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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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Designer Merchandiser

Transform your Hatco Flav-R-Savor Holding and Display Cabinet into a Designer Merchandiser with accessory curved or straight front, back or side panels. Curved hinged header panels can be outfitted with a magnetic graphic (not included) allowing easy access to controls and water fill cup. Designer Black and additional colors available. For More Information From Hatco

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Subway Opens 40,000th Location

Celebrates 48 years in business. The SUBWAY restaurant chain, which has been providing franchising opportunities to entrepreneurs since 1965 and will soon celebrate its 48th year in business, opened its 40,000th location at an AppleGreen petrol station in Ipswich, England. The milestone opening further illustrates the strength and consistent growth of the SUBWAY brand, which

Hunt Brothers Pizza Supports U.S. Armed Forces

Partners with military charity to raise $25,000 for troops and their families. Hunt Brothers Pizza presented a $25,000 check to the Support U.S. Armed Forces organization at the Sunday Military Family Day at the Liberty Park Amphitheater in Clarksville, Tenn., on Aug. 18. All of the proceeds benefit the military charity, which provides welcome home

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New Taste Sensation

Fully-baked and portable, Lettieri’s new Pepperoni  Roll-Upz are sure to become a welcome addition to anyone’s “Value Menu.” Each 3.2-ounce Roll-Upz includes a generous amount of tantalizing pepperoni meat, creamy mozzarella cheese and Lettieri’s exclusive microwaveable bread with its “just out of the oven” taste.  You can also add a serving of marinara sauce to

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Food Trucks Replacing Quick Service Restaurant Visits

“For now at least, food trucks need not be viewed as a threat to restaurant demand nationally,” says NPD restaurant industry analyst. Since food trucks appeared on the restaurant scene their perceivable threat to brick-and-mortar restaurants has been widely debated, and a recent survey conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company, finds that

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Martin Eagle Aims to Contain Rising Operating Costs

Using a new monitoring system, the Texas chain is saving time, energy and reducing the spoilage costs that can arise from damaged cold vault compressors. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. Martin Eagle Oil Co. knows first hand the financial and general frustrations convenience store operators can feel after losing a freezer full of products due

Meat Alternatives Grow In Popularity

Only a fraction of consumers are actually vegetarians, reports Mintel.             Only a few years ago, tofu, tempeh and seitan were barely known in the culinary world. Now, they are on grocery store shelves across America and being cooked up in the average (and often non-vegetarian) kitchen. In new research released from Mintel, only 7%

TA Educates Motorists Through Kid’s Meal Placemats

Launches Citizen Driver Award program to recognize and reward the best truckers in the industry. TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has introduced a new placemat in its full-service restaurants designed to educate the motoring public about the role that truckers play in the economy. As

Ruiz Foods Recognized

“We are very proud of what our Team Members and our vision continue to accomplish,” says Ruiz Foods chairman. Hispanic Business.com, has ranked Ruiz Food Products Inc., manufacturer of the El Monterey and Tornados brands, as the No. 1 U.S. Hispanic-owned food manufacturing company in the U.S., and among the Top 20 U.S. Hispanic-owned companies

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Keep Ice Machines Running Efficiently

Ice-O-Matic gives advice for managing ice machines in the summer heat. As the summer heat continues, Ice-O-Matic is reminding operators about the importance of cleaning foodservice equipment, including ice machines, for increased performance and product life. “This time of year we receive a higher volume of calls from customers experiencing slower production and they don’t

Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc. Opens New Distribution Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facility supports nine districts from Kansas to Wisconsin. Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc., a distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, currently servicing 3,200 customers, is celebrating the grand opening of a new distribution center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The facility will support the expansion and growth of Hunt Brothers Pizza customers in the

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Elevating Your Foodservice Strategy

Emerging competition from nontraditional operators like food trucks means c-stores must raise their game when it comes to the all-important food category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Foodservice continues to serve as a key point of differentiation for convenience stores. Keeping the menu fresh requires innovation as well as a keen eye for new products

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Upscale Ketchup Bottles

Red Gold has announced the launch of a new upscale, white label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottle for foodservice operators desiring a more elegant package design for their tabletops. The new packaging offers operators greater flexibility in the look of their tabletop ketchup. The original yellow and red label 20-ounce plastic ketchup bottles also continue to

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Developing a Healthier Foodservice Menu

Organic, sustainable and locally-grown foods are all trends hitting the country, but are convenience store customers ready for these items? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Numerous “healthy” foodservice trends are sweeping cities across the U.S., from sustainable to local to organic to all-natural, and of course fresh, but is the time right for convenience stores

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Capturing Latino Customers

Insights from new study help retailers compete for Latino $1.3 trillion buying power. Every 30 seconds, a Hispanic turns 18 years old in the U.S., amplifying the influence of the country’s fastest growing ethnic minority. A new study called “The Multi-Cultural Latino Consumer” finds that though Latinos are far from homogenous, diverse segments overall stay

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Hunt Brothers Sends Father-Son Duo On Racing Fans’ Dream Vacation

Winners of Richard Childress Racing Fan Experience Sweepstakes head to race in Charlotte, N.C., RCR Museum and more. Hunt Brothers Pizza is thrilled to send Michael Barham of Shaker Heights, Ohio, on the ultimate race lover’s dream vacation. As the grand prize winner of the Richard Childress Racing Fan Experience Sweepstakes, Barham has won a

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7-Eleven’s Summer of Snacking

Retailer responds to snackers’ needs with new bites, treats and deals. 7-Eleven Inc. continues to answer consumers’ 24-hour need for small-portioned foods, snacks and mini-meals with an evolving menu of bits, bites and snacks—all at a sweet price. The newest hot snacks to join the mini-meal scene at 7-Eleven stores are Corn Dog Bites, Mozzarella

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