How Health and Wellness Factors Influence Meat, Poultry Market

Many consumers have claimed that they are willing to pay more for better-for-you meat and poultry products. Today’s consumers are highly concerned with health and wellness standards, and retailers and foodservice operators are pursuing meat and poultry products that meet such consumer demands. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts in the report Meat and

How to Encourage Beverage Menu Exploration

Consumers tend to stick to ordering their “usual” beverage choice, but there are ways to break that pattern and encourage new beverage options. Beverage menus tend to remain rather stagnant, as top beverage varieties tend to remain the same. This is true for soft-drinks as well as core coffee menu items. The static nature of

How Foodservice Packaging Is Just as Important as the Food

By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Food and Beverage Practice As c-stores continue to develop foodservice programs, putting themselves in more direct competition with traditional foodservice operators, c-store operators and suppliers need to constantly consider issues regarding consumer perceptions about the stereotypical c-store. One of the most important of these issues is foodservice packaging

How Consumers Perceive Food Safety

A number of consumers have stated that their food safety concerns have increased in recent months. A national consumer survey from Packaged Facts, following the recent series of E. coli outbreaks linked to fast casual Chipotle Mexican Grill, has revealed consumer concerns about food safety practices in the fast food industry. The Packaged Facts survey

QuikTrip Introduces X-Large Pizza Carryout Offering

A new box makes QuikTrip’s new pizza offering even more exciting for customers who are looking to share. QuikTrip, which now operates over 700 stores in 11 states, has introduced a new pizza offering that is perfect for sharing. According to a report from KCCI Des Moines, QuikTrip has taken everything that its customers love

American Frozen Food Institute Approves of 2015 Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will recommend all forms of fruits and vegetables, rather than exclusively fresh varieties. Interim president for the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), Joseph Clayton, has commended the recommendation of all forms of fruits and vegetables, without limiting language, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and

How To Promote Roller Grill & Pizza

Buoyed by a constant stream of new products and equipment upgrades as well as focus on time-tested procedures, roller grill and pizza continue to appeal to convenience store customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Made-to-order foods may get most of the buzz, but there’s a good reason why so many convenience stores still offer roller

Sugar’s Reputation Doesn’t Curb America’s Sweet Tooth

The negative stigma surrounding sugar seems to be good news for the honey market. As sugar, especially white granulated sugar, continues to get a bad rap, being compared to tobacco and cigarettes in terms of the danger it poses to health, the love-hate relationship that America’s have with sugar and sweeteners grows. Some public health

How to Effectively Build Consumer Loyalty

Loyalty programs are gaining popularity among retailers, but are they enough? As retailers begin to realize that coupons and discount deals only attract short-term traffic spikes, they are beginning to emphasize loyalty programs. This is part of the reason why, compared to other food and non-food retailers (especially the grocery channel), usage of restaurant/coffee shop

New Dunkin’ Donuts Products Ring in the New Year

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced a sweet way for customers to celebrate the New Year. As 2015 comes to a close, Dunkin’ Donuts prepares to bring in the New Year with the introduction of a new menu item, as well as welcoming back an old favorite. For a sweet start to 2016, Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled

2016 Grocery Shopping Trends

2016 is expected to bring about new trends in grocery shopping. John Karolefski, a veteran supermarket watcher and purveyor of, has revealed that ordering groceries online and digitizing the store rank among the top trends in grocery shopping for 2016. Karolefski also predicts that grocers will lure more shoppers into stores with special events

2016 Top 10 Food Trends

Whole Foods Market’s product experts have released their 2016 food trends forecast.  Whole Foods Market’s product experts, who draw from more than 100 years of combined industry experience, have pinpointed 10 top food trends to watch in 2016. From “old-world” ingredients and new vino vehicles to emerging flavors and sourcing trends, this year’s forecast covers

New Year, New Food Trends

Consumers will remain nutrition conscious in 2016. The fourth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” Survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian has collected data from 450 nutrition professionals to reveal what food consumers will seek and avoid in the coming year. From food celebs like kale or cauliflower and claims like gluten-free or no additives, to diet plans

2016 Trends Forecast from quench

quench has revealed a number of foodservice trends that are expected to gain momentum in 2016. The 2016 edition of the Food and Beverage Marketing Trends forecast from quench has been released. The forecast includes a list that features trends widespread across the food and beverage category as well as those that exist in a

2015 Foodservice Growth Drivers

The foodservice industry has grown over the past year, and that growth is expected to continue into 2016. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that the U.S. foodservice industry has recovered the visits it lost during the Great Recession. The industry will end the year with a total traffic volume at 61 billion, visits

Kwik Stop Houses Newest Fazoli’s Location

Kwik Stop takes part in Fazoli’s aggressive expansion efforts. The Kwik Stop in Dubuque, Iowa holds the latest convenience store Fazoli’s location. The addition of this fast-casual restaurant is part of the chain’s aggressive franchise recruitment program. In addition to the new location, Fazoli’s has also released an all-new prototype design. The latest c-store unit

Gluten-Free Hot Breakfast

Bakery On Main has introduced a Hot Breakfast lineup. Made in-house at the company’s dedicated gluten-free facility, Bakery On Main’s premium, whole grain Hot Breakfast is boosted with protein and ancient grains for sustained energy. Certified gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of sodium, cholesterol, wheat, dairy and casein, the lineup features three grams […]

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Premium Croissant Sandwich

AdvancePierre Foods has introduced the Pierre Signatures Chicken Salad with Bacon on a Croissant to its premium sandwich line. The 6.84-ounce sandwich, hand-wrapped in clear film for fresh-made appeal, features a sweet relish chicken salad topped with Applewood-smoked bacon, all on a flaky croissant. The result is a sweet and savory lunch or dinner item. […]

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2016 Food Trends Forecasted

Fresh is one of the top trends expected for 2016. What’s on Store 2016, the annual trends report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), has revealed that today’s consumers are searching for higher quality, fresh and less-processed options for their snacking needs. This emerging trend has created new opportunities for bakery, deli, dairy, foodservice and cheese

General Mills Significantly Lowers Sodium in 10 Product Categories

General Mills makes significant progress in its industry leading effort to reduce sodium content in U.S. products. A recent report from General Mills has revealed the progress that has been made toward the company’s commitment to reducing sodium by 20% across 10 U.S. retail product categories by the end of 2015. The report shows that

How Food Trends Are Evolving for 2016

Significant changes are expected to occur in the food world in the coming year. Using research from CultureWaves  and the International Food Futurists, The Food Channel  has compiled the Top 10 Food Trends for 2016. “We’re seeing a huge emphasis on clean label, sustainability, functional food and knowing the story behind a product,” said Kay Logsdon, editor

U.S. Produce Packaging Market to Experience Healthy Growth

Demographic and demand are changing in favor of the U.S. Produce Packaging Market. The sustained demand for healthy snacks has driven the demand for produce packaging in the U.S., which is forecast to rise 2.4% per year to $5.7 billion in 2019. Fresh-cut produce and healthy snacks require high-value packaging to extend the shelf life

How to Avoid the Spread of Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illnesses are preventable, here is how: This year, Chipotle has had multiple foodborne illness outbreaks, sickening consumers in nine different states. The chain, whose slogan is “food with integrity,” has strong food safety procedures in place, and their corporate office carefully researches their suppliers. This shows that foodborne illness can happen to any foodservice

McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Success

McDonald’s breakfast program sparks new trends. In the second month following the launch of McDonald’s all-day breakfast program, data shows that this turnaround effort has been a success. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the launch of the breakfast program has brought in new customers, along with regaining the favor of former customers. New

TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes

TravelCenters has opened its fifth Alabama Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. A new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has opened at TA Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This store is located at I-20/I-59, Exit 77 (3501 Buttermilk Road). The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous. Guests can choose from any of the full