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Unilever Launches Hardest-Working Food Campaign

Facebook group to feature practical hands-on advice, tips and insights to reduce cost, improve taste and cut waste. Hard work goes hand in hand with a professional kitchen. That’s why Unilever Food Solutions—a global foodservice businesses—is launching a campaign to recognize America’s hardest-working dishes, which stand the test of time and form the backbone of

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Co-Branding Positives and Pitfalls

As rising gas prices continue to shrink profits at the pumps, having a strong foodservice offering can drive customers into convenience stores. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. A growing number of retailers are choosing to go the brand name route, partnering with high profile quick-service chains or turnkey commissary-style suppliers. Convenience Store Decisions asked some

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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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Big Apple Plants the Seeds for New Growth

After rebranding a number of its locations under the CITGO brand, Big Apple Food Stores looks to expand its retail portfolio in 2012. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor C.N. Brown’s Big Apple Food Stores has had a busy 12 months. The 82-store chain with locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, completed an aggressive push

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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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7-Eleven Debuts Maple Pancake Sausage Roller

“The maple aroma gets their attention, and the satisfying sweet and savory flavor will keep them coming back,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. Doughnuts in the bakery case, coffee brewing at the hot beverage bar, breakfast sandwiches ready to heat, orange juice in the vault – and now a new breakfast item rolls into 7-Eleven stores this

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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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Weighing a Sandwich Strategy

Whether doing it themselves or finding a national partner, convenience store operators are developing food programs with fresh ingredients and quick service. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Convenience store strategies for sandwich programs are as customizable as the sandwiches themselves. Some opt to develop and prepare sandwich lines in their own commissaries or via made-to-order

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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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Local Store Marketing: Foodservice Group Sales

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. One often-overlooked strategy to generate ancillary foodservice revenues is developing a program to tap group sales.  Generating revenue through large group order sales is an excellent way to exponentially grow your business.  The sale from the initial large group order is the first source

Hoshizaki Foodservice Equipment

What sets Hoshizaki Foodservice Equipment apart? Innovation, Quality and Service. Two key energy efficient products featured at NACS include ice makers for your dispensed beverage equipment needs delivering crystal clear cubes and under the counter energy efficient freezers. Cold air is delivered evenly providing no hot spots. Easy cleaning for the retailer!

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Frozen carbonated beverages can be one of your most profitable categories as a c-store retailer…if you choose the right dispenser. Focusing solely on frozen beverages, FBD’s engineering innovation is reinforced with a thorough commitment to quality. Through unmatched value, service and reliability, FBD is the leader in frozen beverage dispensers. Check out what we offered

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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

Subway Honors Manitowoc Foodservice

Two awards presented to Manitowoc at the Subway chain’s annual convention. At the Subway restaurant chain’s annual convention held in San Francisco in July, Manitowoc Foodservice was the recipient of two distinguished awards that recognized excellence in customer service and innovation.

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Champlain Farms Partners With Quiznos

“We know Champlain Farms customers will be attracted by Quiznos’ brand recognition and appetizing menu,” says president of Champlain Farms.   Vermont-based convenience and gasoline retailer Champlain Farms is set to open Quiznos restaurants inside Champlain Farms’ 40 locations. The new Quiznos restaurants are planned for Champlain Farms locations throughout Vermont, situated in highly-frequented locations,

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NACS CAFÉ Serves Up a Foodservice Education

It began with a simple, yet powerful premise: Convenience store retailers, with their great locations and high customer traffic are well-positioned to capitalize on the development and execution of meaningful foodservice programs. All they need is a solid foundation of information, support, solutions and best practices to succeed. Enter Greg Parker, president and CEO of

Versatility Drives Pizza’s Popularity

Pizza Trends   There are approximately 62,000 pizzerias in the U.S. according to research firm Packaged Facts, with thousands of additional convenience stores and restaurants serving up fresh pizzas every day. And with good reason. Approximately 94% of the U.S. population eats pizza. More than three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year,

Sonja Hubbard to Kick Off AWMA Show

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) has announced that Sonja Hubbard, CEO of E‐Z Mart, is scheduled to serve as the Opening Session Speaker during AWMA’s 2011 Show, Feb. 8-10 in Las Vegas. During Sonja’s presentation, Insights & Perspectives on the Future of Convenience Retailing, she plans to provide her views on the challenges, changes

Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain of the Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain Of The Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

Rutter’s Rises as Chain of the Year

Outstanding leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s exceptional chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Rutter’s, which supplants Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes as Chain of the Year, is

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

Register Now For CSD’s 2010 Foodservice Webcast Series

There’s a host of potholes marring the road to profitability, and few convenience chains on the market can afford to bankroll a multimillion dollar facility to optimize their foodservice production and profits. What c-stores can do, however, is build an effective foodservice program from the ground up if they learn to nurture the fundamentals and

Sales Program Teaches Profitable Solutions

Sara Lee Foodservice, a supplier of coffee, tea, meat and bakery solutions, officially opened its doors today to the first North American Douwe Egberts Cafitesse Academy. Facilitated by Douwe Egberts’ coffee experts, the Academy aims to enhance education and raise awareness of the benefits of Cafitesse, ultimately providing foodservice operators with a more profitable coffee

Register Now For The NYACS Show

The 24th annual Trade Show & Convention of the New York Association of Convenience Stores is set for next week at the Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y. Retail decision-makers representing more than 1,000 New York convenience stores are expected to attend the May 12-13 event. “Going for the GREEN” is this year’s theme. It’s a product

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