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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc. Reports FY2015 Adjusted Diluted E.P.S. Of $0.75 On Record Revenue Of $41.5 Million »

May 21, 2015 at 5:26AM PDT | Source: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Board of Directors Re-Authorizes $3 Million Stock Repurchase Plan
DURANGO, CO - (Marketwired - May 21, 2015) - Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ: RMCF) (the "Company") today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 28, 2015 (FY2015). The Company franchises and operates gourmet chocolate and confection stores and manufactures an extensive line of premium chocolates and other confectionery products. U-Swirl, Inc. (OTCQB: SWRL) ("U-Swirl"), a subsidiary of the Company in which the Company owns a 39% controlling interest, franchises and operates self-serve frozen yogurt cafés. The Company will host an investor conference call today at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its operating results and other topics of interest (see details below)...

Carl's Jr. And Hardee's Raise Funds And Salute Active Duty Military, Veterans & Families In Annual Stars For Heroes Campaign »

May 21, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Carl's Jr.
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USA Cares and Dream Foundation named national beneficiaries for 2015 campaign.
CARPINTERIA, Calif. - May 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® restaurants, kicks off its fifth annual Stars for Heroes™ fundraising campaign this week at participating locations. The program, which has raised more than $3.5 million since its inception in 2011, harnesses the compassion and generosity of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s customers, franchisees and employees to rally behind the nation’s active-duty military, veterans and their families. Funds raised during this year’s campaign will support national charity partners, Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program and USA Cares, as well as dozens of regional and local military-focused charities in the communities in which Carl’s Jr...

Legendary Restaurant Brands Signs Multi-Location Agreement To Expand In Central And South America »

May 21, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: Bennigan's Grill & Tavern

Successful El Salvador franchisee to lead Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale brands into several new international markets.
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR – Bennigan’s has long been one of the most popular American restaurant brands across the globe. Its focus on chef-driven food, innovative drinks and friendly Irish hospitality has helped it stand apart from other concepts that have come and gone over the years.
Today, Legendary Restaurant Brands, owner of the iconic Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale brands, announced the signing of an exclusive Master Development Agreement that will bring 20 new restaurants to several new markets throughout the Americas.
Conrado Rovira, franchise owner of two successful Bennigan’s restaurants in El Salvador, will be adding locations in that country, while taking the brand to Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Chile...

PizzaRev Prepares To Make Colorado Debut In July 2015 »

May 21, 2015 at 3:43AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Award-winning fast-casual pizza concept, PizzaRev, will make its Colorado debut this summer in Boulder, followed closely by a second location in Lafayette. The build-your-own pizza shop was founded in April 2012 and has since grown to 27 open restaurants, fueled by a loyal fan base of guests who crave a more healthful and faster alternative to traditional pizza options.
PizzaRev expansion into Colorado is led by franchise partners Randy and Deanna Chilton and long time restaurateur Dough Koch. Koch currently owns and operates 90 Denny’s restaurants and six Del Taco restaurants.
“We are thrilled to partner with Doug in our business venture and to be a part of PizzaRev - a brand that is revolutionizing America’s favorite food...

Order Domino's® Via Twitter & Emoji -- Revolutionary Ordering Innovations »

May 20, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

First-of-its-kind capabilities part of Domino's AnyWare™ digital ordering options
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The easiest ways to order are here! Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery and digital ordering technology, is leading the way once again with its latest breakthrough ordering option, which combines two new-to-the-world innovations – ordering via tweet and ordering via emoji, specifically the pizza emoji. The ordering platforms are launching throughout the U.S. today.
Domino's launched "Tweet to order" using only the pizza emoji on May 20, 2015. Customers with an established "Easy Order" on dominos.com can reorder their favorite pizza by simply Tweeting #EasyOrder or the pizza emoji to @Dominos...

Carlson Announces The Appointment Of Three Board Members »

May 20, 2015 at 10:23AM PDT | Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, announced the appointment of new board members Laura M. Born and Sam Gilliland. Scott C. Gage, a Carlson family member, who previously served on the board through 2012 will also rejoin at this time.
"These additions will bring great energy and invaluable expertise from the finance and travel sectors. We are pleased to welcome these thoughtful contributors to the Carlson board,” said Diana Nelson, board chair, Carlson.
Born currently serves as chair of the boards of trustees of two registered investment companies, Columbia Acorn Trust and Wanger Advisors Trust. Together, the boards oversee 12 small to mid-sized capitalization equity mutual funds with approximately $28 billion in aggregate assets...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Charlottesville Location »

May 20, 2015 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // Charlottesville, VA - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Charlottesville on May 13. Franchise owner Ashley Harbour held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 17 to support the Cancer Resource Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The new restaurant, located at 2040 Abbey Rd. in Pantops Plaza, circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to the Cancer Resource Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
“I started working as an assistant manager at the age of 18,” said Harbour. “I immediately developed a passion for the Jersey Mike's brand and culture...

Fractured Prune Doughnuts To Reopen Lancaster Location »

May 20, 2015 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Fractured Prune Doughnuts

Famous Doughnut Shop Bringing One-Of-A-Kind Treats Back To Central Pennsylvania
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // LANCASTER, Pa. - Fractured Prune Doughnuts, famous for its always hot, customizable, and made-to-order doughnuts, will be making a much-anticipated comeback in Lancaster later this year, in addition to two new locations in Adams and York counties. The popular brand’s decision to expand in central Pennsylvania marks an important milestone in the doughnut shop’s continued growth across the country.
Fractured Prune offers guests endless possibilities for creating the perfect guilty pleasure with 19 unique glazes such as peach, mocha and mixed berry, and 13 different toppings like sea salt, cookie crumbs and bacon...

Amsterdam Falafelshop Named To Fast Casual Top 100 “Movers & Shakers” List »

May 20, 2015 at 8:31AM PDT | Source: Amsterdam Falafelshop

Fast-Growing Falafel Franchise Ranks in the Top 50 of the Nation’s Most Influential Fast Casual Restaurant Brands
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // WASHINGTON – Amsterdam Falafelshop has reached a new rung on the ladder of success.
The award-winning falafel franchise today announced that it has been named to the exclusive Fast Casual Top 100 “Movers & Shakers” list. Amsterdam Falafelshop ranks among the top 50 of the industry’s most innovative brands. The honorees were announced on Sunday, May 17th during an awards banquet held in Chicago in conjunction with the 2015 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show.
“We take great pride in being part of this list,” said Arianne Bennett, CEO of Amsterdam Falafelshop...

Burger 21 Introduces New And Enhanced Menu Items Nationwide »

May 20, 2015 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Burger 21

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain Focuses on Brand Development with Latest Menu Enhancements
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - Burger 21®, an award-winning, "beyond the better burger" fast casual franchise, announced today it has rolled out several new and enhanced menu items in order to appeal to the changing taste preferences of its guests. In addition, the brand has added a smaller milkshake option to the menu and its 10 Certified Angus Beef® burger options will now be prepared in a third-pound size.
"Menu innovation is at the heart of our brand and with the rollout of these latest menu items, we're providing our guests with more variety than ever before," said Mark Johnston, president of Burger 21...

GRILLiT Master Franchisor Engages Firm For Restaurant Design Upgrade »

May 20, 2015 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) today announced that its Texas Master Franchisor has engaged the firm of Frausto Design out of San Antonio to create a new GRILLiT interior restaurant design focused on appealing to its largest target market, the "millennials."
For millennials, high nutritional value and unique restaurant design are key factors in deciding where to eat. As a group, they are one of the largest generations in history, and are ready to enter and define our economy for years to come. Therefore GRILLiT and Frausto Design are designing a restaurant that fulfills millennials' desire for open kitchens, food transparency, sharing tables that can be moved for gathering, social connections with ample electrical outlets and USB ports, and a unique design that is state of the art...

Yum! Brands Presents Inaugural Supplier Diversity Award To Recognize Diversity And Inclusion Leadership In Supply Chain »

May 20, 2015 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: Yum! Brands

May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // Louisville, KY – Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) presented its inaugural Supplier Diversity Award to The BAMA Companies, Inc. (BAMA) at their annual supply chain awards.
The Supplier Diversity Award was created to honor a supplier demonstrating significant leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion. For more than 20 years, BAMA, a woman-owned business enterprise, has been a leading and valued supplier of quality baked goods to KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. They have demonstrated a strong commitment to driving diversity and inclusion efforts in their organization.
“We believe it’s critical to reflect the community’s diversity in all that we do, including our supply chain...

SweetFrog Opens New Location In Atlanta Area »

May 20, 2015 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: sweetFrog

Fayetteville Becomes fifth sweetFrog Store located in Georgia
(PRWEB) May 19, 2015 - sweetFrog Enterprises, LLC is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location in Fayetteville, Georgia. Fayetteville is now the 5th sweetFrog store located in the Peach State. The premium frozen yogurt chain was listed as #22 on the Inc. 500 list of fast growing companies in 2014.
“I live in the Fayetteville community and we have established great relationships with the local schools and non-profits,” said Rhonda L. Rivers, Owner and Operator of the Fayetteville location. “We are super excited about giving back to our community, and sharing the family fun and delicious treats that make sweetFrog such a success.”
About sweetFrog Frozen Yogurt
sweetFrog (http://www...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens Third Greensboro Location »

May 20, 2015 at 4:28AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // Greensboro, NC - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Greensboro on May 13. Franchise owners Albert and Robin Howard held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 17 to support BackPack Beginnings.
The new restaurant, located at 425 Pisgah Church Road, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Backpack Beginnings.
“Robin and I are very excited about opening our first Jersey Mike’s location in Greensboro,” said Howard. “For our grand opening we are partnering with BackPack Beginnings which is a local charity that provides food, comfort and clothing to children in need here in Guilford County...

There's A New Pie In Town! Pie Five Pizza Co. Opens First Detroit Location »

May 20, 2015 at 4:24AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Leading Chain Brings the Circle of Crust and Gives to Wish Upon a Teen
DETROIT - May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Circle of Crust just got bigger. On Friday, May 29, the Detroit area will get a piece of the pie when Pie Five Pizza Co. opens its first area location at the northwest corner of 12 Mile and Telegraph at 11:00 a.m. Local franchisee, JD Draper and his son John Draper II, are planning to open at least 25 Pie Five locations in Michigan and Wisconsin.
J.D. Draper, a United States Army veteran, has over 40 years' experience in the restaurant industry where he directed brands such as Burger King, Auntie Anne's and Pizza Hut. He along with his son, John, are also Wingstop franchisees. They are also planning to open a second Southfield location next month in City Centre...

Krispy Kreme To Release Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Results On June 10, 2015 »

May 20, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - May 20, 2015 - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) plans to release its first quarter fiscal 2016 financial results on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 after the market closes and will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. (ET) that day.
A webcast of the conference call will be available at www.krispykreme.com. The conference call also can be accessed over the phone by dialing (877) 407-0784 or, for international callers, by dialing (201) 689-8560. To access an archived audio replay of the call, dial (877) 870-5176, or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the passcode is 13610458. The audio replay will be available through June 17, 2015.
About Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is a leading branded specialty retailer and wholesaler of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed(R) doughnut...

The Wendy's Company Prices $2.275 Billion Securitized Financing Facility »

May 20, 2015 at 4:05AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

DUBLIN, Ohio - May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement (the "Purchase Agreement") under which one of its indirect, special purpose subsidiaries (the "Master Issuer") has agreed to issue and sell $875 million of its Series 2015-1 3.371% Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes, Class A-2-I (the "Class A-2-I Notes"), $900 million of its Series 2015-1 4.080% Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes, Class A-2-II (the "Class A-2-II Notes"), and $500 million of its Series 2015-1 4.497% Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes, Class A-2-III (the "Class A-2-III Notes" and, together with the Class A-2-I Notes and the Class A-2-II Notes, the "Notes"). Interest payments on the Notes are payable on a quarterly basis...

World Of Beer Invites Beer Enthusiasts To Take #WOBTrips This Summer »

May 19, 2015 at 12:26PM PDT | Source: World of Beer

Taverns Will Provide Guests With Exclusive Beers and Prizes From Some of America’s Best Craft Breweries
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tampa, FL - Summer is the ultimate season to gather with friends and embark on unique experiences - whether it’s drinking in the sights at your favorite brewery, enhancing your festival experience with some local suds or partaking in an early happy hour on a patio.
This summer, World of Beer (WOB) is encouraging everyone to take a beer trip, or as WOB likes to call it: a WOBTrip, which is any experience where friends come together to drink, share, discover and, most importantly, enjoy beer culture and craft beer.
Beginning June 1 through Aug. 31, WOB will be partnering with select breweries to cultivate one-of-a-kind experiences for guests including: exclusive beer offerings, in-tavern events and social sweeps that will send lucky recipients on their very own WOBTrips...

Young Chefs Academy Reveals Carefully Crafted Recipe For National Franchise Expansion »

May 19, 2015 at 12:18PM PDT | Source: Young Chefs Academy

Nationally-Acclaimed Kids Cooking Schools Blend Education, Entertainment and Endless Discovery
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas - Young Chefs Academy is changing the face of America’s foodie frenzy.
The country’s leading kids cooking school, which has captivated the creativity of children across U.S. communities for more than a decade, announced today a strategic national growth strategy. Answering the unmistakable call among parents and their kids for more time together in the kitchen, the bold plan pinpoints neighborhoods coast to coast for new Young Chefs Academy locations.
“We’ve wanted to time this announcement for just the right moment, and it has arrived. The next star chef may very well be your own child or grandchild,” said Julie Burleson, the founder and CEO of Young Chefs Academy, whose son’s eager entrance into the family kitchen back in 2003 inspired a dramatic ‘aha’ moment that led to the creation of the business...

New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit In Mason Arrives For National Barbecue Month »

May 19, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Mason, OH - May marks national barbecue month and the nation’s largest barbecue joint is here to celebrate. On Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m., brothers Randy, Ryan and Kevin Daniel along with business partner Phillip Bostick will open a new fast casual option in Mason. To celebrate, they are hosting a three day grand opening to introduce the community to slow smoked Texas-style barbecue.
“It’s exciting to see our presence grow in the Cincinnati market,” said Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “People really love our slow-smoked hickory barbecue and southern family style sides everywhere.”
Thursday, the event kicks off with the first 50 dine-in guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50...



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