Burning Issues for 2014

From developing a greater marketing presence with mobile apps and refining your fresh food focus to dealing with Obamacare, c-stores are facing a challenging 12 months. By Erin Rigik and Marilyn Odesser-Torpey. The retail market continues evolving at a rapid pace as 2013 proved to be a breakthrough year for the rise of  mobile technology.

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Courting Coffee Customers

Updated equipment, a sizeable counter area and multiple brew flavors can help position your chain as a coffee destination. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The competition for coffee customers continues to brew among the various channels, with convenience stores feeling increased pressure from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and numerous QSRs—even Walgreens’ new superstore prototype in Chicago

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Winning the Fresh Foodservice Battle

Busy Americans are increasingly going the grab-and-go route for lunch and dinner solutions. But even the most time-starved consumers have definite standards about what foods they will choose. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Grab and go is a close to $13 million category, with everyone from quick-service restaurants to pharmacies competing for share of stomach

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New Conveyor Oven

Middleby Marshall has introduced the new PS360G conveyor oven with WOW! 2 technology. The new oven is designed for operators who want to replace their existing PS360/350 ovens with the same size bake chamber and updated cooking technologies. Upgrading from the PS360/350 oven to the new PS360G allows operators to cook 30% faster than standard

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Best in Class Food Machines

Hobart received top rankings from in the 2013 Best in Class Survey conducted by Foodservice Equipment and Supplies magazine. Hobart received the top ranking in the floor mixer and electric slicer categories of the 2013 Foodservice Equipment and Supplies survey of foodservice consultants, dealers and operators. “We are honored that these two products are ranked

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New Breakfast Experience

Hillshire Brands Co. has introduced Jimmy Dean Maple Breakfast Sausage Roller Grill Links. Add a new twist to grab-n-go breakfast sales with the new Maple Breakfast Sausage Roller Grill Links from Jimmy Dean, the No. 1 brand in breakfast sausage, (SymphonyIRI, Dollar Share for the 52 weeks ending Aug. 8, 2013).  Perfectly sized for a

New Report Highlights Latest Foodservice Packaging Trends

Top issues include beverages, materials and sizes. This year’s Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) reveals three key industry shifts: • Trend #1: It’s all about the beverages—and their packaging. Foodservice operators are turning to new and expanded beverage options to boost their bottom lines. That means paying more attention to beverage packaging.

NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation

The legislation “treats restaurants like restaurants and convenience stores like convenience stores,” says NACS senior vice president of government relations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) hailed legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (S.1756), as a thoughtful approach to providing the necessary flexibility and understanding of

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NSF Calls For Food Safety Leadership Nominations

Annual awards program recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation in food safety; nomination deadline is Feb. 14. NSF International, an organization committed to protecting and improving public health, has announced its first call for nominations for the 2014 Food Safety Leadership Awards (FSLA) Program. Well-respected in the food industry, this program recognizes individuals that demonstrate outstanding

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Maple Bacon Flavored Syrup

In a Culinary Visions Panel survey that explored taste preferences of more than 500 consumers, sweet and salty flavors were the clear favorites. Smucker Foodservice combines these flavor profiles into its Smucker’s Maple Bacon Flavored Syrup to sweeten the tabletop options and add excitement to breakfast. With all the sweet, comforting taste of maple and

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Breakfast Squares

Lettieri’s new STACKER SQUARES are the perfect hand-held solution for anyone looking to start the day with a hearty breakfast. STACKER SQUARES possess a consistent out-of-the-oven flavor profile that appeals to c-store customers.  Part of the secret for their success is the dough formulation that produces a buttery, flakey, pastry-like feel and texture. STACKER SQUARES

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Dunkin’ Donuts Partners With JP Foods LLC

Expands presence in Memphis with 12 new locations. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, JP Foods LLC, to develop a dozen new restaurants throughout Memphis, Tenn. The first restaurant is expected to open in 2015 and the remainder by 2020. Together, this team led by

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AdvancePierre Foods Names New President of Retail Division

CPG Executive Tom Lavan to run growing packaged goods business for industry leader. AdvancePierre Foods has announced that Tom Lavan is the new president of its Retail division, which sells fully assembled sandwiches and value-added protein products to major grocery chains and club stores across the country. Lavan is a consumer packaged goods executive with

Technomic Flavor Study Highlights Importance of Innovation

The demand for spicy flavors continues with 54% of consumers surveyed now preferring spicy condiments, dips and sauces. The most familiar, tried-and-true flavors may have impressive staying power on menus, but Technomic’s most recent flavor findings also signal the need for operators and suppliers to stay on top of flavor trends by reinvigorating classic offerings

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Speeding Through the Breakfast Zone

Consumers are looking for fast service, fresh ingredients and value pricing when it comes to a breakfast program. How competitive is your morning offering? By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Everyone knows that breakfast is important. Over the years, research has shown that adults who eat breakfast are generally healthier, weigh less and have a reduced

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Diversifying the Foodservice Offering

Taking steps to promote innovative products and value pricing can elevate the whole roller grill experience to drive new sales.  By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Convenience store operators looking to spice up their roller grill offerings have more tools at their disposal than ever before, including the weather, as autumn spurs consumers to seek hot,

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Ensure Coffee Freshness

The key to a well-executed coffee program is serving hot, fresh coffee cup after cup. Monitoring the holding time and amount of coffee in a dispenser is crucial to freshness and quality. To simplify this challenge Curtis is introducing the new Thermal FreshTrac System. Activated from the moment coffee is brewed, it provides a simple,

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New Sandwich Top Refrigerators

Hoshizaki America Inc. has introduced two new sandwich top refrigerators—models CRMR60-8 and CRMR60-12. Retailers can select from 8, 12 and 16 pan capacity prep tables in the line of 60-inch Commercial Series Sandwich Top Refrigerators for their foodservice area. Hoshizaki refrigerators have a three-year parts and labor warranty and offer the following quality and performance

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Fruit Filling And Topping

According to a recent study by Nielsen Perishables Group, desserts accounted for nearly half of all bakery dollar sales in 2012. What’s more, pies had the strongest volume growth of 5.1%, with sales highest in November and December around the holidays. Chefs and foodservice professionals can tap into this incremental revenue opportunity with Knouse Foods’

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TravelCenters Introduces World Blends Coffee

Beans ground on-site for a better brew. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has introduced World Blends Coffee Co., with premium whole bean blends ground on-site just before brewing. World Blends Coffee is available exclusively at TA and Petro and includes four varieties:     House

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Foodservice Best and Worst Practices

Discipline and accountability are key factors in executing your brand’s message. Have an action plan developed and stay focused on your end result. By Betsi Bixby. The most profitable retail chains we did market business valuations for this year all had one thing in common: great foodservice results. The least profitable chains (and units) either

Hunt Brothers Pizza Recognized As Industry Leader

Company named “Top Performer” for the sixth year in Convenience Store Decisions Brand Preference Study. Hunt Brothers Pizza announced it is the No. 1 choice in the Convenience Store Decisions Brand Preference Study for the sixth year since 2007. The c-store pizza brand was voted “Top Performer” in the branded pizza category. The award was

Restaurant Visits On A Deal Increase In 2013

NPD reports that value menus and buy some, get some are the most popular deals. Restaurant visits on a deal or discount increased across all segments in the first nine months of 2013 after declining in 2012, according to  The NPD Group, a global information company. NPD’s ongoing foodservice market research reports that restaurant visits

Dunkin’ Donuts Expanding In Reno

“We are very excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts to Reno, and make the company’s famous beverages, baked goods and sandwiches available to an ever-growing base of customers,” says Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, HT2 Franchising LLC, to develop nine new restaurants

Kangaroo Express To Offer Little Caesars HOT-N-READY Menu

Guests can now enjoy the quality, value and convenience of Little Caesars pizza at Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced it will now offer Little Caesars HOT-N-READY menu items at select stores across the Southeast. This is the first time any Kangaroo Express locations will feature an on-premises Little Caesars carryout

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