IDDBA Outlines Changing Food Retail Landscape

The 77-million-strong Millennial generation and their $200 billion in buying power will outspend the boomer generation by 2018. The changing retail landscape and shifting customer demographics within the food industry provide both challenges and opportunities for the in-store dairy, deli, and bakery industries, as evidenced by findings in What’s in Store 2015, the 29th edition


Premium Macaroni & Cheese

Kraft Foodservice is excited to offer two new pasta dishes as part of its Simple Signatures portfolio. In addition to the original Classic White Cheddar and Twisted Elbow Macaroni, operators can now choose from Homestyle Cheddar and Shell Pasta made from real cheddar cheeses, as well as Creamy Parmesan and Gemelli Pasta made from real

Tomato & Potato Soups

Deliver the traditional favorites that customers expect during the winter season with Golden Ladle’s two new soups: Cream of Tomato and Cream of Potato. Crafted from chef-inspired recipes, these creamy and perfectly seasoned soups bring a consistent, authentic taste that will keep patrons coming back for more. Golden Ladle uses high-quality ingredients, such as real

Hunt Brothers Pizza Announces ‘Mow Like a Pro’ Sweepstakes

More than $36,000 in prizes available through spring lawn makeover giveaway. With spring just around the corner, Hunt Brothers Pizza will help six lucky winners give their yards the five-star treatment in the new “Mow Like a Pro” sweepstakes. Together with Exmark, a leading manufacturer of professional turf care equipment, Hunt Brothers Pizza is giving

AdvancePierre Foods to Acquire Manufacturing Assets of Better Bakery

Expands ready-to-eat sandwich platform with premium, handcrafted stuffed sandwiches. AdvancePierre Foods, a supplier of value-added protein and sandwich solutions to foodservice, retail and convenience channels, announced that it will acquire the manufacturing assets of Better Bakery LLC (“Better Bakery”), a Valencia, Calif.-based manufacturer of premium stuffed sandwiches. Production will be relocated to AdvancePierre’s facility in

New CFO and VPs Named At Pro Food Systems

“To continuously scale up a rapidly growing company, we must have the right people in place to take us to the next level” says CEO of Pro Food Systems. Pro Food Systems, best known for its flagship brand Champs Chicken, continued the company’s remarkable growth streak in 2014. Pro Food Systems was founded in 1998

Mintel Outlines Food And Drink Trends

From clean eating to the changing definition of ‘value,’ Mintel reveals 2015 consumer trends. Mintel, a global market intelligence agency has released the five key trends set to impact the U.S. food and drink market in 2015. Utilizing research, data and trends from across Mintel’s extensive product portfolio and expert analysis from Director of Innovation

Breakfast Sandwiches

Tyson Convenience Foodservice has introduced three new Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Breakfast Sandwiches. Flavors include: Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage on a Biscuit; Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage, Egg and Pepperjack Cheese on a Biscuit; and Jimmy Dean Spicy Split Smoked Sausage & Cheese on a Croissant. The Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Sandwich

Frozen Drink Dispenser

Carpigiani, a global innovator and provider for frozen dessert equipment, has introduced Spin Twist, the easy-to-use, one-movement slush dispenser. This simple, sleek dispenser can deliver two-flavor frozen drinks and cocktails in one swift, easy movement, making it perfect for convenience stores. Spin Twist consists of a freezer connected to two clear containers that display the

All Day Every Day

Here’s a chance to upgrade your food menu while enhancing everyone’s eating experience. Tino’s has added a full line of ready-to-eat sandwiches bearing the “All Day” brand. This new line incorporates four Twin Packs, perfect for the heartier appetite or for sharing. A Cheeseburger, Hot Dog, Spicy Chicken and Ham and Cheese sandwiches round out

Canadian C-Stores Must Improve Foodservice To Compete

Gen Zers and consumers earning less than $25K are most likely to purchase any type of food or beverage at c-stores, Technomic study finds. Consumers report that more than 75% of convenience-store foodservice occasions are either for beverages or snacks, meaning meal occasions (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) make up just one quarter. An emphasis on

TBHC Acquires Hunt Brothers Distributor

Adds more than 100 c-store customers. TBHC Delivers announced the acquisition of D&L Distributors in Jackson, Tenn. TBHC Delivers is the largest distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Effective Feb. 1, TBHC Delivers will take over D&L Distributors operations. The purchase price for the acquisition was not disclosed. This adds more than 110 convenience store customers

Perfecting Foodservice

As retailers try to distinguish themselves through better customer offerings, CSD partnered with Study Hall Research to examine what foodservice components bring the highest returns. By John Lofstock, Editor, and Josh Tahan, Study Hall Research When it comes to executing a winning foodservice program, Keith Boston, director of foodservice for Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms Group

Brewing Up Innovation

The rising cost of coffee and growing competition among convenience stores is spurring richer coffee programs across the board. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Due to Last Year’s droughts that hit Brazil, in addtion to a fungus that ravaged coffee bean fields in Central America for a good part of 2014, coffee prices rose about

Co-Branding: It’s What’s for Dinner

Just telling customers your food is fresh isn’t enough. Savvy retailers are building consumer confidence through co-branding and proprietary programs. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Who says you can’t please everyone? When it comes to foodservice, co-branding with established restaurant concepts enables the Kwik Stop stores in and around Dubuque, Iowa to cover every need

Struggling Full-service Chains Must Revitalize Image

Technomic study shows latest customer behavior and how foodservice operators can respond. According to Technomic’s “Future of Foodservice: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report,” family and traditional casual-dining restaurant visits are threatened by the growing fast-casual sector, which now rates competitively when it comes to food quality, but is perceived to offer better value

Blendtec Named Business of The Year

Recognized for overcoming adverse conditions in the face of massive growth by Utah Valley Chambre of Commerce. Blendtec, a manufacturer of commercial-grade blending equipment, was recognized for being selected as Business of the Year and Innovative Business of the Year runner-up behind Google Fiber by Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Voting took place over a

Three Strategies To Automate Operations

How to stay ahead in an ever changing industry. By Matt Lauck, Emerson Climate Technologies Convenience stores have historically been known for selling packaged foods, cigarettes and cold beverages. Today, convenience stores are evolving to become foodservice destinations. This is a result of busy consumers wanting fresh, ready-to-eat meal solutions faster. For convenience store operators,

Foodservice: Best and Worst Practices

How you manage your food program, understand your local market and train your staff will go a long way toward determining your success. By Betsi Bixby The most profitable retail chains we did market business valuations for over the past year all had great foodservice results. The least profitable chains (and units) either didn’t have

Smart Foodservice Equipment Ideas

Expanding foodservice offerings often means shopping for new equipment. Retailers share how they are getting the biggest bang for their investment buck. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor One size doesn’t fit all, it turns out. At least it doesn’t when it comes to the new ovens ordered for Austin, Texas-based Kwik Chek Food Stores. When

Restaurant Style Sandwiches

AdvancePierre Foods (APF), a nationally-recognized, fully-integrated producer and seller of handheld sandwiches and value-added meats, has extended its premium Pierre Signatures line with three restaurant-style sandwiches sold in clear, hand-wrapped packaging: All Beef Cheddar Cheeseburger, Southern Style Chicken Breast with Cheese and Spicy Breaded Chicken Breast with Cheese. Each hand-made sandwich features APF’s famous microwavable

AdvancePierre Foods Acquiring Landshire’s Wholesale, Manufacturing Operations

Highly strategic acquisition provides new product capabilities and additional sandwich and bakery capacity. AdvancePierre Foods, a supplier of value-added, center-of-plate protein and sandwich products to foodservice, retail and convenience channels, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the wholesale and manufacturing operations of Landshire Inc., a Caseyville, Ill.-based manufacturer of sandwich products. “We are

Technomic Report Details Foodservice Opportunities

More than nine out of 10 consumers say the most important elements of foodservice are taste and flavor of the food and food quality. Comprising approximately 28% of retail foodservice and generating $11.2 billion in sales, proprietary convenience-store foodservice has become a key area of opportunity across the country. Technomic’s Convenience Stores Market Intelligence Report

Ron Zuehlsdorf Joins Server Products

Brings 25-years of foodservice equipment experience. Server Products has announced the hiring of Ron Zuehlsdorf as western regional sales manager. In the capacity of sales manager, Ron Zuehlsdorf will lead Server’s business development initiatives in the Western region of the U.S. A 25-year veteran of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, Zuehlsdorf most recently served

Understanding What America Eats

How and why America snacks. Snacking has become so ubiquitously part of the U.S. dining culture that the trend has begun to blur the lines between retail and foodservice. As a result, retail and foodservice purveyors are catering to the trend with an increased number and variety of “snackable” items, according to “What America Eats: