Holidays Mean a Spike in Wisconsin Dairy Indusrty

Cheese sales experience a jump as the holidays approach. Each December, according to data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI), the Wisconsin dairy industry continuously sees an increase on the sales of Wisconsin cheese and dairy products. In the 2014 season, cheese sales jumped 21% in the week before Thanksgiving and 34% in the week before

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Do Natural Claims Mislead Consumers?

Consumers have requested that the FDA explore “natural” claims. The NPD Group has found that foods claiming to be “natural” convey a sense of wholesomeness, without additives, chemicals and preservatives, to consumers. On the surface, “natural” and “all natural” on a food label hints to consumers that the product is free of anything manmade, but

Hoshizaki America Inc. Continues Support For Local Girl Scouts Chapter

For more than 15 years, Hoshizaki has supported the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Hoshizaki America Inc., a manufacturer of foodservice equipment, continues to support the Girl Scouts with a donation to the local Atlanta chapter. For over 15 years Hoshizaki and many of their employees’ families have supported the Girl Scouts through volunteer opportunities,

How Frozen Foods Are Fighting Back

Frozen food marketers are finding ways to regain the business that has been lost to the fresh food trend. The increasing demand for fresh foods and a number of other trends emerging in recent years has hindered the sales of all kinds of frozen foods, according to the Packaged Facts report, Frozen Foods in the

How To Tap Into the Local Foods Trend

Local foods are anticipated to grow faster than the annual pace of total food and beverage sales over the next five years. Consumers are fond of local food products, and retailers are taking advantage of this growing trend. For retailers, foodservice operators and food marketers, “local” has become a shorthand descriptor that makes food sound

How Food Packaging is Going Green

Packaging manufacturers are emphasizing the use of materials with environmental advantages. This years Foodservice Packaging Institute’s (FPIs) 2015 Trends Report report, a result of FPIs annual Trends Survey, revealed industry opinions that largely focused on environmentally friendly packaging and customization techniques to differentiate products. “When it comes to foodservice packaging and the materials used to manufacture

How Americans Are Shying Away From Sugar

Adult consumers have greatly increased consumption of foods claiming to be low in sugar and sugar free. A new study from The NPD Group has revealed that sugar is now the top ingredient consumers are trying to avoid in their diets. Sugar and calories are competing for the position as the top items consumers look

Hunt Brothers Pizza Donates To Toys for Tots

Coloring contest raises funds to help spread joy over the holidays. Hunt Brothers Pizza is asking its fans to participate in its inaugural Christmas Coloring Contest as a way to help raise money for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Consumers are invited to color in the graphics on the front and back of the

Chain Restaurants React To EPA Decision on RFS Volume

A PricewaterhouseCoopers study conducted for NCCR concluded that if the corn ethanol mandate is left unchanged, chain restaurant industry costs will increase by up to $3.2 billion a year. The National Council of Chain Restaurants issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green following the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of regulations that would increase

Kerry Acquires Insight Beverages

Kerry Convenience is broadening its horizons through its acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry, The Taste and Nutrition Company, recently completed the acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry is aligning the Insight Beverage brands and technologies under the newly formed, “Kerry Convenience.” Kerry Convenience, led by the Insight Beverages team, is a new entity that will service

Preaching That Freshness Always Trumps Waste

Take a lesson from the big chains that fresh food offerings always win in the end. By Jim Callahan When it comes to category offerings such as deli and coffee, the old adage “penny wise and pound foolish” should not be associated with a convenience store’s effort. Consumers have had their taste buds tantalized by

How To Prevent Foodservice Operation From Becoming a Gateway to Employee Theft?

Foodservice items must be managed diligently to ward off shrink. By Fran Duskiewicz The column I wrote a couple months back, about how inept foodservice accounting practices and the lack of industry foodservice metrics and standards could result in untold shrink figures, resulted in the most comments and questions I’ve received. The advent of complete

How To Wake Up Breakfast Sales

With America constantly on the go, it’s no surprise that grab-and-go breakfast sandwich sales are growing in the convenience channel. However, sales of not-so-portable foods are also on the rise. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast is the only restaurant daypart with sustained visit growth over the last several years, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry

Add Parcel Service

Make life more convenient for customers by offering PUDO. PUDO Inc. provides courier shipping services, plus in-store over-the-counter pick-up services. PUDO requires approximately 40 square feet of space. PUDO provides a tablet and scanner for receiving and passing out the parcels. The process for accepting parcel is very easy and fast. A parcel barcode is […]

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AdvancePierre Foods Welcomes New President of Retail

Former senior vice president of consumer development for ConAgra Foods joins the AdvancePierre team. AdvancePierre Foods has named Steve Booker as president of Retail. He will lead the company’s second largest business unit, which collaborates with club, mass merchandise and grocery chains to provide branded, private-brand and licensed products. AdvancePierre Foods is a producer of

NACS Supports Newly Passed Menu-Labeling Legislation

New legislation will help c-store operators to comply with menu-labeling laws. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) applauded the House Energy and Commerce for passing new menu-labeling legislation. The new bipartisan legislation will enable compliance for convenience store operators and increase the availability of nutrition information and choice for consumers. The committee approved H.R. 2017,

Taco Bell Commits to Cage-Free Eggs by 2017

Many of the country’s quick-service restaurants are moving to cage-free eggs for their menu items. Quick-service restaurants in the U.S. are moving away from cage laid eggs, and Taco Bell is leading the flock. According to a report from Reuters, Taco Bell has committed to ceasing the use of eggs laid by caged hens by

McDonald’s Launches McPick 2 Menu

McDonald’s to launch new deal menu to drive sales. In its latest attempt to bounce back, McDonald’s has announced a new initiative to drive store traffic. According to a report from Fox News, McDonald’s has unveiled its newest replacement for the ever-popular Dollar Menu; the “McPick 2” menu. This new menu will allow customers to choose

Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownies at Pizza Hut

Consumers can cuddle up with Pizza Hut’s newest indulgent desert, for only $6.99. Pizza Hut has introduced the all-new Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownie to its line of deserts. The brownie has been added to the menu, and will be available for a limited-time only. Available while supplies last, the Hershey’s Hot Chocolate Brownie is packed with three types of genuine

How Consumers Feel About Foodservice Spending

By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Productions Many consumers are continuously trying to find ways to cut back their spending. In fact, “eating out” tends to be one of the top areas for households to try to reduce expenses, opting to pack a lunch or cook at home more often. A majority of consumers

How To Heat Up Sales With Hot Dogs

With the emphasis on fresh, “better-for-you” and made to order, the roller grill is vying to compete for prime counter space at c-stores. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor The hot dog isn’t quite as humble as it used to be. Sonic Drive-in, for example, features six different dogs nationally (and two more regionally) on its

NPD Releases Foodservice Visit Data

The foodservice industry encountered a favorable summer quarter. After tracking foodservice visits in during the summer quarter of 2015, The NPD Group has revealed that foodservice spending and visits grew in several countries during the summer months. Snacks and morning meals were the broad foodservice market drivers, according to NPD’s ongoing global foodservice market research, CREST,

TravelCenters Announces Two New Popeyes Locations

TravelCenters is providing customers with southern-style cooking at two TA locations. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the opening of two new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchens. The first location will open at TA Coachella, located at I-10, Exit 146 (46155 Dillon Road), in Coachella,

How To Profit With Pizza

Few foods are as veto-proof as pizza. Because of the promise of profits, convenience stores are getting an increasingly larger piece of the $40 billion U.S. pizza market. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Americans are passionate about pizza. They crave it morning, noon and night, as convenience store operators have discovered. And stores don’t have

What Food Trends Are Ahead For 2016?

Professional chefs predict the top foodservice trends for 2016. Each year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which foods, beverages and culinary

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