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Boneless Wings

Tyson Food Service introduces Tyson Red Label Boneless Wings, a great addition to an appetizer menu or a cost-effective entrée option. Menuing boneless wings, along with their bone-in counterparts, can help operators increase total wing sales by as much as 30%, www.myfoodservicenews.com reported. Part of the Tyson Red Label value-added line of products, Tyson Red

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Portability Pushes Hot Food Sales

Convenience store operators that infuse their appetizer menus with “craveable” items can expect to gain additional consumer traffic. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Consumers are trying to cut their dining budgets, in many cases by eliminating starter items. To drive cravings and create interest in appetizers, operators must innovate with exciting dressings and dips, unusual

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The Growing Demand for Fresh Foods

In today’s health-conscious world, convenience stores are expanding their menus to include more healthy snacks and meals. By: John Lofstock, Editor. While cash-strapped consumers are cooking at home more often to help ease tight budgets, a new study by the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) found that these shoppers are on the lookout for

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Food Fight at the Breakfast Bar

While convenience stores continue to battle QSRs for coffee sales, a new clash has ensued for the morning daypart as a whole. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Despite busier lifestyles, breakfast remains the most important meal of the day to most customers. The Food Channel’s recent breakfast survey found that 95% of respondents viewed their

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Sandwich Sales on a Roll

There’s a reason why American Retail Services (ARS) of Oceanside, Calif.,  chose sandwiches as the centerpiece of the budding foodservice program it’s launching in its 100-store chain. Chicago-based market research firm Mintel International estimated in September 2010 that despite the challenges of the recent economy, sandwich shop sales grew 3.1% in 2010 to $24.3 billion.

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Healthy Breads, Ethnic Flavor Propel Bakery

The bakery category is not as simple as heating up some dough to produce to produce bread, cookies and muffins. The complex category requires attention to detail. Does the product come frozen and ready to go right into the oven? Does it come frozen, and only needs to be thawed before serving? Is the product

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Gilligan Oil Adds Six Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants

Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding areas of Dayton and Toledo. Gilligan Oil Co. LLC has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts for six new restaurants in Cincinnati. Currently, Gilligan Oil owns and operates three Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Cincinnati market

Only 27% of 18 to 24 year olds drink coffee on a regular basis.

Coffee Sales Hotter Than Ever

Hot dispensed beverages, most notably coffee, remain a lynchpin of the convenience store foodservice business and a key to its continued growth. Growing sales will be a crucial task in the months and years ahead. Chicago-based research firm Mintel International reported that c-stores and other retail coffee marketers must begin to actively recruit younger drinkers

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Roller Grills Grow Up

Thanks to a surge of new products focused on ethnic diversity, the roller grill—the original anchor for most convenience store hot food programs—is hotter than ever before. And the one thing c-store operators like and appreciate most about roller grills is that you hardly notice they’re there. Grills don’t take up much room and can

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Expands MiLB Sponsorships

“The goal of our alliance with Minor League Baseball is to introduce customers to our great tasting products, familiarize them with the Hunt Brothers brand,” says CEO. Hunt Brothers Pizza is expanding its partnership with Minor League Baseball (MiLB) through the sponsorship of two additional prime market teams, the Gwinnett Braves and the Lexington Legends,

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Flash Market Opens Fourth Pizza Inn

“Pizza Inn allows us to offer more than the personal pan pizza people think of at a local convenience store,” says Flash Market spokesperson. Multi-unit franchise owner Flash Market Convenience Stores has opened its fourth Pizza Inn delivery/carryout location—marking the first Pizza Inn in Saraland, Ala. Pizza Inn Inc. is an international pizza chain recognized

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BP’s ampm Launches Snack Bites

“Those looking for a quality product at a value price will enjoy the Snack Bites offer,” says ampm president. The ampm convenience store chain has rolled out new Snack Bites across its network, offering customers a chicken or potato option. Designed as a value snack on their own, or as a tasty companion to the

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Poultry Powers Food Sales

Versatility makes chicken one of the most popular segments in foodservice. Chicago-based market research firm Mintel International reported new menu items in convenience stores and QSRs in 2010 were chicken-based as these retail segments expanded to compete with supermarkets. Mintel’s QSR report noted that 43% of respondents said they wanted healthier menu options at restaurants

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Pizza Projecting Upward

QSR pizza sales have hovered at $33–$36 billion for the last few years and projections for the upcoming year are very strong, Pizza Marketplace reported. The grim economy of the past couple of years has not crushed the spirit of folks who like to eat out. Although pizza sales slowed in recent months due to

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Foodservice Sustainability Grant

Best foodservice sustainability program of the year to be recognized at 2012 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. For the fifth year, the Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) plans to award a $5,000 grant to the organization judged to have the best-executed foodservice or grocery sustainability project. Applications are currently being accepted, and the

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7-Eleven Franchisees Convene on Capitol Hill

Retailers ask Congress to stand by small business, uphold swipe fee reform. On March 30, 7-Eleven franchisees from across Maryland and Virginia met with Senators, Congressmen and staff to ask them to protect and implement the critical swipe fee reforms that were passed by Congress and signed into law by the president last year. Sen.

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One-Third of Shoppers Shun C-Store Foodservice

“Improved quality—not just for products, but for service, location and marketing communications—is needed to bring in or bring back consumers for whom c-stores aren’t top-of-mind choices,” says Mintel spokesperson. While on-the-go customers are consistently searching for convenient snack and meal options that won’t slow them down, Mintel reported hungry shoppers often ignore the convenience store

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Portable Solutions

Grab-and-go has become a significant portion of the foodservice industry as 65% of operators now offer portable foods and attribute nearly 25% of revenue to their carry-out business. Rich Products Corp. offers a variety of innovative products to deliver the taste and convenience consumers crave. Rich’s portability solutions meet multiple menu needs to support operators’

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Equipped for the Foodservice Battle

Whether operating a hot or cold food program, new equipment enhances quality, productivity and profitability. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Over the past few years, the economic climate has discouraged many foodservice operators from investing in new equipment or product offerings. But that situation may be changing. Some convenience retailers are testing new tools and

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Par-Baked Extra Thin Crust Pizza

Menuing extra thin crust pizza offers extra large opportunity for any operation. Sales growth of extra thin crust has outpaced all other pizza crust types over the past five years, according to The NPD Group/CREST for the 12 months ended March 2010, and 25% of consumers surveyed said they prefer thin crust pizza, according to

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Special Edition Lighters

BIC is launching two new special edition series of lighter designs in January 2011. The two series, Animal and Pop Culture join the already extensive line of market-leading special edition series offered by BIC. The Animal Series collection appeals to male and female consumers who enjoy animals and wildlife and includes eight different designs, featuring

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Win With BBQ Sauce

Cattlemen’s Master Reserve BBQ Sauces understands the challenges operators face daily and works to help solve those problems through real business solutions, including merchandising kits, training videos, recipes and rebates. Because these challenges are getting tougher, Cattlemen’s is giving up to $10 back on every case of Cattlemen’s barbecue sauce purchased through April 15.  The

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Natural and organic burritos

EVOL Burritos, maker of made-from-scratch, natural and organic frozen burritos, announced rapid growth in foodservice sales just months after launching a new line of deli-wrap burritos and hiring former PepsiCo director, Darin Gruenhaupt, as director of foodservice and convenience store sales. The burritos, which can be sold fresh or hot off the shelf, are available

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Fresh-Cut Produce Thrives At C-stores

Convenience stores are a “tremendous growth channel” for fresh produce, notes  United Fresh Produce Association spokesperson. In today’s health-conscious world, convenience stores are stocking up on produce, changing their image in customers’ minds from merely the place to fill up on gas and grab a pack of cigarettes to a one-stop shop for everything from

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Hunt Brothers Rewards Nashville Predator Fans

Hockey promotion trades free pizza for ticket stubs. Hunt Brothers Pizza and the Nashville Predators are offering an exclusive pizza promotion to Nashville Predators fans. As the Official Pizza of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, Hunt Brothers Pizza is encouraging hockey fans to redeem their ticket stubs at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza store locations

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