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CKE Actively Seeking Hardee’s Franchisees in Charlotte, N.C.

CKE Restaurants, Inc., announced today its intent to develop new Hardee’s restaurants throughout the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.

The company is seeking to expand its Charlotte footprint over the next several years and sees the potential to develop more than 35 new restaurants in the market. Hardee’s operates 51 locations within the Charlotte metro area.

Owner of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s Plans $100 Million IPO

CKE Inc., owner of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands, has plans to go public again. The company filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, May 17, seeking to raise an estimated $100 million IPO.

CKE Inc. plans to use the IPO proceeds to repay debts and for other unnamed corporate purposes, according to a statement released by the company. The company suffered a $19.3 million loss in the fiscal year ending January 2012.

Hardee’s Honors RMG with Prestigious Founder’s Award

Hardee’s franchise owner Restaurant Management Group (RMG) has received the 2012 Wilber Hardee Founder’s Award from Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc.

The prestigious award is named after the founder of Hardee’s and is awarded annually to the single Hardee’s franchise owner that best exemplifies and embodies the ideals of entrepreneurial spirit, vision, leadership, teamwork, and community involvement.

Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s Hit Jackpot With Model Kate Upton

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are known for their use of pop-culture icons in their advertising, so casting Kate Upton as their latest spokeswoman in the campaign for the Southwest Patty Melt was seen as a continuation of that strategy. However, Upton was signed and the ads filmed before the brands, or Kate herself, knew that she would be chosen as the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model.

NFSSC Taps Boddie-Noell CEO for Conference Keynote

The National Food Service Security Council (NFSSC) is pleased to announce that Bill Boddie, president and CEO, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, will serve as a keynote at its 33rd Annual Conference, Aug. 5-8, in Baltimore.

NFSSC is the leading trade association for loss prevention, risk management, and security professionals in the casual dining and quick-service restaurant chain industry.

Archway Acquires Marketing Provider Synq Solutions

Archway, a leader in marketing logistics and fulfillment services, announced today that it has acquired Synq Solutions, Inc. (Synq). Synq is a privately held provider of marketing fulfillment and print management services with operating facilities in the Atlanta and Las Vegas metropolitan areas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

National Turkey Federation Awards Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) named Carl's Jr. and Hardee's recipients of its 10th Annual "Turkey on the Menu" (T.O.M.) Award in the fast food category. The award honors the chains for introducing a variety of charbroiled turkey burgers on their menus, offering healthier options to consumers.

The T.O.M. Award was presented Feb. 16 during NTF's Annual Convention.

Hardee’s Beefs Up Breakfast With Steak ‘N’ Gravy Platter

A country-fried steak ladled with sausage gravy has been a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast staple for generations, but has rarely, if ever, found its way onto fast food menus…until now.

Starting today, Hardee’s is introducing the Country Fried Steak ‘N’ Gravy Breakfast Platter, complete with a breaded beefsteak smothered in sausage gravy, Hash Rounds, eggs, and a famous Made from Scratch Buttermilk Biscuit.

Subway Tops 2011 in Consumer Buzz

YouGov’s BrandIndex looked back at 2011 to determine which U.S. brands had the greatest buzz.

Not only was Subway the 2011 Buzz leader amongst quick-serves, but Subway also had the No. 1 Buzz score amongst the entire BrandIndex universe. Two of the top 5 quick-serve brands, meanwhile, were pizza brands, with Papa John’s at No. 3 and Pizza Hut coming in at No. 4.

The quick-serve sector featured only two brands that improved by more than one point, and the largest improver (McDonald’s) climbed only 1.2 points in 2011, in terms of buzz when compared to 2010.

HSUS Now CKE Shareholder to Encourage Egg, Pork Changes

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced that it is now a shareholder with Apollo Global Management, parent company to Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s umbrella CKE Restaurants.

The HSUS hopes to use its position as shareholder to encourage the restaurant company to use more cage-free eggs and pork from pigs not housed in gestation crates.

Matthew Prescott, food policy director for the HSUS, says CKE was once at the front of this movement, but that it has since fallen behind the rest of the industry.

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