Menu Labeling Regulations Finalized

The FDA has failed to make changes that would make menu-labeling compliance more realistic for convenience stores. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final guidance and determined a final compliance date for the previously announced menu-labeling regulations. According to a report from NACS, May 2017, 17 months after the initial compliance date,

Customers Respond Well to Combo Meal Deals

Big burger chains have brought back combo deals, and research has shown that their return has driven growth. New research from The NPD Group has revealed that, after making efforts to wean customers off of the steep deals that were offered during the recession, major quick service hamburger chains are now once again offering combo

Weighing the Cost of Foodservice

Retailers can’t dip a toe into foodservice and expect to turn a profit. Often they need marketing, outstanding food offerings and a sense of economics to make a positive splash. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor It takes more than some new equipment, a menu and even the most eye-catching in-store signage to turn a fledgling

Sandwiches Go Bold

Sriracha. Aioli. Pico de gallo. Seasonings, sauces and spreads that many consumers couldn’t pronounce very long ago are now giving traditional condiments a run for their money. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor In the not-so-distant past, consumers had to go to ethnic restaurants to get the bold and authentic flavors they craved. Now all they

New & Improved Appetizers

Schwan’s Food Service Inc. has expanded its Minh Asian Appetizer portfolio with new offerings as well as new recipes for customer favorites. The company worked with renowned Chef Jet Tila for final refinements to the new recipe that was developed for the company’s chicken egg rolls based on consumer flavor preferences. The brand also offers […]

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Millennials Know What They Want

Packaged Facts has revealed five trends that are prominent among Millennial consumers. Packaged Facts has released new data revealing that Millennials are more confident and make bolder food choices than older consumers. The market research publisher’s new Millennial Menus: Culinary Trend Tracking Series offers strategies for those in the foodservice industry to nurture the demanding

Hispanic Consumer Trends in Foodservice

The NPD Group has offered advice on how foodservice operators can attract Hispanic consumers. The NPD Group has reported that Hispanics have increased their visits to restaurants and foodservice outlets last year while total restaurant traffic was flat. Hispanics are a major growth target for restaurant chains. NPD’s ongoing CREST Hispanic foodservice market research revealed that,

How to Operate Sustainably

The NRA has offered advice to help restaurant’s operate in a more sustainable way. Just in time for Earth Day, the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA’s) Conserve program has released a list of sustainability tips advising restaurant operators on how a few simple steps can make a significant impact on their environmental footprints and their bottom

Pretzel Melts

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has introduced three Better Bakery pretzel melt flavors in a warmer-friendly, hand-wrapped packaging. The Turkey & Provolone, Chicken Bacon Ranch Club and Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza pretzel melts are visible through the hand wrap’s anti-fog window. Plus, each 6.5-ounce pretzel melt features fresh ingredients like premium-sliced deli meat and cheese that are […]

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Spiral Dough Mixers

Globe Food Equipment has added two spiral dough mixers to its food preparation line designed for bakeries, pizzerias and others interested in gently developing the proper gluten structure of dough without overworking it. The GSM130 model has a 130-pound dough capacity and the GSM175 has a 175-pound dough capacity. Globe spiral mixers are constructed of […]

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C-Stores Do Lunch … and Dinner

Breakfast may be the star of c-store foodservice programs, but food forward retailers are stepping up to the plate to vie for lunch and dinner sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor As supermarkets and convenience stores have been “raising the bar on their foodservice offerings,” an increasing number of consumers are choosing these outlets for their

Wow With Fish Tacos

Seafood presents a big growth opportunity for the hot foods market. Matlaw’s Southwest Tortilla Pollock Fish Tenders (Filletos) make the perfect fish taco and are the ideal selection for a quick and tasty seafood snack or meal on-the-go.   The crispy tortilla breading gives the fish a deliciously flaky twist. Wild caught and cut from whole […]

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Lock In Freshness

Inline Plastics has launched of new SquareWare food containers, the newest members of the company’s breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of patented tamper-evident products that ensure product protection. This new line of four-inch containers has a one-piece, hinged-clamshell design. The single SKU offers efficient inventory management compared to two-piece containers, while increasing efficiency, output and productivity for […]

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Thorntons Brings Back Bourbon Ball Donuts

Available through the end of May, Thorntons convenience store customers can enjoy this iconic treat for only 99 cents. Kentucky Derby fans and doughtnut fans alike can rejoice, as Thorntons Bourbon Ball Donut is back just in time for Derby season! Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball Donut first debuted in Spring 2015, and it is back by

McDonald’s Testing McCafe Kiosks

Automated kiosk to serve up espresso to order. Customers who want to avoid lines can now order their espresso beverage of choice via kiosk at two Chicago McDonald’s locations—part of a recent test by the fast food giant. According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the McCafe kiosk features a touchscreen to select lattes,

TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes Location

TravelCenters has opened its sixth California Popeyes location. TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Buttonwillow, Calif. The new Popeyes is located at 27769 Lagoon Dr., at the I-5 Exit 257 (Hwy. 58). The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous.

Tasty, Tender Sandwiches

Tyson Convenience has introduced new Tyson Chicken Sandwiches. These sandwiches feature juicy, tender chicken, topped with cheddar or pepper jack cheese. Retailers are encouraged to offer unique toppings and sauces to allow consumers to customize their sandwich to their liking. These new handheld Tyson Chicken Sandwiches are the latest additions in the successful butcher-wrapped sandwiches […]

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Fast Casual Restaurant Chains Grow in Popularity

The NPD Group has revealed the top five fast casual restaurants based on number of units, and Chipotle is currently on top. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that fast casual restaurant chains have grown in both units and customer visits. The number of fast casual chain restaurants rose by 5% to 19,043 total

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