U.S. consumers spending more on restaurants than groceries

Restaurant spending experienced a recent surge that is causing grocery stores to lose ground with U.S. shoppers.

IFA, Chamber of Commerce applaud statute blocking NLRB 'joint employer liability' expansion

The International Franchise Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Workforce Freedom Initiative announced their approval of a new law in Tennessee establishing that franchise and franchisee employees are separate entities.

Juice It Up! celebrates 20 years, 50 percent sales increase

Juice It Up!, a raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchise, announced the company achieved "solid same-store sales" and an average unit volume growth of three percent in Q1 2015, compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Robeks debuts sustainable maple water smoothies for hydration and health

L.A.-based Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies debuted three new Fitness Smoothies made with maple water, specialty water extracted from the raw sap of maple trees.

NRA partners with Craft Beer Expo for upcoming shows

National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the Craft Beverage Expo announced a partnership uniting Influencers from both organizations.

Mobile payments app for restaurant goers seeks to cut wait time and feed the hungry

Full Society launches IndieGoGo campaign to finalize app development designed to allow users to donate when paying for a restaurant bill.

Encourage Millennial spending with healthy fare, good deals, study says

Their biggest complaints, according to the research, are that restaurants are too expensive, that it's cheaper to eat at home and that they feel better about cooking at home because it's healthier and tastes better.

Customers spend more across restaurant categories with mobile apps

Fast casual, according to the research, is the most likely restaurant category to report mobile ordering, at 1 percent of the segment's total traffic.

Burrito chain brings loyalty program to Google Wallet

Currito's presence in Google Wallet comes just one month after Google announced plans to pre-install Google Wallet on all Android phones.

Korean-inspired fare, Chipotle-style leads to doubled-digit sales growth

The company's same-store sales growth reached double-digits, leading to plans for nearly 20 stores slated to open in the next two years.

Fast casual success attributed to speed, cost, nutrition

The fast casual sector has grown by more than 550 percent since 1999, and Americans spent more than $21 billion at fast casual stores in 2014.

MasterCard's mobile ordering app powers new Harlem restaurant

The app, embedded with MasterPass, enables consumers to pay their bill when they're ready to leave an establishment.

California Pizza Kitchen CEO talks droughts, wages, 'next chapter'

California Pizza Kitchen's CEO talks with Fox News Business news.

KFC China to rival Starbucks with premium coffee rollout

KFC expects to offer premium coffee in 2,500 of its 4,500 stores in China by the end of the year.

Panera to increase buyback to $750M, refranchise 73 stores

Panera Bread announced that it is increasing its buyback authorization to $750M and plans to sell and refranchise 73 of its company-owned stores.

New regulations bill will lead to 'costly litigation,' IFA says

Leaders of the International Franchise Association urged lawmakers in California to oppose Assembly Bill 525, which the organization believes would pose "additional and unnecessary regulations on franchise small businesses."

Complex tax code hurting franchises, IFA says

The International Franchise Association is encouraging lawmakers to pursue comprehensive tax reform as a way to support the franchise industry.

Your Pie celebrates 7 years, launches Maple Bacon Gelato

Your Pie announced the latest of the brand's seasonal Craft Pie Series, the new Maple Bacon Gelato.

CREAM inks 13-unit expansion deal for Northern California

CREAM, a San Francisco-based fast casual dessert franchise specializing in ice cream sandwiches and other confections, has inked a franchise deal for 13 new locations.

Penn Station inks 10-unit agreement for Atlanta area

The company has opened more than 290 locations in 15 states with only two store closings in 30 years.

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