Whether you are operating a proprietary program or using a third-party supplier, cardboard sandwiches and pizza just don’t cut it with today’s consumer. Dr. Nancy Caldarola, of NACS CAFÉ, offers tips and trends in this important foodservice segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The entry price for a low-grade sandwich might be attractive to some
The expanded operation is intended to enhance the service provided to foodservice customers and channel partners. Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking broke ground on its new 30,000-square-foot Ovens expansion project in Cleveland, Ohio, marking the official start of its plans to become the leading commercial ovens manufacturer in the world. When the expansion project
Convenience store customers are looking for roller grill items in the morning. Are you meeting the demand? By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. One person’s lunch or dinner is another person’s breakfast, so the roller grills at Rutter’s Farm Stores run all day, every day, said Jerry Weiner, the York, Pa.-based chain’s vice president of foodservice.
Branded food program celebrates 500th opening. A major milestone gave one business something to cheer about. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program, opened its 500th location this week at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau, Okla. Festivities included door prizes and meal deals throughout the day, as well as an appearance by Champ himself.
Summer campaign attracts customers by encouraging them to use their snacking skills. Kum & Go launched a summer campaign to attract snacking experts whose two main summer food groups are snack foods and fountain drinks—dubbed “snaxperts” by the West Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain. “Snaxperts are those who know Dr. Pepper tastes even better
New summer snacks include whoopie pies and smoked sausages on the expanding menu of fresh choices. New sweet and savory snacks are coming to Corner Stores this summer, as the menu of fresh-made items continues to expand. Corner Store’s new German Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Eckrich Applewood Smoked Sausage with Monterey Cheese will round out
With 15 years of foodservice industry experience, Gary Schwalb joins Scotsman. Scotsman Ice Systems has announced the appointment of Gary Schwalb as regional sales manager, effective June 3. Schwalb is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Responsible for driving sales in the West, Schwalb has 15 years of experience in the foodservice industry. He
Folgers is giving cappuccino drinkers reasons to fall for the season by offering two new flavors: Caramel Macchiato and Pumpkin Spice from Folgers—the 2013 Coffee Brand of the year, according to 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend. Over 40% of consumers say their beverage preferences change with the seasons, according to the Technomic 2012 Beverage Consumer Trend
Server Products—an innovative, market-driven dispensing equipment company—has introduced the new Chilled Food Dispenser. This compact unit uses energy-efficient thermoelectric technology to keep a variety of potentially hazardous foods properly chilled below 41 degrees Fahrenheit indefinitely, and dispenses accurate and consistent portions wherever needed. This chiller is ideal for dispensing dairy into coffee at the drive-thru
Mini tacos and pastrami burger entice customers. New tastes abound on Rutter’s menu this week with the introduction of the pastrami burger melt and mini tacos. Rutter’s pastrami burger melt is 50% reuben sandwich, 50% patty melt and 100% delicious. It’s a Rutter’s burger topped with pastrami and Thousand Island dressing and the choice of
Krispy Krunchy Chicken aids storm victims in Moore, Okla. Volunteers from Krispy Krunchy Foods, a Lafayette, La.-based company, are preparing and delivering 10,000 Krispy Krunchy Chicken meals to the residents, emergency responders, and volunteers in the storm-ravaged area of Moore, Okla. Representatives from Krispy Krunchy, including former Moore resident Jordan Lindsey, converged on the region
Exclusive offers and deals on doughnuts all week long lead up to National Donut Day on June 7. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. is celebrating National Donut Day on Friday, June 7 by offering a free doughnut for every guest at its more than 300 bakery-ready Kangaroo Express convenience stores throughout the Southeast.
Even more guests will enjoy Aunt M’s fresh and hearty food options at Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. has announced it will expand its Aunt M’s Kitchen offering to several Kangaroo Express locations throughout the Southeast. Aunt M’s Kitchen is an exclusive quick-service restaurant concept found only at Kangaroo Express stores.
Prizes and free gas await customers at Rutter’s Farm Stores. Registered Rutter’s Rewards customers are just a scan away from free gas for a whole year, and over 1,000 other valuable prizes, with the start of the Rutter’s Rewards Summer Gas Giveaway. Four prizes of a year of free gas will be awarded throughout the
Grand prize winner receives Culinary Institute Retreat. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. (Del Monte) has announced its final of four weekly aspiring chef winners for its “Find Your Inner Chef” online contest. The fourth and final winner is Gisele Rainville, from Drummondville, Quebec Canada. Rainville moves on to the final round and will be
More than 175,000 servings of food to feed relief workers and to help storm victims in Moore, Okla. As Moore, Oklahoma, and the surrounding communities struggle to recover from the devastation caused by the tornado on May 20, AdvancePierre Foods—a supplier of value-added protein and handheld convenience meal items—is helping the relief efforts. This week,
SmartLink Food Safety Monitoring provides multiple solutions to convenience store operators. Heartland Payment Systems, a payments processors and provider of merchant business solutions, has launched SmartLink Food Safety Monitoring, the most advanced, single-point solution for monitoring of food storage and preparation equipment in the convenience store industry. For convenience store operators, SmartLink Food Safety Monitoring
Server Products fills director of sales and marketing and international sales manager positions. Server Products has promoted Jim Drake to director of sales and marketing, and hired Rafael Dingui Jr. as international sales manager. In the capacity of director of sales & marketing, Drake will be responsible for domestic and international sales and marketing
Food safety was a major component of Orion’s successful trade dialogue. Orion Food Systems President Steve Watkins joined South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard and other executives as part of a trade delegation to China. With over 1.3 billion consumers, and a growing interest in American brands, Watkins sees a tremendous upside for American food and
Find Your Inner Chef grand prize winner to be awarded Culinary Institute retreat. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced its second of four weekly aspiring chef winners of its “Find Your Inner Chef” online contest. Karen Gulkin, from Greeley, Colo., gets the opportunity to move on to the Cook Off Challenge event that will
“Rod was an invaluable treasure to all of us,” says Hatco president. Rod Chaudoir, former president and chairman of the Board of Hatco Corp., passed away with his family at his side in Wisconsin on April 28. A native of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Chaudoir was a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
Bake your pizza and see it too with Tomlinson Industries’ new Premium 12-inch Pizza & Snack Oven, featuring a lighted interior cabinet and tempered glass door. This versatile countertop oven bakes and holds at serving temperature, and is ideal for any frozen pizza, frozen snack food or single-serve entrée. The new Premium 12-inch Pizza and
CSCAMEX, a developer of innovative temperature controlled merchandisers for the retail industry, has introduced the T-01 Warm Tortilla Merchandiser. The T-01 was introduced after the company’s clients expressed a need for a visual merchandiser that effectively displayed warm fresh tortillas, that was well lighted, temperature controlled, and had the ability to retain the moisture in
Lettieri’s has debuted two smaller versions of their now famous calzones. They include a 3-Cheese and a Pepperoni. Both are four ounces of Italian goodness. Developed from old world recipes, the 3-Cheese is generously filled with Pepperjack, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses with pizza sauce. The Pepperoni variety includes lots of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and a
The Broaster Co. has introduced six on-trend dipping sauce flavors and a spicy chicken filet. Together, they enhance The Broaster Co. line of products that includes chicken tenders, shrimp, boneless wings, bone-in wings and chicken filets. The dipping sauces are available in two convenient sizes, 1.25-ounce dipping cups and a gallon-size jug, with a handy