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AFC Enterprises, Inc. announced Thursday that Chris Elliott has been named president of Cinnabon®. Elliott has served as interim president since last June. His promotion is effective immediately...
Jack in the Box Inc. operator and franchiser of Jack in the Box® restaurants announced yesterday evening that it has entered the fast-casual restaurant category with its purchase of Qdoba...
After U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet dismissed the pending civil suit against the company, the following statement was released by McDonald's Corporation:

"We trusted the court to use its...

Consumers soon will have a radically new fast food dining experience available to them. Hardee's Food Systems, Inc. today announced plans to convert all of its more than 2,200 restaurants to an...
The Subway restaurant chain has been named the number one franchise opportunity for 2003 by Entrepreneur Magazine in its 24th annual Franchise 500 rankings.

According to Entrepreneur, the...

Pizza Hut Inc. and MasterCard International are offering consumers a chance to take home the Grand Prize of $25,000 in gold coins or First Prize of a $10,000 MasterCard Gift Card in the...
Panera Bread Company (today reported that system-wide comparable bakery-cafe sales (excluding the one specialty bakery-cafe and closed locations) increased 3.5% for the four weeks ended December...
Church's Chicken announced today the completion of a deal with WETCO Restaurant Group, LLC, to convert 35 company-operated restaurants throughout Louisiana, into franchise ownership. WETCO...
McDonald's Corporation's (NYSE: MCD - News) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Cantalupo, announced today the appointment of Ralph Alvarez to the newly created role of Executive Vice...
Panera Bread Company announced today that Paul Twohig has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer. Twohig joined Panera Bread on Jan. 8 and reports to Chairman and Chief...
To celebrate coffeehouse romances as Valentine's Day approaches, Starbucks Coffee Company is looking for couples whose relationship brewed in its stores.

Beginning today and ending February 7...

Panera Bread Company yesterday reported that it has signed an agreement with its Dallas franchisee, Dallas-Ft. Worth Bakery, LP, to repurchase the development rights to the Dallas market. The...

Wendy's International, Inc. (NYSE: WEN - News) announced today sales results for 2002, the fourth quarter and December (period 12 ended on December 29, 2002).

Same-store sales for the year...

McDonald's chairman and chief executive officer Jim Cantalupo continued to build his management team with the appointment yesterday of Russ Smyth as president of McDonald's Europe.

Smyth, 46...

Yum! Brand Inc. closed the quarter ending December 28 with same-store sales down by 1 percent at U.S. company-owned restaurants and by 6 percent at KFC. Same-store sales for the quarter rose by 3...
Tug, Jen, Kat, Rip, and Scooter. Meet the Aqua Agents, and they're coming to a Captain D's restaurant near you.

The seafood restaurant chain announced today that the Aqua Agents have begun to...