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

Canada Food Safety Recognition Award Winners Announced

NSF-GFTC is recognizing companies and individuals who are helping to advance food safety and quality. Winners have been selected for the 2016 Canada Food Safety Recognition Awards from NSF-GFTC, part of NSF International’s Global Food Division. NSF-GFTC presented the winners with their awards at the Canadian Food Safety Forum at the Pearson Convention Centre in

Ovention Rolls Out New Website

Downloadable augmented reality app offers a 3-D experience. Ovention has launched a new Website—www.oventionovens.com—and an augmented reality app featuring a 3-D experience, along with links to the new mobile site, social media and more. From authentic flatbreads and roasted vegetables, to kitchen-crafted paninis and fresh-baked cookies, see fresh made fast at the brand new oventionovens.com.

Coalition Asks Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

Food groups speak out after the President’s budget proposal calls on FDA to collect $166 million in new food facility registration and inspection fees from food producers and distributors in the next fiscal year. American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and a coalition of nearly 70 food groups are fighting new potential food taxes that would

7-Eleven Enhances Breakfast Menu

Two new Breakfast Melt flavors are now available at participating 7-Eleven stores, all day, every day. Two new Melt sandwiches have made their way onto the 7‑Eleven Inc. breakfast menu. Participating locations will now carry the new Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Melt and the Maple Sausage, Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Melt, which will sell

Burger King Launches Flame-Grilled Hot Dogs

Burger King has introduced a new permanent menu item that is expected to present a challenge to QSRs. Convenience store roller grills are in for some real competition as QSR Burger King has launched new Flame Grilled Hot Dogs. A new report from StreetInsider has revealed that Burger King has expanded the company’s signature flame-grilling

How Sweet Baked Goods Are Set To Grow

On-the-go snacking trend helps drive purchases of mini and single-pack indulgent sweet baked goods. “Sweet Baked Goods: U.S. Market Trends,” a report by Packaged Facts, discusses how consumers generally eat sweet baked goods to indulge in a treat, with younger people in particular continually seeking out new exciting tastes and indulgent experiences. Increasingly however others

How Rutter’s Ranks Among Private Pennsylvania Companies

Central Penn Business Journal recognizes Rutter’s in 2016 list. Rutter’s has once again earned the No. 3 rank on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2016 list of Top 100 Private Companies in central Pennsylvania. Every year since 2005, the York, PA-based retailer has ranked in the top ten 100 Private Companies in Central Pennsylvania according

Proposed SNAP Rule Could Affect Retailers’ Ability To Offer Program

Rules to ensure SNAP participants carry healthy choices could negatively impact convenience stores’ ability to accept SNAP benefits. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon on Feb. 16, announced a proposed rule designed to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increased access to healthy foods by

Why C-Stores Must Invest in Foodservice Equipment

Though a well-conceived menu is key to a launching a foodservice program, it takes the right tools to make it successful. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor With only enough space for a warming box, two of the convenience stores at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) were very limited as to the number and types

Bacon Leads Casey’s Foodservice Efforts

A focus on quality helps Casey’s foodservice program stand out. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With more than 30 years of c-store foodservice experience under his belt, Darryl Bacon, vice president of foodservice for Casey’s General Stores, has been leading the company to foodservice success since he stepped into the role of foodservice director back

How QuikTrip is Shaping its Culinary Future

Nick Powell, corporate chef for QuikTrip Corp., has helped guide the convenience store retailer to the top of the foodservice pyramid. By David Bennett, Senior Editor While working in research and development for Tulsa, Okla.-based Bama Frozen Dough Co. seven years ago, Nick Powell enjoyed being part of a hometown company with a big business

TravelCenters and Minit Mart Open a Fuddruckers Restaurant

The new Commerce, Ga. Fuddruckers location recently held its grand-opening celebration. TravelCenters of America LLC and its Minit Mart brand have opened a new Fuddruckers restaurant next to the Minit Mart inside the TA travel center at I-85, Exit 149 (US 441), in Commerce, Ga. Texas-based Fuddruckers is known for having the World’s Greatest Hamburgers,

Pre-Rinse Units

Save valuable kitchen space with T&S Brass’ line of low-profile pre-rinse units, ideal for tight kitchens and spaces where overhead clearance is limited. With many of the same high-quality components and features as T&S’ standard-sized units, low-profile units are perfect for compact kitchens or in open kitchens where equipment needs to stay hidden. The overhead […]

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How Limited Time Offers Can Attract Business

Customers don’t want to eat the same thing over and over, and Hunt Brother’s Pizza is offering a solution to c-store owners. Convenience stores are always searching for ways to boost their sales, and limited time offers (LTOs) can provide the excitement that will boost business. LTOs can be used as seasonal promotions, or just

How Kwik Trip Stays Focused on Fresh

Paul Servais leads the retailer’s efforts to drive foodservice sales. By John Lofstock, Editor While foodservice represents an extraordinary opportunity for convenience store retailers to grow sales, boost profits and swipe customers away from competitors, it is just another in-store category and needs to be treated as such. This means that while the category remains

How To Provide On-the-Go Options

Customers want fresh food fast, that’s easy to eat on the go and features ingredients that excite. Quality sandwiches deliver fresh ideas that satisfy. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor As the demand for on-the-go foods with new and exciting ingredients continues, sandwiches are providing an efficient way for c-stores to provide new and customizable options in

House Passes Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

Bill H.R. 2017 now moves to the Senate for consideration. On Friday, Feb. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act for 2015,” by a vote of 266-144. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) President and CEO Henry Armour hailed the legislation, noting it represents “another giant step forward in

Spread the Love with Dunkin’ Donuts

A number of heartfelt initiatives are being launched by Dunkin’ Donuts to help spread the love this Valentine’s season. Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a number of fun new initiatives to help its customers celebrate Valentine’s Day, including an online contest to give engaged couples the chance to win a $10,000 wedding present. Dunkin’ Donuts is

Challenging Consumers’ Conceptions of Pizza

Restaurants and pizza retailers continue seeking new ways to make their pizza stand out above the rest. A new report from Packaged Facts, “Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition,” pizza has become a universal menu staple, and it has remained consistent year after year. Pizza continues to grow in popularity, and

Why Food Delivery Is Soaring

Customers crave the quality food typically associated with ‘dining out’ experiences, but without the time and money constraints. Food delivery availability is skyrocketing as in-home meal kits like Blue Apron and foodservice delivery like DoorDash increase in number. A recent report by The NPD Group, a leading global information company, found that while historically delivery

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fans Celebrate

Fans of the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will soon have access to the specialty pizza, for a limited time. In response to last year’s success, Hunt Brothers Pizza is bringing back the Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Beginning Feb. 15, for a limited time, the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza will be available to convenience store owners

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