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Chicken Sales Fly High

There’s no doubt that chicken is the nation’s No. 1 protein. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans consume 83.6 pounds of it per capita, more than anyone else in the world. In its 2014 Consumer Survey, the Council reported that 89% of consumers said they ate chicken during a two-week period. And they ate

RollerGrill

Roller Grill Keeps Rolling Along

Despite increasing competition from made-to-order items, roller grill is still a c-store foodservice mainstay. And for good reason. In a recent Convenience Store Foodservice report by Mintel International research company, at least half of the respondents said they had and would order hot dogs or corn dogs at convenience stores. “I believe that consumers have

Pizza

Pizza Rises to the Challenge

Growth has been slow but steady over the past five years in the $38.7 billion business that is the pizza category. By 2019, that number is expected to rise to $42.6 billion, according to the IBISWorld research firm. At LaCrosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip, the proprietary Cheese Mountain pizza, introduced about 10 years ago, today accounts

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Coffee Outlook Is Perking Up

Last year, Americans drank an estimated 6.5 billion gallons of coffee, a modest increase in volume over the year before. An estimated 9.5% of that coffee was purchased from convenience stores, said Gary Hemphill, managing director of research for the New York-based Beverage Marketing Corp. “Modest growth” is the description Hemphill used again to project

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Bakery Category Produces Fresher Gross Margins

Convenience store profits often rise higher with the right bakery program. However, figuring out the best route to profits takes planning. Some convenience stores are expanding their bakery beyond pre-packaged snack cakes through proprietary programs or just partnering with the local bakery in town. Some chains have invested significant capital in bakery programs. The total

Sandwich

Sandwich Sales Scale Higher

Sandwiches are big business for Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA convenience stores in Lawrence, Kan. In fact, they’re so big that he just opened a second standalone shop for his popular proprietary Sandbar Subs concept. Overall, sandwich sales are growing 8% every month for Zaremba at both the Zarco USA stores and standalone restaurants.

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Report Shows Evolution of Eating Habits

“The way our society views food has come a long way since the TV dinner heyday of the 1950s,” says senior vice president, Acosta. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, has released “The Evolution of Eating Hot Topic Report.” The research report explores changes

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IDDBA Outlines Changing Food Retail Landscape

The 77-million-strong Millennial generation and their $200 billion in buying power will outspend the boomer generation by 2018. The changing retail landscape and shifting customer demographics within the food industry provide both challenges and opportunities for the in-store dairy, deli, and bakery industries, as evidenced by findings in What’s in Store 2015, the 29th edition

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Premium Macaroni & Cheese

Kraft Foodservice is excited to offer two new pasta dishes as part of its Simple Signatures portfolio. In addition to the original Classic White Cheddar and Twisted Elbow Macaroni, operators can now choose from Homestyle Cheddar and Shell Pasta made from real cheddar cheeses, as well as Creamy Parmesan and Gemelli Pasta made from real

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Tomato & Potato Soups

Deliver the traditional favorites that customers expect during the winter season with Golden Ladle’s two new soups: Cream of Tomato and Cream of Potato. Crafted from chef-inspired recipes, these creamy and perfectly seasoned soups bring a consistent, authentic taste that will keep patrons coming back for more. Golden Ladle uses high-quality ingredients, such as real

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Announces ‘Mow Like a Pro’ Sweepstakes

More than $36,000 in prizes available through spring lawn makeover giveaway. With spring just around the corner, Hunt Brothers Pizza will help six lucky winners give their yards the five-star treatment in the new “Mow Like a Pro” sweepstakes. Together with Exmark, a leading manufacturer of professional turf care equipment, Hunt Brothers Pizza is giving

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AdvancePierre Foods to Acquire Manufacturing Assets of Better Bakery

Expands ready-to-eat sandwich platform with premium, handcrafted stuffed sandwiches. AdvancePierre Foods, a supplier of value-added protein and sandwich solutions to foodservice, retail and convenience channels, announced that it will acquire the manufacturing assets of Better Bakery LLC (“Better Bakery”), a Valencia, Calif.-based manufacturer of premium stuffed sandwiches. Production will be relocated to AdvancePierre’s facility in

Champs

New CFO and VPs Named At Pro Food Systems

“To continuously scale up a rapidly growing company, we must have the right people in place to take us to the next level” says CEO of Pro Food Systems. Pro Food Systems, best known for its flagship brand Champs Chicken, continued the company’s remarkable growth streak in 2014. Pro Food Systems was founded in 1998

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Mintel Outlines Food And Drink Trends

From clean eating to the changing definition of ‘value,’ Mintel reveals 2015 consumer trends. Mintel, a global market intelligence agency has released the five key trends set to impact the U.S. food and drink market in 2015. Utilizing research, data and trends from across Mintel’s extensive product portfolio and expert analysis from Director of Innovation

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Breakfast Sandwiches

Tyson Convenience Foodservice has introduced three new Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Breakfast Sandwiches. Flavors include: Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage on a Biscuit; Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage, Egg and Pepperjack Cheese on a Biscuit; and Jimmy Dean Spicy Split Smoked Sausage & Cheese on a Croissant. The Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Sandwich

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Frozen Drink Dispenser

Carpigiani, a global innovator and provider for frozen dessert equipment, has introduced Spin Twist, the easy-to-use, one-movement slush dispenser. This simple, sleek dispenser can deliver two-flavor frozen drinks and cocktails in one swift, easy movement, making it perfect for convenience stores. Spin Twist consists of a freezer connected to two clear containers that display the

ALL_DAY GROUP

All Day Every Day

Here’s a chance to upgrade your food menu while enhancing everyone’s eating experience. Tino’s has added a full line of ready-to-eat sandwiches bearing the “All Day” brand. This new line incorporates four Twin Packs, perfect for the heartier appetite or for sharing. A Cheeseburger, Hot Dog, Spicy Chicken and Ham and Cheese sandwiches round out

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Canadian C-Stores Must Improve Foodservice To Compete

Gen Zers and consumers earning less than $25K are most likely to purchase any type of food or beverage at c-stores, Technomic study finds. Consumers report that more than 75% of convenience-store foodservice occasions are either for beverages or snacks, meaning meal occasions (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) make up just one quarter. An emphasis on

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TBHC Acquires Hunt Brothers Distributor

Adds more than 100 c-store customers. TBHC Delivers announced the acquisition of D&L Distributors in Jackson, Tenn. TBHC Delivers is the largest distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Effective Feb. 1, TBHC Delivers will take over D&L Distributors operations. The purchase price for the acquisition was not disclosed. This adds more than 110 convenience store customers

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Perfecting Foodservice

As retailers try to distinguish themselves through better customer offerings, CSD partnered with Study Hall Research to examine what foodservice components bring the highest returns. By John Lofstock, Editor, and Josh Tahan, Study Hall Research When it comes to executing a winning foodservice program, Keith Boston, director of foodservice for Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms Group

Coffee

Brewing Up Innovation

The rising cost of coffee and growing competition among convenience stores is spurring richer coffee programs across the board. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Due to Last Year’s droughts that hit Brazil, in addtion to a fungus that ravaged coffee bean fields in Central America for a good part of 2014, coffee prices rose about

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Co-Branding: It’s What’s for Dinner

Just telling customers your food is fresh isn’t enough. Savvy retailers are building consumer confidence through co-branding and proprietary programs. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Who says you can’t please everyone? When it comes to foodservice, co-branding with established restaurant concepts enables the Kwik Stop stores in and around Dubuque, Iowa to cover every need

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Struggling Full-service Chains Must Revitalize Image

Technomic study shows latest customer behavior and how foodservice operators can respond. According to Technomic’s “Future of Foodservice: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report,” family and traditional casual-dining restaurant visits are threatened by the growing fast-casual sector, which now rates competitively when it comes to food quality, but is perceived to offer better value

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Blendtec Named Business of The Year

Recognized for overcoming adverse conditions in the face of massive growth by Utah Valley Chambre of Commerce. Blendtec, a manufacturer of commercial-grade blending equipment, was recognized for being selected as Business of the Year and Innovative Business of the Year runner-up behind Google Fiber by Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Voting took place over a

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Three Strategies To Automate Operations

How to stay ahead in an ever changing industry. By Matt Lauck, Emerson Climate Technologies Convenience stores have historically been known for selling packaged foods, cigarettes and cold beverages. Today, convenience stores are evolving to become foodservice destinations. This is a result of busy consumers wanting fresh, ready-to-eat meal solutions faster. For convenience store operators,

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