Tyson Foods and NACS to Donate “Truckload of Protein”

Greater Chicago Food Depository to receive 36,060 pounds of protein to help fight hunger. Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) partnered to donate a truckload of protein totaling 36,060 pounds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help fight hunger in the Chicagoland area. The Food Depository will distribute the

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Rutter’s: Creating a Menu Medley

Tapping the pulse of customer demands and maintaining a fresh menu is a full-time feat for c-stores, but Rutter’s is up to the challenge. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Rutter’s Farm Stores, which operates 68 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, continues to fortify its position at the forefront of c-store menu innovation. Convenience Store

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Rutter’s VIP Customers Get Free Coffee on National Coffee Day

Rutter’s coffee bar lets customers customize every cup of Joe. Rutter’s celebrated National Coffee Day, Sept. 29, by awarding their VIP Rutter’s Rewards members free coffee throughout the day. Rutter’s gourmet coffee is brewed fresh all day, every day. It starts with an array of high-quality whole beans, and which are ground fresh in all

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7-Eleven Offers Free Coffee Coupon to 7Rewards Members

Celebrates National and International Coffee Days with dispensed beverage coupon. In celebration of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 and International Coffee Day on Oct. 1, 7-Eleven is providing 7Rewards members with a free any-size cup of coffee. To receive a FREE any-size cup of coffee, customers simply present the 7Rewards bar code located in

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Millennials Disrupt Grocery Norms

Study shows Millennial food shopping habits diverge from previous generations. Savvy c-store operators are watching the preferences of the Millennial demographic, which are changing the face of retail. A new study released at the 2017 SupplySide West conference confirms Millennials’ pivotal role in upending long-standing “truths” within the food, beverage and supplement categories. Conducted by

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Food Offerings Cross the Border

Burritos, tacos and other Hispanic dishes are becoming fast favorites in a growing number of convenience stores. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor When Rahim Budhwani, CEO at Hoover, Ala.-based 6040 LLC c- store chain, first introduced foodservice with a pizza program, it proved an instant flop with its customers, who are made up of construction

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Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Coffee Day

Guests can use a coupon to obtain a free cup of coffee on Sept. 29. National Coffee Day—Sept. 29—is almost here, and Pilot Flying J is ready to celebrate with its customers by offering guests a free small cup of Pilot Coffee or another hot beverage of their choice, including tea and cappuccino. Available at

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Hunt Brothers Pizza To Be UNC Athletics’ Official Pizza

Partnership to make sampling and community outreach initiatives possible on the UNC campus. Pizza Wholesale of Lexington, a distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, is expanding its partnership with collegiate marketer Learfield to become an official partner of University of North Carolina Athletics for the next five years, effective this 2017-18 season. The relationship allows Hunt

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NAG Tackles Succeeding with Fresh Foods at C-Stores

Customers are demanding fresh prepared foods, but how can retailers overcome the perception of gas station food? By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference delved into Burning Issue No. 4, “The Future of Fresh Foods in Retail,” on Tuesday morning. Matt Lally, manager, analytics and insights, Nielsen Perishables Group,

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Foodservice Marketing Still Crucial

Rolling out a foodservice program can require a lot of time, effort and, in many cases, expense. But the buck doesn’t stop there. Retailers have to be willing to commit their resources to getting the public to equate their brand with quality. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor It takes four customer interactions to change trial

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Sandwiches Offer Fresh Twist

Specialty sandwiches provide an ideal platform for enticing customers with trendy new flavors, without exceeding their comfort zones. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Americans love sandwiches, which have long been engrained in the American diet. This also makes them an ideal vehicle for introducing adventure via a familiar food. Market research firm Datassential’s

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NACS and NYACS Respond To Menu Labeling Hold

New York City agrees to wait until federal compliance date to enforce menu-labeling rules. “Common sense” won the day, after New York City agreed to wait until the compliance deadline to enforce menu-labeling rules. Lyle Beckwith, senior vice president, government affairs of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), released the following statement regarding settlement

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Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip Opens in C-Store Location

Popular bakery café brand is only current location in a convenience store/gas station. Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, an international bakery café chain, has started serving as opened a new location inside a convenience store at 1605 South River Road in Des Plaines, Ill. It is the only Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip

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Flying Off the Shelf

For years, foodservice stakeholders have urged Americans to eat more chicken. More and more, convenience store patrons appear to be listening. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Whereas a generation ago, per person consumption of beef outpaced chicken 63 pounds to 28, Americans have been consuming, per capita, more chicken than beef every year since 1992.

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Traffic Growth Down Across U.S. Foodservice Industry

Are prices to blame for low restaurant visits? Foodservice operators are struggling to grow customer traffic and pricing may be one reason. Customer visits to U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets remained negative in the quarter ending in June resulting in six consecutive quarters of weak traffic performance, according to The NPD Group, a global information

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Farmer Bros. Acquires Boyd Coffee

Acquisition expected to strengthen Farmer Brothers Co.’s position in the marketplace and expand its distribution footprint. Farmer Brothers Co., a national coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products is acquiring substantially all the assets of Boyd Coffee Co. with a combination of cash and stock. Boyd’s is a privately-held company in

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PFSbrands Named to INC 5000 List For Ninth Consecutive Year

Only half a percent of those that have applied have made the list nine times. PFSbrands, the parent company of Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express, has been named to the INC. 5000 list for the ninth consecutive year. The company has been named one of INC. 5000’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the United

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Chicken Menu Items

Hot Chicken is a top trend in 2017, and Chester’s is leading the charge. As a limited time offer to its ever-popular menu line up, Chester’s has taken its classic family recipe for chicken to the next level—by creating a partnership with The French’s Food Co. Any chicken or tender meal can now be tossed

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Sausage Skillet

Breakfast on the go for many either means grabbing nothing more than a cup of coffee or a greasy drive-through sandwich. To help retailers offer more to customers, Tyson Convenience has introduced Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage Skillet, a solution to the problem of needing breakfast to be fast and convenient, but also satisfying. Simply

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Upscale Coffee Line

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has released its new, upscale line of coffees: “Arcadia Bay Select Coffees.” Core-Mark’s new premium line of coffees offers a fully-branded, turnkey line of modern brewing and dispensing options, installation and service for convenience operators looking to expand their profit base. Utilizing its successful strategic alignment with Boyd’s Coffee Co., Core-Mark

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What’s Driving Millennial Parents’ Eating Choices?

Millennials and Gen Zs are expected to maintain their attitudes regarding fresh and organic food consumption throughout their life stages. Now that Millennials are having kids, their lifestyle as parents often change the how, what and why behind their consumption choices. Breakfast is a meal occasion where being a Millennial parent necessitates convenience over satiation,

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Stackable Cuber Ice Machine

Hoshizaki America Inc. has introduced the newest icemaker with the KMEdge Design featuring increased production with greater energy efficiency. The KM-1301S_J model (formerly KM-1301S_H) produces up to 1,400-pounds of ice daily a 3% increase while using 8% less electricity. Stack two units to produce double the ice in the same footprint. The 48-inch wide icemaker

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Multi Contact Grill

Hatco introduces the Multi Contact Grill. Hatco’s innovative multi-purpose grill (MCG) offers flexibility, ease of cleaning and precision cooking performance. The self-adjusting top plate makes this grill perfect for Panini as well as a wide variety of products that can be cooked on any grill. For More Information From Hatco www.hatcocorp.com

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Broaster Co. Welcomes Joe Heinz as Vice President of Sales

Heinz brings 20 years of sales experience to the Broaster team. Broaster Co. has hired Joe Heinz as its new vice president of sales. Heinz has spent 20 years transforming the sales approach in many industries and for companies such as Dreisilker Electric Motors and Dr. Martens Airwair USA. Combining his leadership skills with the

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Celebrates 10 Years of NASCAR Partnership

Introduces “throw-back” paint scheme and themed items for fans. After 10 years as a sponsor of NASCAR drivers, Hunt Brothers Pizza is participating in throwback weekend—paying tribute to its first year in NASCAR with a throwback paint scheme on the No. 41 Ford Mustang Kevin Harvick will drive during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200

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