NRA Reveals “What’s Hot” for Menu Trends in 2018

Hyper-local and natural ingredients continue to see strong customer demand. The National Restaurant Association has released its annual survey of 700 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation – to predict food and beverage trends at restaurants in the coming year. The annual “What’s Hot” list gives a peak into which food, beverages

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Sheetz Introduces Voice Activated Ordering

Customers who have a Sheetz online ordering account and an Alexa-enabled device can use the new Sheetz skill for Alexa. Sheetz continues its commitment to innovation with the launch of voice-activated ordering, making mealtime more convenient than ever. Sheetz’ customers can now order their favorite Made-to-Order food without even leaving their couch. Sheetz created a

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Popular Food Trends May Create Safety Challenges in 2018

Whether they’re adding smoothies, cookie dough or vegan and gluten-free options, c-stores need to make sure they’re following food safety best practices. By Gina (Nicholson) Kramer Those delicious fruit smoothies your store sells to health-conscious customers may be popular. But they may not be safe. Several modern food trends – including the smoothie craze –

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QSR Burger, Gourmet Coffee Chains Driving Foodservice Traffic

As costs rise, customers are paying more per meal. In the third quarter, ending in September, quick-service restaurant (QSR) burger and gourmet coffee chains help drive total U.S. foodservice traffic up 1% after six consecutive quarters of flat or negative traffic, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Collectively, the top QSR burger

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Krispy Krunchy Chicken Partners with Otis Spunkmeyer

Four cookie flavors available to Krispy Krunchy Chicken customers.  What could possibly make the most delicious fried chicken in America even better – warm cookies. Krispy Krunchy Chicken announced that it will expand into the dessert category and begin offering its partners Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, served hot, for purchase by dining guests. “It’s exciting for us

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Dazzling Customers Across All Dayparts

Retailers that position their stores as foodservice destinations are making a promise to offer fresh, enticing meals and snacks day and night. It’s a promise they can’t afford to break. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Research shows that consumers are increasingly turning to convenience stores for their meals. In its September 2017 “North American Convenience

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Food Trends To Watch in 2018

Packaged Facts presents its food forecast for the year ahead. As c-stores prepare for 2018, keeping on the pulse of evolving customer tastes is key. Market research firm Packaged Facts is here to help with 10 food trends (listed in alphabetical order) retailers can expect to see more of in 2018. The trends are based

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7-Eleven Introduces New Single-Origin Coffee From Peru

7-Eleven continues to seek out responsibly-sourced coffees and other products and packaging with less environmental impact. 7-Eleven continues to offer new and exiting coffee offerings. For its next exclusive single-origin coffee, 7-Eleven, Inc. headed south to the Cajamarca region of Peru. As with its other single-origin, sustainably sourced coffee, the new brew from Peru is

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Pizza, Roller Grill Satisfy Profits

Pizza and roller grill sales are growing and, with the continual innovation of new and exciting products, are expected to continue their upward climb in the coming years. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Finding the expected might seem boring for some, but many convenience store customers come in craving a hot dog or sausage served

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Yesway Introduces New Signature Blends Coffee

Launches free coffee Fridays in November to sample new brew to c-store customers. Yesway has launched its new Signature Blends Coffee. Yesway’s three new Signature Blends – House Blend, Breakfast Blend, and Dark Roast – were deemed “customer’s choice,” having been selected by Yesway customers after extensive in-market taste testing. All varieties are made with

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Committing to Coffee

Hot dispensed programs are growing along with changing consumer demands and tastes. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Taking a c-store coffee program to the next level can mean a series of trial and error, careful branding, clear messaging, balancing simplicity with limited time offers and customization opportunities, while ensuring the area is clean

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Rutter’s Introduces New Turkey Burger Option

Customers can now select turkey burgers on Rutter’s customizable c-store menu. As customers request healthier options, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores is responding by adding new lean turkey burgers to its menu. Rutter’s will be the first in the surrounding areas to offer convenience store customers turkey burgers. All 68 Rutter’s locations will be serving

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RaceTrac Introduces ‘Dogtoberfest’

Survey shows three in four Americans believe hot dogs are an essential part of sporting event tailgates. Roller grill fans are going to want to flock to Atlanta-based RaceTrac Convenience Stores this fall. This fall, RaceTrac is celebrating all things roller grill with its first-ever Dogtoberfest promotion including a declaration of the hot dog as

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Brakebush To Open Facility in Greenville, Texas

Brakebush Brothers to build a new 315,000-square-foot processing plant in Greenville’s Park West industrial park. Brakebush Brothers Inc. a 92 year-old family owned value-added processor of chicken products, after an exhaustive multi-state search, has chosen Greenville, Texas as the location for its next processing facility. Headquartered in Westfield, Wis. with operations also in Wells, Minn.

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Need for Food Packaging Is Clear

Packaging plays a major role in foodservice, from presentation to the customer’s perception of quality. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor In restaurants, how food looks is a key part of how much customers enjoy their meals. Why should it be different in convenience stores? While it may not be on a plate, food presentation is

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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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Aerating Container

Vitamix has released an Aerating Container for commercial customers this year. The container has an innovative disc blade that allows chefs and mixologists to create new textures in the kitchen and behind the bar. This product is perfect for use in a convenience store that wants to add customized smoothies or coffees. Vitamix has a […]

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