Stripes and Laredo Taco Co. Celebrate National Taco Day

Stripes Stores and Laredo Taco Co. offer buy one, get one free tacos on National Taco Day. Laredo Taco Co. has introduced a new taco in honor of National Taco Day. October 4 is National Taco Day, and in celebration, Laredo Taco Co. has launched “the champion” of all tacos filled with egg, chorizo, potato,

Ethnic Goes Mainstream

Food offerings that once were considered exotic are becoming everyday cuisines in many convenience stores. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor A few years ago, dining on Colombian, Korean or Szechuan fare was a novel experience for most Americans. But thanks to growing Hispanic and Asian communities in the U.S. ethnic foods are now widely available,

Clearly Delicious

To today’s consumers, transparency equals trust. Not just in how foods are sourced and produced, but also in how they are packaged for grab and go. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor It has long been known that consumers eat first with their eyes, so see-through packaging is the best way to tempt consumers to grab

Crafting a Winning Menu

Great menus don’t happen overnight. They evolve with consumer preferences and food trends. But a few basic steps and a little creativity can help you build a market-competitive menu and keep it fresh and dynamic for your customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor  Each day at Cubby’s convenience stores in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota,

All Day Breakfast Happy Meal

Following the brands successful All Day Breakfast expansion, McDonald’s has introduced a new Breakfast Happy Meal. For the first time in 30 years, McDonald’s is updating its Happy Meal offerings. On Mon., Sept. 26, the 72 McDonald’s locations in Tulsa, Okla. added an All Day Breakfast Happy Meal option to its menu. The new All

Pizza Vending Machines Offer a Taste of the Future

Pizza lovers can now access their favorite food 24/7 at new pizza vending machines. Pizza Touch has introduced new pizza vending machines to three Florida gas stations. According to a new report from NBC News, the new vending machines from Pizza Touch will offer piping hot pizza within two minutes. The new vending machines are

Swiss Farms Unveils New Line of Breakfast Sandwiches

Swiss Farms celebrates National Coffee Day with free coffee and a new line of breakfast sandwiches. In celebration of National Coffee Day, on Sept. 29, Delaware County, Pa.-based Swiss Farms will launch a new line of fresh-made, breakfast sandwiches. The new sandwiches will be released at a special introductory price of $2 per sandwich. Also,

Consumers Crave Freshness

A new study has revealed a new emerging fresh food trend. The new Garden and Grove: Culinary Trend Tracking Series (CuTTS) report from Packaged Facts has revealed that freshness is greatly valued among consumers. The report revealed that freshness is valued above non-GMO, local, organic or natural claims, and it is even more important to consumers than

Love’s Brings Godfather’s Pizza to 64 Travel Stops

Early next year, Love’s will have increased its number of stores featuring Godfather’s Pizza from 21 to 85. Love’s Travel Stops has announced that it will soon be adding 64 Godfather’s Pizza Express locations. The new additions will span across 16 states, and this new initiative will be completed in early 2017. Godfather’s Pizza vice

The Maple Bacon Donut has Returned to Thorntons

Thorntons has announced the limited time return of the perfect salty and sweet breakfast treat. For a limited time, Thorntons is once again offering the wildly popular Maple Bacon Donut. The donut, which first debuted in 2014, combines two things everyone loves: bacon and donuts. It begins as handmade yeast dough that is cut into

Rutter’s Celebrates Autumn with Pumpkin Palooza

Rutter’s has introduced a new line-up of pumpkin-flavored treats, just in time for the Pumpkin mania that is soon  to sweep the nation with the arrival of fall. In celebration of the arrival of fall, Rutter’s has once again launched its Pumpkin Palooza promotion, but this year Rutter’s has introduced even more pumpkin flavored treats

Consumers’ Concerns about Grocerant Food Safety Grow

Consumers don’t trust food found in grocery stores like they used to. As serving restaurant-style foods in supermarkets continues to grow in popularity, consumers concerns regarding food safety are also growing. Although the majority of U.S. consumers feel that foods in supermarkets are safe, the percentage who feels this way has decreased over the last

Hershey Enters Meal Kit Delivery Market

Hershey and Chef’d have introduced dessert themed meal kits to the meal kit delivery market. As the meal kit delivery market continues to grow, a number of big name retailers have introduced their own meal kit delivery services over the past recent months. However, one company is already working to change the meal kit delivery

Lunchtime Foodservice Traffic Declines

The decline in visits to foodservice establishments during lunchtime is being attributed to menu price increases, online shopping and more. New research from The NPD Group has revealed that, over the past six months, lunchtime traffic at foodservice establishments, which accounts for one third of all foodservice traffic, has encountered consecutively steeper declines. In the

Swiss Farms Introduces Customizable Packed Lunches

Parents and kids can have their lunches packed for them at their neighborhood Swiss Farms store. Swiss Farms is now making it even easier to get your kids ready for school in the morning, by eliminating the need to pack lunches in the morning. Starting immediately, healthy, well-balanced kid’s meals will be available for $4.99.

How to Build Repeat Restaurant Business

Keep diners returning to your establishment by avoiding the common issues that keep Americans from returning to restaurants. In order t build repeat restaurant business, it is crucial that restaurant owners avoid the common issues that keep Americans from returning to foodservice establishments. While loyalty programs can be effective tools to build customer loyalty, even

BURGER KING Introduces Another Fast Food Mash-Up

BURGER KING will soon release another cheesy concoction. BURGER KING Restaurants has announced that it will be launching yet another limited edition fast food mash-up this month. On Sept. 14, BURGER KING, in collaboration with the CHEETOS brand, will launch a new fast food concept, which has been dubbed the CHEETOS Chicken Fries. This new

Reduce Operating Costs

Hussmann ConvenienceWorks helps plan, build or improve small format stores to produce superior food sales with low operating costs. The company offers assistance with any or all aspects of a project, from store planning and design to equipment selection, consolidation, installation and service. Hussmann ConvenienceWorks also offers expert assistance with project management, fresh food merchandising […]

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Flip-Top Bottles

TW Garner Food Co. has announced that it is releasing its line of Texas Pete hot sauce products in new, easier to use bottles. However, while the bottles have been upgraded, the product inside is the same great formula that consumers love. The new bottles come in a number of sizes and feature a convenient […]

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Sustainably Responsible Packaging

Hershey Foodservice has announced that it is taking its commitment to sustainability through responsible packaging to the next level with the new HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup pouch. The BPA-free pouch weighs 85% less than the #10 can and takes up less room in the back of house. The smarter HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup pouch is easy to […]

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NOCO: Expressing Success

As on-the-go needs of convenience store shoppers evolve and change, New York’s NOCO Express is positioning itself as a go-to destination. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like many regions, western New York is a microcosm of the convenience store industry and its developing penchant to provide more wholesome snacking and food offerings, reflecting the growing

Grab-and-Go Breakfast Biscuits

New Johnsonville Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuits turn c-store operations into hot breakfast destinations. Deliver this unique on-the-go breakfast sandwich to your customers—a tender buttermilk biscuit stuffed with real scrambled eggs, Johnsonville Sausage and mild cheddar cheese. Fresh, fast and portable, this savory treat is easy to eat and great for breakfast, all-day snacking and […]

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NRA Hosts National Food Safety Month Campaign

The NRA is demonstrating its continued commitment to the prevention of foodborne illnesses.  September is national food safety month, and to show its continued commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association will once again be hosting its annual National Food Safety Month (NFSM) campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “Notorious Virus” – how to protect

Casey’s General Stores Announces September Specials

A new specialty pizza and some special back-to-school discounts are now available at Casey’s General Stores. Casey’s General Stores has added a new flavor combination to its portfolio of pizza offerings. This month, Casey’s is featuring its brand new Spinach, Artichoke & Chicken Pizza. This new pizza offering is smothered in a creamy spinach and

Growth has Slowed in the Restaurant Industry

Restaurant industry results for the second quarter of 2016 have revealed only minimal growth in the industry. A new report from The NPD Group has revealed that the total restaurant industry results for the quarter ending June 2016 are uncannily similar to the results of the year’s first quarter. Just as in the first quarter