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Planet Smoothie LLC, owned by Petrus Brands LLC, named Bonnie Rhinehardt as its new president. Bonnie Rhinehardt assumed the role of president on August 23. As president of the Planet Smoothie...
Restaurant chains still consider new franchise agreements to be a main avenue for growth, says a new report from foodservice consultant Technomic. In response to the recession, many franchisors...
UFood Restaurant Group Inc. announced that it signed an area development agreement with the Robinson Hill Hospitality Group of Chicago for UFood Grill units at five major U.S. airports.
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As a result of soft sales and traffic levels and a deteriorating outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s comprehensive index of restaurant activity remained...
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises Inc., launched a major marketing and advertising initiative designed to underscore the results of a national taste test between Popeyes’...
Sonic Corp. announced that Leonard Lieberman retired from the Board of Directors after 21 years of service, effective August 27. The company also announced that Jeffrey Schutz, managing director...
Starbucks announced the next step in building the instant coffee category with the introduction of Starbucks VIA Flavored Coffee in U.S. and Canada stores this fall. Just one year since the...
Ham might be the most popular sandwich meat in the U.S., but when it comes to delivering distinctive, high-quality flavor, few meats can match the seasoned, peppered appeal of pastrami. Fans of...
Suffering through bankruptcy in the worst recession in decades is never promising for future growth, but with a new buyer, one West Coast fast-casual chain has found that it is poised to grow...
Church’s Chicken, the globally recognized chicken quick-serve chain, announced the appointment of Louie W. Mele to its Board of Directors.

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Eat'n Park announced it has relaunched its Smiley Cookie website on the LCG Commerce platform powered by Magento. In just four weeks, conversion on the site is up 50 percent and average order...
Walls + Forms Inc. has been a provider of merchandiser solutions for more than 20 years. One of its recent offerings provides a strong merchandising opportunity over a wide range of applications...
For the third year in a row, security provider Corporate Safe Specialists (CSS) was named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list is...
To add to its extensive specialty pizza lineup, Stevi B’s Pizza married two American classics—pizza and Chicken Cordon Bleu—to create its new Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza.

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Today marks the start of the second year of Sonic Drive-In's commitment to Limeades for Learning, a cause branding initiative that empowers consumers to direct more than $500,000 in grants to...
Many quick serves are still trying to figure out the power of a Facebook fan page, but one brand thinks it’s found a way to both grow its fan base and put it to good use: by offering free music...