S.A. Whitehead

Award-winning veteran print and broadcast journalist, Shelly Whitehead, has spent most of the last 30 years reporting for TV and newspapers, including the former Kentucky and Cincinnati Post and a number of network news affiliates nationally. She brings her cumulative experience as a multimedia storyteller and video producer to the web-based pages of Pizzamarketplace.com and QSRweb.com after a lifelong “love affair” with reporting the stories behind the businesses that make our world go ‘round. Ms. Whitehead is driven to find and share news of the many professional passions people take to work with them every day in the pizza and quick-service restaurant industry. She is particularly interested in the growing role of sustainable agriculture and nutrition in food service worldwide and is always ready to move on great story ideas and news tips.


CoreLife Eatery, Balance Grill,  I Love Bacon leaders on crazy vs innovative

CoreLife Eatery, Balance Grill,  I Love Bacon leaders on crazy vs innovative

These were all successful restaurant ideas that were once considered just a little bit crazy, according to a panel of restaurant leaders, who shared some of their best and worst innovations with fellow restaurateurs last month at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville.

Anthony's Pizza, Asian Box, Melt Shop, Teatulia clear up confusion over food transparency

Anthony's Pizza, Asian Box, Melt Shop, Teatulia clear up confusion over food transparency

Consumers today don't just want restaurants to "tell all" when it comes to their food sources.They demand it.

Corner Bakery, Newk's, Saladworks leaders on making data make money

Corner Bakery, Newk's, Saladworks leaders on making data make money

Three restaurant leaders discuss best practices for best data returns.

Canadian start-up with a Caribbean bent shows passion integral to Perfect Pitch win

Canadian start-up with a Caribbean bent shows passion integral to Perfect Pitch win

A Toronto mom-and-pop focused on a Caribbean native's love for his culture, along with his new bride's love for him took home honors at this year’s Perfect Pitch competition at the 2017 Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville.

Millennials: 'Give us big discounts, cut the small talk'

Millennials: 'Give us big discounts, cut the small talk'

One of the more eye-opening sessions at this Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville this month was a quick, question-filled hour-long chat with a varied panel of millennials about what gets their restaurant business and what does not.

CEOs of Wing Zone, Focus Brands, Captain D's, Backyard Burgers, Koti Pizza predict industry changes, trends

CEOs of Wing Zone, Focus Brands, Captain D's, Backyard Burgers, Koti Pizza predict industry changes, trends

This year's Fast Casual Executive Summit wrapped up Tuesday night with insights from some of the industry's most successful CEOs.

Summit keynote speaker: 5 seconds to leading amidst rapid change

Summit keynote speaker: 5 seconds to leading amidst rapid change

Best-selling author and CNN commentator Mel Robbins tells fast casual leaders why they are likely just 5 seconds away from the best approach to their toughest challenges.

Slim Chickens caters to football fans' food demands

Slim Chickens caters to football fans' food demands

There may be no greater test of the success of a catering program than a fanatic football fan, who's been guzzling suds and suddenly becomes hungry. Party hosts want to meet these guests' needs. Luckily, many restaurants, including Slim Chickens, have catering programs to help.

Top take-homes in teaching restaurant tech to work together

Top take-homes in teaching restaurant tech to work together

Competition and narrow margins in the restaurant business demand a nip-and-tuck approach to efficiency. Uncle Maddio's recently worked with ParTech to streamline tech integration. In this article, the two companies share takeaways from that process.

Fazoli's 'Comeback Kid' shares turnaround story at London summit

Fazoli's 'Comeback Kid' shares turnaround story at London summit

"It was ugly," Fazoli's President and CEO Carl Howard exclaimed as he detailed the state of the chain when he arrived to lead it nine years ago. "I mean everything you can think about a restaurant chain — it was wrong." Herein, the summary of a turnaround from the London Restaurant Franchising and Innovation summit in July.

Play now or Pay later: Webinar relays KFC and Pizza Hut lessons on loyalty and mobile ordering

Play now or Pay later: Webinar relays KFC and Pizza Hut lessons on loyalty and mobile ordering

KFC and Pizza Hut put their loyalty and mobile ordering experience on the chalkboard.

London Summit: Coyote Ugly's key considerations before taking on the world

London Summit: Coyote Ugly's key considerations before taking on the world

Coyote Ugly has learned to speak a lot of different languages along its path to global growth. Here, one of the chain's leaders shares the key elements for any brand to consider before setting off on a worldwide trek.

'The Franchise Handbook' author says innovation is path to restaurant royalty

'The Franchise Handbook' author says innovation is path to restaurant royalty

"The Franchise Handbook" author Carl Reader tells London audience that innovation sets the winners apart from the others in today's restaurant business.

Show and tell: Coolgreens demonstrates how 'picturing' community health can be profitable

Show and tell: Coolgreens demonstrates how 'picturing' community health can be profitable

Oklahoma-based Coolgreens defines itself through community health, and as the chain expands, it will spread that idea in a very visual way.

LEON co-founder: 'How we built an upscale QSR for heaven'

LEON co-founder: 'How we built an upscale QSR for heaven'

As co-owner and CEO of LEON, a 50-unit brand based in London, John Vincent talks and acts like a man who is as far from an evangelist as you can get. Yet, when the fun-loving Brit wanted to start a Mediterranean diet-centered chain, the question he and his business partner asked themselves was simply, "How would God do fast food?"

Onslaught of Chipotle suits: 2 diners file, 7 other law firms form investor class actions

Onslaught of Chipotle suits: 2 diners file, 7 other law firms form investor class actions

At least eight U.S. law firms have reported either filing, investigating or forming classes as part of lawsuits against Chipotle in connection with a norovirus outbreak in Sterling, Virginia.

Chipotle and the 'elephant in the dining room'

Chipotle and the 'elephant in the dining room'

The restaurant industry and its players are exhaling today after news that Chipotle might be able to overcome its food safety woes of last week and the previous two years. But are we missing a much bigger point in these food safety issues with a once-leading brand?

Brand resurrection? Chipotle might just pull it off

Brand resurrection? Chipotle might just pull it off

Norovirus outbreak and rat infestation behind it, Chipotle's leadership says the brand is moving on.

Webinar: The Halal Guys shares 3 loyalty lessons with big pay-offs

Webinar: The Halal Guys shares 3 loyalty lessons with big pay-offs

The Halal Guys Marketing Director Andrew Eck related valuable information in the hour-long session, including three principles that he said brands must keep in mind in their loyalty program creation.

The Halal Guys loyalty story to headline July 13 webinar

The Halal Guys loyalty story to headline July 13 webinar

The Halal Guys have had enormous success with their well-researched loyalty program, which the brand's leadership with share with our readers during a July 13 webinar.

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