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Creating Foodservice Theatre

With fresh foodservice taking center stage at many c-stores, packaging is playing an increasingly important role in creating an appetizing presentation. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In foodservice, packaging used to be an afterthought, simply a vehicle to get the product from here to there. However, today’s food packaging does more than just hold product.

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A Pleasing Pizza Experience

A full 41% of respondents in a recent survey said they now eat pizza at least once a week, up from 26% two years ago, making pizza a $33.5-billion business, according to foodservice research firm Technomic. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Pizza is such a popular item at Casey’s General Store that, in August, the

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Getting Serious About Foodservice Equipment

Space limitations used to be the bane of c-store operators who wanted a professional foodservice program. But now manufacturers are stepping up to the plate with equipment that serves multiple purposes and still fits nicely within the c-store footprint. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Scott Zaremba has three Zarco 66 c-stores that sell made-to-order food,

Tedeschi Food Shops Rolls Out New Ciabatta Sandwich Line

Unique flavor combinations draw customers. Tedeschi Food Shops has announced its newest addition to its expanding fresh food lineup in the fresh case: five new “Signature” sandwiches on fresh Artisan Cibatta Bread. The new line boasts Chorizo and Smoked Gouda, Fire Roasted Veggie Omelet, Italian with Roasted Red Peppers, Turkey Gobbler with Gourmet Fire Roasted

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Names Winner of Hawaiian Vacation

Company’s biggest customer giveaway ever includes airfare, hotel and fun. Hunt Brothers Pizza has announce that Daniel Luscomb of Canton, Ohio is the lucky winner of a dream vacation for four to Hawaii as part of this summer’s launch of the new Hawaiian pizza. “I’ve been to 48 states, but never to Hawaii,” said Luscomb.

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Del Monte Announces Gold For Gold Pineapple Promotion

Grand prize winner to receive a pound of gold. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has launched a first-of-its-kind pineapple promotion: “Gold for Gold.” This consumer promotion encourages U.S. and Canadian grocery shoppers to enjoy Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet Pineapples and participate in the sweepstakes for a chance to win 24-carat gold bars and

Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

Customers enjoy one-cent Bean Street Coffee. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., is celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to guests at its more than 1,550 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests that have a penny saved will earn a hot, fresh cup

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Cinnabon Plans Aggressive Expansion in Louisiana

Maker of world-famous cinnamon rolls to meet prospective franchisees in Baton Rouge Sept. 18. Cinnabon Inc. plans to rapidly beef up its presence in the Bayou State by opening four mall-based franchise bakeries in the coming months. Cinnabon currently has two Express bakeries inside Schlotzsky’s Restaurants in Alexandria and Lafayette, but the new locations would

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Chicken Takes Flight at C-Stores

Overall poultry sales continue to experience strong growth as retailers look to boost their menus with healthy items that offer flexibility and value.By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. What’s not to like about chicken? Americans love it for its taste, variety, healthfulness and price, and c-store operators like that it is versatile—think sandwiches, wraps, salads, tenders

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Foodservice Brand Positioning: Focus on Clarity

Companies in growth mode are faced with an ongoing dilemma of keeping their expanding portfolio on plan with regard to their strategic branding direction. This is even more important when it comes to foodservice. By John Matthews, Contributing Editor Who are we?That is a question we hear all the time from companies that are trying

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Incorporate Sustainability Into Cooking Oil Processes

The drive for sustainability in foodservice operations has, in turn, driven the search to find the best ways of handling waste cooking oil. Selling properly prepared waste oil for the manufacture of biodiesel is one of them. Frontline International has invested heavily in the research, design, and development of its Smart Oil Management systems, which

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Expand Your Beverage Portfolio

Kraft Foodservice has launched Bev1 Brands, a platform that unifies the full portfolio of Kraft hot and cold beverage brands. From iconic coffee brands to refreshing, easy-to-sell cold drinks, Bev1 Brands provides operators with everything they need to meet their demands, including products, equipment, merchandising and service support. The Bev1 Brands umbrella includes  CAPRI SUN,

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Soup Season Heats Up

Tomlinson’s Glenray Premium Kettle offers fast heat up and cooking power with 800 watts of energy. Now you can cook soup from scratch and keep it warm—all in one kettle.  The Glenray Premium’s adjustable temperature control goes from sizzle to simmer to serve—you save time and spend less on equipment.  Features include: 800 watts to

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Protein-based Snacks

For the 90% of teens who reach for a snack once a day and the 73% eating more than one snack per day, Hormel Foods introduces Hormel REV wraps; a protein-rich snack providing sustained, real energy to keep them fueled longer. Adding to the Hormel Foods portfolio of convenient and quality products, Hormel REV wraps

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7-Eleven Partners With Pillsbury

Introduces warm cinnamon rolls. The mornings just got a little sweeter at 7-Eleven stores with the introduction of a new Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll, the retailer’s first warm bakery offering and the first Pillsbury branded fresh-bakery item with a convenience retailer. Available with hot foods as well as in the fresh bakery case at participating stores,

Avoid Unsanitary Ice

Experts share tips on ice machine maintenance. FCSI-The Americas, the only consulting society dedicated to serving independent foodservice design and hospitality management professionals, has announced the results of the latest FCSI Consultant’s Crystal Ball Survey, which offers insight to good health and safety practices for maintaining and servicing ice machines. FCSI-TA members were asked about

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Designer Merchandiser

Transform your Hatco Flav-R-Savor Holding and Display Cabinet into a Designer Merchandiser with accessory curved or straight front, back or side panels. Curved hinged header panels can be outfitted with a magnetic graphic (not included) allowing easy access to controls and water fill cup. Designer Black and additional colors available. For More Information From Hatco

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Subway Opens 40,000th Location

Celebrates 48 years in business. The SUBWAY restaurant chain, which has been providing franchising opportunities to entrepreneurs since 1965 and will soon celebrate its 48th year in business, opened its 40,000th location at an AppleGreen petrol station in Ipswich, England. The milestone opening further illustrates the strength and consistent growth of the SUBWAY brand, which

Hunt Brothers Pizza Supports U.S. Armed Forces

Partners with military charity to raise $25,000 for troops and their families. Hunt Brothers Pizza presented a $25,000 check to the Support U.S. Armed Forces organization at the Sunday Military Family Day at the Liberty Park Amphitheater in Clarksville, Tenn., on Aug. 18. All of the proceeds benefit the military charity, which provides welcome home

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New Taste Sensation

Fully-baked and portable, Lettieri’s new Pepperoni  Roll-Upz are sure to become a welcome addition to anyone’s “Value Menu.” Each 3.2-ounce Roll-Upz includes a generous amount of tantalizing pepperoni meat, creamy mozzarella cheese and Lettieri’s exclusive microwaveable bread with its “just out of the oven” taste.  You can also add a serving of marinara sauce to

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Food Trucks Replacing Quick Service Restaurant Visits

“For now at least, food trucks need not be viewed as a threat to restaurant demand nationally,” says NPD restaurant industry analyst. Since food trucks appeared on the restaurant scene their perceivable threat to brick-and-mortar restaurants has been widely debated, and a recent survey conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company, finds that

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Martin Eagle Aims to Contain Rising Operating Costs

Using a new monitoring system, the Texas chain is saving time, energy and reducing the spoilage costs that can arise from damaged cold vault compressors. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. Martin Eagle Oil Co. knows first hand the financial and general frustrations convenience store operators can feel after losing a freezer full of products due

Meat Alternatives Grow In Popularity

Only a fraction of consumers are actually vegetarians, reports Mintel.             Only a few years ago, tofu, tempeh and seitan were barely known in the culinary world. Now, they are on grocery store shelves across America and being cooked up in the average (and often non-vegetarian) kitchen. In new research released from Mintel, only 7%

TA Educates Motorists Through Kid’s Meal Placemats

Launches Citizen Driver Award program to recognize and reward the best truckers in the industry. TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has introduced a new placemat in its full-service restaurants designed to educate the motoring public about the role that truckers play in the economy. As

Ruiz Foods Recognized

“We are very proud of what our Team Members and our vision continue to accomplish,” says Ruiz Foods chairman. Hispanic Business.com, has ranked Ruiz Food Products Inc., manufacturer of the El Monterey and Tornados brands, as the No. 1 U.S. Hispanic-owned food manufacturing company in the U.S., and among the Top 20 U.S. Hispanic-owned companies

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