Free Pizza from Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J is offering a free slice of fresh, hot pizza to customers in honor of National Pizza Day. On Feb. 9, a free slice of Pilot Flying J’s “Unexpectedly Awesome” PJ Fresh Pizza will be offered to customers in honor of National Pizza Day. Customers may receive their free slice when they display

Home Market Foods Acquires Hot ‘N Spicey Inc.

Purchase to enable Home Market Foods to further enhance its offering in the foodservice and retail channels. Home Market Foods, a producer of high quality meat-based food products, has acquired Hot ‘N Spicey Inc., best known for its Bahama Mama brand of premium sausages and its Gourmet To Go brand of high quality sausages and

How Bakery can Boost Breakfast

Whether it’s a bagel, muffin or fritter, Americans are sweet on pairing their morning coffee with a fresh pastry. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Breakfast customers are increasingly looking to convenience store bakery cases for a doughnut or pastry to help them kick off their day. C-stores that feature bakery cases and keep them well

What’s The Difference Between “Non-GMO” and “Organic”?

Organic companies and farmers suffer, due to the less strict guidelines that qualify food as Non-GMO. As consumer demand for healthy, natural foods with fewer added ingredients, the number of products identified as non-GMO in the U.S. market is growing steadily in both the retail market and in foodservice. In the report, Non-GMO Foods: U.S.

Guilt-Free Candy

Skinnygirl, a solutions-based, lifestyle brand, has unveiled new Skinnygirl Candy. Skinnygirl Candy is a premium line of Belgian chocolates, gummies and mints carefully crafted using only the best all-natural ingredients and flavors. This new collection allows candy lovers to indulge in individual 100-calorie packs of their favorite treats. Skinnygirl Candy products are available in three […]

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How to Stand Apart from the Mainstream Menu

Restaurants make menu changes to help consumers to explore a variety of different cuisines. As consumers become more adventurous and open to trying new foods, Packaged Facts has studied the best ways to encourage consumers to taste outside their comfort zone. According to the recent report from Packaged Facts, authentic Asian noodle dishes are the

QuikTrip’s Specially Designed Carryout Pizza Boxes Unveiled

QuikTrip has chosen GreenBox to design the company’s new, perfect-for-sharing pizza boxes. As a part of QuikTrip’s introduction of full-sized, made-to-order carryout pizzas, GreenBox recently unveiled QuikTrip’s custom-designed GreenBox pizza box. The new pizza boxes are now available at over 700 QuikTrip locations in 11 states across the Southern and Midwestern U.S. Recently spotlighted on

10-Count Sandwich Cases

AdvancePierre Foods now packages its seven top-selling BIG AZ sandwiches for distribution in 10-count cases. Previously sold eight to a case, the transition to 10-count cases will save an estimated 50 tons of corrugated board annually, saving it from landfills and other energy-consuming reprocessing. The shift to 10-count cases has resulted in new item numbers […]

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Compact Ovens

FWE has introduced a new, smaller and more efficient Cook & Hold Oven. Designed for point-of-purchase at convenience stores , the new model is also perfect for “on-the-go” operations. Built sturdy and highly mobile, it is perfect for on-site or off-premise events. Several models are available to hold 12-by- 20 inch pans, 18-by-13 inch trays […]

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How In-Store Delis Can Attract Consumers

As consumer trends evolve, food retailers can make simple changes to continue attracting consumers. The What’s in Store 2016 report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has revealed that Millennials are an important consumer demographic for in-store deli departments, as 42% of Millennials shop the prepared foods department—compared to 33% of baby boomers and 21%

How Health and Wellness Factors Influence Meat, Poultry Market

Many consumers have claimed that they are willing to pay more for better-for-you meat and poultry products. Today’s consumers are highly concerned with health and wellness standards, and retailers and foodservice operators are pursuing meat and poultry products that meet such consumer demands. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts in the report Meat and

How to Encourage Beverage Menu Exploration

Consumers tend to stick to ordering their “usual” beverage choice, but there are ways to break that pattern and encourage new beverage options. Beverage menus tend to remain rather stagnant, as top beverage varieties tend to remain the same. This is true for soft-drinks as well as core coffee menu items. The static nature of

How Foodservice Packaging Is Just as Important as the Food

By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Food and Beverage Practice As c-stores continue to develop foodservice programs, putting themselves in more direct competition with traditional foodservice operators, c-store operators and suppliers need to constantly consider issues regarding consumer perceptions about the stereotypical c-store. One of the most important of these issues is foodservice packaging

How Consumers Perceive Food Safety

A number of consumers have stated that their food safety concerns have increased in recent months. A national consumer survey from Packaged Facts, following the recent series of E. coli outbreaks linked to fast casual Chipotle Mexican Grill, has revealed consumer concerns about food safety practices in the fast food industry. The Packaged Facts survey

QuikTrip Introduces X-Large Pizza Carryout Offering

A new box makes QuikTrip’s new pizza offering even more exciting for customers who are looking to share. QuikTrip, which now operates over 700 stores in 11 states, has introduced a new pizza offering that is perfect for sharing. According to a report from KCCI Des Moines, QuikTrip has taken everything that its customers love

American Frozen Food Institute Approves of 2015 Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will recommend all forms of fruits and vegetables, rather than exclusively fresh varieties. Interim president for the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), Joseph Clayton, has commended the recommendation of all forms of fruits and vegetables, without limiting language, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and

How To Promote Roller Grill & Pizza

Buoyed by a constant stream of new products and equipment upgrades as well as focus on time-tested procedures, roller grill and pizza continue to appeal to convenience store customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Made-to-order foods may get most of the buzz, but there’s a good reason why so many convenience stores still offer roller

Sugar’s Reputation Doesn’t Curb America’s Sweet Tooth

The negative stigma surrounding sugar seems to be good news for the honey market. As sugar, especially white granulated sugar, continues to get a bad rap, being compared to tobacco and cigarettes in terms of the danger it poses to health, the love-hate relationship that America’s have with sugar and sweeteners grows. Some public health

How to Effectively Build Consumer Loyalty

Loyalty programs are gaining popularity among retailers, but are they enough? As retailers begin to realize that coupons and discount deals only attract short-term traffic spikes, they are beginning to emphasize loyalty programs. This is part of the reason why, compared to other food and non-food retailers (especially the grocery channel), usage of restaurant/coffee shop

New Dunkin’ Donuts Products Ring in the New Year

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced a sweet way for customers to celebrate the New Year. As 2015 comes to a close, Dunkin’ Donuts prepares to bring in the New Year with the introduction of a new menu item, as well as welcoming back an old favorite. For a sweet start to 2016, Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled

2016 Grocery Shopping Trends

2016 is expected to bring about new trends in grocery shopping. John Karolefski, a veteran supermarket watcher and purveyor of GroceryStories.com, has revealed that ordering groceries online and digitizing the store rank among the top trends in grocery shopping for 2016. Karolefski also predicts that grocers will lure more shoppers into stores with special events

2016 Top 10 Food Trends

Whole Foods Market’s product experts have released their 2016 food trends forecast.  Whole Foods Market’s product experts, who draw from more than 100 years of combined industry experience, have pinpointed 10 top food trends to watch in 2016. From “old-world” ingredients and new vino vehicles to emerging flavors and sourcing trends, this year’s forecast covers

New Year, New Food Trends

Consumers will remain nutrition conscious in 2016. The fourth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” Survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian has collected data from 450 nutrition professionals to reveal what food consumers will seek and avoid in the coming year. From food celebs like kale or cauliflower and claims like gluten-free or no additives, to diet plans

2016 Trends Forecast from quench

quench has revealed a number of foodservice trends that are expected to gain momentum in 2016. The 2016 edition of the Food and Beverage Marketing Trends forecast from quench has been released. The forecast includes a list that features trends widespread across the food and beverage category as well as those that exist in a

2015 Foodservice Growth Drivers

The foodservice industry has grown over the past year, and that growth is expected to continue into 2016. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that the U.S. foodservice industry has recovered the visits it lost during the Great Recession. The industry will end the year with a total traffic volume at 61 billion, visits

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