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

Holidays Mean a Spike in Wisconsin Dairy Indusrty

Cheese sales experience a jump as the holidays approach. Each December, according to data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI), the Wisconsin dairy industry continuously sees an increase on the sales of Wisconsin cheese and dairy products. In the 2014 season, cheese sales jumped 21% in the week before Thanksgiving and 34% in the week before

Do Natural Claims Mislead Consumers?

Consumers have requested that the FDA explore “natural” claims. The NPD Group has found that foods claiming to be “natural” convey a sense of wholesomeness, without additives, chemicals and preservatives, to consumers. On the surface, “natural” and “all natural” on a food label hints to consumers that the product is free of anything manmade, but

Hoshizaki America Inc. Continues Support For Local Girl Scouts Chapter

For more than 15 years, Hoshizaki has supported the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Hoshizaki America Inc., a manufacturer of foodservice equipment, continues to support the Girl Scouts with a donation to the local Atlanta chapter. For over 15 years Hoshizaki and many of their employees’ families have supported the Girl Scouts through volunteer opportunities,

How Frozen Foods Are Fighting Back

Frozen food marketers are finding ways to regain the business that has been lost to the fresh food trend. The increasing demand for fresh foods and a number of other trends emerging in recent years has hindered the sales of all kinds of frozen foods, according to the Packaged Facts report, Frozen Foods in the

How To Tap Into the Local Foods Trend

Local foods are anticipated to grow faster than the annual pace of total food and beverage sales over the next five years. Consumers are fond of local food products, and retailers are taking advantage of this growing trend. For retailers, foodservice operators and food marketers, “local” has become a shorthand descriptor that makes food sound

How Food Packaging is Going Green

Packaging manufacturers are emphasizing the use of materials with environmental advantages. This years Foodservice Packaging Institute’s (FPIs) 2015 Trends Report report, a result of FPIs annual Trends Survey, revealed industry opinions that largely focused on environmentally friendly packaging and customization techniques to differentiate products. “When it comes to foodservice packaging and the materials used to manufacture

How Americans Are Shying Away From Sugar

Adult consumers have greatly increased consumption of foods claiming to be low in sugar and sugar free. A new study from The NPD Group has revealed that sugar is now the top ingredient consumers are trying to avoid in their diets. Sugar and calories are competing for the position as the top items consumers look

Hunt Brothers Pizza Donates To Toys for Tots

Coloring contest raises funds to help spread joy over the holidays. Hunt Brothers Pizza is asking its fans to participate in its inaugural Christmas Coloring Contest as a way to help raise money for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Consumers are invited to color in the graphics on the front and back of the

Chain Restaurants React To EPA Decision on RFS Volume

A PricewaterhouseCoopers study conducted for NCCR concluded that if the corn ethanol mandate is left unchanged, chain restaurant industry costs will increase by up to $3.2 billion a year. The National Council of Chain Restaurants issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green following the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of regulations that would increase

Kerry Acquires Insight Beverages

Kerry Convenience is broadening its horizons through its acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry, The Taste and Nutrition Company, recently completed the acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry is aligning the Insight Beverage brands and technologies under the newly formed, “Kerry Convenience.” Kerry Convenience, led by the Insight Beverages team, is a new entity that will service

Preaching That Freshness Always Trumps Waste

Take a lesson from the big chains that fresh food offerings always win in the end. By Jim Callahan When it comes to category offerings such as deli and coffee, the old adage “penny wise and pound foolish” should not be associated with a convenience store’s effort. Consumers have had their taste buds tantalized by

How To Prevent Foodservice Operation From Becoming a Gateway to Employee Theft?

Foodservice items must be managed diligently to ward off shrink. By Fran Duskiewicz The column I wrote a couple months back, about how inept foodservice accounting practices and the lack of industry foodservice metrics and standards could result in untold shrink figures, resulted in the most comments and questions I’ve received. The advent of complete

How To Wake Up Breakfast Sales

With America constantly on the go, it’s no surprise that grab-and-go breakfast sandwich sales are growing in the convenience channel. However, sales of not-so-portable foods are also on the rise. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast is the only restaurant daypart with sustained visit growth over the last several years, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry

Add Parcel Service

Make life more convenient for customers by offering PUDO. PUDO Inc. provides courier shipping services, plus in-store over-the-counter pick-up services. PUDO requires approximately 40 square feet of space. PUDO provides a tablet and scanner for receiving and passing out the parcels. The process for accepting parcel is very easy and fast. A parcel barcode is […]

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AdvancePierre Foods Welcomes New President of Retail

Former senior vice president of consumer development for ConAgra Foods joins the AdvancePierre team. AdvancePierre Foods has named Steve Booker as president of Retail. He will lead the company’s second largest business unit, which collaborates with club, mass merchandise and grocery chains to provide branded, private-brand and licensed products. AdvancePierre Foods is a producer of

NACS Supports Newly Passed Menu-Labeling Legislation

New legislation will help c-store operators to comply with menu-labeling laws. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) applauded the House Energy and Commerce for passing new menu-labeling legislation. The new bipartisan legislation will enable compliance for convenience store operators and increase the availability of nutrition information and choice for consumers. The committee approved H.R. 2017,