Restaurants & Food Archive

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Venture Center's Pre-Flight Program Graduates Second Class

by Mark Carter 5/5/2015 10:53 am

The Venture Center's latest Pre-Flight class includes three startups that identified specific problems in their respective markets and proposed solutions.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Hillshire Business Helps Drive Tyson Foods' 2Q Sales

by Lance Turner 5/4/2015 06:56 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reported second-quarter net income of $310 million, up 45 percent from the same quarter last year as sales in its Prepared Foods division shot up after the company's purchase of Hillshare Brands last year.

Small Package. Big Idea. (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Five current trends in packaging in soft drinks may be measuring up for shoppers. You no doubt have noticed a relatively new Coca-Cola can, much smaller than the 12-ounce package. That's the size consumers became used to as the result of a 1955 test-market program for export to American military personnel stationed overseas.

Partners Work To Revive Back Yard Burgers Brand

by Jan Cottingham 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Josh Powell and his father, Gifford, are working to revive a brand once popular in central Arkansas: Back Yard Burgers.

New State Law Ends Public Reporting of Restaurant Revenues

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas General Assembly, in a move generating little publicity, last month enacted Act 1102, which exempts local option taxes, also called hotel-motel-restaurant or HMR taxes, from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Consolidation Pares Roster of Arkansas Banks

by Gwen Moritz 5/4/2015 12:00 am

2014 started with 120 separate banks chartered in Arkansas and ended with 109. Two have become inactive in 2015.

Restaurant Sector Embraces Alternative Funding

by Jan Cottingham 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Restaurants, breweries and similar businesses in Arkansas increasingly are finding crowdfunding a valuable source of alternative financing. Arkansans see it as a way not only to finance special projects but as an important tool to promote buzz and buy-in, essential components of a successful startup.

Starbucks Breakdown Shows How Registers Have Evolved

by Associated Press 4/30/2015 01:26 pm

A glitch that disabled registers at thousands of Starbucks stores Friday was a reminder of the invisible systems restaurants rely on to run increasingly sophisticated operations.

Ben E. Keith Breaks Ground on $70M North Little Rock Center

by Mark Carter and Lance Turner 4/30/2015 11:14 am

Ben E. Keith Company of Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday broke ground on a $70 million, 426,000-SF headquarters and distribution center at 8801 Hwy. 70 E. in North Little Rock.

US Economy Ekes Out 0.2 Percent Growth Rate in 1Q

by Associated Press 4/29/2015 07:50 am

The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

US Home Prices Accelerated in February as Sales Rise

by Associated Press 4/28/2015 11:44 am

U.S. home prices climbed at a faster pace in February than the previous month, driven by higher sales and a limited supply of available houses.

Tyson Foods to Cut Human Antibiotics From US Chickens by 2017

by Marty Cook 4/28/2015 10:30 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said Tuesdsay that it is working to eliminate the use of human antibiotics from U.S. broiler chicken flocks by September 2017.

Farmington Kum & Go Has New Owner (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 4/27/2015 12:00 am

The Kum & Go store in Farmington has a new owner after a sale-leaseback. A Springdale self-storage complex has been sold again after less than one year.

Warren Stephens Bets on Startup Roadie Shipping Network

by Jan Cottingham 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Roadie uses the excess capacity of passenger vehicles already on the road to move packages from one point to another. The Roadie mobile app connects drivers with people who need to ship goods to where those drivers are already headed.

How America's Middle Class Has Shrunk Since 2000

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/27/2015 12:00 am

The struggles of middle-class American families and growing income inequality have risen to the top of the national agenda.

Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 4/22/2015 02:54 pm

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards.