Paying Heed to Food Safety

With the increased emphasis on quality foodservice, maintaining in-store equipment is necessary for keeping a clean image. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor In the wake of the publicized instances of food-borne illnesses such as the Norovirus outbreak at Chipotle, more convenience stores are protecting their operations against similar operational risks. Many c-store operators are looking

Subway Speeds Ahead of the FDA

Subway is no longer awaiting final guidelines from the FDA as menu labeling laws are once again delayed.  The previously announced federal rule that would require all foodservice locations to provide nutrition information has once again been delayed. However, despite the delay, Subway is moving to meet these demands. According to a report from NBC15,

How to Conduct Business Planning Through Co-Branding

Starting a proprietary program can be complicated and expensive. A more cost-effective way to enter the foodservice arena is to partner with an established brand. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Adding a foodservice concept may be a proven way to bolster a c-store’s bottom line, but only if it’s the right program operated the right

Children Influencing Shopping Trends

Some 26% of parents learn about new products from their children. Kids play a big role in influencing consumer awareness of food and beverage products, according to a new report by Packaged Facts, entitled “Kids Food and Beverage Market in the U.S., 8th Edition.” For the U.S. retail food sector, the children aren’t just the

How to Satisfy Customer Cravings with Dairy

Ice cream and dairy products, especially milk, are convenience store staples, of which U.S. consumers can’t seem to get enough. “Essentially, the category of milk is exploding in retail health stores and with alternative milks, yet conventional grocery and c-stores are behind trend on offerings,” said Deborah Holand, a consulting partner with b2b Solutions in

QSR Market Anticipates Expansion

Menu expansion and catering to on-the-go consumers are helping to drive major growth in the QSR market. The global quick service restaurants (QSR) market is expected to experience substantial growth in the coming years. When considering the present state of the market, along with future growth prospects, the industry is clearly poised for growth. According

Consumer Favorites in Four QSR Categories

Convenience stores are now making the list when it comes to consumer’s favorite QSRs. A nationwide consumer survey from Market Force Information has revealed consumers’ favorite quick-service restaurant (QSR) chains in four popular food categories: pizza, Mexican fare, chicken and sandwiches. The survey includes polls of more than 12,700 consumers who were asked to rate

McDonald’s Testing ‘Supersized’ Breakfast Menu

McDonald’s employees still adjusting to initial all-day breakfast rollout. After launching all-day breakfast—albeit with a limited array of items—in October, McDonald’s is now testing expanding its menu to feature all of its breakfast items all day long. A report by Fortune noted that McDonald’s expanded breakfast menu would include items such as McGriddles and hash

Dunkin’ Donuts Woos Customers On St. Patrick’s Day

Customers have the chance to win big during Dunkin’ Donuts’ St. Patrick’s Day contest. Customers can experience the luck of the Irish at Dunkin’ Donuts on St. Patrick’s Day, as five lucky winners will be handed a $1,000 check at the check out counter. The promotion is mean to celebrate the March 17 holiday and

Chip-Coated Tenders

Brakebush Fully-Cooked Potato Chip-Coated Tater Chip Strips are the newest addition to their craveable, crunchable product line that also includes Tater Chip Tenders. These fully-cooked chicken strips coated in real potato chips join the already successful whole muscle, chicken tenderloins that feature the same uniquely crunchy coating. Together, they make any menu more craveable with […]

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Hot Fudge

Ghirardelli Chocolate’s Professional Products Division introduces new Ghirardelli Hot Fudge, inspired by the freshly-made authentic recipe served in the company’s renowned Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shops. You can taste the Ghirardelli difference. Crafted with premium Ghirardelli milk chocolate, real cream, butter and vanilla, the bold chocolate notes come together with a delicate creamy caramel finish, creating […]

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Anti-Theft Innovation

Just like copper wire from abandoned or foreclosed homes can attract opportunistic thieves, waste oil stored in an unguarded bin outside a restaurant or even in sealed indoor or outdoor tanks can become a target for waste oil thieves. Cooking oil has become a “hot” commodity due to its increasing popularity in the biodiesel/biofuels industry. […]

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How to Optimize Hispanic Foodservice Sales

Hispanic foods have become a menu item of choice in more convenience stores, appealing to the tastes of Hispanic shoppers and other patrons wanting to try new items. Using freshly-prepared foods to attract Hispanic shoppers to c-stores has become a proposition with value. “All our Orlando stores have fried empanadas,” said Alex Davidovich, executive vice

AdvancePierre Foods Welcomes New Board Member

Perlin, former chief financial officer of Capital One, to bring extensive financial, risk and governance experience to his position on the board. AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has named Gary Perlin to its board of directors, expanding its board membership to eight. Perlin’s 40-year career in finance, which included C-Suite roles across the public and private sectors

How To Succeed With Bakery At C-Stores

Led by Millennials, time-pressed consumers continue to turn away from sit-down breakfast options in favor of more portable snacks they can eat while on the go. Instead of grocers and baked good shops, customers more and more are drawn to convenience stores that boast diverse bakery offerings, including single-serve and snacking options. Whether it’s premium

Snacking Trends Boost Roller Grill

Hot dog and sausage sales in the U.S. are expected to grow an annualized 1.9% to $18.1 billion by 2019, according to a report by IBISWorld, a market research company. While the traditional varieties will continue to be favorites, the researchers projected that manufacturers will create items made with leaner poultry meat, organic meat, and

Weighing Profits and Pizza Preferences

After chocolate, pizza ranks as the top comfort food for American consumers, a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll found. During the tightest of the recent economic times, consumers tended to go for the frozen or refrigerated options found in supermarkets, according to Mintel market research. “But as the economy continues to improve, albeit

Sandwiches Satisfy New Tastes

Over the past year, Giant GetGo convenience stores have seen both made-to-order and grab-and-go sandwich sales climb. That has included hot and cold subs, breakfast sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. Jannah Jablonowski, a spokesperson for Giant GetGo, which operates 200 locations throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana, said a trend that’s growing

How Novel Coffee Offerings Spur Growth

Coffee sales were projected to rise 5% in 2015, according to Packaged Facts research firm. But the researchers forecasted that this growth is expected to remain flat through 2018. Tea, on the other hand, is expected to experience steady growth through 2018. “As consumer demand for tea options increases, more foodservice operators will use tea

Baking Mix for Foodservice

Enjoy Life Foods, has launched five pound Baking Mix packs specifically designed for the foodservice channel, offering a unique, one-of-a-kind allergy-friendly baking experience. Hot on the heels of Enjoy Life’s successful Baking Mix retail launch, the brand’s five-pound Baking Mixes will feature the same great functional ingredients and are available in all five-signature varieties, including […]

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Chicken Tops Food Pecking Order

The National Chicken Council (NCC) estimated that Americans devoured 1.3 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend this past February. That number represents a 3% spike over last year’s event. Perhaps a more interesting statistic is that 75% those wings consumed were purchased from foodservice outlets rather than supermarkets—meaning prepared chicken offerings are the popular pick

IDDBA Launches Second Annual Food Safety Campaign

The IDDBA is helping to build awareness of safe-food practices and offering itself as a resource in order to decrease the annual number of reactions to food allergens. Approximately one in every 25 customers served daily has a food allergy or is shopping for someone who does. Each year, 200,000 visits are made to the

Foodservice Industry Trends

The foodservice industry has experienced some ups and downs in the past year. According to a count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations from The NPD Group, the total number of U.S. restaurants decreased slightly (-0.6%) from a year ago to 629,488 units. The count from NPD is compiled in the spring and fall each year.

NOCO Express Opens Tim Hortons

The addition of a Tim Hortons has expanded the food options for NOCO Express customers. The NOCO Express located at 4265 Maple Rd, in Amherst, N.Y. is now home to a new Tim Hortons restaurant. The restaurant’s grand opening follows a four-week remodel then the addition was built. In addition to adding the restaurant, the

Dunkin’ Donuts Unveils New Breakfast Item and Spring Specials

Dunkin’ Donuts is appealing to both breakfast and burrito fans with its newest breakfast item, and ice cream lovers can rejoice in newly introduced coffee flavors. Dunkin’ Donuts has officially unveiled the brand’s new GranDDe Burrito. Marking the brands biggest breakfast launch of the year, the GranDDe Burrito became available on Feb. 29, at participating

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