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Del Monte Launches Find Your Inner Chef Contest

Customers encouraged to create recipes using Del Monte fruits and vegetables. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is set to hold its first ever “Find Your Inner Chef” contest. The contest launched April 15 and runs through June 15, 2013. The “Find Your Inner Chef” contest encourages consumers to submit their own favorite recipe, using

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Breakthrough In Countertop Foodservice

Looking for a revolutionary new way to provide a full array of restaurant-quality foods in a compact, countertop accelerated-cooking oven? Look into Ovention’s award-winning new Matchbox oven. An acclaimed highlight at the 2012 NACS Show and a 2013 honoree in the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovations Awards program, the UL-listed ventless Matchbox does the work

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Grocery Prices Growing in 2013

Consumer Spending Analysis from The Food Institute, shows food cost trends to impact consumers this year.   Feeding a family of four at home will cost about $4 more each week this year than in 2012, according to The Food Institute. Meanwhile, away-from-home food spending is projected to rise about $2.40 each week.   Nearly

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Team Oil Celebrates Subway Franchise Success

With one year under its belt, Subway franchise is going strong. Eric Huppert, Subway Franchise Owner at the Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., was happy and proud to accept the “Certificate of Award for Best Restaurant Opening in the Midwest Region” when he and Head of Operations Carrie Vanasse, attended the owners

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Rutter’s Expands Walking Taco Menu

Frito’s corn chips help create alternate walking taco varieties.   Fans of Rutter’s Farm Stores’ walking taco will now have the option to choose Frito’s as the base for the tasty central Pennsylvania treat, the chain announced today.   Rutter’s first introduced the walking taco in early 2012 using Doritos’s as the base, but has

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Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

I was having drinks with some friends recently at the NACS Leadership Conference  when the topic of exceeding the customers’ expectations came up. I was asked by a member of the group what I thought was the true cost of not doing something right the first time. The consensus was that when it came to

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Manitowoc Co.’s Foodservice Segment President Resigns

Strong internal candidates are being considered for the position. The Manitowoc Co. Inc. has announced that Michael Kachmer has resigned as president of the company’s foodservice segment and as senior vice president of the company to pursue a CEO role. Chairman and CEO Glen Tellock will lead the foodservice segment on an interim basis while

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The Convenience of Co-Branding

Partnering with an established brand can help your chain leap into the foodservice business with a widely-recognized and trusted menu offering. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Foodservice demand is on the rise and competition is fierce for share of stomach sales not only from QSRs, but from grocery stores, other c-stores and even Walgreens. As

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Grab-and-Go Continues to Grow

Consumers are looking for fast service, fresh ingredients and value pricing when choosing a foodservice solution and convenience stores are answering the call with innovative programs that meet the latest food trends. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The number of consumers purchasing grab-and-go sandwiches and other foods is continuing to rise. Retailers have to be

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Rolling Right Along

Emphasizing quality and a dynamic product assortment has had positive effects on food sales at the roller grill. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Rollers grills can do a lot, but they do not sell for themselves. Managing roller grill food sales is no different from other foodservice categories in that convenience store operators need to

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The 2013 Convenience Foodservice Outlook

Thanks to an increasingly busy lifestyle, today’s c-store customers regard food prepared away from home as a necessity, and the industry’s top-quartile retailers have benefited handsomely from meeting the growing demand for fresh foods. By David Bishop, Managing Partner, Balvor LLC Convenience store retailers are battling even harder for their share of the retail foodservice

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IDDBA Sets FSCRP Scholarship Deadline

The next application deadline for the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program is Aug. 1, 2013, for training completed May 1 – June 30. The IDDBA reimburses a portion of expenses to IDDBA-member retailer companies that certify dairy, deli, and bakery department-level managers and associates in food safety. Since the program began

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Demand for Coffee Soars

Sales of coffee dominate sales of hot beverages, making up 83.3% of the total hot beverage market in the U.S. Coffee consumption is expected to increase through 2015 at an average annual rate of 2.7%, while tea consumption is expected to increase through 2015 at an average annual rate of 3.1%, according to the National

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Snacking Opportunities Boost Bakery

Packaged bakery sales jumped nearly 6% in 2012, according to SymphonyIRI, as time-pressed customers gravitated toward lower-cost indulgences for breakfast and throughout the day. For the 52 weeks ended Dec. 31, 2012, packaged bakery sales in U.S. convenience stores reached $705 million. Overall unit sales increased 1.98% to 539.54 million. “People still talk skinny, but

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Fresh Focus on Sandwiches

As the grab-and-go trend continues, convenience stores looking to cater to hungry customers are increasingly turning to both made-to-order and direct store delivery sandwich programs.  In 2013, Technomic expects to see better quality deli and grab-and-go sandwich items at c-stores, as customers continue to grow more food and ingredient conscious.   “Meats, condiments, cheeses and

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Reviving The Roller Grill

Look for portability and value to drive the roller grill category in 2013. Hot dog sales were up 1.5% from 2008-2012 and are expected to be up 3% from 2012-2015, according to Technomic. Operators are improving hold times and attracting customers with new varieties. “Consumers choose the roller grill many times because it is quick

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Meeting Your Brewing Needs

The Maxwell House portfolio offers solutions to deliver Maxwell House coffee for more than one brewing system within an operation to satisfy all brewing needs. Roast and Ground options include Fractional Packs, Whole Bean, Shuttle Packs, Filter Packs, In-room Filter Packs and Urn Packs. On-demand formats include Frozen Liquid Coffee Concentrate, Shelf Stable Liquid Coffee

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Versatility, Convenience Driving Pizza Occasions

Pizza consumption continues to rise. More than four in 10 (41%) of consumers polled said they’re now eating pizza once a week, compared to 26% just two years ago. Pizza consumption has increased over the past two years as leading players revamp menus to include more innovative specialty pizzas, gourmet ingredients and items beyond pizza

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Strong Outlook for Poultry

The U.S. market for poultry products experienced steady, but moderate growth between 2007 and estimated 2012 and is expected to continue growing at this pace into 2017, driven by rising poultry consumption. Also factoring into sales growth is the consumers’ desire for nutritious foods that help them maintain healthy weight, according to new research from

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Hispanic-Americans’ Coffee Consumption Growing

NCA study shows overall coffee consumption jumped 5% this year. A recent study by the National Coffee Association (NCA) found Hispanic-Americans are leading the way in growing coffee consumption in the U.S., while the number of adults under 40 who drink coffee on a daily basis has dropped, Reuters reported. The National Coffee Drinking Trends

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Pilot Flying J Opens Casual Dining Concept

Variety-filled menu offers frozen yogurt bar, hot soups, pizza and more. Professional drivers spend hours on the road away from their families, transporting goods and materials across America. When they pull over to refuel, they’re looking for some familiar comforts and a little taste of home. That’s why Pilot Flying J is committed to making

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Wilbur Curtis Welcomes Reddington

Krista Reddington joins Wilbur Curtis as manager of sales support and marketing. Wilbur Curtis Co., a premiere manufacturer of commercial coffee and tea brewing systems, recently named Krista Reddington as new manager of sales support and marketing. The announcement was made by Curtis Executive Vice President, Kevin Curtis. Reddington brings with her over a decade

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Del Monte Brings Healthy Twist To Spring Break

College students from around the world compete in ‘Beach Bash Dash’ obstacle course and “banana dance.” Hundreds of Spring Breakers from around the world took part in the first Del Monte Fresh “Beach Bash Dash” in Daytona Beach, Fla. The event was part of a new campaign to promote healthful eating habits among college students,

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Technomic Examines Customers’ Dining Preferences

“Restaurant operators are making efforts to track consumer purchasing habits and attitudes,” says Technomic’s executive vice president. Today’s consumers have seemingly endless dining options, from hundreds of restaurants, to prepared foods purchased from c-stores, or even home-cooked meals. If restaurant operators or even c-store operators with extensive foodservice want to successfully compete in this environment,

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NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation

Bill would limit the menu-labeling rules to food retailers that derive 50% or more of their total revenue from the sale of food. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 1249), bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA),  a thoughtful approach to providing the

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