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Carving Out a Sandwich Strategy

While branded and proprietary foodservice programs get a lot of attention at retail, prepared sandwiches have quietly—and profitably—filled a valuable niche for retailers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Sandwiches and wraps are a $2.7 billion category and sales are expected to remain strong through 2014, according to a 2011 report from foodservice research and marketing

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Big Bar For Big Cravings

The Kellogg Convenience Team is expanding the Rice Krispies Treats Big Bar product line, adding Buttery Toffee and Chocolatey Chip to the current Original and Double Chocolatey Chunk flavor offerings. The two new on-trend flavors complement the existing crispy marshmallow bars, which are made from oven-roasted rice cereal. Also new is the packaging, updated with

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Xtra Large, Xtra Good

Today’s convenience store customers want portability, quality and value. Conveneince stores and their supplier partners are delivering new foodservice solutions to meet this growing demand. New from Deli Express, a leader in convenience store foodservice: “XXL Breakfast Sandwiches.” These sandwiches are large and in charge with their high quality ingredients, including western omelet and Ciabatta

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NOCO Unveils Rebuilt Store With Special Features

The new store, located near Buffalo Niagara International Airport, includes kiosk check-in for flights, expanded Charlie The Butcher offerings and green building technologies. NOCO Express Stores has unveiled its newly rebuilt gasoline convenience store at 4590 Genesee Street, on the corner of Holtz Street across from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The store will open

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Seasonal Solutions for All Menus

Apple  harvest season and National Apple Month offers operators an opportunity to highlight apples, a nostalgic American comfort food. Established fruit-grower owned cooperative Knouse Foods highlights how foodservice professionals can appeal to customers’ growing desires for more seasonal menu offerings with an assortment of recipe ideas for all dayparts. Knouse Foods’ ready-to-use Lucky Leaf and

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7-Eleven Debuts Maple Pancake Sausage Roller

“The maple aroma gets their attention, and the satisfying sweet and savory flavor will keep them coming back,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. Doughnuts in the bakery case, coffee brewing at the hot beverage bar, breakfast sandwiches ready to heat, orange juice in the vault – and now a new breakfast item rolls into 7-Eleven stores this

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Egg White Omelettes

Cedarlane Natural Foods Inc., makers of egg white omelettes in the frozen foods market, is serving up two new breakfast options. Cedarlane’s new all-natural frozen Broccoli Cheddar and Garden Vegetable & Mozzarella Egg White Omelettes are high in protein, low in cholesterol, and gluten-free, making it easy to get a quick, hot and healthy restaurant-quality

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Increase Breakfast Profits

Knouse Foods, a grower-owned cooperative, highlights how foodservice professionals can increase profit potential with breakfast and snacking dayparts. According to The NPD Group, 60% of restaurant growth over the past five years has come from breakfast sales and the rest from snack periods. Knouse Foods’ products and recipes help operators easily expand their menu and

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Developing a Menu for All Customers

The flexibility of chicken as a menu item allows convenience store operators to develop profitable branded and proprietary programs without sacrificing quality or value.    By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Whether it’s sandwiches, tenders, wings, fried, breaded or sliced, customers have affordable options which can offer them a new experience during each trip to the

PS Food Mart Launches Food Drive

Led by the Hillsdale PS Food Mart CITGO, 27 PS Food Mart Stores in 17 communities across South Central Michigan and Toledo, Ohio rallied their customers and neighbors in support of families in need. Generous donors purchased nearly 28,000 Kellogg’s PopTarts, which were donated to 24 different food pantries, homeless shelters, after school programs and

New “Omlete” Wrap

Land Mark Products, which provides companies with customized food manufacturing solutions introduces the Day’ N Night Bites’ “Omlete” Wrap, a way to enjoy breakfast on-the-go without the mess. Instead of using crumbly scrambled eggs, the traditional egg-based breakfast wrap is more contained and far less likely to fall out of the tortilla. Day N’ Night

Tyson Chicken Featured at National Food Conference

An example of Tyson Foods’ commitment to the advancement of child nutrition was featured at the 2010 National Food Policy Conference, hosted by the Consumer Federation of America in cooperation with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Tyson Wokin’ Orange All-in-One Entree (Fully-Cooked Dark Meat Strips with Spicy Orange Sauce) was part of the meal served during

Lettieri’s Combats Brand War

Lettieri’s has launched a ‘Counter Intelligence’ initiative, partnering with retailers nation-wide to highlight branded foodservice. According to David Poplau, director of marketing and sales support at Lettieri’s, the company’s new Counter Intelligence program was created to convert drab unprofitable counter space into a highly visible and profitable food marketing magnet. “We want to grab the customer’s attention

Tornado of Taste

Ruiz introduces an El Monterey “Meat Lovers” dream with the Supreme Omelet Tornado. The El Monterey Tornados continue to satisfy the consumer’s desire for delicious hot-to-go’ foods that are perfect for any meal or snack. The Supreme Omelet Tornado is the newest addition to the breakfast Tornado flavors and includes egg, sausage, bacon, ham and

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Ruiz Foods introduces a fifth flavor to its El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Burrito line Chorizo, Egg and Cheese. The 8-ounce El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Chorizo, Egg and Cheese Burrito is the third in the breakfast line and offers a more traditional Mexican favorite to the dashboard diner. The burritos are made with tortillas fresh from

Sweet Dreams

C-store operators can improve their dairy selections if they choose to include New Blue Bunny Carb Freedom Yogurt to their frozen foods section. New Blue Bunny Carb Freedom Yogurt is a way for carb counters to reap the nutritional benefits of yogurt while watching their waste lines. Carb Freedom’s four flavors—Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach and Vanilla

Drinkable Start to the Day

  Bravo! Foods International has launched Bravo! Breakfast Blenders, a line of fortified milks targeted to busy consumers who are seeking nutritious and great-tasting milk drinks for their active lifestyles. The Blenders consist of 100% milk and a blend of breakfast fruits and flavors, and are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Chocolate Raspberry Breakfast Blenders

Krispy Kreme Debuts In Wake Forest, N.C.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. opened its newest Neighborhood Shop in Wake Forest, N.C., this morning, Wednesday, July 7, at 6 a.m. The 2,000-square-foot Neighborhood shop includes a drive-thru and features Krispy Kreme’s unique product offerings, which include its signature hot Original Glazed doughnuts and other unique doughnut varieties; signature coffees and espresso drinks; and Krispy

Developing a Value Menu with Appeal

The coming of summer means a lot of things—chief among them an insatiable hunger for hot dogs, burgers, sausages and brats. No c-store foodservice program is complete without them or the opportunities they represent. “Who doesn’t like a hot dog?” said Kim Loniecki, director of branded foodservice for Wesco Inc. in Muskegon, Mich. “When you’re

Taking Back Breakfast

Hot Stuff Foods has launched an initiative to help retailers “Take Back Breakfast” from the QSR competition. “Fast food restaurants have amped up their efforts to take the traditionally strong breakfast business from convenience stores,” said Craig VanHyfte, vice president of marketing for Hot Stuff Foods. “And Hot Stuff Foods is arming our retailer partners

Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates 60

Dunkin’ Donuts’ is celebrating its 60th  “BirthDDay,” by launching the Dunkin’ Donuts Birthday Perk, where all members of the Dunkin’ Perks program will receive a coupon in the mail during their birthday month, good for a free medium beverage of their choice. The beverage includes any iced or hot coffee, tea, latte, hot chocolate or Coolatta

Breakfast Battle Brewing

Bundling with Bakery Rick Lawlor, vice president of retail sales and marketing for Hess Corp., said his company began growing breakfast sales when it added an old favorite for customers who want a sweet with their coffee: doughnuts. “There are a number of ways we’ve been growing our breakfast business, the most significant being our

Subway Introduces Breakfast Sandwiches

Subway is launching a national breakfast menu of egg and cheese sandwiches next month, Nation’s Restaurant News reported. The new breakfast sandwiches already debuted on March 1 in Canada and will be sold at more than 25,000 of Subway’s North America locations beginning April 5. The sandwich chain’s new offering comes after one of its rivals,

Retailers Counting on COFFEE

Ten years ago, “experts” warned the coffee industry was becoming saturated; then they said it again five years ago and once more two years ago. Turns out they were wrong every time. There’s not a convenience store operator in America who doesn’t work at building coffee sales and expanding dayparts thanks to the category’s excellent

New York City’s New Sodium Guidelines Meet Resistance

The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is firing back at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after it recently announced preliminary sodium reduction guidelines for restaurants and food manufacturers.  CCF warns that these new guidelines could cause many of America’s favorite foods to take an unfortunate turn for the bland. “The

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