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New Seasoning Dispenser

Server Products has created the new In Season dispenser, which delivers perfect portions of granular seasonings to help ensure consistent flavor in menu items and promote nutritional accuracy. The InSeason dispenser comes in two models—INS 87100 with a wide cone spread pattern ideal for large area applications like French fries, and the INS 87090 with

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Prepared Foods Prove Top Strategy For Supermarkets

Over the past five years, supermarket prepared foods have grown more than 6% annually. Rotisserie chicken may have started the trend, and Whole Foods may get credit for raising prepared foods to a new level, but these days food retailers of every ilk are finding ways to ramp up their retailer meal solutions (RMS) programs.

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Expanding the Foodservice Menu

Leveraging combo meals to include snacks and beverages can help boost lunch and dinner sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. According to a survey by Chicago-based research company Technomic Inc., 60% of consumers place a high level of importance on receiving a good value for their money when deciding which foodservice location to visit for

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NSF International To Help Retailers Build A Culture of Food Safety

Appoints retail food safety expert, Gina Nicholson, to lead the program. NSF International, an independent global organization with nearly 70 years of food safety expertise, has appointed Gina Nicholson to global director of retail accounts. With over 23 years of retail food safety experience, Nicholson will focus on utilizing new technology and science-based approaches developed

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FastLane Finds Sweet Success

Warrenton Oil Co. launches its Swirls n Sweets frozen yogurt concept in its convenience stores and in a standalone format. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Warrenton Oil Co. knows first hand that staying versatile in an ever-changing industry is the key to long-term success. This past fall, the owners of the FastLane convenience store chain

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Bakery Appeal Goes Beyond Breakfast

Fresh pastries and desserts are driving all-day snacking, helping to keep bakery sales active well past the morning daypart. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Keeping the doughnut and muffin displays filled and fresh in the morning is pretty much a no-brainer. But, in many convenience stores, these bakery displays look picked over and just plain

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7-Eleven Introduces Fabulous Fresh Foods Friday

Invites Oregon-area residents to sample eats and drinks this week at participating stores. Tasting is believing. That’s why 7-Eleven, Inc is dedicating a day for Oregon-area residents to see what’s cooking, brewing, baking and warming at its stores on Fabulous Fresh Foods Friday, (FFFF), this Friday, Feb. 22. Add two more “Fs” to that for

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Keeping Foodservice Equipment Efficient

Due diligence and proper maintenance can protect your investment and help keep your kitchen tools running longer. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Choosing the right foodservice equipment can be an often overwhelming task given the range of options available to retailers today. Efficient cooking equipment from induction cooktops, clamshell griddles, convection ovens and combi ovens

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Festival Recognizes Del Monte As Official Fresh Produce Provider

“We have the opportunity to reach the South Florida community and our trade business partners in a very sophisticated light,” says Del Monte spokesperson. The 2013 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE has recognized Del Monte Fresh Produce as the Official Fresh Produce Provider of the 2013 festival.

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Focusing on Fresh Foods

The grab-and-go business is constantly evolving. Today’s customers not only want their foodservice fast, but they expect quality, consistency and healthy daypart options. By John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience store operators are driving sales of healthy, portable foodservice offerings like packaged sandwiches, wraps, salads and some roller grill items. But, historically, the industry has seldom gotten

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Orion CEO Delivers Keynote Address at NATSO

Hank Suerth speaks on the power of branded partnerships and national trends. Henry (Hank) Suerth, CEO of Orion Food Systems, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., delivered the keynote address at the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) annual conference.  The forum and trade show was held in Savannah, Ga. on Feb. 2-6. Suerth’s keynote

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TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Popeyes’ full menu includes chicken and shrimp meals and sandwiches, plus signature side dishes, sauces and desserts. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at its Petro Stopping Centers-branded travel center located at I-20, Exit 409

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Brakebush Brothers Acquires Trinity Valley Foods

Acquisition to broaden chicken line and offer Brakebush new markets for its products. Foodservice chicken producer Brakebush Brothers has announced the acquisition of Trinity Valley Foods of Irving, Texas, a further-processor of raw, sized, marinated, and ready-to-cook chicken products. The agreement was finalized on Dec. 31, 2012. Brakebush Brothers, a supplier of fully-cooked chicken, produces

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Hoshizaki Acquires Jackson MSC

The acquisition will expand the lineup of foodservice products, including ice machines and refrigerators. Hoshizaki Electric Co. Ltd. has announced the acquisition of Jackson MSC Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Hoshizaki USA Holdings Inc. Jackson, an American dishwasher manufacturer located in Gray, Ky. was previously owned by The Manitowoc Co. “We’re excited to add

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Hunt Brothers Continues Four Race Primary Sponsorship

No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza to debut at the Texas Motor Speedway in April. Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary sponsor for four races with Richard Childress Racing’s new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR Nationwide Racecar. Kevin Harvick will drive No. 33 at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013. “We are eager for

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Roller Grills Go Global

It takes very little real estate to offer a world of flavors. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. A year and a half ago, Scott Zaremba removed all the roller grills from his Zarco 66 stores. “We weren’t doing a very good job of merchandising them, so they became almost an expense item for us,” the

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Convenience and Versatility Power Pizza

More Americans than ever are eating pizza, according to data from consumer research firm Technomic. A full 41% of respondents to a Technomic survey said that they now eat pizza at least once a week, up from 26% two years ago. Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Americans’ love affair with pizza isn’t likely to end any

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Curved Display Case

Hatco’s new Flav-R-Savor Curved Display Case presents your food perfectly. This sleekly designed, heated display showcases food from all angles, accommodates a variety of pan sizes, and is ideal for adding a profitable hot food station to your operation. Call your Hatco sales contact today. For More Information From Hatcowww.hatcocorp.com

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Little Lady Foods Launches New Website

Discusses processes, products to better serve clients. Little Lady Foods a custom frozen foods manufacturer of pizza, gourmet sandwiches and other dough-based products, takes it commitment to its customers success very seriously. Its newly-launched state-of-the-art Website, www.littleladyfoods.com, is testimony to that commitment.  The Website explains Little Lady Foods’ processes and product capabilities from frozen pizza

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NSF Calls For Food Safety Leadership Award Nominations

Nomination deadline is Feb. 28, 2013 for the annual awards program that recognizes leadership and innovation in food safety. NSF International, an organization committed to protecting and improving public health, announces its first call for nominations for the 2013 Food Safety Leadership Awards (FSLA) Program. Now in its 10th year, this program recognizes individuals that

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Announces Sweepstakes Winners

Company partnered with Realtree and Bad Boy Buggies to give away $25,000 in prizes. Hunt Brothers Pizza announced Ryan Wilson of Pelahatchie, Miss., as the winner of the grand prize Bad Boy Buggies Recoil IS 4×4 hunting ATV with Realtree camouflage design valued at $15,000 today. The contest which ended on Dec. 31, 2012 enabled

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Mintel Announces Four Biggest Foodservice Trends

In 2013, customers to remain ingredient conscious and innovation to continue to evolve the beverage category. The restaurant industry continues to make gains and consumers are feeling more confident about spending their discretionary dollars on dining out. So, what will they be looking for this year when they sit down at their favorite eatery? Mintel

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What’s Healthy?

More consumers are gravitating toward health-halo claims—such as local, natural and organic, as well as whole-wheat and free-range, according to Technomic. Consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, but their perceptions of what is considered healthy eating at restaurants are also changing. Contemporary definitions of health are strongly associated with local, natural, organic and sustainable food and

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Turkey Gobbles Up Large Share Of Poultry Sales

If turkey wants to continue its impressive growth it needs to offer the level of innovation being seen in the chicken parts segment, notes one Mintel analyst. When it comes to poultry sales, chicken rules the roost, but this holiday season,  turkey is giving chicken a run for its money. According to new research from

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McCormick Flavor Forecast 2013 Reveals Flavor Trends

Expected to drive global innovation in food. McCormick & Co. Inc., a global leader in flavor, reveals its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2013. Now in its 13th year, the report is an annual spotlight on the emerging trends that will drive flavor innovation over the next several years. For 2013, five trends and 10 accompanying flavor

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