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Keep Ice Machines Running Efficiently

Ice-O-Matic gives advice for managing ice machines in the summer heat. As the summer heat continues, Ice-O-Matic is reminding operators about the importance of cleaning foodservice equipment, including ice machines, for increased performance and product life. “This time of year we receive a higher volume of calls from customers experiencing slower production and they don’t

Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc. Opens New Distribution Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facility supports nine districts from Kansas to Wisconsin. Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc., a distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, currently servicing 3,200 customers, is celebrating the grand opening of a new distribution center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The facility will support the expansion and growth of Hunt Brothers Pizza customers in the

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Elevating Your Foodservice Strategy

Emerging competition from nontraditional operators like food trucks means c-stores must raise their game when it comes to the all-important food category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Foodservice continues to serve as a key point of differentiation for convenience stores. Keeping the menu fresh requires innovation as well as a keen eye for new products

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Upscale Ketchup Bottles

Red Gold has announced the launch of a new upscale, white label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottle for foodservice operators desiring a more elegant package design for their tabletops. The new packaging offers operators greater flexibility in the look of their tabletop ketchup. The original yellow and red label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottles also continue to

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Developing a Healthier Foodservice Menu

Organic, sustainable and locally-grown foods are all trends hitting the country, but are convenience store customers ready for these items? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Numerous “healthy” foodservice trends are sweeping cities across the U.S., from sustainable to local to organic to all-natural, and of course fresh, but is the time right for convenience stores

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Capturing Latino Customers

Insights from new study help retailers compete for Latino $1.3 trillion buying power. Every 30 seconds, a Hispanic turns 18 years old in the U.S., amplifying the influence of the country’s fastest growing ethnic minority. A new study called “The Multi-Cultural Latino Consumer” finds that though Latinos are far from homogenous, diverse segments overall stay

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Hunt Brothers Sends Father-Son Duo On Racing Fans’ Dream Vacation

Winners of Richard Childress Racing Fan Experience Sweepstakes head to race in Charlotte, N.C., RCR Museum and more. Hunt Brothers Pizza is thrilled to send Michael Barham of Shaker Heights, Ohio, on the ultimate race lover’s dream vacation. As the grand prize winner of the Richard Childress Racing Fan Experience Sweepstakes, Barham has won a

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7-Eleven’s Summer of Snacking

Retailer responds to snackers’ needs with new bites, treats and deals. 7-Eleven Inc. continues to answer consumers’ 24-hour need for small-portioned foods, snacks and mini-meals with an evolving menu of bits, bites and snacks—all at a sweet price. The newest hot snacks to join the mini-meal scene at 7-Eleven stores are Corn Dog Bites, Mozzarella

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Burger Consumption On The Rise

New Technomic report examines factors driving more customers to eat burgers more often. Consumers are eating burgers more often than ever before, according to new research from Technomic. The overwhelming majority of consumers (95%) say they eat burgers at least once a month—and cravings are driving this high consumption. Half of consumers (49%) cite cravings

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Dunkin’ Donuts Enters Southern California

“Our continued focus on franchisee profitability and restaurant economics has made our long-awaited expansion into California possible,” says president of Dunkin’ Donuts, U.S. & Canada. Dunkin’ Donuts, has signed its first Southern California multi-unit store development agreements with four franchise groups for a total commitment of 45 new restaurants. The first standalone restaurants are expected

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Tedeschi Takes Home Three 2013 Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Awards

Tedeschi’s superior food selection is recognized in three categories. Tedeschi Food Shops was voted tops in three Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Awards for 2013. WickedLocal and WickedLocal.com provide local news and information through both traditional newspaper and online to more than 160 communities throughout eastern Massachusetts. Each year, thousands of readers nominate their favorites in

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New Technomic Report Shows Fast-Casual Industry Growing

“Fast casual has become a $31 billion segment since Chipotle began reinventing fast food 20 years ago,” says executive vice president of Technomic. According to Technomic’s “Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report,” fast casual makes up just 14% of the total $223 billion limited-service restaurant segment, but its sales continue to outpace other operators. Fast-casual

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Prepared Foods At Retail To Grow Over Restaurant Visits

Report by NPD Group shows prepared food purchased at retail to grow 10% during the next decade. Home meal replacements or prepared foods from supermarkets, drug stores, and other retail outlets will continue to capture share of the meal/snacks market by stealing visits from restaurants, according to The NPD Group, a leading global information company. 

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Reaches 7,000th Retail Location

Shamrock Gas and Go adds Hunt Brothers Pizza program. Hunt Brothers Pizza is celebrating its 7,000th retail location with the addition of the Shamrock Gas and Go in Pottsboro, Texas, to its rapidly growing business family. It is yet another milestone for the nation’s largest supplier of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry. “We

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Finding Your Foodservice Niche

From proprietary programs and co-branded QSRs to no-fee, turnkey foodservice solutions, c-stores have a wide variety of program options right at their fingertips. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Having been part of his family’s restaurant for 20 years, David Deddens knows what it takes to build a foodservice brand. That’s one of the reasons the

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Sandwich Programs on a Roll

Last year, the sandwich category was worth $27.7 billion, up 6.3% from 2011, according to Technomic. Retailers are optimistic that 2013 will be even stronger. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With their in-store kitchens already producing made-from-scratch pizza and cake doughnuts, it was a natural progression for Casey’s General Store locations to expand into made-to-order

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Modular Cube Ice Maker

Scotsman Ice Systems has introduced the C0722, a compact self-monitoring cuber that produces 700 pounds of cube ice in 24 hours. The C0722 enables retailers to meet ice production while saving space with its compact design of just 22 inches wide and 29 inches high. It features AutoAlert indicator lights that notify operators of water

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Enrobed Hotdog and Sausages

Stefano Foods, makers of high quality ready-to-heat items, released three new items to its growing line of snacks and appetizers.  The BIGDOG is the answer to satisfying a big hunger.  At six ounces, these easy to heat, easy to eat items come in three popular all-meat varieties enrobed in Stefano’s delicious roll dough:  Beef Hotdog,

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Brand Redesign

Boyd Coffee Co. has launched its comprehensive strategic rebrand featuring new brand identity, retail coffee packaging and foodservice merchandising for convenience stores. The grocery and foodservice launch is just the first development in a company-wide rebranding campaign undertaken by the 113-year old coffee company.  The brand imagery connects Boyd’s rich history of innovation and passion

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All-Natural Chicken Sausages

Premium Meats & Cheeses brand Dietz & Watson has introduced a new line of seven All Natural Chicken Sausage varieties.  Made from fresh, never frozen chicken and using old-world family recipes prepared in small batches, these fully-cooked sausages contain no fillers, extenders or MSG and are certified Gluten Free by the Celiac Sprue Association. They

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Beverage Carbonation Solution

Xylem Inc., a provider of global water technology, has launched the Flojet brand V-Jet series rotary vane pump heads for beverage carbonation. The V-Jet series low flow, high pressure positive displacement rotary vane pump heads were developed for applications including beverage carbonation, water dispensing, water boosting, espresso or coffee machine operations and coolant recirculation systems.

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Boneless Wings

Brakebush Brothers Chik’N Gone Wild Wings and Boneless Wings feature Bluegrass Bourbon Sauce. Created with real Kentucky bourbon and a proprietary blend of spices, the wings and boneless wings are sweet, yet smoky with just a hint of brown sugar and molasses. The Bluegrass Bourbon Sauce comes in a separate squeeze bottle, so preparation is

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Mediterranean Snacks

New tapaz2go are comprised of a single serve pouch of protein-rich Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers Sea Salt, along with a container of wholesome hummus in Classic, Roasted Garlic or Red Pepper varieties, in one convenient, portable package.  With seven grams of protein and 250 calories or less, tapaz2go ideal choice for consumers looking for nutritious,

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Hot Food Holding Cabinets

Hoshizaki has introduced Hot Food Holding Cabinets, models HH1SSB-FS/HS, available in full and half stainless doors. The innovative ducted air distribution system eliminates hot and cold spots. Units feature an easy-to-use LED digital controller (Fahrenheit or Celsius) with separate on/off switch. The stainless-steel interior features an exclusive “stepped” door design, which protects the door gasket

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Award Winning Refrigeration

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of premier commercial refrigeration, has introduced it newest award-winning innovation, the Parallel Glycol Rack Refrigeration System. Master-Bilt received a National Restaurant Association 2013 Kitchen Innovations Award for the parallel glycol rack refrigeration system, which uses the most energy efficient refrigeration system available to chill a glycol loop that cools equipment in a foodservice

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