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Summer Fancy Food Show Reveals New Trends

New trends are on the rise, and they are as unique as ever. At this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, a panel of expert trendspotters discovered some interesting new trends emerging. Some of the trends that were discovered include flower-infused drinks and snacks, cocktails away from the bar, new ways to enjoy beets and more.

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More Customers are Choosing to Dine-In

The number of customers dining-in is on the rise, because customers don’t just want to buy, they want an experience. According to a report by The NPD Group, a global information company, more customers are dining-in rather than using a drive-through or carrying-out. Typically, an on-premises visit results in a higher average check size than

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Poultry Battles for Share of Stomach

Is poultry losing the battle for menu space to other healthful alternatives?   Due to the flexibility that poultry offers, as well as its lower price relative to beef, poultry has remained a popular menu choice for operators; however, vegetarian, vegan and seafood options have been on the rise. In order to retain poultry’s position on the

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Pizza Lovers in America

A national study discovers that four generations of American adults are now consumers of pizza, but not all pizza is created equal. To understand how today’s customers are changing the marketplace, Smart Flour Foods and the Center for Generational Kinetics conducted a national study titled “Pizza Lovers in America 2015: Unexpected Findings From a Generational

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How to Win With Fresh Food

Convenience stores continue to meet consumers’ growing penchant for healthy food options. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor If you think many convenience stores are offering more fresh and healthy food choices for consumers, you’re right. It’s possible to provide these kinds of food options while still appealing to customers who may not be quite as

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Soup Up Your Sales

As a snack, appetizer, side or main meal, soup sells steadily throughout the day and—surprisingly enough—in the morning. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor It may not be as enticing as a piled-high sandwich or as full of pizzazz as a generously topped pizza but, in its own quiet way, soup is a fresh foodservice workhorse.

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Deli Can Equal Destination

Whether grab-and-go, made-to-order or both, deli had better translate to delicious to persuade consumers to make your c-store a foodservice destination. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Consumers might not expect to find a “gourmet” deli inside a convenience store, but that’s just what they get at Bolla Market locations around New York City and Long

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Gourmet Burger Buns

Euro-Bake has introduced Euro-Bake gourmet burger buns from Lantmännen Unibake USA. Creating a gourmet burger is made easy with these expertly crafted artisanal buns, which are available in a wide assortment of flavors, including: brioche, pretzel, ciabatta and jalapeño cheddar. Chefs also can choose from par-baked and fully-baked gourmet buns to create signature burgers, sliders […]

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Flame-Broiled Sandwiches

Tino’s Specialty Foods has introduced new Flame-Broiled Cheeseburgers and Flame-Broiled Chicken Sandwiches to meet consumers’ continued demand for sandwiches. The Cheeseburger features 100% beef steak with two generous slices of American cheese while the Chicken Sandwich features a grilled chicken breast fillet with a slice of Provolone cheese and a dash of Italian seasoning for […]

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Ten Innovative Sandwich and Salad Trends

Customer innovation is leaving the traditional salad and sandwich behind and the replacements are to die for. There comes a time when the traditional Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich or a plain old salad are just too boring, and to many consumers, that time is now. People everywhere are experimenting and finding new ways to spice things

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Hunt Brothers Pizza’s Exmark Sweepstakes Awards $36K in Prizes

A unique sweepstakes drives sales and rewards lucky customers for their purchases. Hunt Brothers Pizza’s first sweepstakes in partnership with Exmark was a huge success. By connecting purchases to contest entries, Hunt Brother’s Pizza was able to drive sales while offering a unique experience to customers. At the conclusion of the sweepstakes, Hunt Brothers Pizza

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Consumers Demand Menu Transparency and Healthy Options

Consumers demand healthier food options, but what exactly do they mean by “healthier?” Consumer demand is driving producers to be more transparent when it comes to food. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of certain foods and the dangers of others. This increased awareness is causing consumers to desire to know what

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Hershey Feeds Ghana Children

Hershey improves the lives of children through the ‘Energize Learning’ Program. Many countries in Africa are on the rise, but one thing that is setting them back is their inability to attain essential nutrients. Children in Ghana are going to school and becoming educated, but the fact that they are not eating properly and that they

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McDonald’s To Close 350 Locations

McDonald’s CEO announces new plan focused on consumer needs as the company shutters a number of locations. McDonald’s announced plans to close some 350 restaurants in the U.S., while adding only 300 restaurants worldwide, marking the first time since 1970 that the quick-serve restaurant giant is adding fewer stores than it closed, according to a

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What’s Driving Consumer Food Purchases?

Not all consumers value the same things when it comes to eating out. Technomic introduces seven ‘Eater Archetypes’ to tap into consumer expectations. It is crucial for the food industry operators to know what drives consumers to dine out. In order to help those in the industry to excel, Techonomic’s Consumer4Sight created the  Seven Eater Archetype

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TA and Petro Stopping Centers Invite Military Members to Eat Free on Independence Day

TravelCenters of America honors military members with free meals and a donation drive. All active duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service are invited to partake in a complimentary meal on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, 2015, at any participating TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) or Petro sit-down restaurants nationwide. Independence Day meals can be received at more

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Dairy Queen Rolls Out Updated Foodservice Menu

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Dairy Queen has introduced its new DQ Bakes! menu, featuring desserts, Artisan-style sandwiches and snack melts. As consumers continue to demand quality foodservice, more businesses in an array of channels are adding and improving their foodservice operations, and competing against local c-stores also trying their hand at a food

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Mini Vertical Warmer

The Mini Vertical Warmer from Hatco Corp. is every foodservice operator’s solution for merchandising hot snacks. The Mini Vertical Warmer (MVW) is a compact unit that can be placed anywhere, keeping pre-packaged snacks warm, appealing and at the customer’s fingertips. With an adjustable thermostat, snacks such as brownies and cookies can be held at optimum […]

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Refrigerated Equipment Stand

Hoshizaki America Inc. has introduced the Low-Profile Refrigerated Equipment Stand CRES72. With a 1,200-pound worktop load capacity, the 72-inch CRES72 Low-Profile Equipment Stand offers a built-in heat shield to accept cook top surfaces. The first in a new line of refrigerated equipment stands, the CRES72 is designed to save space and time. With four refrigerated […]

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Hold Moisture Sensitive Foods

Carter-Hoffmann has introduced VaporPro, an innovative, new large-capacity, humidified, heated-holding cabinet. Its unique top-mounted reservoir eliminates the corrosion problem inherent in others’ cabinets by reducing the contamination risk of food debris. The off-the-shelf reservoir is easy to clean—just throw it in the dishwasher, and it’s inexpensive to replace, eliminating expensive service calls. With precise active […]

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Keep Foods Hot

Hatco is introducing the versatile and reliable Countertop Heated Wells for foodservice operators to keep their foods hot and fresh. The HW Countertop series is a hold-only operation, while the CHW Countertop series holds and rethermalizes a variety o…

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Organic Burrito

Red’s Natural has introduced the new Organic Bean & Cheddar Burrito, a new high-protein, vegetarian option for consumers across the country. Just like all Red’s products, the Organic Bean & Cheddar Burrito is preservative-free and features custom-made tortillas and rBGH-free cheese. One five-ounce burrito is only 270 calories and has an impressive 10 grams of […]

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Foodservice Batters

Add signature dishes to the menu with coatings and pre-dip batters by Golden Dipt. Trusted and recommended by operators since 1938, Golden Dipt offers the broadest selection of premium-quality products to meet any texture, color and flavor need. Made from the freshest ingredients, Golden Dipt’s upscale coatings and batters provide the authentic, scratch-made flavor and […]

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How To Profit With A Pizza Program

While quick-service restaurants have been struggling with flat or slumping pizza sales over the past few years, convenience stores have been experiencing double-digit growth in the segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Based on a premise that more options would lead to more sales, Pizza Hut has amped up its menu to give consumers twice

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How To Make Sure Your Chicken Offering Rules the Roost

Chicken is the No. 1 protein on restaurant and other foodservice menus. It’s economical and can be prepared in so many different ways, making it a customer favorite. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor According to the United States Department of Agriculture, per capita consumption of chicken is projected to be 89.6 pounds this year, up

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