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NRA Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show Posts Gains For Third Consecutive Year

Attendance at the show has grown 10.5% since 2011. The 95th annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the co-located 7th annual International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event at NRA Show (IWSB), recently held at Chicago’s McCormick Place on May 17-20, posted positive growth in both attendee and exhibitor numbers for the third

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Soft-Serve Equipment

Less than one week after announcing its acquisition of Donper America, an established soft-serve manufacturer in the US market, Argosy Group International (AGI) has introduced its own soft-serve machine: the Argosy 8000i. The latest machine boasts state-of-the-art technology that simplifies both daily operations and routine maintenance tasks. The Argosy 8000i equipment was designed for operational

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Hunt Brothers Announces Primary Sponsorship of Harvick In History 300

Harvick to drive No. 5 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Hunt Brothers Pizza is set to be the primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick and the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for the History 300 May 24 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. “Kevin has had a really impressive season thus far, and we are

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NRA Announces Winners of Operator Innovation Awards

National Restaurant Association recognizes cutting-edge restaurant operators at gala event. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has announced the winners of the third annual Operator Innovation Awards. Selected by an independent panel of expert judges, the winners were recognized for their achievements in driving advancement in the foodservice industry. These cutting-edge restaurant operators were revealed live

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Super Muffins

Offering customers healthier options from the bakery just got easier with Bake’n Joy’s PanFree 4.25-ounce Superfruit & Nut and 4.25-ounce Hearty Oat Apple Raisin Nut muffin batters. Made with 100% Whole Grains, each muffin packs a healthy punch, delicious flavor and convenient preparation. PanFree Superfruit & Nut Muffin provides a good source of key nutrients,

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Fryer Oil Dispensing System

Setting up Frontline International’s popular box system for dispensing standard packaged oil to fill your fryers just got easier. The company has introduced a reengineered system—now called EZ Oil—that includes an integral pump to draw the fresh cooking oil from the storage rack to the fryer. Previously, an external pump was mounted near the rack

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High 5 Award

Middleby Marshall has been named by Marco’s Pizza as a recipient of its “High 5 Award.” The award is given to vendors that meet certain criteria for five consecutive years. Those criteria include having no issues with supply, no major quality defects and being proactive on-quality affecting price reductions. Middleby Marshall, based in Elgin, Ill.,

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Families Cut Down On Restaurant Visits

Traffic losses were observed for both lower- and higher-income households, according to The NPD Group. Restaurant visits by families with kids (those including children under age 13) have been declining since 2008, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. Families with kids made one billion fewer visits to U.S. restaurants over the past six years

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Argosy Group International Acquires Donper America

Foodservice equipment manufacturer continues to grow through acquisition. Argosy Group International (AGI) has finalized an agreement to acquire Donper America. The acquisition of Donper America fits with AGI’s philosophy of providing state-of-the-art equipment engineered to be efficient and cost effective for the foodservice operator. The Donper America line has quickly become a favored choice by

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Bob Evans Announces Management Change

T. Alan Ashworth to serve as interim chief financial officer and treasurer. Bob Evans Farms Inc. announced today that Paul DeSantis, the company’s chief financial officer and treasurer, has resigned effective as of May 16, 2014, to accept a position with another company. T. Alan Ashworth, the company’s vice president of corporate development and finance,

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7-Eleven Introduces Kolaches Exclusively in Texas Stores

“This new item gives our customers another portable, hot breakfast choice,” says 7-Eleven vice president of Fresh Food Innovation. 7-Eleven Inc. has added kolaches, a savory breakfast favorite of Texans, to its fresh foods menu at its participating stores in the Lone Star State. The Dallas-based convenience retailer is offering two varieties—Pork and Beef Sausage,

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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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