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Boosting Fresh Food Sales

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. Takeout food was invented for on-the-go consumers. But a takeout program has to do more than travel at high speeds. Today’s consumers want quality

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TA Dominates Driver Satisfaction Survey

TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the results of the fifth annual “Voted Best” survey. The survey was conducted during August and September 2011, by Overdrive Magazine.“The 2011 survey results show a clear and growing preference by drivers for what we call the Full-Service Advantage. Our Petro Iron Skillet restaurants and TA Truck Service facilities

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Hunt Brothers Launches Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Limited-time offer pizza available now in participating stores. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, has launched its newest limited-time offer Philly Cheesesteak Pizza. This new offering includes white cheddar cheese sauce, slices of beef steak, green peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese, all on Hunt Brothers Pizza’s famous original

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Managing Your Cooking Oil Supply

Frontline International, a provider of smart oil management systems for waste oil, oil filtration and fresh oil, introduces the new Box System for standard packaged oil—an automated, convenient, safer and more cost-effective way to refill fryers with fresh cooking oil. When you use the Box System, you purchase your choice of fresh oil in boxes

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Investing in a Foodservice Future

It’s time for all convenience store owners to recognize the overall value of a good deli program. By Jim Callahan. While a solid deli program is part of the convenience store industry’s present, it is destined to play an even larger and more critical part of our future. Whether you are a small chain or

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Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

When adding foodservice, retailers have many different options—each with distinct advantages. Deciding which one works best for your chain is half the battle. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. All convenience store operators should be looking at adding a foodservice solution to some degree, whether it’s simply a fresh-brewed coffee program and a roller grill or

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Hot Cheese Sauce

Knouse Foods expands the company’s line of high-quality Lucky Leaf ready-to-use cheese sauces by introducing Queso Blanco. This product is ideal for multiple types of cuisine, enhancing dishes with its mild flavor and smooth texture. Retail operators can simplify back-of-house operations, deliver consistent results and increase profit potential with every meal. Ethnic cheeses were listed

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Developing a Menu for All Customers

The flexibility of chicken as a menu item allows convenience store operators to develop profitable branded and proprietary programs without sacrificing quality or value.    By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Whether it’s sandwiches, tenders, wings, fried, breaded or sliced, customers have affordable options which can offer them a new experience during each trip to the

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Legacy Leadership

  At a Glance: Rutter’s Farm Stores Rutter’s enjoys a long, proud history tracing its roots in Central Pennsylvania all the way back to 1747. The company broke ground on its first convenience store in 1967 and today retails more than 100 million gallons of fuel annually throughout Pennsylvania’s York, Lancaster, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin and

Tedeschi’s Showcases Pride and Tradition

At a Glance: Tedeschi Food Stores   Headquarters: Rockland, Mass. Founded: 1923 Store Count: 189 2009 Annual Revenue: More than $600 million Employees: 2,100 Markets of Operation: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island Proprietary Brands: TD’s Deli and TD’s Express foodservice; Tedeschi Select groceries, snacks and beverages; and Tedeschi Fuel   While other chains

Developing a Customized Foodservice Menu

Testing New Products   As new products earn their way onto your menu don’t forget about the equipment.   “Let’s say you’ve got a roller grill and you’ve been selling hot dogs forever,” explained Larry Miller, president of Miller Management & Consulting Services Inc. in Sanford, Fla. “Now somebody brings you a handheld Mexican product,

White Castle

White Castle has had the same packaging design for nearly 10 years.  “We are trying to align ourselves closer to our restaurants and we’re promoting our association with our restaurants on the back of our new packages”, said Kelly Collins, Marketing Supervisor for White Castle Food Products.   The new design includes a picture of a

Roller Profits

  C. Cretors and Co. introduced its new Cretors Hot Dog Grill a fresh twist on the basic hot dog cooker design. The grill includes an innovative, patent pending, center-drive shaft design that reduces strain on gears and ensures a longer motor life. The grill’s stainless steel cooking surface, withan aluminum heating plate underneath, ensures

Small Package, Big Result

C-store operators are always encouraged to update their store furnishings. Often times, spending a little on maintenance updates can reduce costs in the long run. That is why operators may want to look into Taylor Co.’s new countertop product. Taylor Co. introduces the new Model C708 and C709 Crown Series countertop Heat Treatmentsoft-serve dispensing freezers

Steaming Off The Line

The Alto-ShaamCombitherm has further developed combination oven/steamer technology to provide complete smoking ability. Available in three electric boiler-free models, thispatented technology gives operators the unique ability to smoke any product,hot or cold, and follow it with a non-smoked item without any residual smokeflavor. Rich, smoke flavor offers menu diversification and even greater costsavings over smoked

Carb Cunning

Turtle Mountain Inc. has a new line of dessert products with absolutely no carbs, and no artificial sweeteners. It is too sweet to be true. Turtle Mountain, Inc. introduces its new Carb Escapes line, the first all-natural frozen dessert that contains no artificial sweeteners, bulking agents or flavors that are commonly found in other low

Low-Carb Dining

Quiznos introduces a new, healthier line of subs for its customers. Quiznos Sub launches the next phase of low-carb living: more than 20 Low Carb Toasty Flatbreadsandwiches under 10 grams of net carbohydrates. This unique line of low carbsandwiches are prepared similarly to Quiznos’ toasted sub sandwiches. Quiznosserves customers’ favorite sub recipes on top of

Food Fest

Convenience stores can expand and improve their frozen foods section when they add Low Carb Creations new line of frozen Italian food. Low Carb Creations introduces a full line of frozen Italian food entrÈesunder the Bella Carb label. Bella Carb is the first line of frozen low-carb Italian food entrÈes available for retail sale and

Free to Fry

Frymaster Dean continues to lead the industry with innovative designs that meet customers’ changing needs. The new Frymaster Application Series combines an open pot and tube fryer in the same cabinet and shares a common filter. Frymaster and Deancontinue to “Fit the Way You Fry” with high performance, low maintenance and innovative designs to lead

Now You’re Cooking

Wisco Industries Inc. introduces the first major improvement in the “time tested” pizza oven that has been the standard for frozen pizza in the snack food industry. The new digital control with two temperature settings is especially designed to do “Original” crusts as well as the now popular rising dough crusts. A larger opening accommodates thicker-crust

Piccadilly delivers a foodservice fit for Iron Bridge

Piccadilly delivers a foodservice fit for Iron Bridge Richard Ferramosca felt hopeless. A trained chef, he’s no stranger to the workings of a kitchen, but he was nearing the decade mark in his search for a foodservice program ideal for his Iron Bridge Stations (Powhatan, VA). He had tried everything—from a local upscale franchise that

Sweet & Slow Roast

  Lettieri’s Inc. has launched one of the American consumer’s favorite sandwiches: Lettieri’s new BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. The BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich is made from slow-roasted pork simmered in a mouth-watering tomato-based barbeque sauce, sweetened and mixed with just the right amount of molasses. A “hearty helping” (total product weight is 6.25-ounce) of BBQ

Big Dipping

Herschel Walker’s Famous 34 line offers six new dipping sauces available in convenient portion cups. The six flavors—Overtime Sauce, Sweet Mustard Sauce, Chillin’ Cucumber Sauce, Coolin’ Down Sauce, Tartar Sauce and Barbecue Sauce—join the successful Famous 34 appetizer line, which includes Popcorn Chicken, Spicy Glazed BBQ Wings, Breaded Catfish Strips & Bites and Spinach &

Tornado of Taste

Ruiz introduces an El Monterey “Meat Lovers” dream with the Supreme Omelet Tornado. The El Monterey Tornados continue to satisfy the consumer’s desire for delicious hot-to-go’ foods that are perfect for any meal or snack. The Supreme Omelet Tornado is the newest addition to the breakfast Tornado flavors and includes egg, sausage, bacon, ham and

Eye-Opening Ovens

MIWE offers the Backcombi, a combination of MIWEs Condo and Aeromat ovens, in which retailers have the advantage of both circulating and stationary baking. A baking control system allows each baking chamber to be regulated separately. And the Backcombi is suitable for baking frozen and par-baked products. For more information from MIWE America, LLC., 908-904-0221

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