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Battle for Breakfast Heats Up

The competition for the $46.5 billion breakfast business is at a fever pitch with retail giants from McDonald’s and Taco Bell to Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts rolling out sandwich interpretations to steal new morning business. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Quick-service restaurants are hitting all of today’s consumers’ hot buttons with their latest breakfast offerings.

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Zesty Italian Pizza

Piccadilly Circus Pizza, an industry-leading provider of pizza and sandwiches to the convenience store industry, has introduced the Zesty Italian Pizza to its menu for Spring 2014. Topped with the Piccadilly’s famous sausage and pepperoni, the pizza’s distinction comes from the addition of a select salami. The meats complement each other and with 46 slices

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Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha is one of the most important flavors in foodservice today, and CHA! by Texas Pete brings a spicy blend of heat and sweet to any meal. Now available in seven-gram portion-control packets for restaurants, food-away-from-home operations, non-commercial accounts, drive-through and take-out operations, the sriracha sauce adds its unique flavor to almost any cuisine. TW

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Rutter’s Adds Brisket, Corned Beef to Menu

New sandwich options to entice c-store customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores has added brisket and corned beef sandwich options to the menu, giving greater variety and originality to hungry customers across central Pennsylvania.  Corned beef and brisket join pastrami on Rutter’s Reuben menu. Customers select the meat, cheese and bread to be used on their Reuben

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Sponsors Kevin Harvick

“This is our first primary sponsorship with our new racing partner, Stewart-Haas Racing,” says vice president of marketing for Hunt Brothers Pizza. Hunt Brothers Pizza is set to be the primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Chevrolet SS for the 30th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race May

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Smoothie Mixes

Serve better-for-you beverages and satisfy health conscious consumers with new DaVinci Gourmet natural smoothie mixes—featuring fruit and veggie blends. Made with no added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives, these delicious natural smoothie mixes contain up to two servings of fruit per eight-ounce drink. Choose from five fresh-picked fruit flavors, such as Very Berry, or two

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Fruit Sales Soar At Mark’s Food Market

What began as a pilot program has become a big business for owner David Rizek. Mark’s Food Market in Greenville, N.C., is doing a big business with fruits and vegetables, following a pilot program that began three years ago. The pilot program was part of the Pitt County Healthy Corner Stores Initiative, which began in

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Fast-Casual Restaurants Show Faster-Than-Average Growth

Made-for-you appeal driving success. The fast-casual segment continues to lead growth within the restaurant industry. With an 11% increase in 2013 sales and nearly 8% increase in units, fast-casual concepts among Technomic’s 2014 Top 500 Chain Restaurants comprise many of the fastest-growing restaurant chains. At the same time, leaders Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and

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Garlic Knots

Stefano Foods, maker of high quality ready-to-heat items, added a new item to its growing line of snacks and appetizers. Garlic Knots are made with Stefano’s Pizza Dough for a moist, chewy texture and then coated with Garlic Spread. Each ready-to-heat package contains eight fully-baked Knots in a eight-inch round foil pan. The total package

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Chicken Dippers Newest Star of 7-Eleven Hot Foods Menu

7-Eleven adds 100% white meat pieces to address growing snack market. As meals and snacks continue to morph to interchangeable eating occasions, 7-Eleven Inc. adds another small-snack, big-value item to its hot foods line-up. Chicken Dippers are pieces of 100%, high-quality white-meat chicken with no fillers that are lightly breaded in a tasty coating and

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New Dipping Sauces

Krispy Krunchy is introducing four new dipping sauces for its Krispy Krunchy Chicken, Fish & Shrimp.  The new sauces include: Classic Tartar Sauce, Dijon Honey Mustard, Cajun Sweet BBQ and Classic Cocktail Sauce. These new sauces will go right along with the Krispy Krunchy Chicken original dipping sauces: Sweet & Hot Mustard, Spicy New Orleans

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Health Claims Reflect Trending Food Concerns

Mintel notes claims like gluten-free are appearing more frequently on food menus. Recently, consumer confidence in the food industry has been shaken by food scandals, lack of transparency in food preparation and questionable treatment of animals. As a result, restaurants have shifted their business practices to introduce a greater number and wider variety of claims

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Embracing a Healthier Menu

For convenience stores, healthy food offerings are creating a convergence of nutrition, foodservice solutions and profitability. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Problem: Customers want healthy,grab-and go-meal options.Solution: Add fresh cut fruits, yogurts and salads to the  menu. They’re quick, easy and appeal to a wide variety of customers. Also consider more wholesome ingredients like baked

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Equipped for Foodservice Success

Green, clean and seen are three of the biggest innovations when it comes to preparing fresh foods fast and merchandising them to capture shoppers’ attention wherever they are in the store. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Gas pumps Today are far from the one-dimensional fuel systems used in 1955. So why do so many convenience

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Del Monte Joins CIW Fair Food Program

The agreement reaffirms Del Monte’s commitment to strong ethical sourcing standards. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has announced that one of its subsidiaries agreed to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (“CIW”) Fair Food Program.  As Del Monte joins the CIW, it joins many of the U.S.’ largest retailers and restaurants who participate in

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Frozen Yogurt Swirling Made Easy

Donper America has introduced a customer-exclusive Android Application that focuses solely on improving training and support for soft serve machine operators. This easy-to-use app includes step-by-step instructions, videos, troubleshooting guides, and much more that will help to continue educating frozen yogurt store operators on their equipment. Ongoing training is something that is currently lacking within the

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Touchscreen Coffee Brewing System

FETCO has introduced the Extractor Touchscreen Series Coffee Brewing Systems. Simplify daily operations with the inviting new touchscreen that is intuitive and simple to navigate during setup, programming and brewing modes. Customize the screen to display individual recipe names for quick and easy access to your most popular coffee blends. The Extractor Touchscreen Series is

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New Turkey Burger

Hormel Foodservice introduces The Hormel FUSE burger, a new fully-cooked patty that combines all-natural turkey, whole grain brown rice, savory roasted onion, nutritious spinach, dried cherries and celery. The thoughtful combination of these carefully sourced ingredients delivers a menu option whose time has truly come. These down-to-earth ingredients deliver a uniquely delicious flavor with the

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Fully Prepared Pizza Sauce

Imagine a pizza sauce so perfect in rich tomato flavor that it is as easy as heat and serve. A trusted brand for decades, this Redpack pizza sauce is the ideal choice for any operation. A unique blend of vine-ripened tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic and chili peppers makes Redpack Fully Prepared Pizza Sauce the

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McDonald’s To Give Away Free Coffee At Breakfast

As the battle for breakfast continues, McDonald’s tempts customers with a free-for-a-limited-time brew. McDonald’s plans to give away free coffee during the morning daypart at participating U.S. locations for a limited time, as breakfast competition grows, a move that could put pressure on convenience stores who compete with the QSR giant for morning coffee sales.

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Discover Matlaws Filleto

Discover Matlaws Filleto™ is considered to be Best in Class. National Fish & Seafood has broken through the glass ceiling to launch a new line of hot foods /deli offerings by introducing Filleto. Filleto offers a variety of five bold flavors in a Premium Alaska Pollock Tender or Premium North Atlantic Cod Tender. Filleto can

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Orion Food Systems Names Watkins CEO

“I had the privilege to be part of that initiative that laid the foundation for the company, and am very excited about leading an incredibly talented team…” notes new CEO.   Orion Food Systems LLC has announced that Steve Watkins has been promoted to CEO of Orion Food Systems, the international foodservice provider of leading

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Starbucks Rolling Out Evening Menu Nationwide

Beer and wine now available at Starbucks. Starbucks plans to expand its alcohol and tea selections nationwide, as it rolls an evening menu out to more stores following years of testing, The Oxford Press reported. Starbucks has said it plans to almost double its market share to $100 billion, and the evening menu is part

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Grow Coffee Profits

Give your coffee program a caffeine boost with the innovative Curtis G4 Digital Gemini Brewing System. The secret to Gemini’s performance is smart IntelliFresh (IF) technology. Putting brains behind the brew, the Wilbur Curtis Co. developed IF as part of their quest to simplify brewing and serving high volumes of fresh coffee at the perfect

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Potato Chip Coated Chicken Tenderloins

Brakebush Brothers has introduced Tater Chip Tenders potato chip coated chicken tenderloins, the newest item in their line of innovative, breaded chicken products. These whole muscle, chicken tenderloins are coated in a crunchy, cravable layer of real potato chips.  They have real stopping power on the menu and deliver something new, interesting and wickedly satisfying. 

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