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

Technomic Shares Insights On Consumer Foodservice Landscape

Technomic’s Consumer4Sight Group provides in-depth view on consumer habits and preferences. Technomic’s New Consumer4Sight Group gathered data points from 81,870 consumer foodservice occasions over one full year to reveal a look ahead at the 2015 landscape. One surprising pattern: More than half of eating-out occasions are unplanned or decided on impulse. At 53% of all

All Day Panini

Satisfy your customers craving for something different with an “All-Day” Panini Sandwich from Tino’s Specialty Foods. Made with the finest and freshest ingredients, these sandwiches feature three mouthwatering classic flavor profiles…American, Cuban and Italian. The American version includes sugar-cured ham, Swiss cheese and a sweet and tangy honey mustard. The Cuban Panini combines seasoned Cuban

Customers Like Hispanic Food Options

Hispanic Americans are expected to make up 31% of the U.S. population by 2060, reported the U.S. Census Bureau. And, according to Forbes magazine and other media, they are expected to have $1.5 trillion in buying power this year, a 50% increase from 2010, according to Nielsen research. The NPD Group forecasts that the consumption

Chicken Sales Fly High

There’s no doubt that chicken is the nation’s No. 1 protein. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans consume 83.6 pounds of it per capita, more than anyone else in the world. In its 2014 Consumer Survey, the Council reported that 89% of consumers said they ate chicken during a two-week period. And they ate

Roller Grill Keeps Rolling Along

Despite increasing competition from made-to-order items, roller grill is still a c-store foodservice mainstay. And for good reason. In a recent Convenience Store Foodservice report by Mintel International research company, at least half of the respondents said they had and would order hot dogs or corn dogs at convenience stores. “I believe that consumers have

Pizza Rises to the Challenge

Growth has been slow but steady over the past five years in the $38.7 billion business that is the pizza category. By 2019, that number is expected to rise to $42.6 billion, according to the IBISWorld research firm. At LaCrosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip, the proprietary Cheese Mountain pizza, introduced about 10 years ago, today accounts

Coffee Outlook Is Perking Up

Last year, Americans drank an estimated 6.5 billion gallons of coffee, a modest increase in volume over the year before. An estimated 9.5% of that coffee was purchased from convenience stores, said Gary Hemphill, managing director of research for the New York-based Beverage Marketing Corp. “Modest growth” is the description Hemphill used again to project

Bakery Category Produces Fresher Gross Margins

Convenience store profits often rise higher with the right bakery program. However, figuring out the best route to profits takes planning. Some convenience stores are expanding their bakery beyond pre-packaged snack cakes through proprietary programs or just partnering with the local bakery in town. Some chains have invested significant capital in bakery programs. The total

Sandwich Sales Scale Higher

Sandwiches are big business for Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA convenience stores in Lawrence, Kan. In fact, they’re so big that he just opened a second standalone shop for his popular proprietary Sandbar Subs concept. Overall, sandwich sales are growing 8% every month for Zaremba at both the Zarco USA stores and standalone restaurants.

Report Shows Evolution of Eating Habits

“The way our society views food has come a long way since the TV dinner heyday of the 1950s,” says senior vice president, Acosta. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, has released “The Evolution of Eating Hot Topic Report.” The research report explores changes