Dunkin' Donuts To Open In 12 New Airport Locations

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Trip Planner allows holiday travelers to map all of the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants along their road trip. With the number of airline tickets sold for Christmas and New Year’s already up more than 50% from last year, Dunkin’ Donuts is prepared for the rush of travelers stopping by to fuel up at its


Foodservice Sales Soar

More than half of today’s consumers pick up snacks from prepared-food sections of convenience stores or mini-marts. Foodservice is a key area of opportunity for convenience stores. As revenues from gasoline and tobacco products fall, foodservice sales are increasingly becoming convenience stores’ most profitable category. C-store foodservice is an $11 billion industry and the second


Renewable Fuel Standard To Cost Chain Restaurants Billions

National Council of Chain Restaurants urges RFS repeal. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) has released a new, comprehensive report on the impact of federal ethanol policies, specifically the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), on the chain restaurant industry, commodity prices and the food supply chain. The 32-page report, which can


Pilot Flying J Launches New Dining Experience

A new breakfast bar and a hot soup bar greet customers. After answering the question, “Where can I stop for fuel?” Pilot Flying J has developed a new answer to another important question drivers on the road ask on a long drive: “Where can I get a good meal?” In another enhancement to its already


Chester's Celebrates 2,000 Restaurant Milestone

Chester’s opening at Love’s Travel Stop in Williston, N.D. Chester’s is celebrating passing the 2,000 store milestone with its newest location at the Love’s Travel Stop in Williston, N.D., which is set to open Thursday, Nov. 15. In 1952, W.O Giles founded the Chester’s business, which initially used his patented deep fryers for donuts, and


The Pizza Proposition

Staying one step ahead in a competitive marketplace requires planning, knowing your customers and understanding what opportunities exist in the marketplace. Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Everyone loves pizza. It’s convenient, tasty and usually a good value for the money. “It’s easy, agreeable to all and enjoyable,” said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst for NPD Group.


A Fresh Perspective on Grab-and-Go Sandwiches

With foodservice taking on a greater role in the industry, retailers find themselves with a tough decision: invest in a commissary, partner with a third party or build an in-house brand of their own. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Bob Goodwin pulls no punches when he says he wants to make sure everyone in Tedeschi


Dual Zone Hot Dog Grill

The Cretors Hot Dog Grill 36 includes a patented, center drive shaft design ensuring a longer motor life.  Dual heat zones cook and warm meat products simultaneously. The Grill’s stainless-steel cooking surface with internal aluminum plate evenly heats meat. Safe temperature maintenance is ensured by two digital temperature controllers with clear, accurate readings. A unique


Ethnic Foods Push Roller Grill Sales

Roller grills, the backbone of many convenience store foodservice programs, continue to provide chains with an inexpensive, labor-friendly foodservice concept that allows store operators to expand their fresh food offering. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Discussions about trendy ethnic roller grill items require participants to learn a number of words in Spanish. Now, as retailers


Chester's Opens Two New Michigan Locations

Newaygo, Mich. and White Cloud, Mich. welcome new Chester’s locations. Chester’s is celebrating the grand opening of two new stores in Michigan—Hilltop Express in Newaygo and Hilltop Shopping Center in White Cloud. Deliciously crispy on the outside, tender and flavorful on the inside, Chester’s Chicken is marinated, double hand breaded, and cooked to golden perfection. 


Guy Food On The Go

The Ball Park brand, maker of great tasting guy food, is expanding its line of lunch sandwiches. The new handheld varieties are: •            Ball Park Pot Roast Sandwich•            Ball Park Barbeque Pork Sandwich•            Ball Park Double Cheeseburger•            Ball Park Bacon Double Cheeseburger•            Ball Park Spicy Chicken and Spicy Chicken Double with Cheese•            Ball Park Barbeque


Smoked Sausage Links

Hillshire Farm brand is introducing three new flavors and two new formats of smoked sausage to expand customer offerings for c-store operators. The new flavors are:•            Hillshire Farm Beef Hot Links•            Hillshire Farm Spicy Italian Style Smoked Sausage with Mozzarella and Monterey Jack Cheeses•            Hillshire Farm Spicy Fajita Flavored Smoked Sausage with Monterey Jack Cheese


Butcher Wrapped Burritos

El Monterey has introduced new packaging film for its eight-ounce Butcher Wrapped Burritos. The polyester laminate film is dual ovenable and self-venting, offering superior heat and hold capabilities and ensuring food safety. The four popular El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Burritos include two AM and two all day flavors: Egg, Sausage, Potato and Cheese Burritos; Egg,


Maximize The Morning Daypart

Lettieri’s has just introduced two new flavors to its growing line of Stuffed Breadstix, ideal for a morning roller grill menu.  They are a Sausage & Maple and Sausage, Maple & Blueberry Stuffed Breadstix.  The Sausage & Maple combines country-style breakfast sausage crumbles with a sweet maple flavored filling.  The Sausage, Maple & Blueberry possesses


Best in Class Ice Machines

Hoshizaki America Inc. was recognized by Foodservice Equipment Reports as Best in Class for Ice Machines for the 4th consecutive year by operators. Hoshizaki has won the last six of seven years.  In previous years, Hoshizaki has won Best in Class by both operators and consultants in the Ice Machine category.   Hoshizaki is committed to


Orion Food Systems Honored by Soldier’s Special Request

Orion goes to great lengths to ship pizzas, calzones, Philly Steak Stuffed Baguettes, BBQ Beef Stuffed Baguettes and cheeseburgers to an Air Force base in Afghanistan after receiving a soldier’s request. Of all the recognition and honors Orion Food Systems has received for the last 30 years, none have meant more than the request they


The Anatomy of an Effective LTO

The limited time offer is a proven strategy for testing new products, generating a buzz in your stores and giving consumers a compelling reason to make an immediate purchase. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Everyone knows when the McRib comes to town. McDonald’s does not even have to advertise it; the saucy pork sandwich’s legions of


Day’n Night Bites Expands Distribution and C-Store Services

Sandwich and Pizza producer, Day’n Night Bites, is expanding its distribution and sales force to the convenience store industry. Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) was appointed Oct. 1 as sales agent with the Day’n Night Bites brand, leveraging ASM’s excellent broker relationships to continue the brand’s exceptional success. “I am extremely excited about our new


Consumers Focus On Healthful Foods

IDDBA’s “What’s in Store” report shows customers are looking to eat healthier and are shopping more, but they are also buying less on each trip. By John Lofstock, Editor. Consumers are buying less food on each trip to the store, making value that includes healthy choices the crux of their shopping ethos, according to “What’s


Customers Demanding Healthier Pizza

The Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail Report reveals that enhancing the overall healthfulness of your pizza offering can drive sales. Reportlinker.com has released a new market research report titled The Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail. Data from a Packaged Facts August 2012 survey shows that 97% of U.S. adults


Spice Up Sandwiches to Spike Sales

Technomic’s 2012 Sandwich Consumer Trend Report found that more than half (55%) of Americans are now purchasing grab-and-go sandwiches. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Just two years ago, the top-selling sandwiches at Famima convenience stores were tuna salad, turkey and cheese and egg salad, all on white bread. Today, the same proteins lead the pack,


Beverages Booming

“Innovative operators are creating value by crafting new and unique beverages,” says Technomic spokesperson. Technomic’s Beverage Consumer Trend Report found seven out of 10 consumers (71%) now purchase beverages away from home twice a week or more often, up from 66% in 2010. As the economy stabilizes from the recession, restaurants and retail foodservice locations


Coffee Driving Bakery Sales

To capture a greater share of the breakfast business, retailers are developing fresh bakery programs extensive enough to make their products destination-worthy in the morning and throughout the day. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Few, if any, local supermarkets or mom-and-pops in the Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin market areas where Kwik Trip has its 358


Poultry Powers Prepared Food Sales

Whether it’s sandwiches, wraps or wings, chicken’s versatility is driving the foodservice category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Chicken comes about as close as food can to a can’t-miss opportunity for convenience store operators. Chicken’s flexibility—and healthier perception—makes it one of the most popular products in the foodservice industry. And short of handling it unsafely,

Foodservice Equip Story

With Foodservice Equipment, Cheap Can Be Costly

There are few bargains when it comes to purchasing the right cooking equipment. Functionality and practicality must coincide with an affordable price tag. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Just like the latest luxury car, a shiny, new piece of foodservice equipment can be hard to resist. But Brian Tucker, foodservice director for Lake, Fla.-based S