Health Consciousness Drives Protein Alternative Consumption

As more consumers adopt healthier lifestyles, interest in meat substitutes is growing. While not fully committing to a meat-free lifestyle, ‘Meatless Mondays’ seem to be catching on among Americans as a way to cut back with new research from Mintel revealing that the top reason U.S. consumers use meat alternatives is because they occasionally like

Burger King Parent Company Acquires Popeyes

The transaction is expected to close in April. Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI)—one of the largest global quick-service restaurant companies and owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons is set to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. $79 per share in cash, or $1.8 billion. The acquisition of Popeyes will add a successful, highly-regarded brand with

Reheating Coffee Sales

With so many options available, consumers expect to get their perfect cup of coffee all day, every day. Retailers share tips on how they turned their store coffee bars into daily destinations for brew enthusiasts. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Many consumers associate convenience stores with coffee, and if the coffee program is done right

TA Restaurant Introduces Popeyes Louisiana Restaurant in New Mexico

Marks the 66th Popeyes for TA, but its first in New Mexico. The TA Restaurant Group opened a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at TA Santa Rosa located at I-40/Rt. 54/Rt. 84, Exit 277 (2634 Historic Route 66), in Santa Rosa, N.M. The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous.

Tracking Profits and Losses

A solid foodservice P&L helps c-stores determine the true cost of food items, ensuring operators are pricing their offerings competitively. By CSD Staff Although many people know a store profit and loss statement is important to understanding their business’s growth, it can be challenging to know what information to include when creating one. Often it

Spinx Goes Local

Spinx incorporates local fruits into its Fresh on the Go program to appeal to shopper demand for more locally-sourced produce. As consumers increasingly look for clean labels, sustainable sourcing and food that remains fresh along the path from farm to table, the demand for local food has grown. In response, some restaurants have added their

Hunt Brothers’ Buffalo Chicken Pizza Returns

A limited time only favorite reappears for the 10th year. Hunt Brothers Pizza has re-introduced its most popular Limited Time Offer (LTO), Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Available now, customers will be able to order this specialty pizza at participating locations across the country while supplies last. As consumer buying habits continue to propel trends in spicy

Breakfast Is Driving C-Store Traffic

A well thought-out breakfast plan, tying all foodservice elements together, will lead to a well-executed roll out, fetch foot traffic and increase sales. By CSD Staff More and more, consumers are looking at convenience stores as morning destinations. This includes the growing demand for bakery products. In fact, studies show that about 29% of c-store

Rutter’s Introduces Chef Coats

Rutter’s signals professionalism and high quality food to customers with new chef coats for the food management team. Beginning this month, Rutter’s rolled out chef coats for all of its restaurant management team, including restaurant managers, assistant restaurant managers, roving restaurant managers and roving store managers. Rutter’s is the first in its competitive footprint to

IFDA Names Red Diamond A Top Foodservice Manufacturer

Red Diamond ranked in the top four at the 2017 IFDA Partner of the Year Awards. Red Diamond was recently recognition as a leading foodservice manufacturer by the Institutional Food Distributors of America (IFDA). The IFDA’s Partner of the Year award is designed to recognize manufacturers with exceptional performance and a long-term goal of continuing

QuickChek Wins With Fresh Sales

From simple ingredients to label transparency and merchandising to showcase ‘fresh,’ QuickChek is meeting consumer requests for better-for-you food. By CSD Staff Just as foodservice and food offerings in the convenience channel have changed with time, the concept of fresh is now naturally positioned at the forefront of the customer experience. Consumers’ demand has grown

Stripes’ Fresh Opening in Corpus Christi

The company’s next-generation location offers a dining area that seats 28 inside and an outdoor patio with seating for 20 more patrons. Stripes Convenience Stores and Laredo Taco Company continue the rollout of next-generation Stripes stores with the planned opening of its newest store in Corpus Christi, Texas. This morning, Stripe will host a grand

Building A Better Foodservice Program

In CSD’s 2017 Foodservice Edition, we look at the latest trends and basic principles that convenience  retailers are following to ensure  quality offerings, modern menu options and bigger profits. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The foodservice landscape continues to shift. Customers want transparency, clean labels and better-for-you foods, but quality and variety are

Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Pizza Day

Free pizza slices during the week of Feb. 6. In honor of National Pizza Day on Feb. 9, the largest operator of travel centers in North America will treat guests to a promotion worthy of its pizzeria-quality, gourmet pies. From Feb. 6 through Feb. 12 – the entire week of National Pizza Day – Pilot

Manitowoc Foodservice Congratulates Team USA on Bocuse d’Or Competition Win

U.S. team makes history at Olympics for Chefs. Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., a global supplier of commercial foodservice equipment, congratulates team USA on winning the gold medal at the 2017 Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France. For the first time in the contest’s 30-year history, a team of top U.S. chefs won the so-called Olympics for Chefs.

Five Food Trends Driven by Millennials

The influence of foodie culture on younger consumers is an opportunity for foodservice operators. Y-Pulse has released a study examining dining experiences of Millennial consumers (18-34 year olds), and what drives the same consumer to very different types of food experiences outside the home. To craft the survey, the Y-Pulse team engaged with foodservice experts

NACS Calls for Action on Menu-Labeling Legislation

Reintroduced Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act would set a more flexible approach to regulations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has applauded the reintroduction of legislation to protect small businesses and their workers from the unreasonable burdens and potential criminal penalties of the Food and Drug Administration’s final menu labeling regulations. The Common Sense

Foodservice…A Brand in Hand?

Most convenience stores that have embraced the foodservice category and have invested heavily in the operational side of the business, have also attempted branding. By Steve Sandman During the last 15 years or so we’ve heard the drum beat that the key to a successful c-store operation is foodservice. There’s proof in the numbers. For

How to Grow Your Food Business

NPD Group finds growing light users’ frequency would result in an incremental sales increase of $1.1 billion. While it might be tempting to focus on regular foodservice patrons, it turns out nudging the occasional foodservice patrons to return again could be the key to driving foodservice profits. Getting customers who visit restaurants less to visit

Eby-Brown, Rich’s Offer Free Whipped Cream Dispensers

Help c-stores expand coffee bar appeal in order to compete against quick-service restaurants. Eby-Brown and Rich’s Foodservice have introduced a new program that offers c-stores a free dispenser with the purchase of a case of mytop Whipped Topping. The program launched on Jan. 1, and the promotion ends Dec. 31, 2017. Eighty percent of consumers

Tyson Foodservice Debuts “What’s On the Line?” Campaign

Rebranding effort focuses on helping operators thrive in the foodservice arena. To help today’s foodservice decision-makers deal with concerns such as increased competition, rapidly changing tastes and trends and rising rents and wages, Tyson Foodservice is transforming into a customer-centric enterprise that understands what’s “on the line” for operators. In this unique role, Tyson Foodservice

PFSbrands Sells Business to Employees Via an ESOP

PFSbrands CEO remains at the helm to steer company forward. The sole shareholders of PFSbrands—Shawn and Julie Burcham—have concluded the sale of 100% of their company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). CEO Shawn Burcham and PFSbrands senior leadership team will remain in place to continue driving the explosive growth the

What Does Healthy Mean in 2017?

More than one quarter of consumers say health concerns influence their choice of food and 23% are more likely to buy food with a health claim on the package. A new report by research firm Mintel found less than half (42%) of Americans consider their diet to be healthy, even as interest in healthy food

7-Eleven Introduces Breakfast Pizza

New pizza features a biscuit crust and is available whole or by the slice. The breakfast daypart just got even more delicious for 7-Eleven customers. Participating 7-Eleven stores now have hot, ready-to-eat breakfast pizza. While some like to eat traditional breakfast foods for the first meal of the day, others choose what’s easy, like leftover

Seasonal Coffee Blend

To celebrate Mardi Gras, Community Coffee Co. has launched the “king” of all flavored coffees, Community Mardi Gras King Cake, now available across the American South. This Limited Time Offer King Cake flavor features the same high-quality coffee beans that Community coffee lovers expect but with a perfectly-balanced combination of cinnamon and vanilla. Available in […]

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