How To Provide On-the-Go Options

Customers want fresh food fast, that’s easy to eat on the go and features ingredients that excite. Quality sandwiches deliver fresh ideas that satisfy. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor As the demand for on-the-go foods with new and exciting ingredients continues, sandwiches are providing an efficient way for c-stores to provide new and customizable options in

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House Passes Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

Bill H.R. 2017 now moves to the Senate for consideration. On Friday, Feb. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act for 2015,” by a vote of 266-144. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) President and CEO Henry Armour hailed the legislation, noting it represents “another giant step forward in

Spread the Love with Dunkin’ Donuts

A number of heartfelt initiatives are being launched by Dunkin’ Donuts to help spread the love this Valentine’s season. Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a number of fun new initiatives to help its customers celebrate Valentine’s Day, including an online contest to give engaged couples the chance to win a $10,000 wedding present. Dunkin’ Donuts is

Challenging Consumers’ Conceptions of Pizza

Restaurants and pizza retailers continue seeking new ways to make their pizza stand out above the rest. A new report from Packaged Facts, “Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition,” pizza has become a universal menu staple, and it has remained consistent year after year. Pizza continues to grow in popularity, and

Why Food Delivery Is Soaring

Customers crave the quality food typically associated with ‘dining out’ experiences, but without the time and money constraints. Food delivery availability is skyrocketing as in-home meal kits like Blue Apron and foodservice delivery like DoorDash increase in number. A recent report by The NPD Group, a leading global information company, found that while historically delivery

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fans Celebrate

Fans of the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will soon have access to the specialty pizza, for a limited time. In response to last year’s success, Hunt Brothers Pizza is bringing back the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Beginning Feb. 15, for a limited time, the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will be available to convenience store owners

Rising Food Trends for 2016

As consumer taste evolves, so do foodservice offerings. As 2016 progresses, industry officials are noticing some food trends that are expected to shape the industry over the coming year. According to a report from Meat + Protein, five trends have been have been identified by Mintel, and these trends are expected to hit the market

Free Pizza from Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J is offering a free slice of fresh, hot pizza to customers in honor of National Pizza Day. On Feb. 9, a free slice of Pilot Flying J’s “Unexpectedly Awesome” PJ Fresh Pizza will be offered to customers in honor of National Pizza Day. Customers may receive their free slice when they display

Home Market Foods Acquires Hot ‘N Spicey Inc.

Purchase to enable Home Market Foods to further enhance its offering in the foodservice and retail channels. Home Market Foods, a producer of high quality meat-based food products, has acquired Hot ‘N Spicey Inc., best known for its Bahama Mama brand of premium sausages and its Gourmet To Go brand of high quality sausages and

How Bakery can Boost Breakfast

Whether it’s a bagel, muffin or fritter, Americans are sweet on pairing their morning coffee with a fresh pastry. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast customers are increasingly looking to convenience store bakery cases for a doughnut or pastry to help them kick off their day. C-stores that feature bakery cases and keep them well

What’s The Difference Between “Non-GMO” and “Organic”?

Organic companies and farmers suffer, due to the less strict guidelines that qualify food as Non-GMO. As consumer demand for healthy, natural foods with fewer added ingredients, the number of products identified as non-GMO in the U.S. market is growing steadily in both the retail market and in foodservice. In the report, Non-GMO Foods: U.S.

Guilt-Free Candy

Skinnygirl, a solutions-based, lifestyle brand, has unveiled new Skinnygirl Candy. Skinnygirl Candy is a premium line of Belgian chocolates, gummies and mints carefully crafted using only the best all-natural ingredients and flavors. This new collection allows candy lovers to indulge in individual 100-calorie packs of their favorite treats. Skinnygirl Candy products are available in three […]

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How to Stand Apart from the Mainstream Menu

Restaurants make menu changes to help consumers to explore a variety of different cuisines. As consumers become more adventurous and open to trying new foods, Packaged Facts has studied the best ways to encourage consumers to taste outside their comfort zone. According to the recent report from Packaged Facts, authentic Asian noodle dishes are the

QuikTrip’s Specially Designed Carryout Pizza Boxes Unveiled

QuikTrip has chosen GreenBox to design the company’s new, perfect-for-sharing pizza boxes. As a part of QuikTrip’s introduction of full-sized, made-to-order carryout pizzas, GreenBox recently unveiled QuikTrip’s custom-designed GreenBox pizza box. The new pizza boxes are now available at over 700 QuikTrip locations in 11 states across the Southern and Midwestern U.S. Recently spotlighted on

10-Count Sandwich Cases

AdvancePierre Foods now packages its seven top-selling BIG AZ sandwiches for distribution in 10-count cases. Previously sold eight to a case, the transition to 10-count cases will save an estimated 50 tons of corrugated board annually, saving it from landfills and other energy-consuming reprocessing. The shift to 10-count cases has resulted in new item numbers […]

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Compact Ovens

FWE has introduced a new, smaller and more efficient Cook & Hold Oven. Designed for point-of-purchase at convenience stores , the new model is also perfect for “on-the-go” operations. Built sturdy and highly mobile, it is perfect for on-site or off-premise events. Several models are available to hold 12-by- 20 inch pans, 18-by-13 inch trays […]

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How In-Store Delis Can Attract Consumers

As consumer trends evolve, food retailers can make simple changes to continue attracting consumers. The What’s in Store 2016 report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has revealed that Millennials are an important consumer demographic for in-store deli departments, as 42% of Millennials shop the prepared foods department—compared to 33% of baby boomers and 21%

How Health and Wellness Factors Influence Meat, Poultry Market

Many consumers have claimed that they are willing to pay more for better-for-you meat and poultry products. Today’s consumers are highly concerned with health and wellness standards, and retailers and foodservice operators are pursuing meat and poultry products that meet such consumer demands. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts in the report Meat and

How to Encourage Beverage Menu Exploration

Consumers tend to stick to ordering their “usual” beverage choice, but there are ways to break that pattern and encourage new beverage options. Beverage menus tend to remain rather stagnant, as top beverage varieties tend to remain the same. This is true for soft-drinks as well as core coffee menu items. The static nature of

How Foodservice Packaging Is Just as Important as the Food

By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Food and Beverage Practice As c-stores continue to develop foodservice programs, putting themselves in more direct competition with traditional foodservice operators, c-store operators and suppliers need to constantly consider issues regarding consumer perceptions about the stereotypical c-store. One of the most important of these issues is foodservice packaging

How Consumers Perceive Food Safety

A number of consumers have stated that their food safety concerns have increased in recent months. A national consumer survey from Packaged Facts, following the recent series of E. coli outbreaks linked to fast casual Chipotle Mexican Grill, has revealed consumer concerns about food safety practices in the fast food industry. The Packaged Facts survey

QuikTrip Introduces X-Large Pizza Carryout Offering

A new box makes QuikTrip’s new pizza offering even more exciting for customers who are looking to share. QuikTrip, which now operates over 700 stores in 11 states, has introduced a new pizza offering that is perfect for sharing. According to a report from KCCI Des Moines, QuikTrip has taken everything that its customers love

American Frozen Food Institute Approves of 2015 Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will recommend all forms of fruits and vegetables, rather than exclusively fresh varieties. Interim president for the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), Joseph Clayton, has commended the recommendation of all forms of fruits and vegetables, without limiting language, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and

How To Promote Roller Grill & Pizza

Buoyed by a constant stream of new products and equipment upgrades as well as focus on time-tested procedures, roller grill and pizza continue to appeal to convenience store customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Made-to-order foods may get most of the buzz, but there’s a good reason why so many convenience stores still offer roller

Sugar’s Reputation Doesn’t Curb America’s Sweet Tooth

The negative stigma surrounding sugar seems to be good news for the honey market. As sugar, especially white granulated sugar, continues to get a bad rap, being compared to tobacco and cigarettes in terms of the danger it poses to health, the love-hate relationship that America’s have with sugar and sweeteners grows. Some public health

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