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Customers to Vote for Best TA & Petro Restaurants

Online ballots accepted through Jan. 3. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is asking all of its guests to identify the best TA and Petro Stopping Center sit-down, table-service restaurant locations and servers. Customers are asked to cast their votes through an online ballot at www.ta-petro.com/thebest. Votes will be accepted through midnight on Jan. 3, 2012.

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Pilot Flying J Opens Nevada, Mo. Travel Center

“The travel center will serve this community through products and services as well as contribute to the local economy through jobs and tax revenue,” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Pilot Flying J is opening a new Pilot Travel Center in Nevada, Mo., on Dec. 19, featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public.

NOCO Genesee Street ribbon cutting

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

The Complete Foodservice Package

As demand for grab-and-go soars, convenience store foodservice managers are looking more than ever for packaging to not only maintain product quality and consistency, but be environmentally friendly and serve as a marketing vehicle. That’s a lot of responsibility to heap on stuff customers casually toss away. “I don’t know that takeout packaging is changing

Pizza Offers Foodservice Flexibility

As foodservice sales make up for lost gasoline and cigarette profits, more retailers are jumping on the pizza bandwagon. It’s a wise move considering Americans love their pizza. According to Parade magazine, 94% of the U.S. population eats pizza; Pizzaware.com noted that Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza each day (350 slices per second);

Portion-Control Preserves

Smucker’s offers a full line of distinctive portion-control products, and the opportunity to add comfort and value to any foodservice operation by displaying America’s most trusted brand of jams, jellies and preserves. customers crave comfort food in times of economic recession—food that reminds them of a simpler time and fills a psychological need for emotional

Chevron Shines at Business Summit

Instead of its usual three-day convention, Chevron hosted a two-day business summit for its franchisee and company owned businesses last month, to discuss the state of the economy and best practices for flourishing in hard times. Key economists spoke on the state of the industry, alternative energy, climate change and the future of fossil fuels.

Equipment Key to Driving Food Sales

Convenience store operators in search of faster cooking times and longer holding times are finding foodservice equipment that can help. But which pieces, at what price points, with what sort of ROIs and in what sort of configuration remain questions that must be weighed and answered. For an industry whose core competency isn’t food, and

Innovation Drives Frozen Sales

  TOP PERFORMERS Coca-Cola Co. PepsiCo ICEE (J&J Snack Foods) HONORABLE MENTIONS F’Real! Foods Dr Pepper (Dr Pepper Snapple Group) Slush Puppie (J&J Snack Foods) It’s little surprise that The Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo were ranked as top performers in the dispensed cold beverages category, but innovators like J&J Snack Foods and F’Real! are certainly

Riding Out the Economic Storm

Facing one of the most difficult financial crises in the nation’s history, convenience store operators must maximize store performance and drive efficiencies. That old axiom “fall back, spring ahead” takes on an entirely new meaning for 2009. Faced with the worst recession in more than half a century, springing ahead means fighting for survival for

How Foodservice Impacts Profits

Dennis Peters has no complaints about the proprietary fresh chicken program at two of his 24 Friendship Foods stores in Ohio. It’s popular, it’s profitable and it’s been a proven concept for the past 12 years. Well, maybe there’s one complaint. It’s a little too fresh. Not “peck-you-on-the-hand-when-you-grab-it” fresh, but certainly fresh enough to see

Ethnic Flair Drives Roller Grill

My, how the roller grill continues to evolve. No longer visited exclusively by customers hungry for a hot dog, roller grills now boast a growing variety of ethnic foods nationwide, featuring everything from Mexican tortas to pork-filled Chinese steamed buns to breadsticks stuffed with jalapeno peppers and cheese. “We brought egg rolls and tornados into

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