Taco Bell Commits to Cage-Free Eggs by 2017

Many of the country’s quick-service restaurants are moving to cage-free eggs for their menu items. Quick-service restaurants in the U.S. are moving away from cage laid eggs, and Taco Bell is leading the flock. According to a report from Reuters, Taco Bell has committed to ceasing the use of eggs laid by caged hens by

McDonald’s Launches McPick 2 Menu

McDonald’s to launch new deal menu to drive sales. In its latest attempt to bounce back, McDonald’s has announced a new initiative to drive store traffic. According to a report from Fox News, McDonald’s has unveiled its newest replacement for the ever-popular Dollar Menu; the “McPick 2” menu. This new menu will allow customers to choose

Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownies at Pizza Hut

Consumers can cuddle up with Pizza Hut’s newest indulgent desert, for only $6.99. Pizza Hut has introduced the all-new Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownie to its line of deserts. The brownie has been added to the menu, and will be available for a limited-time only. Available while supplies last, the Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownie is packed with three types of genuine

How Consumers Feel About Foodservice Spending

By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Productions Many consumers are continuously trying to find ways to cut back their spending. In fact, “eating out” tends to be one of the top areas for households to try to reduce expenses, opting to pack a lunch or cook at home more often. A majority of consumers

How To Heat Up Sales With Hot Dogs

With the emphasis on fresh, “better-for-you” and made to order, the roller grill is vying to compete for prime counter space at c-stores. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor The hot dog isn’t quite as humble as it used to be. Sonic Drive-in, for example, features six different dogs nationally (and two more regionally) on its

NPD Releases Foodservice Visit Data

The foodservice industry encountered a favorable summer quarter. After tracking foodservice visits in during the summer quarter of 2015, The NPD Group has revealed that foodservice spending and visits grew in several countries during the summer months. Snacks and morning meals were the broad foodservice market drivers, according to NPD’s ongoing global foodservice market research, CREST,

TravelCenters Announces Two New Popeyes Locations

TravelCenters is providing customers with southern-style cooking at two TA locations. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of two new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchens. The first location will open at TA Coachella, located at I-10, Exit 146 (46155 Dillon Road), in Coachella,

How To Profit With Pizza

Few foods are as veto-proof as pizza. Because of the promise of profits, convenience stores are getting an increasingly larger piece of the $40 billion U.S. pizza market. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Americans are passionate about pizza. They crave it morning, noon and night, as convenience store operators have discovered. And stores don’t have

What Food Trends Are Ahead For 2016?

Professional chefs predict the top foodservice trends for 2016. Each year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which foods, beverages and culinary

Express Food Program

Chester’s International has introduced the all-new Chester’s Express program. The new program was officially released as an option to Retailers during the NACS Show 2015. The Express program’s smaller footprint and simplified menu makes it easier than ever to operate a Chester’s location. Operators can be ready to serve world-famous Chester’s fried chicken in as […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ Announces Seasonal Selections

Holiday flavors have returned to Dunkin’ Donuts. Dunkin’ Donuts is welcoming the holiday season with this year’s seasonal selection. The festive holiday offerings include three returning holiday coffee flavors, two new donut treats, and several  stocking stuffers. At the top of Dunkin’ Donuts’ nice list are delicious donut treats to ring in the holidays. The new Snickerdoodle

How To Market Children’s Food

The way to develop long-term customers is to hook them early in life. It may be surprising, but research shows that children under the age of nine are a particularly influential demographic for food and beverage marketers. During these childhood years, life-long dietary habits are established and brand loyalty is already being established. Today’s kids are

Renewable Fuel Standard Effects Foodservice Chains

The RFS is projected to have a negative impact on the foodservice industry, which will effect both restaurant owners and consumers. The National Council of Chain Restaurants has asked Congress to repeal the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). A Wendy’s restaurant franchisee spoke on behalf of the Council and informed Congress that the mandate to mix

Menu-Labeling Compliance May Be Possible for C-Stores

A House subcommittee has voted to advance legislation to aid in c-stores’ efforts to comply with new menu-labeling laws. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee has voted to advance menu-labeling legislation that would make it possible for c-store owners to comply.  The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) praised the subcommittee because this legislation would result in

Next Generation Blending

Taylor has introduced the MagnaBlend Pro, the ultimate next generation blending system that offers consistent blended drinks every time. Fully automated and boasting a stunning nine-second blend time, nothing moves your operation faster. An integrated, shaved ice dispenser and rinse station eliminate back and forth between prep areas while a refrigerated cabinet holds up to […]

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C-Stores Celebrate National Sandwich Day

Hungry customers find sandwich promotions in honor of Sandwich Day. Tuesday, Nov. 3 marked National Sandwich Day, and convenience stores and QSRs alike celebrated with promotions and Facebook posts touting the holiday and reminding customers to stop in for a bite. Among c-stores celebrating the day, Daily’s Convenience Stores posted a promotion on Facebook that

How Duchess is Growing With Foodservice

With its prototype store now open to the public, Englefield Oil’s Duchess brand is positioned to build upon its legacy as Ohio’s ever-evolving c-store chain. By David Bennett, Senior Editor As two children looked longingly at the new frozen drink dispenser, tethered balloons wafted away from the heat that escaped from the hot pizzas taken

Kellogg Co. To Use Only Cage-Free Eggs By 2025

Aims to consider the “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare as part of its process. As part of its ongoing dedication to corporate responsibility, Kellogg Co. plans to build on its commitment to animal welfare by sourcing only cage-free eggs for its foods and eliminating gestation stalls from its pork supply chain by the end of

New Menu-Labeling Legislation Could Ease Burden For C-Stores

Proposed legislation would give retailers some flexibility in communicating calorie nutrition information, and would provides  protection from potential felony penalties on retail employees. New menu labeling legislation introduced on Oct. 29 in the U.S. Senate, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (S. 2217), appears to offer the flexibility and understanding of convenience store foodservice operations

Raising the Foodservice Bar

C-stores and supermarkets are becoming strong competition for QSRs. Convenience stores and supermarkets have greatly improved their foodservice offerings in recent years. The NPD Group has reported that as food quality increases, so does the number of consumers choosing these outlets for their prepared meals and snacks in addition to quick service restaurants (QSRs). Quick and convenient

Taco Bell Caters to Vegetarian Consumers

Taco Bell leads the industry in constructing the first QSR vegetarian menu. Taco Bell is leading the way when it comes providing easy, accessible vegetarian menu items, as it has become the first quick-service restaurant (QSR) to offer menu items certified by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA). The latest in Taco Bell’s Food for All journey – focused

How To Increase Foodservice Visit Frequency

More disposable income and a better experience would encourage more foodservice visits By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Productions One of the tenants of marketing a product is very simple: It must be worth the price. In foodservice, the same applies. If a retailer sells a dispensed lemonade for 50 cents, shoppers will

Schwan Commits to Eliminate Four Ingredient Groups

Schwan strives to increase the nutritional value of its food products by replacing artificial ingredients with more familiar ingredients. The Schwan Food Co. has launched an initiative to simplify its products’ ingredient lists by eliminating four ingredient groups from its food portfolio in order to make foods with more familiar ingredients. Schwan strives to evolve its foods to meet the

Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Pizza Month

Free pizza will bring customers in, but quality ingredients is what will keep them coming back. Pilot Flying J is providing free pizza to customers, in honor of National Pizza Month. Throughout the month of October, Pilot Flying J will provide a free slice of PJ Fresh Pizza to customers who show an online coupon, available from the

How to Meet the Growing Demand for Freshness

As customers opt for fresher and healthier foods, c-store operators share how they’re adapting to customer preferences. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor As the fresh and healthy foods trend continues its upward climb, multiple channels, including quick-service restaurants (QSRs), drug stores and convenience stores are competing for the business of hungry customers. Walgreens has introduced

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