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Franchisees Suffer as Shutdown Hurts Sales, Expansion Plans

As the government shutdown stretches on, some franchisees find themselves lacking customers and in need of frozen SBA loans.

How Keeping Wine Cold Became a Hot Business

Ben Hewitt created the Corkcicle to ensure "perfectly chilled wine every time."

Restaurants in Federal Spaces Forced to Close Doors Amid Government Shutdown

Private businesses located on national parks and in federal buildings face substantial losses during government shutdown. How should owners react?

Potbelly Shares Surge 120% in Market Debut

Potbelly more than doubled during its first day of trading, securing a spot as one of the top IPO debuts of 2013.

FreshDirect and RocketHub Team Up to Find the Next Major Food Innovation

The online grocer and the crowdfunding site are collaborating on the 'Next Big Food Thing,' a contest to find the coolest new food-related innovation.

Sandwich Chain Potbelly Files for $82.5 Million IPO

Potbelly has seen rapid growth, and franchises should become a bigger part of the mix after the IPO.

Burger King to Sell Healthier Fries Called 'Satisfries'

Burger King is rolling out less-fattening French fries called 'Satisfries' but will still keep its traditional fries on the menu.

High-Tech Vending Machines That Serve Healthy Snacks See Rapid Growth

Two franchises are seeing rapid growth by offering consumers convenient and nutritious snacks in high-tech vending machines.

Tablets Soon to Become Tabletop Mainstays at Chili's

Chili's is furnishing restaurants with tabletop tablets, hoping to drive sales and speed up the payment process.

How a Beastie Boy's Food Truck Helped the Rockaways Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy

Mike Diamond (aka the Beastie Boys' Mike D), celebrity chef Sam Talbot and designer/hotelier Robert McKinley address the continuing needs of the economically devastated New York beach community by transitioning their Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck from a relief effort into a sustainable business and mentoring program.

Krispy Kreme's Quirky 'Pirate' Promotion Lures Hungry Buccaneers

Krispy Kreme's celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day is attracting traffic both online and in the franchise's stores.

Coming to 7-Eleven: Dry Roasted Edamame, Other Healthy Snacks

While the Slurpee will remain, the convenience franchise is now offering healthier snack options such as organic trail mix and soy nuts.

What's the Next Kale? How Business Owners Can Capitalize on Food Trends

Stemming from the nation's current obsession with kale are some important lessons for business owners about how to latch onto trends.

How Bacon in Your Ice Cream and Peanut Butter on Your Pizza Can Mean Money in Your Pocket

Getting creative and surprising about what your restaurant menu offers is one way to set yourself apart from the competition.

A Foodie Startup Nixes Web for Brick-and-Mortar Shop

Freshfully started as a virtual marketplace for finding local food. When connecting buyers with their farm-fresh fare proved tricky, the Alabama startup shifted to a traditional street-side model.

With So Much Focus On Healthy Eating, Should I Franchise French Fries?

See how to get your questions answered and ensure your business concept will succeed in the market before you start the official franchise process.

Not Sure What to Eat? This App Knows What You're Craving

A new tool uses a 'neural-network algorithm' to analyze millions of reviews and then recommend restaurants based on the foods you love the most.

The Fastest-Growing Global Food Franchises

As more people around the world achieve the middle class, they can't seem to get enough of American fast food.

3 Ingredients to a Kick-Ass Restaurant

If you want to open your own restaurant, be prepared for stiff competition. Here are three ways to make your establishment stand out from the pack.

More Reasons to Rethink Paper Records

In this case study, RM Foods deployed an ERP system that helps it keep better track of inventory and financials than spreadsheets and handwritten paperwork.

What You Can Learn From the Simple Brilliance of Chipotle's Design

The fast food Mexican grill franchise sets a standard for modern restaurants.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Says He's Not Afraid of Dunkin' Donuts

The Starbucks chairman and CEO says he isn't losing any sleep over Dunkin' Donuts expansion into California.

Taco Bell Avoids Childhood-Obesity Debate by Axing Kids' Meals

The Mexican-style fast-food chain said it was discontinuing menu items and toys geared toward children, as the national debate on obesity intensifies.

Top Food Franchises of 2013

Restaurants or other food-related businesses represent a large portion of our franchise 500 ranking. Here is a list of the 122 food-related companies by category.

Unique Theme Gives Sandwich Franchise a Boost

Scott Jenning's marijuana-themed sandwich business, Cheba Hut, goes beyond the gimmick to win over customers.
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