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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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,
“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
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
Burgers, brats and sausages continue to drive sales among core convenience store consumers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience dining is on the rise and the demand for sandwiches is jumping. Americans’ love of burgers, sausage and brats is creating plenty of opportunity for convenience stores, where lunch and dinner solutions anchor the menu. The
Sides, combo meals and even small equipment purchases can take your foodservice program from blah to booming. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) “What’s in Store 2012” report revealed consumers are buying more prepared meals at convenience stores that provide quality and variety to shoppers. Just being on top
Knowing your skill sets when it comes to foodservice is vital in accurately determining which foodservice model will breed the most profitability for your chain. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Co-branding, leasing space to a quick-service restaurant (QSR) and creating a proprietary program all have benefits to c-stores, but knowing the model that is best
From hot dogs and sausages to ethnic foods like taquitos and egg rolls, roller grills continue to prosper at convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Roller grills—if handled correctly—offer a great opportunity to grow sales. But as simple and relatively labor-free as they are, they still require management oversight, employee training and some marketing savvy. It’s
America’s passion for poultry is translating into greater opportunities for c-stores to strengthen their foodservice presence across all dayparts and provide destination-worthy products with high perceived customer value. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Whether prepared plain or fancy; fried, broiled, roasted, grilled or baked; in tenders, strips or “popcorn” bites, chicken has universal appeal, said Dr.