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Regional Soups

Celebrating National Comfort Food Day Dec. 5 is simple with Golden Ladle regional soups. Made with quality ingredients, these chef-crafted soups offer the handmade appearance that patrons look for in their local favorites. Operators can choose from delicious options, such as creamy Boston Clam Chowder, Louisiana-style Chicken Gumbo and zesty Spicy Black Bean and Rice.

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Split Sausage Links

Split Sausage Links are a new sausage format perfect for c-store operators looking to create unique sandwiches that intrigue and drive menu interest. Split Sausage Links fit a variety of bread carriers that already exist in most operators’ pantries and offer a value by saving time, labor and guarantees a consistently split sausage. Johnsonville Splits

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New Food Snacks

Day’n Night Bites, a premier food supplier to the convenience store industry, has announced that it will launch two new foods—the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza and “Bagel Slim” at the NACS Show. The Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza brings pizzeria variety into any convenience store! Diced chicken, smoky bacon and a rich Ranch-style sauce top Day’n

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Packaging Precision

When mulling food packaging options, label appeal and on-the-go performance are important considerations. By David Bennett, Senior Editor At a time when consumers increasingly perceive private label, food retail brands as competitive with big-name brands in terms of cost and quality, innovative packaging solutions can add value to a convenience store’s take out food program.

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Hola to Ethnic Breakfasts

Handheld, ethnic breakfast offerings, such as tacos, tortillas, empanadas and kolaches, are hot stuff everywhere from quick-service restaurants to convenience stores around the country. Retailers explain how they are spicing up their breakfast sales with these ethnic edibles. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Mexican in the morning is now mainstream, said Aaron Noveshen, founder and

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Menu Makeover

New flavors and small portion snacks can add excitement to an otherwise traditional foodservice menu. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience store retailers pursuing proprietary foodservice have the challenge of keeping menus exciting and innovative, while still offering tried-and-true favorites that keep regulars coming back for more. Snacks and appetizers are one menu section where

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Rutter’s Celebrates National Coffee Day

Customers enjoy free coffee today. National Coffee Day is today, Monday Sept. 29. Rutter’s is leading central Pennsylvania’s celebration with a special offer for its customers. All day on Sept.29, every Rutter’s customer who purchases any of Rutter’s delicious, award-winning breakfast sandwiches and presents their Rutter’s Rewards card at the register will get a free

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Rutter’s Spices Up Its Menu

Adds sriracha, corn dog bites. The heat is on at Rutter’s with the addition of classic American fare, corn dog bites, and the nation’s newest flavor craze, sriracha, to the company’s award-winning menu. Rutter’s delicious new corn dog bites offer customers authentic state fair cuisine at Rutter’s friendly, convenient neighborhood locations. Each order is fried

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Income Gap Takes Toll On Restaurant Industry

Visits to quick-service restaurants were flat in the year ended June 2014. The gap between high- and low-income groups is the widest it has been in 100 years, and the share of U.S. consumers who identify with the middle class has never been lower. Like other retail sectors, the restaurant industry is feeling the effects

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Leveraging QSRs in C-Stores

Foodservice veteran Dick Meyer shares lessons learned over more than two decades. By Dick Meyer, President, Meyer & Associates In 1993, I was blessed to begin my new consulting firm when the co-founder of Subway, Fred DeLuca, asked me to help them develop win/win development strategies with operators of c-store chains. Fred’s initial charter to

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Profiting With Poultry

C-store operators who put out a good quality chicken product might see their foodservice business fly higher. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor At the Arthur, Ill. location of Jack Flash Convenience Stores, chicken accounts for about 60% of foodservice sales, said John Herrmann, district supervisor for the 11-unit, Effingham, Ill.-based chain. The store also offers

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Fresh is Best

By emphasizing quality, variety and convenience, retailers have the opportunity to convince consumers to purchase more sandwiches rather than making them at home. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When the quick-service provider Pret A Manger first introduced prepackaged sandwiches in its stores 10 years ago, the first thing the company had to do was communicate

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Cup O’ Competition

A quality coffee program and an array of condiments can differentiate your brew offering from the rest of the pack. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Last year, 7.8 billion cups of coffee were served by commercial restaurants, the vast majority through fast-food channels, according to NPD Group market research firm. Of those cups, 4.7 billion

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Authentic Taste, Small Footprint

Carpigiani, a global innovator and provider for frozen dessert equipment, is introducing the low volume, high quality Softybar. Softybar is a countertop softserve machine designed for use in coffee bars, kiosks and fast food establishments. Softybar produces creamy authentic soft serve ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbet with the rich quality expected from the

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

Rewards customers with one-cent Bean Street Coffee. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it is celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to guests at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. For only one cent, guests will be served a

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Spice It Up

With over 50 years of delivering great tasting chicken, Chester’s is now giving consumers the chance to customize its tried and true secret family recipe with new Signature Seasoning options. Customers can spice up their favorite menu items with Spicy Chipotle, Kickin’ Cajun, or Smoky BBQ, at participating locations. Spicy Chipotle is a Southwestern-style blend

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Delicious Side Dishes

Known for its wholesome, made-from-scratch entrées, Stouffer’s offers a full line of side dishes to help operators satisfy customer demand for authentic flavor across the menu. Crafted with high-quality ingredients and no preservatives, Stouffer’s sides are the ultimate convenience—simply heat and serve. Choose from more than 15 options, such as Creamed Spinach, Scalloped Potatoes, Green

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Burger King Acquiring Tim Hortons

Creates third largest fast food company in the world. Burger King Worldwide Inc. is set to acquire Tim Hortons Inc., in a move that Burger King executives claim is motivated by global expansion opportunities as opposed to lower tax rates in Canada. The U.S.-based Burger King made its official announcement Tuesday that it is acquiring

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Starbucks Launches Coffee Trucks on College Campuses

The coffee giant pilots new retail formats with Generation Z consumers. Starbucks is rolling out food trucks at Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia, and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, Businessweek reported. The trucks will travel around campus, offering up caffeinated beverages on demand. What’s more, the trucks, operated by foodservice company

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McDonald’s To Sell Packaged Coffee At Supermarkets

Partners with Kraft Foods to manufacture bags of McCafe. McDonald’s is set to sell its coffee in ground or whole bean form at supermarkets nationally by the end of 2015, New York Daily News reported. The move is aimed at upping the profile of the coffee sold at its QSRs. McDonald’s has paired with Kraft

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Tedeschi Food Shops Launches New Fresh Produce Program

Tedeschi paves the way for fresh produce in the convenience store. Following months of research and careful planning, Tedeschi Food Shops is now offering more selection and higher quality fresh fruits and vegetables to its customers through its new Fresh Produce Program. Features of the produce program include a new ordering system and a new

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Finding the Right Foodservice Gear Helps

Choosing the best equipment can be the difference between a robust foodservice program and a bland one. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor A piece of equipment doesn’t have to be brand new to be considered the most valuable player in a foodservice operation. Take the Lincoln impinger ovens that Fremont, Ohio-based FriendShip Food Stores has

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Rutter’s Expands Menu

Adds Beef Short Ribs, plus Cannolis for dessert. Dinner at Rutter’s Farm Stores is a little more succulent and dessert just a little sweeter, thanks to the addition of beef short ribs and cannolis to the Central Pennsylvania chain’s award-winning menu. The tender, fall-off the bone all-beef short ribs are slathered with Sweet Baby Ray’s

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Hunt Brothers Launches Sweepstakes

Company partners with Fathead for daily giveaways right in time for football season. Hunt Brothers Pizza welcomes the start of football season with a brand new promotion, “60 Days of Fathead.” Now through Sept. 30, football fans everywhere will have the opportunity to win lifelike wall decals of their favorite athletes courtesy of Fathead. Fathead

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Elevate Menu Offerings

Put a premium twist on traditional dishes by adding new ¡Que Bueno! White Queso Sauce from Chef-Mate. Made with no artificial flavors, this versatile queso is a creamy blend of aged white cheddar, green chiles and jalapeño peppers with the authentic flavor that patrons value. Serve as-is or create a signature item, such as drizzling

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