Coke announces waste reduction program

The Coca-Cola Company announced today that it's changing its approach to packaging "to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030." "The world has a packaging problem — and, like all companies, we have a...

Panera CEO: '50 percent of the top 10 fast casual brands selling breakfast have an egg made from at least 5 ingredients'

In conjunction with the launch of Panera Bread's new breakfast sandwiches, featuring 100-percent real eggs, the company has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to establish a clear definition for the term, "egg." When developing its new breakfast sandwiches, Panera...

Fatburger opening in Scotland

Fatburger and Buffalo's Express are opening three co-branded units across Scotland in the next five years, the first of which is planned for Dundee, according to a company press release. The brands' parent company, FAT Brands, announced today that it...

800 Degrees Pizzeria puts former Focus Brands exec in CMO seat

Los Angeles-based 800 Degrees Pizzeria has named Thomas Bartsch as its chief marketing officer. Bartsch most recently served as CMO and global marketing vice president for an unidentified Focus Brands fast casual start-up, according to a company press release. He...

Fazoli's ends 2017 with growth spurt

The end of 2017 was all about growth at Fazoli's. It signed six agreements to develop a total of 15 restaurants nationwide and also opened five restaurants — most recently in Connecticut, Texas, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. On the...

Saladworks upgrades POS system

Saladworks has upgraded its POS system across its nearly 100 restaurants via a partnership with Gusto POS. "Converting our entire brand to Gusto POS has been an important fundamental step in our future planning, Saladworks CEO Patrick Sugrue, said in...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe opens 101 units in 2017

Tropical Smoothie Cafe beat its 2017 goal of opening 100 units by one. The chain, which hit 101 openings to end the year with 630 locations, also signed 187 agreements to grow its footprint in markets nationwide.

Former MOD pizza exec now Voodoo Doughnut CEO

Voodoo Doughnut has named restaurant veteran Chris Schultz as its CEO, hiring him away from MOD Pizza, where he served as senior vice president of operations, a news release said. At the pizza brand, Schultz helped grow the company from...

The Pizza Press presses toward 300 units by 2020

With 84 franchise units in its pocket, The Pizza Press is continuing its growth this year with plans for 50 openings, while awarding 25-30 more through strategic franchise partnerships. "It was important to us that 2017 was a year composed...

R Taco adds 2 franchise partners

R Taco, a fast casual street taco chain backed by Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today the addition of two franchise groups. The agreements will result in seven locations across Arizona, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, according to a company press release....

Freshii to Subway: Let's partner to succeed

Freshii to Subway: Let's partner to succeed

Freshii founder and CEO Matthew Corrin has written a second letter to Subway Restaurants, proposing that the two brands partner to work through Subway's recent conundrums with frustrated franchisees. Corrin, who will keynote the Restaurant and Franchising Innovation Summit in...

Modern Market opening on Notre Dame campus

Modern Market opened its first university campus location this week in the Duncan Student Center at the University of Notre Dame. The newest restaurant makes 27 total units for the company, according to a company press release. "This location is...

Maui Wowi inks deals to open 8 units

Maui Wowi has announced four partnerships to open eight units in high-traffic venues in Alabama, California, Florida and Texas, according to a company press release. With the latest partnerships, the brand will be a fixture on the campuses of Texas...

Caliburger customers can order, pay with a smile

Caliburger rolls out AI-enabled self-service kiosks using NEC facial recognition technology.

Zoes Kitchen unveils new design, beverage menu

Zoes Kitchen opens the doors today of its new restaurant prototype. Located at 6004 Falls of Neuse Rd., Suite 100, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the store includes a variety of features designed to enhance guests' dining experience, provide more convenience...

Blaze Pizza opening NY, California and Illinois locations

Thursday is a big day for Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza when the chain opens the doors to three units across the country.

Halal Guys gives customers 5 LTOs in 10 weeks

The Halal Guys is getting the new year going with five LTOs, each a new concoction that will be available for two weeks at locations nationally, a news release said. The specials run in the following order and include: Jan....

Captain D’s converts Church's Chicken restaurant in Houston

Captain D's has grown its footprint in Texas with the conversion of a former Church's Chicken to its newest franchised location opening today in Houston, located at 5854 Hwy. 6N, according to a press release. The Houston restaurant is owned...

Rush Bowls to open 6 in Tempe, Denver

Rush Bowls has signed a multi-unit franchise development deal for three restaurants in greater Tempe, Arizona, and an additional three locations in Denver, Colorado. A news release said they are the first locations for each city.  The brand's first franchisee-owned location opened in Nashville in July.

Chicken Salad Chick does 10 giveaways on 10th anniversary

Chicken Salad Chick is 10 years in the fast casual game this month and is celebrating with an amped-up annual Guest Appreciation Day, a news release said.  This year the chain is giving away freebies for 10 straight days at its 80-plus locations in 11 states, beginning Jan. 15.

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