Delivering Freshness

Flavorful and healthy are what American consumers are craving, and expect to get it whether it’s made-to-order or grab-and-go. Some retailers explain how they use fresh and—increasingly—ethnic products to satisfy customers’ expectations. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In a recent survey by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), almost two in three Americans (64%)


Five Consumer Trends Shaping the Future of Food

As generations change and age so too, food needs shift. Sluggish restaurant traffic growth and stalled sales in the center aisles at grocery stores are evidence that U.S. consumers’ eating behaviors are evolving. The growing influence of Hispanics, Millennials going through life stages, aging boomers, smaller households, and the need for fresh and non-processed foods

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Hunt Brothers Pizza has introduced Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, the newest pizza to join the company’s list of deliciously daring limited time offers. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza is now available to order at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations nationally, while supplies last. Made with Hunt Brothers Pizza’s original rising fresh crust, the new Chicken Bacon […]

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C-stores See Double-Digit Growth in Pizza Category

Growth demonstrates channel’s rapidly expanding foodservice footprint. Lots of pizza dough went through the doors of convenience stores and lots of pizza servings went out the doors. Cases of pizza crust and dough shipped to convenience stores from broadline foodservice distributors increased by 27% and servings of pizza ordered by convenience store customers increased by

Pro Food Systems Launches New Equipment Division

New equipment division dedicated to the needs of supermarkets and c-stores. Pro Food Systems has launched a new division solely focused on the specific needs for foodservice equipment in supermarkets and convenient stores. While Pro Food Systems (also known as PFSbrands) has long experienced excellent success in the equipment market segment, the new division further

Building a Robust Sandwich Program

When it comes to foodservice, some retailers have found that well-equipped suppliers can give their sandwich offerings a lift. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Running a successful oil and gas retail business for nearly a century is a world away from operating convenience stores with foodservice operations. Just ask Bailey Lyden, vice president of retail

Press Conference Draws Attention To Menu Labeling Bills

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act aims to reduce some menu labeling requirements. A press conference this week on Capitol Hill advocated for legislation that would scale back the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final menu labeling rules, which were released in late 2014. The bi-partisan press conference, held by U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Core-Mark Selects Boyd Coffee As Category Partner

Two industry leaders combine expertise to provide innovative coffee solutions for foodservice customers. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the nation’s largest distributors and marketers of fresh and broad line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America now joins Boyd Coffee Co., with a 115-year history in the coffee industry, to expand

IDDBA Releases Listeria Awareness Mobile Training

Free training video to aid best practices. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) released a free new online and mobile training video that helps deli department managers and service associates identify and develop best practices to help reduce the likelihood of the growth and spread of Listeria monocytogenes within retail deli departments. Titled Safe Food Matters:

Hunt Brothers Pizza Introduces New Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Company launches newest limited time offer pizza at participating convenience stores nationwide. Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, has introduced Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, the newest pizza to join the company’s list of deliciously daring limited time offers. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza is now available to

Pretzel Breader

With pretzel mentions on foodservice menus increasing by 32.5% in 2013, according to Mintel Menu Insights 2013, now is the time to leverage this trend with the new Pretzel Breader from Golden Dipt. This salty, delectable breading features coarse crumbs of real pretzel and panko for an authentic taste that customers crave. Providing even coverage, […]

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Integrated Icemaker Bin

Follett Corp. has introduced the newest addition to its line of innovative ice machines, the integrated icemaker bin. The Integrated Icemaker will produce up to 425 pounds of ice over a 24-hour period with over 90 pounds of storage. This new machine comes with a choice of Micro Chewblet or flake ice. Follett’s proprietary Chewblet […]

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Rutter’s Announces New Menu Additions

Whoopie pies and macaroni and cheese among new options. In a nod to the unique fare of Central Pennsylvania, Rutter’s Farm Stores added two hometown favorites, whoopie pies and fried sweet bologna, and one classic American dish, macaroni and cheese, to their diverse and award-winning menu this week. An all-American favorite, macaroni and cheese adds

IDDBA Introduces FSCRP

Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP) helps retail members afford food safety steps. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) is promoting food safety among its retail members by reimbursing them up to $2,000 annually for food-safety-certifying store-level dairy, deli, and bakery managers and employees. Called the Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP), it reimburses retail members

NYACS Announces Hall of Fame Elections

Terry Pier, Mike Siwik, the Byrne Family to be inducted in NY C-Store Hall of Fame. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has announced that Terry Pier, Mike Siwik and the Byrne Family have been elected to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame. NYACS will honor them at its annual Chairman’s

Foodservice His Way

Jerry Weiner’s experience and expertise drive the foodservice category at Rutter’s. By John Lofstock, Editor Category management is the lifeblood for success at convenience stores. Effective category management can drive higher margins, identify emerging sales trends, which products are in high demand and, perhaps most importantly, let you know what products are simply not selling.

Breakfast Carry Over

Cereal sales are suffering as consumers look for more portable breakfast options like egg sandwiches and Greek yogurt. With the right mix of products and value, convenience stores are well positioned to capture a greater share of the breakfast business. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In a recent survey, NPD Group researchers found that American

Equipping Your Kitchen

A growing number of manufacturers are making foodservice equipment sized to fit smaller footprints required by convenience stores. Moreover, retailers are using these machines to make the most of their limited foodservice space. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Kyle Lore, corporate chef for North Salt Lake, Utah-based Maverik Convenience Stores, is not an impulsive person,

Waste Oil Management Solutions

Frontline International is a provider of Smart Oil Management systems for waste oil, oil filtration and fresh oil. Frontline’s waste oil management systems offer flexible, customized solutions to allow for safer and cleaner interaction with used oil. Frontline delivers three custom solutions for waste oil management. First is the fully automated Direct-Plumbed waste oil system: […]

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Taco Bell Debuts Biscuit Taco

“This year is about making sure we continue to give people the food they crave in a way that’s unique to Taco Bell,” says CEO, Taco Bell Corp. It’s been one year since Taco Bell shook up morning routines and launched its innovative Breakfast menu of Burritos, all-in-one AM Crunchwraps and Cinnabon Delights. Yesterday, Thursday,

As Millennials’ Lifestyles Change So Do Their Restaurant Visits

Concerned about the money they spend at foodservice, Millennials cut back. Millennials are the chosen generation for many marketers because of their sheer number and perceived buying power, but they are not a homogenous group and depending on their age and lifestyles, they use restaurants differently, according to a recently released report by The NPD

New Soup Station

Hatco’s “hot and tasty” Soup Station (120 volt) provides an attractive appearance while using Hatco’s legendary reliability for holding hot food products at safe serving temperatures—whether it’s front of the house, self-serve kiosks or catering. For More Information From Hatco Corp.

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Accelerated Cooking

The Merrychef e4s accelerated cooking oven combines three heat technologies: convection heat, impingement air and microwave energy to achieve cook times up to 15 times faster than conventional ovens. It is the perfect solution for convenience stores offering great crispy food fast around the clock with consistent results. All menu items are never more than […]

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Combi Steamer

Foodservice operators at c-stores must deliver a big volume of quality food, fast without the capacity for large cooking equipment. That’s why Eloma, a worldwide manufacturer of professional combi-steamers and bake-off ovens, developed the Genius MT C 1-1. The new pint-sized oven is a small-footprint version of Eloma’s Genius MT steamers and still packs the […]

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Rutter’s Expands Menu to Include Nachos

Customers can customize their order with add-on options. Rutter’s Farm Stores has introduced nachos to its diverse and rapidly expanding menu, the central Pennsylvania retailer announced this week. Rutter’s new spicy snack is served on white tortilla chips and the customer’s choice of nacho cheese or shredded cheddar cheese. Customers can also customize each order