“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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
Celebrates new Hawaiian pizza with Hawaii vacation sweepstakes. Hunt Brothers Pizza is sending some lucky family on a dream vacation for four to Hawaii as part of this summer’s launch of a new Hawaiian pizza. Starting July 1, hungry pizza fans can order a hot, fresh pizza with juicy sliced ham, crispy smoked bacon, sweet
Hamilton Beach Commercial has introduced the SmartServe Blend In Cup, model BIC2000. Designed with high-volume quick-serve locations in mind, the BIC2000 is the most efficient way to deliver blended drinks to customers. It allows for zero waste of ingredients, minimizes labor, avoids the use of cumbersome blender jars, and provides great drink consistency. Additionally, the
U.S. Hispanics have increasing influence on the foods America eats at lunch—their largest meal of the day, reports NPD. Following a Hispanic cultural tradition, U.S. Hispanics have their largest meal of the day at lunch and consume more of these meals in the home than away-from-home. As a result, this large population group is influencing
Donper America, a recognized name and strategic partner to those in the foodservice and commercial refrigeration industries, has introduced its newest soft serve machine, the BT7280, to the market. Designed for use in non-traditional frozen yogurt concepts, the BT7280 is the perfect solution for owners of concepts like convenience stores, hotels and cafeterias looking to
Keep doughnut and other bakery product displays full and fresh beyond breakfast for maximum profit potential. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor.When a client asked convenience store consultant Dean Dirks how he could increase his doughnut sales, Dirks gave him one simple piece of advice: “I told him to keep the display filled with
Whether you are operating a proprietary program or using a third-party supplier, cardboard sandwiches and pizza just don’t cut it with today’s consumer. Dr. Nancy Caldarola, of NACS CAFÉ, offers tips and trends in this important foodservice segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The entry price for a low-grade sandwich might be attractive to some
The expanded operation is intended to enhance the service provided to foodservice customers and channel partners. Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking broke ground on its new 30,000-square-foot Ovens expansion project in Cleveland, Ohio, marking the official start of its plans to become the leading commercial ovens manufacturer in the world. When the expansion project
Convenience store customers are looking for roller grill items in the morning. Are you meeting the demand? By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. One person’s lunch or dinner is another person’s breakfast, so the roller grills at Rutter’s Farm Stores run all day, every day, said Jerry Weiner, the York, Pa.-based chain’s vice president of foodservice.
Branded food program celebrates 500th opening. A major milestone gave one business something to cheer about. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program, opened its 500th location this week at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau, Okla. Festivities included door prizes and meal deals throughout the day, as well as an appearance by Champ himself.
Summer campaign attracts customers by encouraging them to use their snacking skills. Kum & Go launched a summer campaign to attract snacking experts whose two main summer food groups are snack foods and fountain drinks—dubbed “snaxperts” by the West Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain. “Snaxperts are those who know Dr. Pepper tastes even better
New summer snacks include whoopie pies and smoked sausages on the expanding menu of fresh choices. New sweet and savory snacks are coming to Corner Stores this summer, as the menu of fresh-made items continues to expand. Corner Store’s new German Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Eckrich Applewood Smoked Sausage with Monterey Cheese will round out