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Par-Baked Extra Thin Crust Pizza

Menuing extra thin crust pizza offers extra large opportunity for any operation. Sales growth of extra thin crust has outpaced all other pizza crust types over the past five years, according to The NPD Group/CREST for the 12 months ended March 2010, and 25% of consumers surveyed said they prefer thin crust pizza, according to

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Special Edition Lighters

BIC is launching two new special edition series of lighter designs in January 2011. The two series, Animal and Pop Culture join the already extensive line of market-leading special edition series offered by BIC. The Animal Series collection appeals to male and female consumers who enjoy animals and wildlife and includes eight different designs, featuring

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Win With BBQ Sauce

Cattlemen’s Master Reserve BBQ Sauces understands the challenges operators face daily and works to help solve those problems through real business solutions, including merchandising kits, training videos, recipes and rebates. Because these challenges are getting tougher, Cattlemen’s is giving up to $10 back on every case of Cattlemen’s barbecue sauce purchased through April 15.  The

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Natural and organic burritos

EVOL Burritos, maker of made-from-scratch, natural and organic frozen burritos, announced rapid growth in foodservice sales just months after launching a new line of deli-wrap burritos and hiring former PepsiCo director, Darin Gruenhaupt, as director of foodservice and convenience store sales. The burritos, which can be sold fresh or hot off the shelf, are available

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Fresh-Cut Produce Thrives At C-stores

Convenience stores are a “tremendous growth channel” for fresh produce, notes  United Fresh Produce Association spokesperson. In today’s health-conscious world, convenience stores are stocking up on produce, changing their image in customers’ minds from merely the place to fill up on gas and grab a pack of cigarettes to a one-stop shop for everything from

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Hunt Brothers Rewards Nashville Predator Fans

Hockey promotion trades free pizza for ticket stubs. Hunt Brothers Pizza and the Nashville Predators are offering an exclusive pizza promotion to Nashville Predators fans. As the Official Pizza of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, Hunt Brothers Pizza is encouraging hockey fans to redeem their ticket stubs at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza store locations

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IDDBA Reviews Purchasing Behavior in the Deli

Deli shoppers include the quality-driven, convenience-driven and health-conscious consumer. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has released a new deli benchmark study, Consumers in the Deli: Attitudes, Buying Behavior & Purchase Drivers. The new report updates the last study published in 2004 and determines the degree to which customers are changing eating behavior or tastes and

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Midwest Circle K Offers Hunt Brothers Pizza

“We recognized a growing consumer demand for hot fresh food options,” Circle K spokesperson says. A Circle K convenience store in Manteno, Ill., has added Hunt Brothers Pizza, a national made-to-order pizza brand that serves the convenience store industry. Located at 29 South Locust and open 24/7, the store plans to offer Hunt Brothers Pizza

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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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