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.


Beverage trends should inspire restaurants to rethink the use of sweeteners

Beverage trends should inspire restaurants to rethink the use of sweeteners

Natural and healthful sourcing is hugely in demand for today's restaurateurs. Why then do so few brands offer naturally sourced lower-calorie sweeteners, particularly for their increasingly popular beverage offerings?

Tips and tricks for handling restaurant leadership stress

Tips and tricks for handling restaurant leadership stress

Wellness Expert Heidi Smith drew big crowds at the NRA show in Chicago, seeking her lessons on stress reduction for restaurant leaders.

Menu-labeling expert's book a life-tested lesson in persistence

Betsy Craig, author, Unstoppable Restaurateurs, perhaps more than most in business, know the value of persistence and determination. But remaining persistent in the face of the most harrowing setbacks not only can deplete even topnotch leaders but also their businesses...

Changes to tipping laws could lead to big fines for violating brands

Changes to tipping laws could lead to big fines for violating brands

A national labor lawyer is calling restaurant operators' attention to recently passed tipping legislation that may make them liable for big fines if they allow managers to share in tip pools, as well as other new intricacies that open tip pooling to all non-management restaurant employees.

Wendy's, Pita Pit, Jimboy's Tacos give tips on getting the most out of supplier relationships

Wendy's, Pita Pit, Jimboy's Tacos give tips on getting the most out of supplier relationships

A session at the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit last week in Louisville featured three execs who get the most out of their supplier relationships.

Jersey Mike's searching pizza market for franchisees

Jersey Mike's searching pizza market for franchisees

Sometimes a brand's best potential franchisee "pickings" are already operating entirely different buy operationally similar types of restaurants.

Balance Grille founders building Aquaponics farm in downtown Toledo

Balance Grille founders building Aquaponics farm in downtown Toledo

Balance Pan-Asian Grille Founders Prakash Karamchandani and HoChan Jang are building an 8,600-square-foot aquaponics farm in the middle of downtown Toledo, Ohio.

C-Speak: Cincinnati Reds' success with food lockers paves way for restaurant uses

C-Speak: Cincinnati Reds' success with food lockers paves way for restaurant uses

The Cincinnati Reds scored a home run with Apex Supply Chain technologies' "click-and-collect" foodservice system last season, paving the way for widespread use by restaurant concepts of all varieties.

Airports still hot venue for limited-service brands

Airports still hot venue for limited-service brands

Airports are the No. 1 non-traditional expansion market for QSR brands, and Austin, Texas, has positioned itself to be right in the center of the action.

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.

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