Snacking Trends Boost Roller Grill

Hot dog and sausage sales in the U.S. are expected to grow an annualized 1.9% to $18.1 billion by 2019, according to a report by IBISWorld, a market research company. While the traditional varieties will continue to be favorites, the researchers projected that manufacturers will create items made with leaner poultry meat, organic meat, and


Weighing Profits and Pizza Preferences

After chocolate, pizza ranks as the top comfort food for American consumers, a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll found. During the tightest of the recent economic times, consumers tended to go for the frozen or refrigerated options found in supermarkets, according to Mintel market research. “But as the economy continues to improve, albeit

Sandwiches Satisfy New Tastes

Over the past year, Giant GetGo convenience stores have seen both made-to-order and grab-and-go sandwich sales climb. That has included hot and cold subs, breakfast sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. Jannah Jablonowski, a spokesperson for Giant GetGo, which operates 200 locations throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana, said a trend that’s growing

How Novel Coffee Offerings Spur Growth

Coffee sales were projected to rise 5% in 2015, according to Packaged Facts research firm. But the researchers forecasted that this growth is expected to remain flat through 2018. Tea, on the other hand, is expected to experience steady growth through 2018. “As consumer demand for tea options increases, more foodservice operators will use tea

Baking Mix for Foodservice

Enjoy Life Foods, has launched five pound Baking Mix packs specifically designed for the foodservice channel, offering a unique, one-of-a-kind allergy-friendly baking experience. Hot on the heels of Enjoy Life’s successful Baking Mix retail launch, the brand’s five-pound Baking Mixes will feature the same great functional ingredients and are available in all five-signature varieties, including […]

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Chicken Tops Food Pecking Order

The National Chicken Council (NCC) estimated that Americans devoured 1.3 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend this past February. That number represents a 3% spike over last year’s event. Perhaps a more interesting statistic is that 75% those wings consumed were purchased from foodservice outlets rather than supermarkets—meaning prepared chicken offerings are the popular pick

IDDBA Launches Second Annual Food Safety Campaign

The IDDBA is helping to build awareness of safe-food practices and offering itself as a resource in order to decrease the annual number of reactions to food allergens. Approximately one in every 25 customers served daily has a food allergy or is shopping for someone who does. Each year, 200,000 visits are made to the

Foodservice Industry Trends

The foodservice industry has experienced some ups and downs in the past year. According to a count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations from The NPD Group, the total number of U.S. restaurants decreased slightly (-0.6%) from a year ago to 629,488 units. The count from NPD is compiled in the spring and fall each year.

NOCO Express Opens Tim Hortons

The addition of a Tim Hortons has expanded the food options for NOCO Express customers. The NOCO Express located at 4265 Maple Rd, in Amherst, N.Y. is now home to a new Tim Hortons restaurant. The restaurant’s grand opening follows a four-week remodel then the addition was built. In addition to adding the restaurant, the

Dunkin’ Donuts Unveils New Breakfast Item and Spring Specials

Dunkin’ Donuts is appealing to both breakfast and burrito fans with its newest breakfast item, and ice cream lovers can rejoice in newly introduced coffee flavors. Dunkin’ Donuts has officially unveiled the brand’s new GranDDe Burrito. Marking the brands biggest breakfast launch of the year, the GranDDe Burrito became available on Feb. 29, at participating

Canada Food Safety Recognition Award Winners Announced

NSF-GFTC is recognizing companies and individuals who are helping to advance food safety and quality. Winners have been selected for the 2016 Canada Food Safety Recognition Awards from NSF-GFTC, part of NSF International’s Global Food Division. NSF-GFTC presented the winners with their awards at the Canadian Food Safety Forum at the Pearson Convention Centre in

Ovention Rolls Out New Website

Downloadable augmented reality app offers a 3-D experience. Ovention has launched a new Website——and an augmented reality app featuring a 3-D experience, along with links to the new mobile site, social media and more. From authentic flatbreads and roasted vegetables, to kitchen-crafted paninis and fresh-baked cookies, see fresh made fast at the brand new

Coalition Asks Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

Food groups speak out after the President’s budget proposal calls on FDA to collect $166 million in new food facility registration and inspection fees from food producers and distributors in the next fiscal year. American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and a coalition of nearly 70 food groups are fighting new potential food taxes that would

7-Eleven Enhances Breakfast Menu

Two new Breakfast Melt flavors are now available at participating 7-Eleven stores, all day, every day. Two new Melt sandwiches have made their way onto the 7‑Eleven Inc. breakfast menu. Participating locations will now carry the new Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Melt and the Maple Sausage, Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Melt, which will sell

Burger King Launches Flame-Grilled Hot Dogs

Burger King has introduced a new permanent menu item that is expected to present a challenge to QSRs. Convenience store roller grills are in for some real competition as QSR Burger King has launched new Flame Grilled Hot Dogs. A new report from StreetInsider has revealed that Burger King has expanded the company’s signature flame-grilling

How Sweet Baked Goods Are Set To Grow

On-the-go snacking trend helps drive purchases of mini and single-pack indulgent sweet baked goods. “Sweet Baked Goods: U.S. Market Trends,” a report by Packaged Facts, discusses how consumers generally eat sweet baked goods to indulge in a treat, with younger people in particular continually seeking out new exciting tastes and indulgent experiences. Increasingly however others

How Rutter’s Ranks Among Private Pennsylvania Companies

Central Penn Business Journal recognizes Rutter’s in 2016 list. Rutter’s has once again earned the No. 3 rank on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2016 list of Top 100 Private Companies in central Pennsylvania. Every year since 2005, the York, PA-based retailer has ranked in the top ten 100 Private Companies in Central Pennsylvania according

Proposed SNAP Rule Could Affect Retailers’ Ability To Offer Program

Rules to ensure SNAP participants carry healthy choices could negatively impact convenience stores’ ability to accept SNAP benefits. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon on Feb. 16, announced a proposed rule designed to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increased access to healthy foods by

Why C-Stores Must Invest in Foodservice Equipment

Though a well-conceived menu is key to a launching a foodservice program, it takes the right tools to make it successful. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor With only enough space for a warming box, two of the convenience stores at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) were very limited as to the number and types

Bacon Leads Casey’s Foodservice Efforts

A focus on quality helps Casey’s foodservice program stand out. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With more than 30 years of c-store foodservice experience under his belt, Darryl Bacon, vice president of foodservice for Casey’s General Stores, has been leading the company to foodservice success since he stepped into the role of foodservice director back

How QuikTrip is Shaping its Culinary Future

Nick Powell, corporate chef for QuikTrip Corp., has helped guide the convenience store retailer to the top of the foodservice pyramid. By David Bennett, Senior Editor While working in research and development for Tulsa, Okla.-based Bama Frozen Dough Co. seven years ago, Nick Powell enjoyed being part of a hometown company with a big business

TravelCenters and Minit Mart Open a Fuddruckers Restaurant

The new Commerce, Ga. Fuddruckers location recently held its grand-opening celebration. TravelCenters of America LLC and its Minit Mart brand have opened a new Fuddruckers restaurant next to the Minit Mart inside the TA travel center at I-85, Exit 149 (US 441), in Commerce, Ga. Texas-based Fuddruckers is known for having the World’s Greatest Hamburgers,

Pre-Rinse Units

Save valuable kitchen space with T&S Brass’ line of low-profile pre-rinse units, ideal for tight kitchens and spaces where overhead clearance is limited. With many of the same high-quality components and features as T&S’ standard-sized units, low-profile units are perfect for compact kitchens or in open kitchens where equipment needs to stay hidden. The overhead […]

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How Limited Time Offers Can Attract Business

Customers don’t want to eat the same thing over and over, and Hunt Brother’s Pizza is offering a solution to c-store owners. Convenience stores are always searching for ways to boost their sales, and limited time offers (LTOs) can provide the excitement that will boost business. LTOs can be used as seasonal promotions, or just

How Kwik Trip Stays Focused on Fresh

Paul Servais leads the retailer’s efforts to drive foodservice sales. By John Lofstock, Editor While foodservice represents an extraordinary opportunity for convenience store retailers to grow sales, boost profits and swipe customers away from competitors, it is just another in-store category and needs to be treated as such. This means that while the category remains