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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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Keep Ice Machines Running Efficiently

Ice-O-Matic gives advice for managing ice machines in the summer heat. As the summer heat continues, Ice-O-Matic is reminding operators about the importance of cleaning foodservice equipment, including ice machines, for increased performance and product life. “This time of year we receive a higher volume of calls from customers experiencing slower production and they don’t

Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc. Opens New Distribution Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facility supports nine districts from Kansas to Wisconsin. Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc., a distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, currently servicing 3,200 customers, is celebrating the grand opening of a new distribution center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The facility will support the expansion and growth of Hunt Brothers Pizza customers in the

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Elevating Your Foodservice Strategy

Emerging competition from nontraditional operators like food trucks means c-stores must raise their game when it comes to the all-important food category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Foodservice continues to serve as a key point of differentiation for convenience stores. Keeping the menu fresh requires innovation as well as a keen eye for new products

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Upscale Ketchup Bottles

Red Gold has announced the launch of a new upscale, white label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottle for foodservice operators desiring a more elegant package design for their tabletops. The new packaging offers operators greater flexibility in the look of their tabletop ketchup. The original yellow and red label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottles also continue to

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Developing a Healthier Foodservice Menu

Organic, sustainable and locally-grown foods are all trends hitting the country, but are convenience store customers ready for these items? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Numerous “healthy” foodservice trends are sweeping cities across the U.S., from sustainable to local to organic to all-natural, and of course fresh, but is the time right for convenience stores

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Capturing Latino Customers

Insights from new study help retailers compete for Latino $1.3 trillion buying power. Every 30 seconds, a Hispanic turns 18 years old in the U.S., amplifying the influence of the country’s fastest growing ethnic minority. A new study called “The Multi-Cultural Latino Consumer” finds that though Latinos are far from homogenous, diverse segments overall stay

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Hunt Brothers Sends Father-Son Duo On Racing Fans’ Dream Vacation

Winners of Richard Childress Racing Fan Experience Sweepstakes head to race in Charlotte, N.C., RCR Museum and more. Hunt Brothers Pizza is thrilled to send Michael Barham of Shaker Heights, Ohio, on the ultimate race lover’s dream vacation. As the grand prize winner of the Richard Childress Racing Fan Experience Sweepstakes, Barham has won a

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7-Eleven’s Summer of Snacking

Retailer responds to snackers’ needs with new bites, treats and deals. 7-Eleven Inc. continues to answer consumers’ 24-hour need for small-portioned foods, snacks and mini-meals with an evolving menu of bits, bites and snacks—all at a sweet price. The newest hot snacks to join the mini-meal scene at 7-Eleven stores are Corn Dog Bites, Mozzarella

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Burger Consumption On The Rise

New Technomic report examines factors driving more customers to eat burgers more often. Consumers are eating burgers more often than ever before, according to new research from Technomic. The overwhelming majority of consumers (95%) say they eat burgers at least once a month—and cravings are driving this high consumption. Half of consumers (49%) cite cravings

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Dunkin’ Donuts Enters Southern California

“Our continued focus on franchisee profitability and restaurant economics has made our long-awaited expansion into California possible,” says president of Dunkin’ Donuts, U.S. & Canada. Dunkin’ Donuts, has signed its first Southern California multi-unit store development agreements with four franchise groups for a total commitment of 45 new restaurants. The first standalone restaurants are expected

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Tedeschi Takes Home Three 2013 Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Awards

Tedeschi’s superior food selection is recognized in three categories. Tedeschi Food Shops was voted tops in three Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Awards for 2013. WickedLocal and WickedLocal.com provide local news and information through both traditional newspaper and online to more than 160 communities throughout eastern Massachusetts. Each year, thousands of readers nominate their favorites in

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New Technomic Report Shows Fast-Casual Industry Growing

“Fast casual has become a $31 billion segment since Chipotle began reinventing fast food 20 years ago,” says executive vice president of Technomic. According to Technomic’s “Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report,” fast casual makes up just 14% of the total $223 billion limited-service restaurant segment, but its sales continue to outpace other operators. Fast-casual

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Prepared Foods At Retail To Grow Over Restaurant Visits

Report by NPD Group shows prepared food purchased at retail to grow 10% during the next decade. Home meal replacements or prepared foods from supermarkets, drug stores, and other retail outlets will continue to capture share of the meal/snacks market by stealing visits from restaurants, according to The NPD Group, a leading global information company. 

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Reaches 7,000th Retail Location

Shamrock Gas and Go adds Hunt Brothers Pizza program. Hunt Brothers Pizza is celebrating its 7,000th retail location with the addition of the Shamrock Gas and Go in Pottsboro, Texas, to its rapidly growing business family. It is yet another milestone for the nation’s largest supplier of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry. “We

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Finding Your Foodservice Niche

From proprietary programs and co-branded QSRs to no-fee, turnkey foodservice solutions, c-stores have a wide variety of program options right at their fingertips. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Having been part of his family’s restaurant for 20 years, David Deddens knows what it takes to build a foodservice brand. That’s one of the reasons the

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Sandwich Programs on a Roll

Last year, the sandwich category was worth $27.7 billion, up 6.3% from 2011, according to Technomic. Retailers are optimistic that 2013 will be even stronger. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With their in-store kitchens already producing made-from-scratch pizza and cake doughnuts, it was a natural progression for Casey’s General Store locations to expand into made-to-order

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