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Texas Simplifies Sales Tax on Single-Sized Snacks

Texas residents will soon start paying sales tax on all single serving goods after a new law was passed out of the state legislature. Starting Sept. 1, sales tax will be due on all sales of single-sized servings including chips: * Breakfast bars, granola bars, nutrition bars, sports bars, protein bars, or yogurt bars (not

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Poultry Powers Prepared Food Sales

Whether it’s sandwiches, wraps or wings, chicken’s versatility is driving the foodservice category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Chicken comes about as close as food can to a can’t-miss opportunity for convenience store operators. Chicken’s flexibility—and healthier perception—makes it one of the most popular products in the foodservice industry. And short of handling it unsafely,

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Manitowoc Introduces New 0% Financing Program

C-store operators can take part in Manitowoc Foodservice’s new financing program until the end of this year. Manitowoc Foodservice wants to give retail operators a 0% financing program for 24 months on purchases now through Dec. 14, 2012. Convenience store operators who take part in the new program can access cost-effective, innovative and energy-efficient foodservice

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Kangaroo Express Hands Out Hot Dogs

Kangaroo Express promotes its foodservice by handing out free hot dogs on National Hot Dog Day. The Pantry Inc. celebrates National Hot Dog Day this upcoming Monday, July 23, by offering a free hot dog to every guest at its 1,160 grill-ready Kangaroo Express c-stores. The Kangaroo Express invites customers to stop by participating stores

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Finding the Right Foodservice Equipment

To be a winner in the foodservice arena, break out of the convenience store box and take some equipment cues from quick-service, fast casual and white tablecloth restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. No one understands the pain of working in a cramped space better than a food truck operator, said Larry Miller, president of

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Milk Starts its Rebound at Retail

Look for a rise in consumer demand for milk, and an increased interest in flavored products in 2012. “We see flavors, particularly chocolate milk, as a key opportunity at convenience stores in 2012,” said Vivien Godfrey, CEO, MilkPEP. “Convenience stores are really over indexed in terms of flavored milk, so of all milk sold in

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Pizza Gets Personal

C-store retailers can expect to see continued growth in the pizza category in 2012. “Pizza has good hold times, is a consumer favorite and is relatively easy to prepare. Sales will be up in 2012,” said Tim Powell, director for Chicago-based research firm Technomic. Trends to watch in 2012 include an increase in take-and-bake pizzas,

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Ethnic, Local Themes Among Emerging Deli Trends

International fare and regionally produced ingredients are the hottest trends in deli department foods, according to “What’s in Store 2012,” the recently released annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA). Eighty-two percent of consumers enjoy visiting supermarket delis that feature newer and trendier items, regardless of whether they regularly purchase these items. Delis

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C-Store Foodservice Grows To $11.5 Billion

The number of stores with dedicated foodservice personnel has nearly doubled since 2007. In a sign that convenience store operators are successfully ramping up their foodservice efforts, industry consultants Technomic found that average unit volumes for c-stores offering prepared food and dispensed beverages (“true foodservice”) jumped to more than $136k in 2011, up from $123k

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Tedeschi Acquires Six Munces Stores

Now operated by Tedeschi, the former Munces stores undergo a remodel to accommodate fresh foods. Massachusetts-based Tedeschi Food Shops has acquired six stores in central New Hampshire, two of which are in Plymouth, and one of which is operated in Warren.  Former Munces stores located at 22 Main Street and 494 Tenney Mountain Highway in

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Tedeschi Remodels Bridgewater Locations

Newly upgraded stores feature a selection fresh foods prepared by Tedeschi’s proprietary commissary. Tedeschi Food Shops has completed the remodel of two locations in Bridgewater and East Bridgewater, Mass. Renovations of the 169 Spring Street, Bridgewater and 52 Bedford Street, East Bridgewater stores, which were completed in 2011, are part of a company-wide initiative to

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Driving Foodservice Profitability

Taking steps to promote innovative products and value pricing can elevate the whole roller grill experience. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. When consumers think of convenience store food, roller grill hot dogs are top of mind. Roller grills have developed a mixed reputation over the years, but they remain a staple of c-store foodservice programs

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Tedeschi Completes Weymouth Remodels

Brings fresh food into Weymouth, Mass. stores. Tedeschi Food Shops completed the remodel of two locations in Weymouth, Mass. in 2011. Renovations of the 11 Sea Street and 425 Washington Street stores are part of a company-wide initiative to ensure that all Tedeschi Food Shops offer an increased assortment of fresh, healthy meal and snack

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Delivering a Winning Pizza Program

In an effort to grow its foodservice business, Casey’s is expanding its menu to include pizza delivery. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Casey’s General Stores has sold pizza for more than a quarter century making it one of the earliest convenience store chains to do so. Now, in an effort to expand its customer base,

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Ball Park Franks

Sara Lee Foodservice has introduced Ball Park Angus Beef Franks and Deli Style Beef Franks for convenience store operators’ roller grill programs, providing premium beef offerings with strong brand recognition. Angus continues to gain momentum as a nationally recognized product. The Angus Beef Franks are made with 100% Angus beef, no artificial colors, flavors or by-products.

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Scotsman Industries Announces Interim President

Rich Gleitsmann joins Scotsman team. Scotsman Industries, a global commercial ice machine company, announced that Rich Gleitsmann has joined the organization as interim president of Scotsman Ice Systems, reporting to Kevin Fink, group managing director – Americas.    Gleitsmann has more than 10 years’ experience in the foodservice industry. He has served as president of

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Easy Blending

There’s no need to waste valuable time standing over a typical blender. The new Hamilton Beach Commercial Summit Blender with one-touch auto-blend technology senses when the perfect drink profi le has been reached and shuts off automatically. With hundreds of preprogrammed cycles, an entire menu can be stored on each blender and accessed in seconds.

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New Pilot Flying J Travel Center Opens in Illinois

“We believe our familiar Pilot sign will be a welcome sight for interstate travelers and professional drivers,” says Pilot Flying J spokesperson. Pilot Flying J is opening a new Pilot Travel Center in Marion, Ill., on Dec. 19. featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public. The travel center is located at 2611

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Marshfield’s Renovated Tedeschi Celebrates Customer Appreciation

This Friday cooking demonstrations and giveaways to greet customers at Tedeschi’s newly remodeled store. Tedeschi Food Shops at 774 Plain Street in Marshfield recently underwent a major renovation. The store, which features an expanded TD’s Deli, now serves fresh foods and meats alongside its standard convenience fare.  In addition to offering a variety of snacks

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C-Store Foodservice Challenges QSRs

“Convenience stores are increasingly falling into the same consideration set as fast-food restaurants,” says Technomic director. As convenience stores continue offering busy consumers more options for meals and snacks, new research by Technomic finds consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Of consumers polled on

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NACS 2011 Hunt Brothers

New products from Hunt Brothers. Self rising dough and delivered frozen with sauce and cheese eliminates 90% of your labor concerns. 12-inch or a “hunk” 1/4 of a large pizza, all toppings no extra charge. Limited Time Offers (LTO’s) include the current Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and coming in 2012, a new Buffalo Chicken Pizza. A

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Perfecting Pizza

A top-notch pie and artistic appeal help differentiate the offering for this important foodservice segment. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Pizza, a perennial favorite of American culture, is grabbing headlines as some restaurateurs and retailers devise gourmet versions with a variety of innovative toppings and crusts. And while that’s all well and good, c-store shoppers

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C-store Adds Vending Machine Steak

A convenience store in Alabama is enticing customers with inexpensive dispensed steaks. Amir Sagani, manager at Odenville, Ala.-based Lil Mart said he jumped at the opportunity to add the “Smart Butcher,” the first meat dispensing vending machine in Alabama, to his store, CBS42 Online reported. The Smart Butcher arrived at Sagani’s store less than a

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New products from Hunt Brothers. Self rising dough and delivered frozen with sauce and cheese eliminates 90% of your labor concerns. 12″ or a “hunk” 1/4 of a large pizza, all toppings no extra charge. Limited Time Offers (LTO’s) include the current Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and coming in 2012, a new Buffalo Chicken Pizza. A

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Sheetz To Hire 250 Employees

As Sheetz grows its fleet of stores, it looks to add new employees. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz plans to hire up to 250 new employees in greater Pittsburgh by the end of 2012 as it opens new stores and renovates others, Bizjournals.com reported. Within the next three months, the c-store chain is set to open two

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