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Building the Bakery Business

Over the past 12 months, sales of packaged sweet baked snacks and desserts came close to the $13 billion mark, according to a report released by market research publisher Packaged Facts. The report, entitled “Packaged Sweet Baked Snacks and Desserts: U.S. Market Trends,” projects that sales will exceed $14 billion in 2017. That growth in

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Pizza Fans Split Over Indulgent And Healthier Pies

Still one of the most popular foodservice destinations, pizza is trending in two directions: indulgent and better for you, noted Donna Hood, Crecca, senior director of Technomic. “On the indulgent side, we see items such as the recently-introduced bacon cheeseburger pizza or Buffalo-style pizza. But on the better-for-you side, we’re also seeing pizza chains rolling

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NRA Announces 2014 FABI Award Recipients

New type of pepper, beef bacon, gluten-free flour and vegan fishless filets are among food and beverage innovations to be showcased at National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The National Restaurant Association (NRA)  announced the recipients of the Food and Beverage Innovations (FABI) Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage innovations that will make a

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Del Monte Expands its Tomato and Vegetable Program

Acquires approximately 2,620 acres of land in south Florida. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced that one of its North America subsidiaries acquired approximately 2,620 acres of agricultural production land located Northwest of Palm Beach, Fla. “The land on the east side of Lake Okeechobee is ideally located and has an ample water supply

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Taco Bell To Launch Breakfast Menu

The new Waffle Taco features a waffle wrapped around a sausage patty or bacon, with scrambled eggs and cheese, served with a side of syrup. As QSRs and convenience stores up the ante in the battle for breakfast customers, Taco Bell is not to be left behind. Taco Bell is launching a national breakfast menu

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American Frozen Food Institute Elects New Board Leadership

Elections take place during the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has announced the election of three officers and nine members to the AFFI Board of Directors. The elections took place at the AFFI Annual Meeting and Keynote Breakfast held in conjunction with the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention in

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Majority of Primary Grocery Shoppers Won’t Pay More for Non-GMO

Half of specialty store shoppers are willing to pay extra for non-GMO products, NPD Group finds. The labeling of genetically-modified (GMO) foods is at the center of debate across the country, but the decision to buy or not buy non-GMO foods often is based on price, according to The NPD Group, a global information company.

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CSD’s 2014 Foodservice Study

Retailers recognize that an effective foodservice program helps position them as a destination for on-the-go consumers. But new research shows that these programs are vital for creating competitive points of differentiation in today’s hyper-competitive environment. By John Lofstock, Editor, and Joshua Tahan, Study Hall Research The U.S. foodservice industry generated an estimated $660 billion in

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IDDBA Brings Free Online Food Safety Training To Retailers

“Food safety is perhaps the most important training topic for food handlers,” says IDDBA’s vice president of education. The International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association (IDDBA) has launched training.iddba.org, a free online training Website. Primarily aimed at supermarket dairy, deli, bakery, and prepared foods associates, the site offers training in both English and Spanish. Training is free and

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Equipped for Foodservice Success

After the recession-fueled hesitancy of the last couple of years, some retailers are once again investing in new foodservice equipment to add new items, boost sales of existing ones and streamline operations. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When FriendShip Food Stores, based in Fremont, Ohio, decided to add frozen yogurt to the foodservice offerings at

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Winning Over Foodservice Customers

Fresh ingredients, a great presentation and knowledgeable employees will help convenience store retailers grow their foodservice sales.  By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Competition is getting tougher in the foodservice arena. Convenience stores and QSRs now go after the same targeted demographic: households with incomes below $50,000, according to Bloomberg Industries, a business research organization. That

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Building a Bakery Business

Research shows that breakfast sales are on the rise and that means sales can be too for retailers who have solid bakery products and programs in place. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Packaged Facts research firm estimated that restaurant breakfast sales reached $47 billion in 2013, up 5% from 2012. And the company predicted that

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Sidestepping Foodservice Mistakes

Mastering the basics and knowing what to expect can help you avoid a foodservice disaster. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Foodservice continues to be a shining star in convenience stores, so expanding your food options should be on the menu in 2014—if you have the traffic. Lunch and dinner solutions can be added to c-stores

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C-Stores Win With Fresh, Quality Prepared Foods

Technomic finds roughly one-third of consumers who visit convenience stores for fresh-food items purchase them at least once a week from convenience stores. More convenience stores are concentrating on providing a greater variety of fresh, high-quality foods, and competition is mounting as stores strive to compete with fast-food restaurants. Technomic’s Convenience Store Market Intelligence Report

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Stores In Greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C. Area

“We believe that these existing franchise partners with years of experience in our brand will help become an important part of the local communities they serve,” says Dunkin’ spokesperson. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with five existing franchise groups to develop 22 new restaurants throughout the Greater Baltimore/Washington,

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Sustainability, Social Responsibility Top Priorities For Foodservice Industry

Technomic study titled “Building a Better Foodservice Business Through Sustainable and Responsible Practices” find customers are more likely to visit a foodservice business they see as socially conscious. Sustainability and social responsibility are taking on greater importance within the foodservice industry, according to a landmark study just completed by Technomic. The research included inputs from

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Technomic Reveals Customer Preferences For Soup And Salad

Operators can drive sales by adding soup and salad across all dayparts. Soup, a classic comfort food, and salad, quintessential healthy fare, are favorites of the American diet. Ongoing emphasis on healthful eating, along with the rise of the fast-casual segment and retail prepared foods—both strong channels for soup and salad—continue to keep these offerings

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Cowberry Frozen Yogurt Introduces Franchise Opportunity

Frozen yogurt machines and display are ready to fit into any existing location and require less than 50 square feet of space. Cowberry Frozen Yogurt has announced the launch of its new Cashcow models, designed to fit into any existing convenience store location.  The turnkey package with a cutting-edge design, desirable brand, and a healthier

7-Eleven Prepares For Super Bowl With Pizzas and Wings

C-store giant offering $5.55 large pizzas, and $10 pizza-and-wings deals. 7-Eleven Inc. is in the game to win a piece of the pie on pizza’s biggest sales day of the year—Super Bowl Sunday. The convenience retailer is offering pizza-loving sports fans and sports-loving pizza fans piping-hot, large Pepperoni and Triple Cheese pizzas for just $5.55

Dunkin’ Donuts To Open 13 Restaurants In Oklahoma City

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, OKD Holdings, to develop 13 new restaurants throughout Oklahoma City, Okla. The first of the planned restaurants are scheduled to open in 2015. Together, this team led by second generation

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Frozen Yogurt Solutions

Yumz Express offers any retail location a frozen yogurt solution to generate additional revenue. The self-serve franchise, Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt, has announced the launch of Yumz Express, a kiosk-sized version of a full-size Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt store. Yumz Express is designed to fit inside existing convenience stores. Yumz Express kiosks offer up to

Champs Chicken Launches Breakfast Menu

Premium products added to boost sales in key daypart. Breakfast is more than just an important meal in the day. For many grocery and convenience stores, it’s an important part of their sales. To accommodate this growing daypart, Champs Chicken—a hot food service company known for their quality chicken tenders and signature sides—now offers a

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Redmond Named Director of Sales at S&D Coffee and Tea

“Hiring Wendy Redmond will provide our customers with additional cross-functionality that will enhance their hot beverage programs,” says vice president of sales and marketing, c-store division. S&D Coffee and Tea has announced that Wendy Redmond has been appointed director of sales, c-store.  Redmond will be responsible for sales strategy and overseeing sales operations for the

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Healthy Fare Drives Roller Grill Flair

To keep up with the ever-changing tastes of a wide-variety of palates the roller grill is becoming more important than ever for driving sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor When it comes to foodservice, convenience store operators often find themselves wedged unfairly between a rock and a hard place. Consumers want to indulge in food

Hunt Brothers Launches Italian Meats Pizza

New specialty pizza features Italian-style ham, salami, big pepperoni and 100% mozzarella cheese. Hunt Brothers Pizza is introducing a brand new limited time offer pizza just in time to kick off the biggest night in football. The specialty pizza, Italian Meats, includes Hunt Brothers Pizza’s original rising fresh crust, topped with a signature sauce and

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