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Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins plan to remove artificial colorings from U.S. menus by end of 2018

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced plans to remove artificial colors from its products in the U.S.

Carl’s Jr. set to open in Santiago, Chile

Global premium burger chain Carl's Jr.® opened its first restaurant today in Chile pursuant to a franchise agreement signed between Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Corachi SpA.

Primrose schools planning to add 34 new schools in 2017.

Primrose Schools, a national preschool franchise company, is on track to experience its seventh consecutive year of real estate growth by opening a record 34 new schools in 2017. With 135 schools currently in its development pipeline, the early education and care provider shows no signs of slowing down.

RE/MAX IT department under new leadership

RE/MAX, LLC has announced a new Vice President of IT and Digital Business. Carie Zoellner now directs the activities of the IT department, including innovation and strategic planning, data center operations, application development, business systems analysis, records management, data privacy, cybersecurity/compliance and customer support. She also leads the company’s key technology initiatives.

Keller Williams expands into Jamaica and Puerto Rico

Keller Williams, the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, has more than doubled its number of international agents, adding 1,900 new agents in 2016. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, the franchise is now home to 3,345 agents across the 23 countries and regions it has awarded master franchise agreements.

Noodles & Company plans to close 55 “underperforming” locations

Fast casual giant Noodles & Company said Thursday it will close 55 underperforming restaurants, more than 10 percent of its current store count.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Enters 2017 by Celebrating 85 Consecutive Months of Record Growth

In 2016, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® experienced 10 percent growth in year-over-year sales compared to the year before, ultimately completing more than 500,000 moves nationwide.

TGI Fridays introduces two new executive hires

Marketer Stephanie Perdue and long-time restaurateur Jerry Comstock have joined TGI Fridays as chief marketing officer and president & chief operating officer, respectively.

Arby’s completes 25-restaurant development agreement with new franchisee, AR Chain of Restaurants

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), parent company of the franchisor of the Arby’s brand, announced that it has reached a new development agreement with franchisee, AR Chain of Restaurants, to open 25 new restaurants over the next six years with a focus on Pennsylvania and New York.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. announces master franchise joint venture to launch the Tim Hortons brand

Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") has announced the establishment of a master franchise joint venture with a group of investors in Mexico. The joint venture company will be the master franchisee of the Tim Hortons brand in Mexico, responsible for developing and growing the brand in the country.

HoneyBaked Ham names Linda Heasley as its new CEO

The Honey Baked Ham Company, LLC, (HoneyBaked Ham), announced Linda Heasley as its new chief executive officer effective Feb. 6, 2017. Heasley, former president and CEO of Ascena Retail Group's plus size fashion segment, succeeds HoneyBaked Ham Chairman and interim CEO Paul Roth.

Red Roof opens 500th Inn and 50th Plus+ location

Red Roof® has opened its 500th Inn in Biloxi, MS and 50th PLUS+ location in Irondale, Alabama. To celebrate the milestone, Red Roof is rewarding existing and new members of their RediCard loyalty program with 500 RediCard bonus points no matter where they are headed from January 15, to February 28, 2017.

Hyatt announces acquisition of Miraval Group

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that Hyatt has acquired Miraval Group, from an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, LLC.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service names Alan D. Ferber as new CEO

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service recently named Alan D. Ferber its chief executive officer. Ferber joins the tax brand from ADT Residential, the No.1 home security brand in North America, where he served as president. Before ADT Residential, he was chief operating officer and chief marketing officer of US Cellular.

Captain D’s names Bob Kraut chief marketing officer

Captain D’s LLC announced today that Bob Kraut has joined its executive team as chief marketing officer. Kraut will be responsible for leading, developing and executing the company’s marketing strategies to further increase brand awareness and continue the brand’s strong sales growth.

Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. accelerates refranchising strategy

Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) announced that it has expanded the scope of its relationship with Franchise Performance Group, a strategic franchise recruiting advisory firm, to include the refranchising of company-owned stores in select markets.

FASTSIGNS reports record signing of 63 new franchise agreements in 2016

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, announced that it has signed 63 franchise agreements in 2016 with new and existing franchisees in the U.S., Canada and U.K. In the third quarter alone, the brand inked 22 new agreements, including 13 locations in western and midwestern states, such as California, Florida, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and Washington.

Yum China launches Taco Bell brand in China

Yum China Holdings, Inc., and Taco Bell Corp., the world's largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain, today announced that they have opened the first Taco Bell restaurant in the second largest economy in the world: China.

FirstService expands Paul Davis Restoration company-owned operations

FirstService Corporation today announced that its Paul Davis Restoration business has further expanded its company-owned operations through the acquisition of Paul Davis National, a specialized commercial and large loss operation within PDR

Johnny Rockets Celebrates 30 Countries in 30 Years

Johnny Rockets recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by announcing the opening of a new restaurant in its 30th country.

Jean Birch appointed interim CEO of Papa Murphy’s

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) announced that, effective immediately, chair of the board, Jean Birch, has been appointed interim chief executive officer.

Valvoline signs agreement to acquire Time-It Lube

Valvoline Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Valvoline LLC, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business assets related to 28 quick-lube stores from Time-It Lube L.L.C. and Time-It Lube of Texas, LP (together, “Time-It Lube”).

Dickey's Barbecue Pit announces capital group and leadership reorganization

Dickey's Barbecue Pit announces the formation of Dickey's Capital Group and reorganization of leadership positions in order to more effectively meet the demands of rapid growth.

Comfort becomes largest smoke-free hotel brand in U.S. and Canada

Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced today that Comfort Inn has joined Comfort Suites in offering guests 100-percent smoke-free rooms at its more than 1,800 franchised hotels across the United States and Canada.

Burger King and Tim Hortons say their chicken will be antibiotic-free by next year

Burger King and Tim Hortons are planning to use chicken with fewer antibiotics in the upcoming years. Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, says it will be making the changes in antibiotics in its chicken supply due to public health concerns.

Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk named 2017 ACTE Business Leader of the Year

Bob Funk of Express Employment Professionals has been named as the 2017 Business Leader of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

Wingstop announces appointment of new independent board member

Wingstop Inc. today announced the appointment of seasoned public company director and former McDonald’s executive Lynn Crump-Caine to its board of directors.

Del Taco introduces mobile app test in Sacramento

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. has announced the test on its mobile app developed by the brand’s online ordering partner, Olo. Although the free app is currently available for download by iOS and Android users nationwide, the app’s full functionality will be limited to the Sacramento test market.

DineEquity, Inc. announces first co-branded IHOP and Applebee's restaurant to open in Detroit

DineEquity, Inc. announced plans today for a new location in Detroit that will for the first time leverage both its category leading brands, IHOP® restaurants and Applebee's Grill and Bar® in one restaurant destination to be at Millander Center in Detroit.

Marriott International’s Residence Inn brand now present in all 50 states

After its latest opening in Wyoming, Marriott International announces that its extended-stay brand, Residence Inn, now touts a presence in all 50 states.

Taco Bell announces plans for additional 45 restaurants across Spain by 2020

Taco Bell—the world’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain—announced that the brand, in collaboration with its franchisee, Casual Brands Group of Madrid, will begin building an additional 45 restaurants across Spain and add more than 900 jobs to the local economy

Captain D’s introducing low-calorie Captain D-Lites menu

Captain D’s, the leading fast casual seafood restaurant known for serving freshly prepared seafood for more than 40 years, is reintroducing its Captain’s D-Lites menu to make it easy for consumers to stick to their New Year’s resolutions as 2017 approaches.

Panera Bread appoints Blaine Hurst president

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Panera Bread Company has named company veteran Blaine Hurst President effective Monday, December 12, 2016, following the resignation of Drew Madsen for personal reasons.

Hyatt Regency Cartagena marks first Hyatt-branded hotel in Columbia

According to a company press release, Hyatt Hotels Corporation today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Cartagena, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Colombia. The opening of the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Colombia is a milestone for Hyatt as it continues to focus on the development of the Hyatt Regency brand across Latin America.

Edible Arrangements names Tony Pavese president of Edible Global LLC

According to a company press release, Edible Arrangements International, LLC, announced that Anthony (Tony) Pavese has been named President of Edible Global, LLC.

Krystal launches new “More for $4 Deal”

H&R Block launches totally free online filing for 1040EZ, 1040A

H&R Block's online products are available starting today. Now more taxpayers than ever who use H&R Block can prepare and file both their federal 1040EZ or 1040A and state income tax returns online for free with H&R Block's (NYSE: HRB) Free edition.

Church’s Chicken promotes Joseph Christina to chief executive officer

Church’s Chicken, the global quick service restaurant chain, today announced that Joseph Christina has been appointed chief executive officer of the company.

McDonald’s announces table service coming to all U.S. stores

McDonald’s announced on Thursday that the company plans to roll out table service at all locations across the U.S.

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Inks Deal with Parikh Network, LLC to Open 50 New Restaurants

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), parent company of the franchisor of the Arby’s brand, has announced a new development agreement with Parikh Network, LLC, a new franchisee to the Arby’s brand, to open 50 new restaurants over the next eight years.

Hilton hires 10,000 veterans in three years, Reaching Operation: Opportunity hiring goal two years early

Hilton (HLT) today announced that its corporate offices, owned and managed hotels, and franchisees have hired 10,000 veterans, spouses and dependents in the United States since 2013.

Yum unit Taco Bell to increase U.S. presence to 9,000 restaurants by 2022

Taco Bell Corp said on Friday that it was planning to increase the number of restaurants in the United States to 9,000 and create 100,000 jobs by the end of 2022.

Wingstop signs deal to open 30 locations in Columbia and Panama

Wingstop, Inc., the award-winning wing concept with more than 900 locations worldwide, announced that it has entered into an international expansion agreement with Colowing S.A. de C.V. to open 30 locally operated franchise locations in Colombia and Panama over the next five years, starting in 2017.

Sonic Drive-In announces new senior director of franchise sales and development

According to a company press release, Sonic Drive-In, the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, announced the hiring of Sam Wong, new senior director of franchise sales and development.

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. appoints Alexander H. Ware as Chief Financial Officer

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), announced today the appointment of Alexander (Alex) H. Ware as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective October 31, 2016.

Golden Corral Restaurants offer 16th Annual Free Dinner on Military Appreciation Night

On Monday, November 14, for the 16th consecutive year Golden Corral will once again thank more than 330,000 active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while also raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

UPS expands Worldwide Express Plus program to 28 new countries.

According to a company press release, UPS announced the expansion of its earliest morning package delivery service, UPS Worldwide Express Plus™. By expanding its reach to 28 new countries and enhancing service to cover more postal codes in 25 existing countries, shippers can reach the top 20 economies in the world earlier than ever before.

Famous Dave’s hires its fourth leader in four years

Mike Lister, a former operations executive who now owns several Famous Dave’s franchises, will become the company’s new CEO, succeeding Adam Wright, who took the job 10 months ago.

Vanessa C. Fox promoted to corporate vice president & chief development officer at Jack in the Box Inc.

Jack in the Box Inc. announced that Vanessa C. Fox has been promoted to corporate vice president and chief development officer for the company. Since 2014, Fox has been responsible for all company and franchised restaurant development for the Jack in the Box® brand, including Construction, Real Estate and Architecture.

IHG® announces new vice president, of operations, Continental Europe

IHG, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has appointed Michael Zager as Vice President, Operations, Continental Europe. Zager will start his new role effective October 1st and report to Stephen McCall, Chief Operating Officer, Europe.