limited menus for QSRs and fast casual restaurants have financial and operational benefits.

Three takeaways from Starbucks' Q1 2015 report

Starbucks' consistent success comes down to three things: a strong loyalty program, excellent operational execution and product innovation.

Digital Menu Boards 101

We've all heard about the promise of digital menu boards. Here are some things to know when it comes to getting the most from a digital menu-board deployment.

Sponsored by: NEC Display Solutions

What do 26,710 PB&J sandwiches look like? Thanks to Which Wich, we now know

The thousands of sandwiches made during a 'Spreading Party' held at the Sheraton Dallas on Dec. 15 were donated to Dallas-area non-profit organizations.

Juice It Up! gears up for aggressive expansion under new VP

The California-based juice bar and smoothie concept hired its first-ever VP of Business Development in November, and Laina Sullivan is ready to take it nationwide.

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.

Is Zoës Kitchen poised for a breakout year?

Going public landed $42 million on the Mediterranean-inspired concept's balance sheet, and Zoës Kitchen is ready to put those dollars to work growing its footprint.

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. hopes investors will RAVE about new name

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., the parent company of Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn, has announced that it is changing its name to RAVE Restaurant Group Inc., reflecting the company's transition to a multi-brand group.

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.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

Tokyo Joe's rolling into New Year with first franchise deal

The Denver-based Asian concept is using "spoke and wheel" approach to accelerate its westward expansion.

Pond: Poised to make a splash in 2015

This could be the breakout year for Hunter Pond and his East Hampton Sandwich Co. The young entrepreneur's three-unit chain is set to double its footprint in 2015, and add another four units in 2016.

Adding kiosks? Read this first

POS kiosks can be essential tools in enabling customers to have a more pleasurable dining experience. But are there certain features restaurant owners and managers should examine when contemplating the addition of this technology?

How to choose the best rewards for your loyalty program

It's important to set the minimum purchase amount at a reasonable level so customers don’t get frustrated that they are never earning punches and thus feel like it’s not worth trying.

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Blaze offering free pizza to celebrate Sarasota opening

To participate customers must follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Pizzeria Locale heading to Kansas City next

The fast casual pizza concept, which has a partnership with Chipotle, will open its first restaurant outside Colorado at 505 W. 74th Street, next to a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Waldo.

Larkburger beefs up corporate staff

Wayne Humphrey has joined the Colorado-based better burger brand as chief operations officer, and Maloree Murphy as marketing coordinator.

Capriotti's launches 'Love Your Community' fundraiser

Guests will be encouraged to make a $1 donation to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission each time they visit a Capriotti's restaurant in the month of February.

Ruby's Dinette adds VP of franchising in preparation for 20-unit push

Ruby's hopes to add 20 new locations based on its simplified fast casual model.

Pancheros donates 5,000+ burritos for dance marathons

The marathons will benefit the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Looking for 'coffee and conversation'? Starbucks wants to help

More than 3 million Match.com members list "coffee and conversation" as one of their interests, and Starbucks wants to make sure those conversations take place in one of its locations. Match members can now use the "Meet at Starbucks" feature...

Papa John's, Quizno's, Wendy's cited among brands with poorest sustainability practices

As You Sow, a San Franciso-based nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility, released a new report, "Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging."

Sick of winter? These menu items will warm you up

Two California concepts are bringing two different styles of heat to menus this week.

New units planned for high-growth states

New restaurants are set to open in three of the five states the NRA predicts will have strong sales in 2015.

Chipotle on Cargill: Don't stop at group housing for sows

Cargill, one of the largest pork producers in the U.S., has completed conversion of all its company-owned farms to group housing for sows. It's a step in the right direction, said a spokesperson for the Chipotle Mexican Grill, but Cargill needs to go further.

NRA, PepsiCo release 3rd foodservice careers video

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation released its third installment of Project Taste Test – Servin' Up Successful Careers video in partnership with PepsiCo.

World Tea Expo set for May 6 – 8 in SoCal

The 13th annual World Tea Expo will take place May 6 – 8, 2015 in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Fishbowl launches guest data analysis solution

Fishbowl's Guest Analytics solution analyzes POS, loyalty, email, social, online ordering, reservations and guest satisfaction data.

The NRA is predicting the strongest sales gains in these five states

According to the National Restaurant Association's 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast, Arizona and Florida are projected to post 4.9 percent sales increases. North Dakota and Texas follow at 4.8 percent, Colorado at 4.3 percent, and California and Utah at 3.9 percent.

The Grilled Cheese Truck appoints new CEO, opens shares for trading

The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Al Hodges to the role of Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Cold Stone Creamery China seeks growth through subfranchising

Master franchier SCSICC currently operates nearly 60 Cold Stone Creamery locations across China, and through its sub-franchisee model, plans to accelerate its store development in China.

San Fran meal delivery service now takes Bitcoin

San Francisco-based SpoonRocket, an on-demand meal delivery startup, has announced that it now accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment.

Chipotle's latest 'Cultivating Thought' series will feature Augusten Burroughs, Aziz Ansari, Amy Tan and others

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced the second installment of its "Cultivating Thought" author series with 10 new and original essays written to be featured on its cups and bags.

Muscle Maker Grill acquired by American Restaurant Holdings affiliate

Muscle Maker Inc., an affiliated company of American Restaurant Holdings, Inc., announced the acquisition of Muscle Maker Grill.

Burger sales up, sandwich and chicken sales down in 2014

Diners ordered 9 billion serving of burgers in U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets last year, three percent more than the year before. Meanwhile, sandwiches were down 2 percent and chicken dropped 9 percent.

Panda Express celebrating Chinese New Year with special offers

Panda Express is marking Chinese New Year now through Feb. 19 with a variety of offers and tools.

JJ's Red Hots serving up 'The Brady Deflatey' and 'Beast Mode Mother Lode' in anticipation of Super Bowl

JJ's Red Hots will serve up the "Brady Deflatey" and the "Beast Mode Mother Lode" at its Charlotte, North Carolina restaurants from now until Sunday at 4 p.m.

National Frozen Yogurt Day is a thing, and froyo brands are celebrating with giveaways

Orange Leaf, Yogurtland and Menchies are among brands offering special deals for National Frozen Yogurt Day.

NRA forecasts continued growth for restaurant industry in 2015

The National Restaurant Association is predicting sales growth of $709.2 billion and a 3.2 rise in employment for the restaurant industry in 2015.

Super Bowl viewers say they want healthier food options

More than half of survey respondents said they wanted healthier food served at their Super Bowl party.

After July 1, NYC will say goodbye to polystyrene foam single-use packaging

Polystyrene foam is not recyclable, and can interfere with recycling and waste reduction efforts by contaminating other recyclables.

Capriotti's, Dickey's, Menchies among brands with new locations this week

Capriotti's, Dickey's, Zoup!, Farmer Boys, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Menchies, Taylor Gourmet Handcrafted Hoagies and the Original Brookleyn Water Bagel Co. all opened new locations recently.

Americans will gobble up 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl [infographic]

Most of those wings will be consumed in restaurants. The National Chicken Council estimates that of the wings eaten during the Super Bowl, 75 percent will come from food service outlets and 25 percent from retail grocery stores.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint opens first Raleigh-Durham location

Franchisees Andrew Madans and Tallie Madans plan to open two more Uncle Maddio’s in the area within the next 18 months.

Cowboy Chicken expands outside Lone Star State

V2V Management will open the first Cowboy Chicken outside Texas in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this fall.

Fatburger beefs up SoCal presence with 30-unit deal

The deal with Landmark Foodmaster Inc. will bring new units to San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, most of which will be co-branded with Buffalo's Cafe.

California Tortilla has a new burrito that tastes a lot like college

California Tortilla's new Ramen Burrito is on trend. Other menu updates across the fast casual industry: bd's Mongolian Grill adds local, seasonal produce to its market area; Pieology adds Alfredo Sauce and Whole Wheat Crust; new smoothies debut for Bananas and Jamba Juice; The Habit brings back Sesame Chicken and Almond Salad.

McAlister's closes out 2014 with 19 new units

In 2014, McAlister's also signed 12 development agreements representing 77 future locations, and should see 30 units open this year.

Mars Drinks adds Peet's to workplace coffee offerings

Mars will offer Peet's French Roast, Café Domingo and Columbia Luminosa in its proprietary, recyclable Freshpacks.

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