Industry News

Yum! Brands Inc. received the “Innovative Program Award” from the Employee Services Management (ESM) Association’s Awards of Excellence Program for its 2008 Earth Week program that reinforced the...
Domino's Pizza Inc. announced that a member of its board of directors, Dennis Hightower, has resigned from his position to accept President Obama's nomination for Deputy Secretary of Commerce....
The restaurant industry’s economic challenges continued to persist in June, as the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) comprehensive index of restaurant activity declined for the second...
Multiple organizations spoke out in support of the passing of the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (HR 2749) by the House of Representatives.

"This reform means that common-sense...
Innovative Technologies by Design Inc. (ITD) is scheduled to release the 2.0 version of its Prep-Pal product this September.

The new software/hardware package is a stand-alone solution...
National Restaurant Association president and CEO Dawn Sweeney made the following statement regarding the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement...
Yoshinoya, a Japanese restaurant chain and global brand with more than 1,400 worldwide locations, announced the introduction of a new line of BBQ Short Rib...
FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of more than 2,200 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes, announced that Mike Shattuck was promoted to president of FOCUS Brands...
Two executives from Buffalo Wild Wings—senior vice president of operations July Shoulak and director of marketing Laura Rutten—will lead an online panel discussion in a webinar for...
Espresso roaster and supplier Miscela d’Oro is releasing its new retail line of espresso products to North American restaurateurs in August.

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CiCi's Pizza is sponsoring the “Ultimate Pizza Party” at 650 of its locations nationwide on August 8 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. More than 4,500,000 invitations were distributed for the event, which will see 5.7...
LocalEats, an iPhone dining guide application, launched a new feature for restaurant customers in New York City. More than 100 restaurants in Manhattan are offering mobile savings directly to...
Smashburger signed an agreement with Chicago caterer Food for Thought Enterprises through their development arm, Smash Illinois LLC, to operate 11 restaurants in the Chicago area.

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Technomic released a report in July in conjunction with Restaurant Finance Monitor that suggests, among other things, that some restaurant franchisors shifted franchising strategies in 2008 to...
Cold Stone Creamery, a subsidiary of Kahala, opened the first two of 13 international co-brand locations in Copenhagen, Denmark. The worldwide ice cream concept partnered with Sv. Michelsen...
U-SWIRL International Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Healthy Fast Food Inc., announced that it has finalized plans to open a company-owned U-SWIRL Frozen Yogurt store in the Green Valley...