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Cold Stone Creamery Names Jim Flaum President and CEO

Jim Flaum has been appointed to lead Cold Stone Creamery in its quest to become the number one best-selling ice cream brand by 2009. Flaum was executive vice president of Cold Stone before he departed in 2004 to launch his own multi-unit restaurant business. He spent 30 years with the McDonald's Corp., where in his last position he was senior vice president of the West Division.

Flaum will report to Doug Ducey, Chairman and CEO.

[via RNR]

Interview With Kentucky Fried Chicken's First Franchise

Jay AlexanderThe World's first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1952 and it is a pivotal moment for the development of the modern business format franchise.  This is one of a three part series on the history of Harman Cafe featuring Kentucky Fried Chicken with Harman Management spokesperson Mr. Jay Alexander, Operations Liaison (pictured next to the statues of Colonel Harland Sanders and Pete Harman). 

The KFC website has this to say about Pete Harman and KFC's beginnings:

After meeting his close friend and skilled businessman, Pete Harman, Colonel Sanders cashed in his $105 Social Security check to begin franchising his dream.

This is an audio podcast of Pete Harman's KFC story. 

15:18 minutes (1.98 MB)

From Coast To Coast, ZPizza Tops Favorites Lists

Gourmet Pizza Chain Beats Usual Suspects in Customer Choice Awards 

Washington, D.C., July 6, 2006— Zpizza, the Southern California based pizza chain has received rave reviews since its inception in 1986 accruing customer choice awards in prominent publications such as the Los Angeles Times. Most recently voted “Best Pizza Restaurant” and “Best Pizza Delivery” in Washingtonian magazine, Zpizza continues to impress its nationwide customer base and broaden its status as the premier gourmet pizza restaurant in the industry.  
“Zpizza corners a new niche in the pizza segment,” says Chris Bright zpizza president.

Domino's Pizza's Dough Rises

 The Domino's delivery guy will be ringing more doorbells in more places every day. Domino's Pizza Inc. is aggressively expanding its presence across the globe, including its domestic delivery area. The Ann Arbor, Michigan based company boasts 8,124 stores and $5 billion in global sales (for those calculating, that means roughly $615k per store).

Domino's Chairman and Chief Executive David Brandon spoke that he is on a quest to lift same-store sales and to:

Wendy's To Cut 375 Jobs

Wendy's International Inc. plans to slash as many as 375 jobs as part of its plan to wring out $100 million a year in costs. Most cut positions will likely come from its corporate head office that employs 700. 

Fast-Food Chains Buck The Healthy Trend

 Fast-Food chains are increasingly bucking the health trend and are making healthy profits by catering to appetities for beefed-up menus at bargain prices.

CKE Restaurants have introduced bigger burgers with flare at their Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants. Remember the monster-sized one pound Double Six Dollar Burger 1,400-calorie burger? Likewise McDonald's has temporarily introduced a 1,227 calorie burger during the World Cup soccer games that is 40% larger than a Big Mac.

Unstoppable Japanese Wins Eating Contest Yet Again

The Associated Press reports that a 160-pound super-eater from Japan, Mr. Takeru Kobayashi, has set a new record by devouring 53 3/4 frankfurters in 12 minutes to win the Independence Day hot dog eating competition on Coney Island. That's more than one hot dog every 15 seconds. Don't try that at your Fourth of July family barbeque. A few at that speed just may put you in the hospital. Wall Street thinks the sponsor has a good franchise business too.

Raiders' Randy Moss Opens Fruit Juice Franchise

Oakland Raiders receiver, Randy Moss, walked behind the counter in a pinstripe suit with a red striped tie, traded his jacket for an apron, took off his sunglasses and went to work -- as the owner of a new fruit-juice franchise.

Moss got into the smoothies when he visited an Inta Juice franchise in Eden Prairie, Minn., near the Minnesota Vikings, his ex-team's headquarters.

"I fell in love with it. By being so healthy and being able to taste the product, I was overwhelmed. Whenever I figured out that I could have something like this of my own, that's why I did it [bought a franchise]", said Moss.

Ben & Jerry's Opens In Hawaii

 Honolulu, HI - Ben & Jerry's on Friday, June 30 opened up its first ice cream parlor in Hawaii. It is the first store of several more to come. In honor of the 50th state, the store's owner, Ms. Ronni Tai See, gave away free ice cream to the first 50 people walking through the door.

"It's been a very busy first few days on this Fourth of July weekend," she told Blue MauMau. 

Ms. Tai See is quoted in the Pacific Business News as choosing to open her first store in the Ward Centre, near downtown Honolulu and not far from Ala Moana Shopping Center, because "It is the hottest entertainment complex in town. Plus, all the development in that area has the potential to draw even more people to our shop."

McDonald's in Britain Faces Critic

A British McDonald's executive agrees to be on BBC television and debate the fast-food criticisms of its practices with the author of "Fast Food Nation", Eric Schlosser. McDonald's finds itself in a defensive position right from the get-go.

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