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McCormick Flavor Forecast 2013 Reveals Flavor Trends

Expected to drive global innovation in food. McCormick & Co. Inc., a global leader in flavor, reveals its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2013. Now in its 13th year, the report is an annual spotlight on the emerging trends that will drive flavor innovation over the next several years. For 2013, five trends and 10 accompanying flavor

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Steps to Success in Opening a Frozen Yogurt Shop

Dannon Foodservice and YoCream University help operators succeed. Whether operators plan to open a frozen yogurt shop, need expert advice to help take their stores to the next level, or want to connect with people who can help grow their businesses, YoCream University may be their first step to success.  YoCream, a brand of Dannon

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Mintel Finds Americans Love Cooking

“As Americans are presented with a wider variety of private label food offerings— and cheaper alternatives to purchasing the otherwise same quality goods—they will more easily be able to pursue interests in cooking at home, regardless of their respective household incomes,” says Mintel analyst. With the holidays quickly approaching, the minds of many Americans will

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7-Eleven Stores Spread Joy Through Toys

Toy donors receive 7-Eleven coupons for free foods and drinks. To make sure kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital receive a toy this holiday season, approximately 110 7-Eleven Inc. stores in the greater Portland area collected new, unwrapped toys and games through Sunday, Dec. 16, in their first “Give a Smile to a Child” toy drive.

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Fazoli’s Second Travel Center Restaurant Opens

Italian QSR chain also to debut new stand-alone prototype. Premium quick-service restaurant Fazoli’s, recently rated No. 2 overall among large national fast food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey, is continuing its expansion into travel center and convenience store locations. Franchise operator Aditi 3 Italian Fast Food LLC, headed by Chintu Patel, has opened the

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Measuring Customer Perceptions at Englefield Oil

As part of Convenience Store Decisions’ Extreme Foodservice Makeover contest MSA and Paradigm Sample conducted a pre-makeover survey as a baseline to measure changes in shopper perceptions. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates (MSA). Nowadays, convenience store operators understand the growing importance of differentiating their foodservice and coffee programs to attract and retain customers. Not

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Mintel Finds Breakfast Is Booming

The breakfast foods category has experienced a 20% increase in dollar sales from 2007-11, going from $10 billion in 2007 to $12 billion in 2011. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the old adage says, and it looks like U.S. consumers are growing more conscious of the importance of a healthy start

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Technomic Reveals Top 10 Adult Beverage Trends

Sweet wines and flavored whiskey, among trendy adult beverages in 2013. Technomic has tapped its analysts, consultants and experts to highlight the trends shaping the drinks business in 2013. Based on ongoing research into spirits, wine and beer volume and sales, as well as surveys, interviews and discussions involving brand marketers, on-premise and retail operators,

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Fresh Coffee and Bakery Make for Good Mornings

Give customers some fresh ways to start their day and they’ll keep coming back for more, according to savvy c-store operators who are driving a.m. loyalty. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Two years ago, Nashville-based Tri Star Energy took at good, hard look at its Daily’s convenience store operation and decided the 80-unit chain needed

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Daypart Diversity Depends on Freshness

Retailers don’t have to wave goodbye to their roller grills to put a fresh face on lunch and dinner foodservice menus. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to lunch and dinner foodservice. Not everyone has the capital to invest in a proprietary commissary or the in-store

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Supermarket Guru Predicts 2013 Trends

Mini meals, a surge in male shoppers and a new appreciation for the frozen aisle to emerge as trends in 2013.             Snackable mini-meals and frozen foods take center stage in supermarket aisles this year while dads and Millennials get more comfortable and powerful in the kitchen, said Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert. Lempert, a well-known

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Dunkin' Donuts To Open In 12 New Airport Locations

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Trip Planner allows holiday travelers to map all of the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants along their road trip. With the number of airline tickets sold for Christmas and New Year’s already up more than 50% from last year, Dunkin’ Donuts is prepared for the rush of travelers stopping by to fuel up at its

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Foodservice Sales Soar

More than half of today’s consumers pick up snacks from prepared-food sections of convenience stores or mini-marts. Foodservice is a key area of opportunity for convenience stores. As revenues from gasoline and tobacco products fall, foodservice sales are increasingly becoming convenience stores’ most profitable category. C-store foodservice is an $11 billion industry and the second

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Renewable Fuel Standard To Cost Chain Restaurants Billions

National Council of Chain Restaurants urges RFS repeal. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) has released a new, comprehensive report on the impact of federal ethanol policies, specifically the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), on the chain restaurant industry, commodity prices and the food supply chain. The 32-page report, which can

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Pilot Flying J Launches New Dining Experience

A new breakfast bar and a hot soup bar greet customers. After answering the question, “Where can I stop for fuel?” Pilot Flying J has developed a new answer to another important question drivers on the road ask on a long drive: “Where can I get a good meal?” In another enhancement to its already

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Chester's Celebrates 2,000 Restaurant Milestone

Chester’s opening at Love’s Travel Stop in Williston, N.D. Chester’s is celebrating passing the 2,000 store milestone with its newest location at the Love’s Travel Stop in Williston, N.D., which is set to open Thursday, Nov. 15. In 1952, W.O Giles founded the Chester’s business, which initially used his patented deep fryers for donuts, and

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The Pizza Proposition

Staying one step ahead in a competitive marketplace requires planning, knowing your customers and understanding what opportunities exist in the marketplace. Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Everyone loves pizza. It’s convenient, tasty and usually a good value for the money. “It’s easy, agreeable to all and enjoyable,” said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst for NPD Group.

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A Fresh Perspective on Grab-and-Go Sandwiches

With foodservice taking on a greater role in the industry, retailers find themselves with a tough decision: invest in a commissary, partner with a third party or build an in-house brand of their own. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Bob Goodwin pulls no punches when he says he wants to make sure everyone in Tedeschi

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Dual Zone Hot Dog Grill

The Cretors Hot Dog Grill 36 includes a patented, center drive shaft design ensuring a longer motor life.  Dual heat zones cook and warm meat products simultaneously. The Grill’s stainless-steel cooking surface with internal aluminum plate evenly heats meat. Safe temperature maintenance is ensured by two digital temperature controllers with clear, accurate readings. A unique

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Ethnic Foods Push Roller Grill Sales

Roller grills, the backbone of many convenience store foodservice programs, continue to provide chains with an inexpensive, labor-friendly foodservice concept that allows store operators to expand their fresh food offering. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Discussions about trendy ethnic roller grill items require participants to learn a number of words in Spanish. Now, as retailers

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Chester's Opens Two New Michigan Locations

Newaygo, Mich. and White Cloud, Mich. welcome new Chester’s locations. Chester’s is celebrating the grand opening of two new stores in Michigan—Hilltop Express in Newaygo and Hilltop Shopping Center in White Cloud. Deliciously crispy on the outside, tender and flavorful on the inside, Chester’s Chicken is marinated, double hand breaded, and cooked to golden perfection. 

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Guy Food On The Go

The Ball Park brand, maker of great tasting guy food, is expanding its line of lunch sandwiches. The new handheld varieties are: •            Ball Park Pot Roast Sandwich•            Ball Park Barbeque Pork Sandwich•            Ball Park Double Cheeseburger•            Ball Park Bacon Double Cheeseburger•            Ball Park Spicy Chicken and Spicy Chicken Double with Cheese•            Ball Park Barbeque

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Smoked Sausage Links

Hillshire Farm brand is introducing three new flavors and two new formats of smoked sausage to expand customer offerings for c-store operators. The new flavors are:•            Hillshire Farm Beef Hot Links•            Hillshire Farm Spicy Italian Style Smoked Sausage with Mozzarella and Monterey Jack Cheeses•            Hillshire Farm Spicy Fajita Flavored Smoked Sausage with Monterey Jack Cheese

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Butcher Wrapped Burritos

El Monterey has introduced new packaging film for its eight-ounce Butcher Wrapped Burritos. The polyester laminate film is dual ovenable and self-venting, offering superior heat and hold capabilities and ensuring food safety. The four popular El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Burritos include two AM and two all day flavors: Egg, Sausage, Potato and Cheese Burritos; Egg,

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Maximize The Morning Daypart

Lettieri’s has just introduced two new flavors to its growing line of Stuffed Breadstix, ideal for a morning roller grill menu.  They are a Sausage & Maple and Sausage, Maple & Blueberry Stuffed Breadstix.  The Sausage & Maple combines country-style breakfast sausage crumbles with a sweet maple flavored filling.  The Sausage, Maple & Blueberry possesses

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