BurgerFi International, the owner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, began franchising the chain

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza fires up franchising with first deal

Brand franchisor plans focus on co-branded stores with BurgerFi, including first location in Kissimmee, Fla. with NDM

The franchisor of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings began franchising the pizza chain, brokering a deal with NDM Hospitality Services, LLC. In addition to being a BurgerFi franchising partner, NDM Hospitality has its foothold in travel lodging and resort dining. The three-unit development agreement is the first Anthony’s deal for BurgerFi International, which acquired the pizza brand in 2021.

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Technomic 2023 restaurant trends: better economy, LSR blurring

Technomic identifies restaurant trends, brighter year for 2023

Optimism in recovery boosted by economic predictions, despite unionizing; fermenting + pickling, nourishing pink ingredients, grain products to shine

With ongoing, yet easing inflation, and the recession looming, the economic environment won’t be easy as we start 2023. However, restaurants will have a much friendlier environment as the year progresses, according to foodservice consultancy Technomic. For now, it is a mixed bag. Workers will continue to organize, demanding better wages and improved working conditions. Meanwhile, fermentation, pink ingredients and grain products will be stars on the menu. These are just some of the predictions in Technomic’s latest whitepaper, “What We Foresee for 2023.”

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Inspire Brands named Dan Lynn chief commercial officer

Inspire Brands names Dan Lynn chief commercial officer

Former ZUZU Hospitality comes on board as Inspire’s Commercial Group expands

Inspire Brands named Dan Lynn chief commercial officer. Lynn’s entrepreneurial mindset definitely boosted him to the new role. As chief commercial officer, Lynn will oversee demand generation, insights and analytics, brand loyalty, revenue management, and digital guest experience.

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Farmer Boys promoted Joseph Ortiz to president and COO, replacing Dave Wetzel

Farmer Boys names Joseph Ortiz president, COO

17-year foodservice veteran takes over for Dave Wetzel, who is retiring

Farmer Boys promoted Joseph Ortiz to president and chief operating officer (COO), replacing longtime leader of the brand, Dave Wetzel. Ortiz had previously served as vice president of finance & accounting. In that position he had led the finance and accounting teams, also overseeing the information technology team. In that role, he also created new strategies and growth models, also improving workflow and development plans, noted a statement from Farmer Boys.

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MTY Food Group agreed to acquire Wetzel’s Pretzels for $207M USD

Salsa Fresh parent to acquire Wetzel’s Pretzels for $207M

Snack category QSR chain represents $245M in incremental, annualized sales, 350 locations

MTY Food Group agreed to acquire Wetzel’s Pretzels for $207M USD through its MTY Franchising USA, Inc. subsidiary. Wetzel’s Pretzels, with 350 locations, has built a presence in 25 states in the United States, as well as in Canada and Panama. Wetzel’s, through its 90%-franchised enterprise, generated approximately $245M systemwide sales in the trailing 12 months across 21 million transactions.

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Marco’s Pizza named David Gladstone VP of Construction and Paul Williams, VP of Real Estate

Marco’s Pizza adds development executives for continued expansion

David Gladstone, Paul Williams to head Construction, Real Estate groups respectively

Marco’s Pizza named David Gladstone VP of Construction and Paul Williams, VP of Real Estate. Both of them bring a total of more than 50 years of experience to the development team of Marco’s Pizza. The development team, which is led by Gerardo Flores, the recently-appointed chief development officer, has welcomed the highly-experienced executives.

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Hooters launched Chase Elliott’s Chicken Tenders, a virtual concept with the NASCAR stock car racing driver

Hooters debuts virtual Chase Elliott’s Chicken Tenders

Nearly 200 Hooters restaurants, currently, are fulfilling orders for the virtual concept

Hooters introduced Chase Elliott’s Chicken Tenders, a virtual concept with the well-known NASCAR stock car racing driver. Hooters is already the “Official Home of Race Fans,” according to a statement. Partnering with with Elliott will give this new chicken-based virtual brand a racing start.

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Little Caesars promoted Greg Hamilton to CMO

Little Caesars names Greg Hamilton chief marketing officer

Third-largest pizza chain promotes from within for key CMO role

Little Caesars promoted Greg Hamilton to chief marketing officer (CMO). The third-largest pizza chain globally chose Hamilton for the role, choosing to tap existing team talent. The 15-year restaurant industry veteran, with QSR segment expertise, had been serving as SVP of marketing for Little Caesars.

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