Gas Stations Go Gourmet

USA Today finds a number of gas stations are challenging customer perceptions with upscale food offerings. C-stores have been climbing the foodservice ladder for years, striving to show customers that the gas station sandwich from 10 years ago has gotten a gourmet, fresh-prepared makeover. This week, gas station foodservice received some positive national attention from

Hunt Brothers Brings Back Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“We were blown away with our customers’ response,” says vice president of marketing. Hunt Brothers Pizza is bringing back its highly popular buffalo chicken pizza twice in the same year. The spicy specialty pizza quickly becomes a fan favorite when it’s added to menus during limited-time promotional events. Because of consumer demand on social media,

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The New Face of Champs Chicken

New logo, enhanced Website unveiled for brand. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program from Pro Food Systems Inc. (PFS), is adding more sizzle to its consumer experience. Starting this week, the company invites the public to visit its newly redesigned Website, showcasing an improved navigation system, engaging content, and a new company logo. Created

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Survey Evaluates Caffeine Alternative

National survey shows 60% of Americans are seeking a caffeine alternative that reduces caffeine consumption without sacrificing desired energy boost. ChromaDex Corp., a natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, announced the results of a cross-over clinical evaluation of

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New Cube Ice Machines

Manitowoc Foodservice has launched a new brand of cube ice machines marketed and sold under the Koolaire brand name.  Koolaire modular “Kube” ice machines are available in three convenient sizes, 22-inch, 30-inch and 48-inch with seven different production ranges from 250-1350 pounds of ice per day. The Koolaire brand was designed and developed to address

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The Perfect Cup

Thanks to the Viaggio unique double wall, all paper insulated cup from Seda, you no longer have to pay extra for “double cupping” or for a pulp paper sleeve. With Viaggio the sleeve is an unnecessary extra expense and more than a nuisance, since it covers your logo and can slide down in your customer’

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Asian Fusion Frozen Sandwiches

Go Fusion Foods has introduced GO FUSION, a new frozen sandwich filled with gourmet Asian fusion flavors. Asian fusion cuisine is growing exponentially in popularity around the U.S., especially among the millennial segment of the high volume frozen sandwich industry. GO FUSION provides the market with a gourmet, Asian, and fusion options to consumers. GO

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Fresh-Brewed Soup

Campbell Soup Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR) are bringing together Campbell’s and Keurig. Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup K-Cup packs will offer consumers the taste and experience of Campbell’s soups in a convenient snack that can be prepared at the touch of a button in Keurig brewers. Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup uses proprietary Keurig manufacturing

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Premium Branded Coffee

Invite your guests to escape from the ordinary with a premium, branded coffee program from Java Coast Fine Coffee. Made with 100% Arabica beans, Java Coast Fine Coffee delivers consistently rich, smooth flavor in every satisfying cup. The Java Coast Fine Coffee program allows you to offer a complete branded coffee destination without the costly

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Creating Foodservice Theatre

With fresh foodservice taking center stage at many c-stores, packaging is playing an increasingly important role in creating an appetizing presentation. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In foodservice, packaging used to be an afterthought, simply a vehicle to get the product from here to there. However, today’s food packaging does more than just hold product.

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A Pleasing Pizza Experience

A full 41% of respondents in a recent survey said they now eat pizza at least once a week, up from 26% two years ago, making pizza a $33.5-billion business, according to foodservice research firm Technomic. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Pizza is such a popular item at Casey’s General Store that, in August, the

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Getting Serious About Foodservice Equipment

Space limitations used to be the bane of c-store operators who wanted a professional foodservice program. But now manufacturers are stepping up to the plate with equipment that serves multiple purposes and still fits nicely within the c-store footprint. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Scott Zaremba has three Zarco 66 c-stores that sell made-to-order food,

Tedeschi Food Shops Rolls Out New Ciabatta Sandwich Line

Unique flavor combinations draw customers. Tedeschi Food Shops has announced its newest addition to its expanding fresh food lineup in the fresh case: five new “Signature” sandwiches on fresh Artisan Cibatta Bread. The new line boasts Chorizo and Smoked Gouda, Fire Roasted Veggie Omelet, Italian with Roasted Red Peppers, Turkey Gobbler with Gourmet Fire Roasted

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Names Winner of Hawaiian Vacation

Company’s biggest customer giveaway ever includes airfare, hotel and fun. Hunt Brothers Pizza has announce that Daniel Luscomb of Canton, Ohio is the lucky winner of a dream vacation for four to Hawaii as part of this summer’s launch of the new Hawaiian pizza. “I’ve been to 48 states, but never to Hawaii,” said Luscomb.

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Del Monte Announces Gold For Gold Pineapple Promotion

Grand prize winner to receive a pound of gold. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has launched a first-of-its-kind pineapple promotion: “Gold for Gold.” This consumer promotion encourages U.S. and Canadian grocery shoppers to enjoy Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet Pineapples and participate in the sweepstakes for a chance to win 24-carat gold bars and

Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

Customers enjoy one-cent Bean Street Coffee. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., is celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to guests at its more than 1,550 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests that have a penny saved will earn a hot, fresh cup

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Cinnabon Plans Aggressive Expansion in Louisiana

Maker of world-famous cinnamon rolls to meet prospective franchisees in Baton Rouge Sept. 18. Cinnabon Inc. plans to rapidly beef up its presence in the Bayou State by opening four mall-based franchise bakeries in the coming months. Cinnabon currently has two Express bakeries inside Schlotzsky’s Restaurants in Alexandria and Lafayette, but the new locations would

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Chicken Takes Flight at C-Stores

Overall poultry sales continue to experience strong growth as retailers look to boost their menus with healthy items that offer flexibility and value.By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. What’s not to like about chicken? Americans love it for its taste, variety, healthfulness and price, and c-store operators like that it is versatile—think sandwiches, wraps, salads, tenders

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Foodservice Brand Positioning: Focus on Clarity

Companies in growth mode are faced with an ongoing dilemma of keeping their expanding portfolio on plan with regard to their strategic branding direction. This is even more important when it comes to foodservice. By John Matthews, Contributing Editor Who are we?That is a question we hear all the time from companies that are trying

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Incorporate Sustainability Into Cooking Oil Processes

The drive for sustainability in foodservice operations has, in turn, driven the search to find the best ways of handling waste cooking oil. Selling properly prepared waste oil for the manufacture of biodiesel is one of them. Frontline International has invested heavily in the research, design, and development of its Smart Oil Management systems, which

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Expand Your Beverage Portfolio

Kraft Foodservice has launched Bev1 Brands, a platform that unifies the full portfolio of Kraft hot and cold beverage brands. From iconic coffee brands to refreshing, easy-to-sell cold drinks, Bev1 Brands provides operators with everything they need to meet their demands, including products, equipment, merchandising and service support. The Bev1 Brands umbrella includes  CAPRI SUN,

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Soup Season Heats Up

Tomlinson’s Glenray Premium Kettle offers fast heat up and cooking power with 800 watts of energy. Now you can cook soup from scratch and keep it warm—all in one kettle.  The Glenray Premium’s adjustable temperature control goes from sizzle to simmer to serve—you save time and spend less on equipment.  Features include: 800 watts to

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Protein-based Snacks

For the 90% of teens who reach for a snack once a day and the 73% eating more than one snack per day, Hormel Foods introduces Hormel REV wraps; a protein-rich snack providing sustained, real energy to keep them fueled longer. Adding to the Hormel Foods portfolio of convenient and quality products, Hormel REV wraps

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7-Eleven Partners With Pillsbury

Introduces warm cinnamon rolls. The mornings just got a little sweeter at 7-Eleven stores with the introduction of a new Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll, the retailer’s first warm bakery offering and the first Pillsbury branded fresh-bakery item with a convenience retailer. Available with hot foods as well as in the fresh bakery case at participating stores,

Avoid Unsanitary Ice

Experts share tips on ice machine maintenance. FCSI-The Americas, the only consulting society dedicated to serving independent foodservice design and hospitality management professionals, has announced the results of the latest FCSI Consultant’s Crystal Ball Survey, which offers insight to good health and safety practices for maintaining and servicing ice machines. FCSI-TA members were asked about

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