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Retail Outlook: Cautiously Optimistic

Balvor survey highlights the foodservice concerns, focus and sentiments held by convenience store operators heading into 2011. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor. Cautious because a number of external factors, ranging from continued high unemployment, constrained consumer spending, and weak construction and housing markets are creating especially stiff headwinds for their core shopper base. Optimistic as

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Getting A Bigger Piece of the Foodservice Pie

Quality, price point and flexibility continue to drive customer interest in pizza. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Americans are into upscale, premium and gourmet everything these days. So why would anyone expect pizza to be any different? The question is, “Can your pizza program measure up?” From exotic toppings to a variety of doughs, c-store

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Turning a Foodservice Profit

The stagnant economy and hefty cigarette taxes have more c-store chains adding extra roller grill items to provide a greater array of hot food options at a value price. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Yes, the number of food items that can be prepared on roller grills—hot dogs, corn dogs, taquitos, stuffed breadsticks, kielbasa, grilled

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Village Pantry Adds Hunt Brothers Pizza

Made-to-order pizza program is expected to increase customer appeal for Farmland, Ind., convenience store. Village Pantry is welcoming Hunt Brothers Pizza to its Farmland, Ind., store at 100 East Jackson Street. The store is open 24/7 and marks the eighth Indiana Village Pantry location to add the made-to-order pizza offering. Hunt Brothers Pizza demonstrated strong

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Dunkin’ Donuts Looks to Grow In San Antonio

Franchise development seminar aims to draw candidates with foodservice experience. Dunkin’ Donuts, seeking to expand its presence into San Antonio, is planning a seminar in the city on Feb. 23 to discuss franchise opportunities brewing in the market. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development throughout San Antonio is part of a steady and strategic growth strategy, which includes

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Dunkin’ Donuts Seeks Franchisees

“(We’re) looking for qualified candidates with foodservice, operations and real estate experience to join our team,” says Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson. Dunkin’ Donuts aims to increase its franchise locations in the U.S., and this week announced it is looking for franchisees in Green Bay, Wis., and the surrounding areas of La Crosse and Eau Claire. Dunkin’

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Casey’s Sues Subway

The right to use the word “footlong” in relation to sandwiches sparks debate, court case. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc., is suing Subway following the sandwich chain’s assertion that it owns the exclusive rights to the non-hyphenated, term “footlong” in promoting sandwiches, The Des Moines Register reported. Subway, with 34,000 outlets in 93 countries,

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The 2011 Foodservice Report

Convenience store retailers posted strong across-the-board sales gains in 2010 and expressed optimism for an even more robust 2011. Thanks to an increasingly busy lifestyle, today’s convenience store customers regard food prepared away from home as a necessity, and the industry’s top-quartile retailers have benefited handsomely from meeting the growing demand for fresh foods. For

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NAFEM Honors Industry Association Leaders

“Their efforts and dedication to the betterment of the associations they represent, and the collective hospitality industry, is truly valued,” says CEO. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) has awarded 53 allied association leaders its Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) honor. The awards were presented during ceremonies held at The The North American

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Hess Adds Quiznos To Two Florida Locations

After debuting its first Quiznos location last December, Hess has added six more of the franchises to its fleet of stores. Two Hess Express gas station/convenience stores on Florida’s Treasure Coast recently welcomed Quiznos franchises to their locations, TCPALM reported. The first Quiznos opened two weeks ago in a Port St. Lucie Hess Express at

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Wilson Farms Launches Cookie Contest

Customers are encouraged to name the Wilson Farms cookie line for a chance to win a free ipad. Wilson Farms is introducing a new line of cookies and is reaching out to customers for their help in naming the new offering. The cookies are made locally in Western New York and at a giant four-ounces

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Tedeschi Opens Store in Stoughton

Customers visiting the new location can enjoy free coffee with breakfast sandwich purchase for a limited time. Tedeschi Food Shops has opened its newest store located at 987 Central Street in Stoughton, Mass., near the intersection of Route 138. The interior of this store boasts the company’s latest design, colors, and graphics along with state-of-the-art

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Sara Lee Divides Into Two Companies

Sara Lee’s North American Retail and North American Foodservice businesses are expected to be one entity while its International Beverage and Bakery businesses and North American beverage business are set to comprise another. Sara Lee Corp. is dividing into two separate publicly traded companies, in a move planned for completion in early 2012, after the

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Restaurant Spending Remains Low

Limited-time offers, small portion size options and kids-eat-free promotions, are key to increasing traffic for foodservice providers. Consumers are still watching their discretionary spending—in fact, 60% of restaurant-goers report that the recession has changed the way their family spends money. Unfortunately for foodservice operators, relief is still a ways off, as latest research from Mintel

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Technomic to Hosts Introductory C-Store Foodservice Seminar

Convenience stores are unique to other foodservice outlets, presenting special challenges to c-store management and suppliers of food, equipment and disposable products. To help executives quickly get up to speed, Technomic is offering a special half-day C-Store Foodservice 101 seminar. Program highlights include: * Foodservice industry overview. * Top-line issues and concerns of c-store foodservice.

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Wal-Mart Announces Healthy Foods Campaign

More healthful and affordable food options are set to become available to shoppers over the next four years. Wal-Mart and Michelle Obama have partnered on a healthy foods program wherein the big box retailer will offer more healthy foods and push its suppliers to do the same, the Washington Post reported. Wal-Mart plans to make

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Tedeschi Enters Commissary Business

Tedeschi Food Shops has acquired DSD1, the local start-up commissary that produces the chain’s signature TD’s Deli packaged fresh food line. DSD1 will now be known as “Tedeschi Fresh Foods” and will be a subsidiary of Tedeschi Food Shops. Nearly two years ago, Tedeschi Food Shops engaged DSD1 to develop and distribute a new fresh

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CSD Partners with MSA and Paradigm Sample

In our ongoing effort to provide the most relevant and timely industry data, Convenience Store Decisions has reached a deal to serve as the excusive media sponsor of the new Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cciPanel) launched last month by Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and Paradigm Sample. The cciPanel is the consumer research field’s first

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GasAmerica Adds Miami Subs Grill

GasAmerica welcomes the first franchise unit of The New Miami Subs Grill, originator of the fast casual restaurant concept. The 2,000-square-foot Miami Grill, joins the 4,000-square-foot Convenience Mart Stop, located at one of GasAmerica’s Greenfield, Ind., locations. “We’ve looked at a number of food concepts and found the New Miami Subs Grill concept the best

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High Capacity Ice Machine

Hoshizaki America Inc. offers the high capacity KMH-2000S_H, a stackable ice machine that is ENERGY STAR qualified. The KMH-2000S–H hybrid model offers the largest ice production capacity for the smallest footprint. The frame measures 40-inches in depth and the machine produces up to 1,944 pounds of ice in 24 hours. Space-saving dimensions permit the ice

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Foodservice Fast

Hot Stuff Foods Xpress is like getting the best of both worlds: delivery through your current distributor along with consumer trusted branding. With over 20 years of experience in the c-store industry, Hot Stuff Foods understands how to market to the ideal c-store consumer. The complete daypart menu includes breakfast sandwiches, pizza by the slice,

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New Stufferz

Lettieri’s new Stufferz combines the very best of bakery and protein taste sensations. Stufferz begins with Lettieri’s specially formulated mini bread loaves. This award winning bread is then stuffed with an array of seasoned meats and cheeses. Each of these meal-sized entrees is 4.2 ounces and suggested retail ranges from $1.99 to $2.29 each. Varieties

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Comfort Food

Smucker’s offers a full line of distinctive portion-control products and the opportunity to add comfort and value to any foodservice operation by displaying the trusted Smucker’s brand of jams, jellies and preserves that America has known for more than a century. According to a 2009 Chain Leader article, customers crave comfort foods in times of

Chicken is the most versatile food. You can put it in any form you want—chicken sandwiches, fried chicken, roasted chicken, hot or cold.

Chicken Fuels Foodservice Flexibility

Whether it’s grilled, baked or fried, poultry meal solutions are available in a variety of dishes that are helping operators create a diverse menu. Chicken has a “health HALO,” in the foodservice industry’s parlance, meaning consumers perceive it to be a healthy alternative to burgers and pizza. Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry analyst for The NPD

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Endless Pizza Opportunities

Whether going with a branded option or developing a proprietary menu, pizza appeals to a wide variety of pallets. There will always be a market for pizza. Customers love it. It’s fast, fresh and convenient—everything that helps make convenience stores a top option for on-the-go foodservice. However, choosing a branded pizza partner means balancing a

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