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Visibly Fresh

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced a new line of upscale containers specifically designed to meet the needs of the foodservice industry.  The new Visibly Fresh product line consists of rigid, crystal clear plastic containers that represent the ideal combination of value and quality. The upscale design and minimal ribbing of the Visibly Fresh line promotes

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Technomic Report Analyzes Snacking Habits

Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report shows customers are snacking more as meals get healthier. Consumers are snacking significantly more now than they were just two years ago. Almost half (48%) of consumers polled say they’re now snacking at least twice a day, compared to 25% in 2010. Restaurants are capitalizing on the growing snacking occasion

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Munchy Mart Meeting Student Demands

The University of Northern Colorado has rolled out a new convenience store brand to satisfy student cravings with products they need at prices they can afford. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. When students rolled into the University of Northern Colorado’s (UNC) University Center this fall, Munchy Mart was waiting. The brand new 1,250-square-foot convenience store,

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Former Pantry SVP of Operations Joins MACS

Industry Veteran Brad Williams, former senior vice president of operations at The Pantry, joins Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest ExxonMobil fuel distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region, has appointed of Brad Williams to its executive leadership team. Williams will serve as senior vice president of store operations and will oversee

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NACS CAFÉ Joins NRA Show

“Our industry’s involvement in the NRA Show is a testament to just how far convenience stores have come in foodservice,” says NACS CAFÉ education director. NACS Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence (NACS CAFÉ) Education Director Nancy Caldarola will moderate a session at the 2012 NRA Show, the food industry’s largest trade show dedicated to foodservice.

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Ball Park Franks

Sara Lee Foodservice has introduced Ball Park Angus Beef Franks and Deli Style Beef Franks for convenience store operators’ roller grill programs, providing premium beef offerings with strong brand recognition. Angus continues to gain momentum as a nationally recognized product. The Angus Beef Franks are made with 100% Angus beef, no artificial colors, flavors or by-products.

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Scotsman Industries Announces Interim President

Rich Gleitsmann joins Scotsman team. Scotsman Industries, a global commercial ice machine company, announced that Rich Gleitsmann has joined the organization as interim president of Scotsman Ice Systems, reporting to Kevin Fink, group managing director – Americas.    Gleitsmann has more than 10 years’ experience in the foodservice industry. He has served as president of

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GIANT Acquires 16 Genuardi’s Family Market Locations

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to expand our presence in greater Philadelphia and serve new customers,” says GIANT Food Stores president. GIANT Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa. has entered into an agreement with Genuardi’s Family Markets, a subsidiary of Safeway Inc., to acquire 16 Genuardi’s stores in Greater Philadelphia for $106 million.

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Jordan Named President of Master-Bilt

Scott Jordan has been named the new president of Master-Bilt, effective Oct. 24, 2011. Jordan served as vice president of operations and general manager of BKI, a Standex Food Service Equipment Group company, since April 2008. Previous to BKI, he worked with Baldor Electric for 16 years in manufacturing, quality assurance, purchasing, finance, strategic planning,

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Chester’s Opens 17 New Locations

“Each opening brings Chester’s great chicken and sides to more people, and keeps the brand growing,” says Chester’s spokesperson. Chester’s International LLC continues its aggressive expansion by opening 17 more domestic locations.   With industry expectations that convenience store food sales will outperform the restaurant and food industry averages, Chester’s is well positioned for success. Chester’s

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Perfecting Pizza

A top-notch pie and artistic appeal help differentiate the offering for this important foodservice segment. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Pizza, a perennial favorite of American culture, is grabbing headlines as some restaurateurs and retailers devise gourmet versions with a variety of innovative toppings and crusts. And while that’s all well and good, c-store shoppers

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NACS CAFÉ is Calling

With foodservice taking on an expanded role in convenience stores, retailers can utilize NACS CAFÉ to learn about best practices, new ideas and emerging solutions. By John Lofstock, Editor. Foodservice now accounts for nearly one in every six dollars spent inside convenience stores. Getting foodservice right is no longer just a challenge, it is absolutely

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Hunt Brothers Launches Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Limited-time offer pizza available now in participating stores. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, has launched its newest limited-time offer Philly Cheesesteak Pizza. This new offering includes white cheddar cheese sauce, slices of beef steak, green peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese, all on Hunt Brothers Pizza’s famous original

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Icelandic Wins Award

Gordon Food Service 2011 VIP Partner Award recognizes Icelandic’s excellence and improvement in supply and customer relations. Icelandic was recently honored with the Gordon Food Service 2011 VIP Partner Award.  In business since 1897, Gordon Food Service delivers quality, value and customer service to foodservice operators throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast of

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Jewel-Osco Teams With Food Banks For Hunger Action Month

Give a Little, Feed a Lot Campaign to benefit local food banks.  JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and pharmacy retailer, is partnering with multiple food banks in Illinois and Indiana on a proactive food drive to support Hunger Action Month in September. The campaign, called “Give a Little, Feed a Lot,” which is going on now

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Nugget Ice Machines

Manitowoc offers two types of nugget ice machines that complement any food and beverage applications from carbonated beverages to blended smoothies, making them perfect for use in convenience stores. The RN Series ice machine produces a tubular nugget ice ideal for dispensing in beverage applications, as the longer nugget discourages congealing. The ice shape is

Sunflower Farmers Market To Open In California

Sunflower Farmers Market, a rapidly growing value-priced organic and natural foods grocer in six Southwestern states, is set to open its first store in California in April 2011. While the concept is new to California, Mike Gilliland, the man behind the brand, is well known there. He established the popular Wild Oats supermarket in the

Senate Passes Food Safety Law

By a vote of 73 to 25 on Tuesday, the Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to overhaul the nation’s food safety system, the New York Times reported. The law, which gives increased powers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), comes after instances of tainted foods, including peanut butter and spinach,

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

Specialty Tortillas

Seventy-seven percent of customers would like to see healthier items on c-store menus, according to Mintel. The Mexican Original brand from Tyson Food Service offers a full line of specialty tortillas that help meet the needs of health-conscious consumers without sacrificing flavor. Mexican Original tortillas are available in a variety of different sizes to help

Super Bowl Promotion

Diamond Foods Inc. is offering a promotion across its snack portfolio called Snack Bowl XLV. Consumers will submit applications online and encourage their friends to vote for them utilizing unique tools, such as a Facebook video application. The entrant receiving the most votes will win a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement

Perfecting Pizza

THE POWER OF PIZZA $38 Billion Estimated total annual sales in pizza restaurants. 70,000 Number of pizza restaurants across the country. $19.6 Billion Total revenue accounted for by the top four pizza chains (Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s, Little Caesars) Source: National Association of Pizzeria Operators To do well in 2010 with pizza, convenience store

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TOP FIVE U.S. Chicken producers Average Weekly Production (in million pounds)    Market    Share %     Pilgrim’s Pride 146 20.30% Tyson Foods 144 20.00% Perdue Farms 55 7.60% Sanderson Farms 42 5.80% Wayne Farms 34 4.70%   Investing in foodservice is a big step for any c-store chain, but if it’s done right, the

New Save-A-Lot Opens In Dallas Area

Save-A-Lot food stores, one of the nation’s hard discount grocery retailers is expanding its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the opening of a new store at 2627 W. Jefferson Blvd in the historic Oak Cliff community. A series of Grand Opening events will run from March 4-9, with an official Dollar-Cutting ceremony beginning

7-Eleven Gained $1.5 Million In Media Value

7-Eleven gained much in the way of free marketing when CEO and President Joe DePinto debuted on the CBS new hit show Undercover Boss, Front Row Analytics reported. According to Front Row Analytics, 7-Eleven received $1,591,966 in media value through verbal mentions, signage, and uniform logos by a total of 65 sequences on the TV

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