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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Thrillist Recognizes Krispy Krunchy Chicken

The premium c-store-based quick-service restaurant concept gets special attention. Krispy Krunchy Chicken was recently honored by online media giant, Thrillist, in an article titled, “You Probably Haven’t Heard of America’s Best Fried Chicken Chain.” Thrillist authors explained why the nationwide fast-food chain is their favorite. “Chances are you won’t find America’s best-kept fast-food secret at

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Bettering Burgers & Brats

Burgers, brats and sausages may be traditional convenience store foodservice items, but that doesn’t mean they have to play second fiddle to fancier fare. Retailers tell how they have turned what could be ‘been there, ate that’ foods into meals customers return for again and again. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Americans eat more than 13

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Rutter’s Partners with Restaurant Technologies

Modernizes fryer oil management and overcomes labor inefficiencies. Rutter’s Farm Stores, with 68 convenience stores throughout central Pennsylvania, has partnered with Restaurant Technologies to install the automated Total Oil Management system in all 55 of its locations that offer fried-food options. Rutter’s plans to use the technology in its new stores moving forward. “The Total

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Gen Xers Responsible for 25% of All Restaurant Visits

Gen Xers enjoy dining out and are more likely than other generations to have dual income and the money to do it. While everyone is talking about boomers and Millennials, Gen Xers continue to be an important—if often overlooked—demographic. Generation X, ages 36 to 52, now represents 23% of all restaurant visits, not a significant

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PFSbrands Introduces New Hire and Promotion

Looks to assist retail partners with planning and start-up. The foodservice company, PFSbrands has filled two new positions— vice president of project management and national director of store planning and design. “Our company is experiencing record levels of growth in the number of new branded locations onboarding this year,” said PFSbrands CEO Shawn Burcham. “So,

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Meal Kit Market Throws Curve Ball At Food Industry

Packaged Facts continues to project robust growth for delivery meal kits. The demand for meal kit service shows the need for convenience among consumers, and more businesses are taking note. From Amazon to Walmart to Wall Street and Unilever, everyone is watching the meal kit delivery services space, which has mushroomed to $5 billion in

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Indulgence Wins Over Health With Ice Cream

Non-dairy ice cream and frozen yogurt sales dip. Western ice cream customers are looking for indulgence when purchasing ice cream and are interested in trying ethnic-inspired ice cream flavors. New research from Mintel reveals that retail sales of frozen yogurt and non-dairy ice cream slipped 10% in the last two years, reaching an estimated $299

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