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Dispensed Beverage Sales Heating Up

Fueled by new flavors and supported by high-quality equipment, the cold and frozen category shows unlimited potential. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The cold facts go like this: with margins from tobacco and fuel still lagging headed into the summer of 2012, the booming frozen beverage segment has been a pleasant top-performing surprise for convenience

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Englefield Oil Wins CSD’s 2012 Makeover Contest

By John Lofstock, Editor Experts agree that to successfully compete in the convenience store industry retailers must have a solid foodservice program. Developing a winning foodservice strategy requires a radical change in the corporate culture, a hefty financial commitment, lots of hard work and patience. In fact, one of the biggest differences between top convenience

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7-Eleven Updates Philippine Stores

Philippine Seven Corp. plans to add new stores and remodel older sites. Philippine Seven Corp., operator of 7-Eleven stores in the Philippines, announced plans to open 180 more stores within a year. According to a report from The Manila Standard Today, the additional stores would bring the nation’s 7-Eleven store count to 900 total. Philippine

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College Convenience Competes Locally

Kent State’s Eastway Market & Deli offers students the products they need at affordable prices to keep shopping occasions on campus. By Megan Wilkinson and John Lofstock. Getting to know your core customers is an ongoing challenge. But when your customers are a transient group of students, staying on top of their needs is virtually

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Take Your Deli to the Next Level

Sides, combo meals and even small equipment purchases can take your foodservice program from blah to booming. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) “What’s in Store 2012” report revealed consumers are buying more prepared meals at convenience stores that provide quality and variety to shoppers. Just being on top

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NRA Reports Job Growth Rate For Restaurant Industry

The National Restaurant Association finds that the job growth rate in the restaurant industry outpaces overall job growth rate in the U.S. The restaurant industry continues to lead the job market in creating jobs. The past year, eating and drinking place employment increased 2.7%, which is more than double the 1.3% increase in total U.S.

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Publix Lets Consumers Order Deli Online

Publix c-stores tests the online sale of deli products at one of its stores this August. Publix Deli Online Easy Ordering plans to launch at a Lakeland, Fla., store on Aug. 3 and is expected to rollout in 50 additional stores later this year. Customers will be able to order custom deli subs, wraps, meats

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7-Eleven Adds Mini Tacos

Four-for-$1 Mini Tacos joins 7-Eleven’s food line-up, appealing to the growing number of round-the-clock snackers. 7-Eleven Inc. will spice up its hot foods menu with the addition of Mini Tacos, a tasty south-of-the-border treat for hungry consumers looking for a quick, hot snack. Suggested retail price is just $1 for four Spicy Beef Mini Tacos,

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Forging Ahead With Foodservice

Knowing your skill sets when it comes to foodservice is vital in accurately determining which foodservice model will breed the most profitability for your chain. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Co-branding, leasing space to a quick-service restaurant (QSR) and creating a proprietary program all have benefits to c-stores, but knowing the model that is best

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Premium Beverage Handles

C-stores can add upscale appeal to their coffee, tea and other beverage dispensers by adding the new Crystal Handle from Tomlinson Industries. The handles are made from a durable crystal-clear resin, and can be used with any S, SP or MS Series faucet. Existing faucets can be converted to use Tomlinson’s premium handles, or the

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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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Study Shows Traditional Grocery Changing

A Jefferies-AlixPartners study shows food-at-home spending to jump by $50 billion a year for Millennials  and decrease by up to $15 billion annually for Baby Boomers by 2020. Jefferies, a global investment bank, and AlixPartners, a global business advisory firm, have announced the findings of their new joint study, Trouble in Aisle 5, which finds

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Promotions At Par-Way Tryson

Par-Way Tryson, manufacturer of Vegalene Food Release sprays, announced promotions and role expansions in its sales and marketing divisions. The following changes were made to the company’s management team: Brad Channing is its new chief business development officer, Gary Everson is its new chief foodservice sales officer, Ginny Bales is its director of marketing and Judy Rogowski

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Outstanding Mayo

Hellmann’s Light, Real and Extra Heavy Mayonnaise products earned the Master Chef’s Seal of Excellence. The company out-performed competitors in almost all of the 3,760 evaluations and tests conducted by certified master chefs. A couple things that they looked at were the products’ performance in a foodservice environment and sensory properties. All three of Hellmann’s

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Sugar-Free Syrups

Monin Gourmet Flavorings, a global provider of premium syrups and flavoring products, has responded to demand from calorie-conscious consumers by offering 19 different Sugar Free products. Sugar Free Syrups from Monin are made to be used in a variety of cocktails, iced teas, sodas and lemonades.  Popular flavors include on-trend favorites like Peach, Pomegranate, Blackberry

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Sugar Reform Denied

Coalition hopes close vote signals momentum for reform this year. In response to the Senate’s narrow defeat of an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill, which would have modestly reformed the costly U.S. sugar program, the Coalition for Sugar Reform released the following statement. “While we are disappointed the Senate voted to maintain the status

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Coalition Urges Senators To Reform U.S. Sugar Program

Vote on Amendment No. 2433 to the 2012 Farm Bill expected today. In advance of the Senate’s consideration of amendments to the 2012 Farm Bill today, the Coalition for Sugar Reform released the following statement urging Senators to support Amendment NO. 2433. “Last week’s narrow 50-46 defeat of the Shaheen sugar amendment is evidence that

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Restaurant Chains Challenging Retailers On Price

Technomic is updating its 2007 landmark study of the Retailer Meal Solutions segment to fit changing trends. Restaurants and retailers have a long history of competing over consumers’ share of stomach. That competition becomes particularly intense late in the day, when busy families must decide what’s for dinner. If money is tight, retailers often win

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Pilot Flying J Opens 300th Restaurant

Another 23 restaurants are scheduled to open by the end of 2012. Pilot Flying J celebrated its 300th company-owned and operated restaurant with the opening of a Huddle House in its new Pilot Travel Center location in Anna, Texas, on June 11. The company historically has been a leader in adding restaurants to its network

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Mapco Express, Sunny Sky Products Partner

The Original Slushie Co. to be Mapco’s frozen un-carbonated beverage provider, starting in summer 2012. This summer, Mapco Express Inc. is set to carry The Original Slushie Co. frozen un-carbonated beverage (FUB) product through Sunny Sky Products, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty-dispensed beverages.   In a collaborative venture with Mapco, the new partnership entails

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Casey’s Prospers With Pizza Program

Pizza sales are up at Casey’s thanks to the expansion of its pizza delivery service. Casey’s General Stores Inc. noted a 16.8% jump in same-store sales for its prepared food and fountain line when it reported its earnings results earlier this week. The expansion of the Casey’s pizza delivery program played a big factor in

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Low Sodium Peanut Butter

Smucker’s, a trusted brand of jams, jellies and preserves, expands its line of peanut butter products to offer a low-sodium option. Smucker’s peanut butter is offered in convenient control packages, and now, guests at restaurants and c-stores can choose to use a low-sodium peanut butter package that has the same flavor and quality as regular

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TA Honors Military For Independence Day

TravelCenters of America serves free, home-cook style meals to veterans who served the nation on July 4. TravelCenters of America (TA) wants to invite veterans and active duty military to enjoy a free meal on Independence Day, July 4 at participating TA ad Petro Stopping Centers sit-down restaurants. The company plans to honor the men

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Champs Dipping Sauces

Champs Chicken has created a wide variety of dipping sauces so consumers can customize their eating experience. Appeal to each customer’s unique taste preferences by pairing Champs Chicken hand-breaded Chicken Tenders and Fish with a savory sauce. Champs Chicken offers eight flavors of dipping sauces: Ranch, Chipotle Ranch, Buffalo, Sweet & Sour, Sweet & Smoky

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Growing Roller Grill Sales

From hot dogs and sausages to ethnic foods like taquitos and egg rolls, roller grills continue to prosper at convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Roller grills—if handled correctly—offer a great opportunity to grow sales. But as simple and relatively labor-free as they are, they still require management oversight, employee training and some marketing savvy. It’s

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