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Subway Leads Industry in Familiarity, Product Quality

When it comes to familiarity, product quality, and intent to purchase, consumers rank Subway higher than any other quick-service brand, according to a new study.

Dairy Queen, Wendy’s, Five Guys, and Chick-fil-A round out the top five of the Harris Poll EquiTrend Study, which measures and compares brand health for more than 1,500 brands. More than 20,000 members of the general population participate in the study.

Subway earned a score of 73.07 in the study, about 11 points above the quick-service category average of 61.67.

David Novak’s Global Vision

The photos are the first thing people notice when they walk into David Novak’s office.

Hundreds of pictures cover the walls and even the ceiling. They show Novak, Yum! Brands Inc.’s chairman and CEO, with smiling restaurant managers, office staffers, and other employees honored for noteworthy achievement.

The winners get more than just a picture. They also win cash and the Yum! Award, a set of plastic smiling teeth with legs, denoting they “walk the talk” of leadership.

Cheesy Bites Pull, Dip, and Pop Their Way Back Into Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut has announced the return of the Cheesy Bites Pizza. Adorned by 28 pullable, dippable, poppable cheese-filled morsels around the crust, the Cheesy Bites Pizza combines taste perfection with a little "food fun," making it an all-time favorite that customers ask for by name.

Philip Friedman Named Chairman of Brandstand Group

Brandstand Group announced today that Philip Friedman, former CEO and president of McAlister’s Deli and current CEO of Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, has been named chairman of the board of directors at Brandstand Group, a premier restaurant brand marketing and communication firm.

Previously, Friedman served as Brandstand’s vice chairman.

Tim Tebow to Read to Children Nationwide

The stage is set for superstar quarterback Tim Tebow to deliver one of his clutch performances that will benefit young readers across the country.

Tim has partnered with BOOK IT!, the reading incentive program sponsored by Pizza Hut, to host America's Biggest Storytime, an annual celebrity webcast to motivate children to read more and to help develop a lifelong love of reading.

China Continues to Be Major Engine for Yum Growth

With more than half of Yum! Brands' profits now derived from stores in 73 emerging countries outside the U.S., Yum CEO David Novak said the company sees global growth as one of its biggest opportunities in 2012.

Novak said that China in particular is “the best restaurant growth opportunity of the 21st Century."

Pizza Hut to Serve 16 Million Slices on Super Sunday

When teams from New York and New England meet on the gridiron in Indianapolis this Sunday, professional football’s ultimate crown will be on the line. 

And when it comes to choosing a meal for the Big Game, fans across the nation will look to Pizza Hut to deliver a championship spread just in time for kickoff. This year for the Big Game, Pizza Hut is expecting to surpass 2 million pizzas sold–more than 16 million slices–making it the chain’s busiest day of the year.

36 Pizza Hut Units Change Hands

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Consistent with NPC International, Inc.’s objective to continue its growth within the Pizza Hut system, NPC announced that it had entered into an Asset Sale Agreement with Pizza Hut, Inc. and affiliates. 

Through this, NPC has agreed to purchase from PHI 36 Pizza Hut units for $18.8 million in cash, plus an additional amount for inventory, prepaids, and store cash.

The units being acquired include five fee-owned locations.

This acquisition will be funded with available cash on hand and borrowings from the Company’s $100.0 million revolving credit facility.

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.

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