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McDonald's Considering Change to Fresh Beef

McDonald's has recently been serving never-frozen hamburgers in 14 of its Dallas restaurants, testing the fresh beef idea, but a Nomura survey shows more than a few franchisees are concerned about keeping that beef as safe to eat as the present frozen variety.

Buffalo Wings & Rings AUV Up in Q2

CINCINNATI, Ohio—Buffalo Wings & Rings announced today that the average unit volume for its 70 affiliated restaurants increased by 2.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

Cici’s Pizza Customers Latest to be Hacked at 135+ Restaurants and Counting

A month after cybercrime reporter Brian Krebs first broke the news that Cici's Pizza had a breach of its customers' credit cards, Cici's finally has come clean. The franchisor publicly acknowledged Monday night that it has been hacked.

Tropical Smoothie Café Grows Comparable Sales and Restaurant Units in First Half of 2016

ATLANTA—In an announcement earlier today, Tropical Smoothie Café revealed a rise of 6.4 percent in same-restaurant sales in its system for the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

Captain D’s Same-Store Sales Up, Nets One Outlet

Captain D's franchised versus company-owned restaurant count from the end of 2011 to 2015NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Captain D's announced today a rise of 3.1 percent in same-restaurant sales, its 19th consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales.

NLRB: In-N-Out Can’t Stop Workers from Wearing ‘Fight for $15’ Buttons

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the In-N-Out Burger chain cannot order its employees to stop wearing "Fight for $15" buttons while on duty at restaurants. Although the chain consists of company-owned burger restaurants, the reason given by the administrative law judge might be surprising to franchisors and franchisees.

Restaurateurs Find Recent Commodity Price Drops Make Wage Hikes Easier

CHICAGO— While commodity prices from eggs to beef have dropped, prices on restaurant menus seem to be steadily increasing. That gap appears to be helping restaurants offset the effects of higher labor costs, reports restaurant researcher Technomic.

Same-Store Sales Drop for MTY

MONTREAL—MTY Food Group Inc. reported highlights of its second quarter. Same-store sales for its 30 corporate stores and 2,649 franchises were down by 0.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

Clues for Building a Lasting Grocerant Brand

Success does leave clues and if you want your fresh prepared Grocerant niche food brand to have distinctive differentiated messaging and positioning below are 10 clues from Foodservice Solutions Grocerant Guru:  

Nathan's Famous on Now, the Future and Franchises

Nathan's Famous flagship at Coney Island

BROOKLYN, N.Y.— Wayne Norbitz, a member of the board of directors at Nathan's Famous Inc. [NASDAQ:NATH] and the company's president and COO from 1989 until 2015, ruminates not only about pressures on the brand's franchised restaurant count, but also on the brand's multi-channel product distribution—pioneered way before other restaurant chains decided it was a good idea for them too.