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Extra! Extra! How the odd paring of newspapers and pizza built a successful brand for Pizza Press

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read all about how two seemingly unrelated concepts - pizza and newspapers - have merged together to create a brand experience at Pizza Press that feels timeless, yet modern.

Building loyalty with mobile: Where to start?

Eric Buckner, Senior Product Manager - Mobile for Sears Holdings, discusses where to start when considering a mobile loyalty program.

The 3 Most Important Pieces of Equipment in Fast Casual Pizza

Although fresh, quality ingredients are an essential part of a successful fast casual pizzeria, here's the secret recipe for success.

Sponsored by: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint

It's something personal: tips for building loyal locals and establishing community roots

Technology and social media outlets provide opportunities to personalize messages, but showing the locals you care about their community is proving to be an effective way to target customers and build loyalty.

8 things restaurants should do before building a website

Not sure where to begin? Here are eight things eateries should consider before starting the website building process.

Squadle and Triton Partnership Provides Easy Access to Essential Data for Restaurants

Retail and restaurant managers will see clear benefits to the simplification of data access.

Sponsored by: Triton

San Francisco Soup Company executive discusses the restaurant's use of BLE beacons

Clayton Chan, COO for San Francisco Soup Company, discusses the restaurant chain's use of BLE beacons.

Persona slated to open 3 locations in southeast

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has inked a development agreement for three restaurants in the Southeastern United States, including South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Starbucks suspends 'Race Together' campaign amid criticism

Hoping to encourage a dialogue around race-related issues, the Seattle-based coffee giant devised the now partially dismantled "Race Together" campaign where baristas write the slogan on Starbucks coffee cups, and engage select customers in a conversation on race.

Navigating the menu labeling pros and cons

Restaurant operators need to be aware of how FDA regulations apply to restaurants because they are now competing against companies that are being held to the same menu labeling standard.

Simple solutions to minimizing food waste

Food waste is a fact of the restaurant business, and for something that cannot be completely avoided, the toll it takes is steep. Food waste has a spectrum of consequences that spans the erosion of profits to negatively impacting the ecosystem and harming the sustainability of the planet.

Ordering up efficiency: Optimizing work flow using mobile technology

Restaurants are beginning to integrate various technologies that are allowing them to achieve greater efficiencies.

Millennial workforce driving digital workforce management solutions

Managing your restaurant digitally has plenty of advantages and with the rapidly changing workforce, it may even soon be necessary.

Your Pie looking for national growth in the midst of fast casual pizza boom

With 22 units open, Your Pie is hoping to break out of the Southeast and go nationwide.

Waste not, want not, profit more

In our business, every morsel has been bought and paid for, and its value lies in its resale, not its position at the bottom of a trash can.

We spent February talking about these five stories

What topics generated the most heat during February's deep freeze?

Axis Purchasing Identifies $15 million in Savings for Foodservice Members

Axis Purchasing, the group purchasing organization, identified savings for its foodservice members of more than $15 million in 2014.

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Blaze Pizza expands in San Francisco

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced the grand opening of a new San Francisco restaurant at Stonestown Galleria on Saturday, March 28.

Tropical Smoothie targeting North Carolina for expansion

The sandwich and smoothie franchise expects to open 20 locations throughout Greater Charlotte within the next five years.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit rolls out Easter Feast

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit launched their twist on the traditional Easter Feast this month.

Coconut’s Fish Cafe celebrates opening of new Plano restaurant with Founder’s Party

Coconut’s Fish Café hosted a Founder’s Party for their second Dallas-Fort Worth location to welcome new customers.

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina set to expand in 2015

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina is looking to outpace results from its successful 2014 as the brand expands throughout the U.S.

California Pizza Kitchen Turns 30

​California Pizza Kitchen will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 27.

Chipotle, Subway, Pizza Hut take home Harris Poll 'Brand of the Year' award

Brands with the highest scores for equity receive the Harris Poll EquiTrend "Brand of the Year" award for their category.

Hot off the press: Pizza Press's 2nd opening

The Pizza Press, a fast-casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant, announced the grand opening celebration of its second location at 155 North Glassell in Old Towne Orange, California on Saturday, March 28th, starting at noon with pizza, drinks and prizes.

Top single-unit restaurants with more than $1M in annual revenue released

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the High Volume Independent Restaurants database to its line of research products.

11% mortality rate of cage-free hens not solely due to cage-free housing, WAP says

By going cage-free, food businesses can also stay at the forefront of market trends, since several major corporations – including Burger King, Starbucks, Aramark, and Unilever – have proactively committed to transition to sourcing only cage-free eggs over the next several years.

BURGERFI announces first international development agreement

BURGERFI has announced its first international development agreement. In a deal with EFIT SA DE CV, 40 restaurants are planned for Mexico City and the surrounding areas over the next five to seven years.

Uncle Maddio’s signs largest multi-unit deal to date

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint announced today the signing of its largest franchise deal to date.

Veteran achieves dream of owning a restaurant with new Dickey's Barbecue Pit

On Friday, March 27, the US Air Force Veteran, Brian Patnett, will open Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Brandywine.

McDonald's is who's on first, Starbucks runs to second, Technomic report says

Starbucks surpassed Subway to become the No. 2 restaurant chain in U.S. sales with McDonald's coming in second, according to USA Today's article on Technomic's "2015 Top 500 Chain Report."

Peet’s Coffee introduces Javiva

Peet’s Coffee today introduced Javiva Blended, a new blended iced coffee beverage now available in all Peet’s stores nationwide.

March Madness drives up chicken wing prices 63%

Restaurant operators are paying higher prices this year during March Madness for bone-in wings, spending 63 percent more than in 2014.

Granbury releases new online ordering system at Las Vegas Pizza Expo

Granbury Solutions announced the unveiling of a new online ordering system, Thr!ve Online at the 2015 Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

Bigger not always better, Technomic study says

Technomic released results regarding the 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States, which found that the restaurants accelerated their cumulative sales to a 4 percent increase growth in 2014, totaling an estimated $274.4 billion.

Jersey Mike's donating 100% percent of sales to local charities on March 25th

Jersey Mikes, a fast casual sub shop, is gearing up for its "Day of Giving" promotion, which deems 100% of sales at participating Jersey Mike's Subs nationwide be donated to more than 120 local charities.

Crisis communications agency devoted to foodservice opens doors in Atlanta

Blink, a crisis communications agency serving food channels, opened its doors today, with locations in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.

Managing customers online, tracking ROI among top concerns for restaurateurs

LivingSocial has released its "Restaurants Trends & Insights for 2015" report, which found that 68 percent of restaurateurs have limited marketing budgets and 49 percent of respondents have difficulty tracking ROI of marketing investments as their most significant marketing challenges.

Pollo Campero announces 11.8% sales growth

Pollo Campero, the world's largest Latin chicken restaurant brand, announced an 11.8 percent same store sales growth at comparable United States stores for the period January-February of 2015.

McAlister's Deli targeting Phoenix for franchise growth

McAlister's Deli announced today it is targeting Phoenix for franchise growth.

Red Robin Burger Works continues Washington, DC expansion

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. announced Monday that a second Washington, DC-area Red Robin Burger Works will open on March 23, 2015 at 1028 19th Street, NW in the Golden Triangle.

UCLA business program to host restaurant executive conference

UCLA Extension will host the 19th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference on Thursday, April 16 at UCLA Covel Commons in Los Angeles.

NRA celebrates Women's History month

The National Restaurant Association is celebrating Women’s History month this March by recognizing the contributions of many women who have achieved success in restaurants and promoted the industry.

Marco's celebrates National Spinach Day by fighting hunger

On Thursday, March 26, Marco’s Pizza is celebrating National Spinach Day by offering customers a free medium Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza for bringing a can of spinach to the store.

Pie Five comes sweepin' down the plain with first Oklahoma store

The Stillwater restaurant will mark Pie Five’s 40th location in 11 states.

Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply hen housing study found 'trade-offs' for each system

'Depending on the goals and perspectives of a food production company, egg producer or other food system stakeholder, those trade-offs may be weighed differently.'

IFA to appeal Seattle minimum wage law on behalf of franchisees

The International Franchise Association announced today that it will appeal a recent decision in federal court that the organization claims allows the city of Seattle to discriminate against small franchised businesses as part of the city's 2014 minimum wage law.

IFA applauds House for taking a stand against new union election rules

International Franchise Association Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti issued a statement on the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 8, a resolution disapproving new union election rules from the National Labor Relations Board.

Marco's offers free pizza on National Spinach Day

Thursday, March 26 is National Spinach Day, a day honoring the leafy green vegetable that's loved by both Popeye and parents.

Zaxby’s celebrates 25th anniversary

Zaxby’s is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It started in March 1990 as a local restaurant serving the college community of Statesboro, Georgia.

Baristas expands into eastern and central Pennsylvania

Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. announced that BMOC Partners, who is a Baristas master franchiser, has completed the lease agreements for its third franchised Baristas Coffee Company location, serving eastern and central Pennsylvania.

Tropical Smoothie Café accelerates growth plans in Philly and New Jersey

Tropical Smoothie Café announced it is actively pursuing Philadelphia and Northern New Jersey for franchise growth.

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