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October 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Appropriate topics to broach during a live, televised presidential debate: The economy. The jobs situation. Pizza toppings? Not so much. Pizza Hut has canned its roundly panned stunt to get the question “sausage or pepperoni?” asked during Tuesday's town hall-style event. Instead, the company now plans to run the promotion online. Last week, the pizza pie purveyor told customers that it would give away free pizzas for life -- one large pie weekly for 30 years -- or $15,600 to anyone brave (or dumb)
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BUSINESS
August 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Get ready to pay more for your Papa John's pizza if "Obamacare" goes into full effect … a whopping 15 to 20 cents more. John Schnatter, chief executive of the pizza chain, is bashing President Obama's healthcare reform law as a policy that will force the company to choose between its customers and its investors. And if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rolls out as planned in 2014, Schnatter's strategy is “of course … to pass that cost on the consumer in order to protect our shareholders' best interest,” he said in a recent conference call.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
We don't know what Subway ever did to Pizza Hut, but the quirky pizza chain is attempting a “takeover” of the sandwich giant's market with its new P'Zolo concept. Pizza Hut? Making a sandwich? Coming from the company that has ringed its crusts with mini-cheeseburgers and stuffed them with hot dogs , it's not really a stretch. The chain's new product, officially launched this week, comes in Meat Trio, Italian Steak and Buffalo Chicken and looks like a cross between a sub, a roll and a Costco-style chicken bake.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The rumors are true: The Girl Scouts of the USA are pairing up with Nestle to create candy bars flavored like the famous cookies-- and they'll be available this week. The bars will come in three options: Thin Mints, Caramel & Coconut and Peanut Butter Creme, all based on cookies that the Girl Scouts have sold for years to raise money.    On Wednesday, customers can start buying the bars online in a limited-edition pre-sale on the Nestle Crunch Facebook page . Then, from June through September, the bars are to be sold at retailers nationwide.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Restaurant sales may be recovering nicely in the U.S., but eateries are increasingly looking abroad, where diners are more accepting of innovations such as Pizza Hut's new cheeseburger-crusted pies in the Middle East. Think it's a joke? A fantasy food dreamed up by a teenage boy? Even the advertisement acknowledges how silly it all sounds. In the video, diners look on agog as a royal page brings in the monstrosity “masterpiece” - dubbed the “Crown Crust Pizza” - on a cushion.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Pizza sales were piping hot well before Pizza Hut revealed its hot-dog-stuffed-crust monstrosity in Britain this week, according to research group Technomic. Now, 41% of consumers say they eat pizza once a week. Two years ago, just 26% did. That's because restaurants are offering more options beyond the cardboard-y dough and oily pepperoni discs of old, according to Technomic . Pies now come with gourmet ingredients and fancy pedigrees. Eateries now advertise how the pizzas are prepped - hearth-baked, wood-fired, made over coals or cooked in a brick oven.
NEWS
April 10, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
It's really not fair. Lucky residents of Britain can now buy a Pizza Hut pizza with a crust stuffed with a hot dog.  And it comes with a "free" mustard drizzle! It's grosser than the cheese-stuffed crust pizza we get in this country, though not as gross, I'd argue, as a vegetarian pizza I once got in Britain that was just a crust topped with those canned cubed vegetables. Here it is on the British menu ! I am going over there in a few weeks, and now I know what one of my meals won't be. An item over at Time asks us to soul-search how this fair nation can “redeem its title as most unhealthy country?
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Looking to take your lady love or handsome paramour for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day? White Castle is there for you. Harold and Kumar's favorite burger joint plans to offer candlelit dinners with table service Tuesday. It's just one of many quick service chains angling for a piece of the estimated $3.4 billion that will be spent on holiday dining. Most of that money usually goes to fine-dining establishments. But with many consumers still price sensitive, fast-food eateries are betting that they can siphon some of the prix-fixe crowd.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Looking to take your lady love or handsome paramour for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day? White Castle is here for you. Harold and Kumar's favorite burger joint plans to offer a candlelit dinner with table service on Tuesday, just one of many quick service chains angling for a piece of the estimated $3.4 billion that will be spent on holiday dining. Most of that money usually goes to fine-dining establishments. But with many consumers still sensitive to price, fast food eateries are betting that they can siphon away some of the prix-fixe crowd.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2012 | By Robert Channick
  With Super Bowl XLVI just days away, advertisers are in an all-out blitz, pitching everything from pizzas to TVs in conjunction with the biggest sporting event of the year. The ads often feature "super" savings and football themes, but one thing is conspicuously absent from nearly all of them: the name of the game itself. Trademarked and tenaciously defended by the NFL, the phrase "Super Bowl" is available to just a handful of official sponsors that pay significant amounts for the right to include the name in their marketing efforts.
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