Donoghue Refocuses Weigel’s Foodservice

As the Tennessee chain’s foodservice director, Brian Donoghue often succeeds in exceeding expectations. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When you drill down to determine what motivates Brian Donoghue to keep improving the menu at Weigel’s, it can be traced several years ago to the time when he met the woman he would  eventually marry. “When

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Chef Acevedos Sharpens Yesway’s Menu

Chef Carlos Acevedos draws on experience as he prepares to create Yesway’s signature dish and core menu. By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor Chef Carlos Acevedos joined the Yesway team as culinary innovation and research chef in October, and is set to drive new food initiatives and create unique food concepts for the chain in

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Evaluating Equipment Needs

Convenience stores assessing whether to test new foodservice waters have increasing access to modern equipment options, which can keep them from getting in over their heads. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As foodservice sales grow across the convenience store landscape, equipment continues to evolve as well, from innovative ovens that allow for greater menu versatility

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Total U.S. Restaurant Count Dips

U.S. restaurant count reflective of what’s happening in foodservice industry today overall, says NPD spokesperson. The U.S. restaurant count reached 647,288 in fall of 2017, a 2% decrease in units from a year ago, based on a recent restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company. The primary source of the decline

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National Restaurant Association Responds on ADA Education and Reform Act

Act aids small businesses by preventing drive-by lawsuits. On Feb. 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, “The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Education and Reform Act.” This legislation would restore integrity to the ADA and needed fairness for small businesses falling victim to drive-by lawsuits. H.R. 620 would allow businesses, through a notice

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C-Stores Enrich Coffee Programs

Anymore convenience retailers are expanding their foodservice programs with beverage options offering more, better and different. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Whether it’s a homemade coffee, a beverage shop latte or a convenience-store brew, Americans turn to coffee when they want to get going, and that trend shows no signs of stopping. In fact, about

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Even Healthy Eaters Reach for Indulgent Items

Study shows the need to indulge has permeated food culture. New research reveals even America’s healthiest eaters cave into indulgences based on their emotional states. Forty percent of U.S. food-brand lovers who rated their daily diet as extremely healthy agreed with the statement, “When I’m feeling down, I eat something indulgent to make me feel

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Hartman Group Finds Dinner Remains “Main Meal”

Even as snacking replaces breakfast and lunch, customers continue to plan for dinner. A new report by The Hartman Group, a consultancy on demand-side strategy to the food and beverage industry, provides illuminating new insights into the factors that have undermined “traditional” mealtime routines and explains why dinner is the lone holdout to these eroding

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Dunkin’ Donuts To Switch From Foam to Paper Cups

The chain is also committed to building more energy-efficient restaurants. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cups are set to get an environmentally-friendly facelift. As part of its commitment to serve both people and the planet responsibly, Dunkin’ Donuts, is eliminating all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion

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Customers Craving Pineapple & Breakfast Pizza

Cumberland Farms survey looks into pizza preferences in time for National Pizza Day. In honor of National Pizza Day on Friday, Feb. 9, c-store chain Cumberland Farms is announcing the results of a survey around consumers’ preferences and popular debates when it comes to pizza. The results tackled the ongoing pineapple conversation, showing that 65%

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Integrating Hispanic Ingredients, Offerings

Retailers with a strong Hispanic customer base should consider their unique needs and demands. Not all Hispanic customers are the same and understanding key differences can help your bottom line. By Sylvia Klinger, Contributing Editor Projections from the U.S. Bureau of the Census indicate Hispanic population growth will continue, with Hispanics making up roughly 30%

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Food Retail Trends Ahead for 2018

Packaged Facts outlines key opportunities in the new year. From cereal beyond breakfast to the evolution of cheese to probiotic breads, expect to see food trends evolving in 2018. Today’s food retail trends will shape the industry for years to come, and retailers know it. In the brand new report U.S. Food Market Outlook 2018,

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Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Pizza Day with Free Slices

Each year, customers who visit Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers chow down on more than 17 million slices of PJ Fresh Pizza. To celebrate National Pizza Day Feb. 9, Pilot Flying J will treat all guests to a free slice of its pizzeria-quality pie. Beginning Feb. 8, guests who download the myPilot app will

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Ice Storage Bins

Manitowoc has launched a new generation of ice storage bins. Beginning January 2018, Manitowoc began shipping the new D-Series ice storage bins to replace the current B-Series bins. The new D-Series bins have side grips molded into the bin door allowing easy access to the ice – no matter whether one stands in the front, […]

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Heat And Eat Sandwiches

Day’n Night Bites, a provider of pizza and sandwiches to the convenience store industry, announces two new sandwiches: the Maid-Rite and Sausage Gravy Biscuit. In 1926, way back before Facebook and even before TV, people just didn’t know how to waste time. But being really bored paid off for Iowa butcher Fred Angell. He worked […]

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NRA Introduces 2018 Board Officers

Jay Stieber to serve as chair of the NRA board, and Sam Facchini to serve as chair of the NRAEF board. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) completed the swearing in of officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. Jay Stieber, executive vice president

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Gen Z’s Food Expectations Set the Bar High

Flavor, function and authenticity are key demands from Generation Z. Gen Z is coming of age, and their food preferences are likely to give food marketers some challenges. Generation Z, those born 1997 to present, now represent 27% of the U.S. population, a larger group than Millennials, and although only older Gen Zs are entering

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C-Stores Test Meal Kits

Pilot tests show challenges to c-stores in offering meal kit options. As consumers increasingly look to meal kits as a meal solutions, c-stores are getting into the game. The c-store industry piloted tests to compete with the subscription meal kit delivery programs that have disrupted both the grocery and restaurant industries. The goal: Determine the

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Wawa Expands Food Delivery to New Jersey Through Grubhub

Wawa already partners with Grubhub at six locations in Pennsylvania. Wawa Inc. is set to offer delivery to select locations in New Jersey through its partnership with Grubhub, an online and mobile food-ordering company. Wawa’s first New Jersey store to offer delivery, located at 500 New Jersey Highway 38 in Cherry Hill, N.J., becomes Wawa’s

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Brings Back Fan Favorite

Buffalo Chicken Pizza LTO is back this winter by popular demand. Hunt Brothers Pizza is kicking off the new year with the return of its most popular limited time offer (LTO), Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Available now, customers can order this specialty pizza at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations for a limited time while supplies last.

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Macaroons & Premium Filled Shortbreads

Rich’s Foodservice expands its bakery offerings for c-stores with the introduction of Jacqueline’s Premium Filled Shortbreads and Jacqueline’s Authentic Macaroons. Both gourmet lines are made with authentic, premium and clean ingredients with no artificial ingredients or high fructose corn syrup. Jacqueline’s Premium Filled Shortbreads feature an all-butter shortbread dough. These 1.5-ounce sweet treats are available […]

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Customers Decide: Boneless vs. Bone-in Chicken Wings

Wing prices increased during the summer while the demand remained high but prices declined over the past three months. This time of year when customers often stay indoors watching sports many turn to chicken wings as their snack/meal of choice. Just as sports enthusiasts choose a team, wing enthusiasts choose their type of chicken wing,

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Nutritious Soups

Well Yes! is a line of great-tasting, ready-to-serve soups from Campbell Soup Co. The soups are made with nutritious and carefully-chosen ingredients customers know and love such as kale, quinoa and barley. And now Well Yes! is available in five new varieties: Cajun Red Bean & Vegetable, Chickpea & Roasted Red Pepper, Mediterranean-style Wedding, Butternut […]

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Cutting Roller Grill Energy Costs

Creative Serving, a Union, N.J.-based manufacturer of retail countertop foodservice equipment, is offering roller grills for hot food sections with re-designed heating elements designed to reduce energy costs. These more efficient, “green” units are designed to deliver up to a 20% reduction in energy savings, which can equate to hundreds of dollars per unit annually. […]

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Pizza Hut, Toyota Team to Explore Fully-Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Toyota e-Palette fully-autonomous concept vehicle unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show. The future has arrived. Automaker Toyota and Pizza Hut have forged a global partnership to explore the future of pizza delivery and other initiatives to improve mobility around the world. Toyota unveiled designs of a self-driving concept vehicle called e-Palette at the Consumer Electronics Show

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