Food & Drink Trends Ahead for 2017

From new but recognizable to sustainable, Mintel outlines key influences expected to impact the food and beverage market in the new year. Mintel has predicted six key trends will impact the food and beverage market in 2017. According to the Chicago-based research firm, 2017 will be a year of extremes, from “ancient” products including grains,

French Toast Sausage

Johnsonville has introduced the new Ultimate French Toast Sausage, as the most recent addition to its Ultimate Premium Sausage line. This unique sausage pairs the aroma of sweet cinnamon with a smooth, buttery, maple syrup flavor that delivers a French toast experience without the mess. The Johnsonville Ultimate French Toast Sausage is a perfect addition […]

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Consumers Demand Transparency On Meat, Poultry

Customer concerns over food ingredients, shape foodservice trends. The new golden rule in the U.S. food industry: “An informed consumer is a satisfied consumer.” This extends not just to the information printed on labels for products such as frozen or shelf-stable foods, but also increasingly includes fresh meat and poultry sold both at retail and

NRA Accepting Applications for FABI Awards

Awards to recognize exciting breakthroughs in taste, marketability, creativity and profit potential in foodservice operations. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is accepting applications for the 2017 Food and Beverage Industry (FABI) Awards, its annual celebration of the year’s most ingenious and impactful food and beverage products. Award recipients will be recognized at NRA Show, which

Younger Consumers Drive Vegetable Consumption

The move toward fresh foods for younger generations has also included vegetables. Millennials and Gen Zs are driving growth in fresh and frozen vegetable consumption, but baby boomers don’t seem to be eating their share, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Younger consumers, those under age 40, have increased the annual eatings

Innova Market Insights Lists 10 Trends for 2017

A clean supply chain and plant power will trend strongly in 2017. “Clean Supreme” and “Disruptive Green” top Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends list for 2017. Growing calls for transparency throughout the supply chain are taking clean & clear label to a new and supreme level. This comes as the inherent benefits of plant-based

How Millennials Are Changing Food Packaging

Foodservice Packaging Institute’s latest Trends Report finds Millennial opinions and ideals shaping packaging industry. Environmentally-friendly, sustainable, recyclable and compostable packaging are moving mainstream and Millennial influence may have a lot to do with it. This year’s 2016 Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute revealed key industry shifts that focused on industry changes being driven

SUBWAY Launches New Reuben Duo

Introduces five sandwich ingredients on a national level with new sandwich options. SUBWAY introduced the new Reuben Duo to its menu, available for a limited-time nationwide starting Nov. 14. SUBWAY’s newest offerings come in two varieties: the handcrafted, traditional Corned Beef Reuben or the Turkey Reuben sandwich. Both feature all of the authentic ingredients of

Just How They Roll

A profitable roller grill program combines the hunger to succeed with a taste for offering customers more for their money. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor At Shout & Sack, a long-standing convenience retailer on Route 66 in Vinita, Okla., Owner Chris Carter swears by his roller grill. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a

Building Sandwich Satisfaction

Hearty or healthful—it’s not an either/or situation anymore for customers when it comes to sandwich options. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor How does a turkey sandwich become more than just an ordinary turkey sandwich? When it is paired with cheddar cheese, sweet cranberry mustard sauce, spinach, tomato and red onion and served on nine-grain wheat

Modular Counter

Boost your food-to-go sales with the Modular Counter. The Modular Counter by Fri-Jado allows retailers to present hot and cold products in a single line-up. The display entices customers through a clear product presentation. Retailers can combine hot and cold products in meal deals. The product is easy to install and retailers can adapt the […]

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Clean Ice

Franke has introduced an antimicrobial ice protection system, EcO3Ice. The system treats the water used by ice machines to dramatically reduce microbial build-up, including bacteria, yeast and mold. EcO3Ice is a compact, low-power device that continuously treats incoming water used by ice machines. With each cycle, EcO3Ice creates a small, safe and effective amount of […]

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Turn-Key Bakery Program

Bakery case products deliver high profit margins to convenience stores, but not all operators may know how to launch or maximize their bakery programs. To help c-stores of all sizes offer fresh baked goods, in first quarter 2017 Rich’s Foodservice will launch a solution: a Corner Market Turn-Key Bakery Program. C-stores can choose from one […]

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Tamper-Resistant Clamshell Containers

RoundWare is the latest offering in Inline Plastics’ breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of patented, tamper-evident products. The single-piece, four-inch diameter, clamshell design, coupled with Safe-T-Fresh tamper-evident, tamper-resistant technology, is going to revolutionize this market segment. RoundWare is manufactured with patented DPET material, which has a smaller carbon footprint than many products made with rPET, and has […]

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Swiss Farms Debuts New Menu

Hires a chef to develop fresh food choices for c-store customers. Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market, is expanding its freshly-prepared meal line, Fresh Solutions, with the addition of signature meals. To head up the development of the freshly-prepared meal line, Swiss Farms hired Justin Vignola as director of fresh food/new product development.

Bold and Boneless

Tyson Convenience has announced the launch of new Bold Boneless Wings. These new wings feature new bold, unique, on-trend flavors. This product is formulated for superior hold quality with consistent piece sizes ideal for convenience stores. Each bite-size piece offers big, bold flavors perfect for consumer snacking opportunities. Tyson Bold Boneless Wings flavor varieties include […]

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Subway Makes Biggest Single Day Donation To Feeding America

Provides 11 Million meals to people in need. Subway’s campaign to raise money for Feeding America helped raise a whopping $11 Million on behalf of local food banks. On Nov. 3 Americans turned out in huge numbers to participate in the first-ever SUBWAY #GoodDeedFeed event on National Sandwich Day to help Americans facing hunger. On

Spicy Chicken

Broaster Co. has introduced Genuine Broaster Chicken Spicy. The new menu item features a one-of-a-kind flavor profile that will entice heat-seekers with its bold and spicy tastes. A craveable game-changer, Genuine Broaster Chicken Spicy is everything consumers know and love about Genuine Broaster Chicken, boasting tender, juicy and delicious flavor all the way to the […]

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Chocolate Croissants

Bridor, a maker of high quality, authentic European croissants, pastries, savory Bistro items and breads to the U.S. foodservice and retail markets, has introduced The Chocolatine made with Ghirardelli. This pastry features three rich and creamy semi-sweet chocolate bars—more than any competitive chocolate croissant on the market—enveloped in Bridor’s acclaimed flaky and light croissant dough. […]

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PFSbrands Welcomes New Vice President of Business Development

Parent company of Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express expands senior leadership team. PFSbrands, a U.S. supplier of branded, prepared food programs to the grocery and convenience store markets, has hired Jamie Long as vice president of business development. Long brings 14 years of in-depth foodservice knowledge and strategic thinking to PFSbrands from McDonald’s, Boston Market,

IDDBA Report Outlines Ways To Boost Bakery Bread Sales

Identifying natural sales connections between bakery bread and other areas of the store can help increase sales. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) and Nielsen Fresh announce the release of original research that provides retailers with ideas and strategies for boosting bakery bread sales. The report examines the connections between in-store bakery breads and the rest

7-Eleven Celebrates the World Series

Special offers for Cleveland and Chicago fans at local 7-Eleven convenience stores help celebrate the World Series. Beginning Oct. 26, 7-Eleven, Inc. has introduced some historic offers for the hometown fans of the two baseball teams making history this October. This year’s ultimate baseball match-up is a very big deal for both Cleveland and Chicago.

Hispanic Food and Beverage Market Hits $18 Billion

As Americans expand their palates and the Hispanic population grows, demand for authentic Hispanic flavors gets a huge boost. Savvy convenience store retailers are making room for more Hispanic foods and beverages as the segment continues to soar. The size of the Hispanic food and beverages market approached $18 billion in 2015. This represented an

Mega S’mores

Hunt Brothers Pizza has introduced MEGA S’mores, an easy-to-bake, easy-to-take version of s’mores for the on-the-go convenience store shopper. MEGA S’mores features a giant, soft graham cracker crust; gooey Hershey’s real milk chocolate; and melted marshmallows. This new freshly-baked sweet treat helps Hunt Brothers Pizza retailers build out a more robust program and serves as […]

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Mega S’mores

Hunt Brothers Pizza has introduced MEGA S’mores, an easy-to-bake, easy-to-take version of s’mores for the on-the-go convenience store shopper. MEGA S’mores features a giant, soft graham cracker crust; gooey Hershey’s real milk chocolate; and melted marshmallows. This new freshly-baked sweet treat helps Hunt Brothers Pizza retailers build out a more robust program and serves as