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Foodservice Best and Worst Practices

Discipline and accountability are key factors in executing your brand’s message. Have an action plan developed and stay focused on your end result. By Betsi Bixby. The most profitable retail chains we did market business valuations for this year all had one thing in common: great foodservice results. The least profitable chains (and units) either

Hunt Brothers Pizza Recognized As Industry Leader

Company named “Top Performer” for the sixth year in Convenience Store Decisions Brand Preference Study. Hunt Brothers Pizza announced it is the No. 1 choice in the Convenience Store Decisions Brand Preference Study for the sixth year since 2007. The c-store pizza brand was voted “Top Performer” in the branded pizza category. The award was

Restaurant Visits On A Deal Increase In 2013

NPD reports that value menus and buy some, get some are the most popular deals. Restaurant visits on a deal or discount increased across all segments in the first nine months of 2013 after declining in 2012, according to  The NPD Group, a global information company. NPD’s ongoing foodservice market research reports that restaurant visits

Dunkin’ Donuts Expanding In Reno

“We are very excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts to Reno, and make the company’s famous beverages, baked goods and sandwiches available to an ever-growing base of customers,” says Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, HT2 Franchising LLC, to develop nine new restaurants

Kangaroo Express To Offer Little Caesars HOT-N-READY Menu

Guests can now enjoy the quality, value and convenience of Little Caesars pizza at Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced it will now offer Little Caesars HOT-N-READY menu items at select stores across the Southeast. This is the first time any Kangaroo Express locations will feature an on-premises Little Caesars carryout

New Traceability Implementation Guideline Issued for Dairy, Deli, & Bakery Industries

Guideline developed in collaboration with food industry to offer best practices for improving traceability and food safety. A new implementation guideline for leveraging GS1 global standards for traceability business processes in the dairy, deli, and bakery supply chain has been released by the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and GS1 US. The

Ultimate Line Debuts on Rutter’s Menu

Burgers, tacos and quesadilla options greet customers. Rutter’s has taken a good things and made them even better with the introduction of The Ultimate line of burgers, tacos and quesadillas to the Central Pennsylvania’s convenience store chain’s award-winning menu. Rutter’s Ultimate Burger Melts are one-third pound Black Angus beef patty and topped with the customer’s

IDDBA 2013-2014 Officers and Board of Directors Elected

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) elected the 2013-2014 Officers and Board of Directors at their Annual Business Meeting, held recently in Chicago. William Klump, senior vice president marketing, Butterball LLC, was elected as the association’s chairman of the Board. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2006 and has been actively involved in

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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