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Businesses Celebrate National Coffee Day

Freebies and deals abound. National Coffee Day is this Saturday, Sept. 29, and many businesses are kicking off the celebration early to maximize a chance to sample their brew to customers. While not all coffee chains have climbed on the National Coffee Day bandwagon—Starbucks, for example, has yet to announce its participation this year—many c-stores,

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Coffee Driving Bakery Sales

To capture a greater share of the breakfast business, retailers are developing fresh bakery programs extensive enough to make their products destination-worthy in the morning and throughout the day. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Few, if any, local supermarkets or mom-and-pops in the Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin market areas where Kwik Trip has its 358

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With Foodservice Equipment, Cheap Can Be Costly

There are few bargains when it comes to purchasing the right cooking equipment. Functionality and practicality must coincide with an affordable price tag. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Just like the latest luxury car, a shiny, new piece of foodservice equipment can be hard to resist. But Brian Tucker, foodservice director for Lake, Fla.-based S

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Millennial Consumers More Likely To Make Foodservice Purchases

“Millennials are a critical consumer group to the foodservice industry, and finding ways to market to them can be difficult because they have high and varied expectations,” says Sara Monnette, director of consumer research for Technomic. Consumers’ positive outlook of the future indicates that they may increase spending on foodservice within the next year, according

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Food Sales Make Up For High Gas Prices In Today’s C-Store Market

“Food is the future of (the c-store) industry,” says Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president to The Gazette, an Eastern Iowa newspaper. Food sales accounted for 16.9% of a record $195 billion of in-store sales at convenience stores in 2011, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which means many c-store chains have been

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Preparing Sandwiches The Ways Consumers Want Them

Technomic Inc. reports that sandwiches prove to be more successful items on lunch and dinner menus for the past two years. Sandwiches are a staple food item for both lunch and dinner menus at limited- and full-service restaurants, and more consumers report purchasing sandwiches away from home today compared to two years ago. “Today’s consumer

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Rutter’s Offers More Options On Its Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores puts two new products on its lunch and dinner menus to give customers more choices. Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa., plans to please its loyal customers with the addition of steak chips and quesadillas to its lunch and dinner menus to further help retain and gain customers. The company’s new steak

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Rutter’s Takes Top Slots In Best of York Voting

Customers recognize Rutter’s for its milk, quick service lunch and breakfast, and coffee program. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s once again was voted to the top for the 2012 Best of York contest. Voted on by readers of the York Daily Record, Rutter’s again placed first in Best Milk and Best Quick Service Lunch. Rutter’s also placed

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New Food Technology is Hot (and Cool)

Convenience stores are embracing the latest equipment as they look to keep up with QSRs and fast casual restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In the summer, customers line up from morning until evening at Maverik convenience stores to take the f’real machine for a spin. From the time the North Salt Lake City-based chain

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Emphasizing a Strong Breakfast Business

Given that the morning daypart is such a high-growth segment, it should be no surprise that the industry’s leading retailers are focusing a lot of effort on solidifying their offerings. By John Lofstock, Editor. Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience

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Taco Bell Tests Breakfast

Taco Bell tests a “first meal” option and an upscale “Cantina Bell” menu. Taco Bell, usually known as the go-to-place for a late night “fourth meal” craving for cheap tacos and gorditas, is rolling out “first meal” or breakfast, the Huffington Post reported. Following a five year test, Taco Bell is set to debut an

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Plans New Locations

Franchise opportunities with Dunkin’ Donuts are still available in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee, Savoureux Corp., for 12 new restaurants in North Omaha, Neb. and Sioux City, Iowa, with the first restaurant planned to open in 2013. Savoureux Corp. is led by NFL greats and former

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Burger King Tests Delivery

Customers in the D.C. region can get their Whoppers delivered right to their door. Burger King is testing delivery at about 10 locations in Maryland and Virginia, the Washington Post reported. Burger delivery, while a new phenomenon in the U.S. is old-hat in Asia and parts of Europe. Burger King officials told the Washington Post,

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Subway Aims To Open 2,500 Locations in 2012

New SUBWAY restaurants are expected to create a total of 25,000 full and part-time jobs in 2012. Through the opening of more than 2,400 restaurants worldwide, including 1,100 new locations just in the U.S. and Canada alone, the SUBWAY restaurant chain created approximately 24,000 new foodservice job and career opportunities in 2011. By opening an

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QSR White Castle Testing Beer and Wine Sales

Can alcohol sales and an expanded array of food choices provide the boost White Castle is seeking? QSR chain White Castle, a 90-year-old hamburger chain that sells square “slider” burgers, has begun serving beer and wine in an Indiana location as part of a test program, the Chicago Tribune reported. And White Castle is not

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C-Store Foodservice Challenges QSRs

“Convenience stores are increasingly falling into the same consideration set as fast-food restaurants,” says Technomic director. As convenience stores continue offering busy consumers more options for meals and snacks, new research by Technomic finds consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Of consumers polled on

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Hit-n-Run Food Stores Prepares for the Future

Brenton Investment Corp. is set to build a new prototype design as it sets its sights on growth through new builds. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With 11 years under its belt and 13 successful convenience stores throughout southern Louisiana, Brenton Investment Corp. is ready to grow its fleet of Hit-n-Run Food Stores beginning with

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NACS 2011 Krispy Krunchy

Krispy Krunchy delivers first class graphics, food, product, and training. Training is a critical element of transcending an average program into a huge success for your operation. From inception to re-training, Krispy Krunchy service is second to none. What you expect from first rate QSR’s you’ll get from Krispy Krunchy. New wing program being offered

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Enhance Food Safety

High-temperature warewashers not only offer environmental and cost-saving benefits, they can also improve food safety by ensuring that wash and rinse temperatures always comply with the NSF and FDA Food Code minimum temperatures. Restaurant managers who want to reduce water consumption and energy costs in their operations while enhancing performance and food safety need look

Krispy Krunchy

Krispy Krunchy delivers first class graphics, food, product, and training. Training is a critical element of transcending an average program into a huge success for your operation. From inception to re-training, Krispy Krunchy service is second to none. What you expect from first rate QSR’s you’ll get from Krispy Krunchy. New wing program being offered

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Developing an Effective Menu

Foodservice operators must regularly develop new products and tweak old ones to pique consumer interest and attract repeat business. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Nice N Easy Grocery SHOPPES has long offered salads and sandwich melts. But the two menu lines didn’t reach their full potential until the convenience store chain hired three trained chefs

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TA Announces New Subway Restaurant

New this year, the Porter South TA location now offers hungry guests a fresh sandwich option. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has opened a Subway restaurant in Porter, Ind., on the south side of I-94. The Porter South TA is a new location added to the TA system earlier this year. It is an ancillary

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Meijer and Quiznos Partner

Meijer’s Michigan locations to feature Quiznos. Meijer, a Great Lakes region supercenter chain and grocery retailer based in Michigan, and Quiznos, a quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, have partnered to open Quiznos restaurants inside Meijer locations. The relationship between Quiznos and Meijer is the most recent in a series of

Subway Honors Manitowoc Foodservice

Two awards presented to Manitowoc at the Subway chain’s annual convention. At the Subway restaurant chain’s annual convention held in San Francisco in July, Manitowoc Foodservice was the recipient of two distinguished awards that recognized excellence in customer service and innovation.

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Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

When adding foodservice, retailers have many different options—each with distinct advantages. Deciding which one works best for your chain is half the battle. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. All convenience store operators should be looking at adding a foodservice solution to some degree, whether it’s simply a fresh-brewed coffee program and a roller grill or

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