Industry News

Meyda Custom Lighting, designer and manufacturer of custom and decorative lighting, received the HFN 2009 Lighting Award of Excellence for its new line of Chandel-Airs, according to HFN...
The National Restaurant Association hailed the passage of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate, “The Travel Promotion Act,” S. 1023, which would aggressively promote international travel to...
WOW Café and Wingery announced that for the fourth straight year it has received recognition from the National Buffalo Wing Festival. The National Buffalo Wing Festival took place during Labor...
A recent report from market-research company NPD Group concluded that foodservice traffic around the globe dropped in the first quarter of 2009, showing signs of weakened international economies...
Sonic Corp. announced that Omar Janjua joined the company as president of its restaurant-operating subsidiary, Sonic Restaurants Inc. (SRI). Janjua was previously executive vice president and COO...
Panda Express announced the launch of its SweetFire Chicken Breast, which will debut at all Panda Express restaurants on September 23.

SweetFire Chicken Breast includes all white meat...
McDonald’s announced that beginning September 13 and running throughout the month of September, it will offer commuters in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Washington, D.C. a free...
CiCi's Pizza introduced the Rustic Pizza, a thin, rectangular, flat-bread crust topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Syracuse-style sausage. The new pie is cut into squares for serving and topped...
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation announced a new Doughnut Factory and Kremery in Lexington, South Carolina. The factory and 1,940 square-foot store will employ approximately 26 people. Krispy...
Seattle’s Best Coffee introduced Just Pure Flavor, which offers customizable flavor by the cup and is available in Vanilla Creme, Cinnamon Swirl, and Hazelnut flavored syrups. The new flavors use...
Eat’n Park announced the release of its Pittsburgh Steelers–themed Steelers Gift Packs, available exclusively at the company’s website. The company is also offering free shipping of the...
Smashburger signed a deal with Cow Town Sizzle Inc. to operate 12 restaurants in the greater Fort Worth metro area. The Cow Town Sizzle Inc. venture is a branch of SB Sizzle Inc., the franchisee...
Carvel Ice Cream is inviting guests to enjoy a free Oreo Lil’ Rounder on September 24 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. for Customer Appreciation Day at participating locations.

Carvel’s new Oreo Lil...

The Subway restaurant chain named six outstanding franchisees as recipients of its 2009 Franchisee of the Year awards and three highly respected members of its development community as recipients...
Results issued recently from Zagat's Fast Food Survey ranked Pinkberry third in the Smoothie/Frozen Yogurt category, but was the only frozen yogurt brand recognized on the list.

Additionally,...