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

Rutter’s Expands Grab-And-Go Selections With Hot Pouch

Kiosk side items now available in the grab-and-go section thanks to state-of-the-art packaging. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Rutter’s debuted a new hot grab-n-go pouch to put highly-craveable side items from its popular kiosk service at the fingertips of grab-and-go customers. The new offering will be available at 53

Swiss Farms Adds ‘Mix & Match’ Entrees

Introduces weekly meal offer in February. Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market with 12 locations, has introduced family-sized dinners prepared daily by Director of Fresh Food, Justin Vignola. Choose from a selection of one of 10 main dishes for $7.99, one of four sides for $4.99 and even pick up drinks to pair

Packaged Facts Offers Free Culinary Trend Webinar

Webinar to discuss key trends such as the evolution of value and premium as well as the globalization of the menu. Market research firm Packaged Facts starting 2017 with a free food and beverage industry webinar starting at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The webcast, entitled “Trends on the Edge: 2017 Culinary Forecast

Keurig Introduces New Website for Commercial Operators

C-store operators can find everything from menu ideas to insights to merchandising support. Keurig Green Mountain Inc. (Keurig) has rolled out its first dedicated website, Commercial.Keurig.com, designed to help operators looking to build premium coffee and beverage options in the away-from-home channel. The new site, Commercial.Keurig.com combines visually-appealing design with simplified navigation. This mobile-friendly site

Hunt Brothers Pizza Sponsors Kevin Harvick

Partners for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and four NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2017. For the seventh consecutive year, Hunt Brothers Pizza is sponsoring NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. This season, the two will pair up in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). This marks the

Dunkin’ Donuts Expands in Louisiana

Dunkin’ Donuts is recruiting franchisees in Arkansas, eastern Texas and Mississippi. Dunkin’ Donuts announced that New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, in partnership with existing franchisee Vik Patel, has signed an agreement to develop up to 69 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria, La. over the coming years.

Customers Say ‘Cheese Please’

WMMB finds growing consumer demand for cheese. As the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) examines the top food trends for the coming year, one thing’s for sure: Americans really love cheese. In fact, according to the USDA, the average American consumed 35 pounds of cheese in 2016, a roughly one-pound increase since 2014. Overall cheese

Freshness, Convenience, Health Drive Deli Demand

More than half of customers would like to see more healthy claims on menus. Consumers’ demand in the deli continues to revolve around freshness, convenience, and health, positioning the department into a true destination as stores reinvent physical space, reinvigorate fresh-prepared items and reinforce culinary inspiration with quality staff. This is one of hundreds of

SUBWAY Helps Customers With Healthy Resolutions

“+color” campaign encourages customers to eat a more balanced diet. As customers set their New Years resolutions, many will be looking to be healthier, and SUBWAY and the American Heart Association have teamed up to help them achieve their goals. SUBWAY restaurants and the American Heart Association are encouraging consumers to add just one extra

Air-Impingement Technology Helps Ovens Evolve

Demand for pizzas spurs enhancements to oven technology. Technavio’s latest report on the global conveyor ovens market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth

All-Natural Drinkable Broths

Introducing Zoup! Good, Really Good Broth. Available in five varieties— Chicken, Low-Sodium Chicken, Veggie, Chicken Bone and Beef Bone—these super-premium broths enhance family-favorite recipes and are the first cooking broths good enough to drink. Created by Zoup! Fresh Soup Co., which serves more than one-million bowls of soup each month from its nearly 100 restaurants […]

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PFSbrands Introduces Referral Program

Encourages customers to refer convenience stores they wish sold Champs Chicken for a chance at $1,000. PFSbrands, parent company of Champs Chicken, recently announced a unique referral program for new store locations via a Facebook campaign. This foodservice company has nearly 1,000 locations now inside grocery and c-stores and is always looking for new ways

Love’s Travel Stops Partners with Digi International

Love’s automates food temperature monitoring and task logging. Love’s Travel Stops has signed a multi-year agreement to implement Digi International’s task management and food temperature monitoring solution across its entire chain of locations throughout the U.S. Digi International provides machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. Love’s Travel Stops has more

Food Channel Reveals Top 10 Food Trends for 2017

To what’s on the menu to what is influencing the menu, the Food Channel forecasts what’s ahead in the new year. For the 29th year running, the Food Channel has revealed its Top Ten Food Trends for 2017, based on research conducted in conjunction with CultureWaves and the International Food Futurists. The list identifies some

Convenience Top Concern For Food Shoppers

IDDBA’s “What’s In Store 2017” report outlines key trends across channels. Today’s shoppers place high value on convenience and seamless shopping experiences, according to “What’s in Store 2017, ” the latest edition of the annual trends publication from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), and What’s in Store Online, a collection of over 150 downloadable graphs

Hot Stuff Pizza Celebrates 30 Years

Orion Food Systems first brought great tasting pizza to rural South Dakota in 1986. Imagine life in rural towns 30 years ago; there weren’t many options for people who wanted to dine out. Options were limited in 1986, especially in rural South Dakota, where towns were just too small for Quick Serve Restaurants. But let’s

Foodservice Trends Ahead for 2017

A focus on authenticity is essential in 2017, according to Mintel. Mintel, a market intelligence agency, has announced the four key trends set to transform the U.S. foodservice industry in 2017 – highlighting ingredient, technology and experience trends expected to make an impact on the market. “With restaurants where customers never interact with employees and

Pumpkin Pancake Sausage

OSCAR MAYER has introduced new Pumpkin Pancake Sausage—a classic OSCAR MAYER pork sausage wrapped in a flavorful pumpkin spice pancake. The Pumpkin Pancake Sausage pairs well with a warm cup of coffee or frothy hot chocolate. It is a great addition to both breakfast and lunch menus. Americans love pumpkin season; it’s no surprise that […]

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Stay Warm With Soup

Just in time for the upcoming winter months, Campbell’s Chunky brand has introduced four new flavors: Clam & Corn Chowder with Bacon, Chili Mac, Creamy Chicken Noodle and Spicy BBQ Seasoned Chicken. Hearty and satisfying, these new varieties are loaded with chunks of meat and vegetables—perfect for chilly days and the cold nights inside. The […]

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Low-Calorie Beet Waffles

With the breakfast daypart continuing to show healthy growth, today’s most pressing operator challenge for the morning menu is satisfying patron demand for new and flavorful, better-for-you menu options. Introducing a fresh new take on one of America’s favorite breakfast foods: New Sheila Moore’s Gourmet Beet Waffles. The waffles are made with a unique recipe […]

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Thorntons Partners with Square Donuts

Square Donuts to supply Thorntons’ Indianapolis locations. Thorntons has joined forces with Square Donuts in Indianapolis. Square Donuts was voted the No. 1 yeast donut in Indianapolis this year, and its products became available in Thorntons starting Dec. 1. Through Square Donuts, Thorntons will provide guests with a variety of unique and delicious donuts. Guests

Hunt Brothers Pizza Awards C-Store Upgrades

Celebrates 25th Anniversary with video contest for convenience store partners. Hunt Brothers Pizza announced the winners of its “25 for 25 Video Contest,” in which it received video submissions from its retail partners detailing the importance of the pizza program to their businesses, families and communities. The majority of Hunt Brothers Pizza retail partners are

IDDBA Publishes “What’s in Store 2017” Report

Retailers are expanding their product lines to attract today’s sophisticated shopper. International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has released its “What’s in Store 2017” report showcasing the trends ahead in 2017. This year’s edition of the annual report includes a collection of over 150 downloadable graphs and tables, as well as links to white papers and trends