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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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C-store Chain ampm Celebrates National Corndog Day

Customers can enjoy a corn dog and Pepsi deal this Saturday. This March 23, National Corndog Day gets off to a strong start at participating ampm convenience stores with an exclusive coupon offer for corn dog-loving customers. In collaboration with sponsors Pepsi and Foster Farms, participating ampm locations are offering a coupon, available in participating

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Young Americans Gravitate Toward Ethnic Foods

Young Americans and those with children like to spice things up in the kitchen, according to new research from Mintel on the ethnic foods market. Some nine in 10 adults aged 25-to-34-years-old say they prepared ethnic food at home in the past month versus only 68% of those 65+. In addition, 91% of Americans with

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Machine-to-Machine Communication

Bunn-O-Matic Corp. (BUNN) has announced a new chapter in its equipment support services unit that was formed to help customers manage the lifetime costs of owning premium commercial beverage equipment. Beginning with this year’s new product launch in the BUNN Espress superautomatic espresso series, the company’s BUNNlink service program will begin utilizing a progressive, cloud-based

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Automatic Mix’n Machine

Vitamix, a global supplier of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial-use, offers the Automatic Mix’n Machine, a hands-free, fully programmable commercial-grade mixer that incorporates candies, syrups, cookies and hard-to-mix ingredients into hard or soft serve ice cream or yogurt. Specifically created for convenience retailers, it’s ideal for “self-serve” and “operator-serve” milkshake and mix-in dessert

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Power Up Breakfast Sales

Mondelēz International Inc. has launched of belVita Breakfast biscuits in foodservice and vending. Made with 18-20 grams of whole grain, each individual package of four biscuits is portioned to provide nutritious and sustained energy all morning long. Each package provides three grams of fiber and is a good source of B Vitamins and Iron. The

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Tedeschi Rolls Out “400 Calories or Less” Menu

Customers have more than 25 healthy options to choose from. With consumers increasingly having healthy eating on their minds, Tedeschi Food Shops unveils their new “400 Calories or Less” menu. The menu seeks to accommodate a new wave of healthy eaters who are trying to eat better, but not sacrifice taste. By adding sandwiches, such

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Parker’s Adds Hot Deli to Buckwalter Parkway Store

Store now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Parker’s recently added a hot deli at the Parker’s location at 469 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton, S.C. The new Parker’s hot deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Highlights include a full Breakfast Bar as well as Southern Fried Chicken, old-fashioned mac ‘n’ cheese and other tasty favorites

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7-Eleven Adds New Premium Sandwiches, Packaging

Today, people are less willing to give up quality for convenience, notes 7-Eleven spokesperson. After introducing several new better-for-you salads, snacks and mini-versions of consumer favorites, 7-Eleven Inc. is turning its attention to heartier fare with the addition of two new premium sandwiches: the Steakhouse Roast Beef and Bistro Deluxe. During March, consumers have an

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New Frozen Yogurt Flavors

In anticipation of warm spring days approaching, Dannon Foodservice will launch three new low-fat flavors from its popular frozen yogurt brand, YoCream, on March 18. New flavors include Salted Caramel Corn, Birthday Cake and Chocolate Caramel Turtle. Salted Caramel Corn delivers the taste of the real country fair favorite while Birthday Cake makes every day

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Sriracha Chicken Bites

Brakebush Brothers has turned a hot food trend into a hot food with the introduction of their Sriracha Chicken Bites. Sriracha, a Thai chili-based flavor, delivers a slow, steady heat with slightly sweet overtones. Brakebush, widely known as the industry’s breading expert, has infused Panko coated whole muscle chicken breast with on-trend Sriracha and dusted

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Hunt Brothers Adds Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“We are going to have a little fun by introducing an animated character that is part buffalo and part chicken on our Facebook page,” says vice president of marketing. Hunt Brothers Pizza is offering Buffalo Chicken Pizza during the month of March. Buffalo Chicken Pizza includes 100% all natural white meat chicken topped with a

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Hearing On Labeling For GE Foods Draws Crowd In New Jersey

Bipartisan legislation would require disclosure of genetically altered ingredients currently found in most processed foods. A large crowd of consumer, environmental, labor, health, farming, faith and business activists packed a hearing of the State Senate Health Committee today where a bill to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods was being discussed. The legislation,

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