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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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Flexibility Fuels Chicken

America’s passion for poultry is translating into greater opportunities for c-stores to strengthen their foodservice presence across all dayparts and provide destination-worthy products with high perceived customer value. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Whether prepared plain or fancy; fried, broiled, roasted, grilled or baked; in tenders, strips or “popcorn” bites, chicken has universal appeal, said Dr.

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Tedeschi Food Shops Named CSD’s 2012 Chain of the Year

A new store design, a dazzling foodservice program and outstanding customer service earns the Massachusetts chain the convenience store industry’s most prestigious honor. Few companies can match the rich tradition and deep roots Tedeschi Food Shops has planted in the convenience store industry. In business since 1923, the company’s nine decades of service in the

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Ohio KFC Converts to Krispy Krunchy Chicken

The KFC in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, converted to a Krispy Krunchy Chicken earlier this month, Minuteman Press reported. Rao’s Hospitality Inc. in Columbus, Ohio owns many of the KFC restaurants in the Ohio and Pennsylvania area. The Cuyahoga Falls location marks the fourth of its KFC stores in Ohio to close in the last two

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Ice Cream Truck Tour Celebrates Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

Milky Way kicks off summer season with ice cream bars for retailers and fans. This summer, the Milky Way brand introduced Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars, and plans to celebrate by featuring a special edition Milky Way chocolate ice cream truck. “The ice cream truck tour will help us bring the popular Milky Way

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KRAFT YES Pack Wins DuPont Packaging Innovation Award

The KRAFT YES Pack, an innovative and eco-friendly dressings package for the foodservice industry, has been awarded the coveted DuPont Packaging Award for innovation. The groundbreaking packaging design by KRAFT is designed to help operators manage costs and improve back-of-house efficiencies by conserving energy and raw materials during the production process. A recent winner of

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Boiled Side Dishes

Champs Chicken offers a variety of side dishes that will let consumers customize meals better: mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, seasoned green beans, seasoned corn, cinnamon candied apples, chicken gravy, white pepper gravy and sausage gravy. All of these items are packaged in small portion “boil in bags” that can be prepared on a stove

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Chicken Prep Table

Champs Chicken designed a new, manual breading table that can help retailers get their foodservice prep work done faster. The table has a handle attached to a gear box that makes it almost like an auto sift breading table. Retailers can easily sift breading, breaking down the dough balls while removing unwanted items and dispensing

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Rutter’s Opens 57th Store

New location brings 35 jobs to Loganville, Pa.  The 57th store in Rutter’s Farm Stores expanding chain of local convenience stores opened its doors this week at the intersection of Reynolds Mill Rd. and Susquehanna Trail in Loganville, Pa. The 5,700 square foot store, located just off Route 83 in southern York County, Pa. has

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Doing Deli the Right Way

Convenience store operators have plenty of help when it comes to investing in a foodservice program. By Jim Callahan. I recently read that China’s convenience stores are experiencing double-digit growth in deli sales primarily driven by hot dog sales. But let’s be frank, nobody does hot dogs better than Americans. From the quality of the

Embracing the Changing Retail Environment

Back in 1997 I had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Thomas, the founder of the Wendy’s chain to interview him about his retail strategy. One of the first things he said to me was, “You know why our hamburgers are square? Because we don’t cut corners.” Over the past decade many things have

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Surging Demand for Pizza

With so many national brands already well established in the marketplace, c-store retailers have to create a niche of their own by combining quality products and personal service. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Before the CENEX convenience store opened in Killdeer, N.D., the only pizzas readily available to the town’s residents were the ones in

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Sara Lee Corp. Announces Name Change

Sara Lee Corp. splits to form two companies: D.E. MASTER BLENDERS 1753 and Hillshire Brands Co. Sara Lee Corp. has selected Hillshire Brands Co. as the new name for its North American business. Sara Lee is set to become two independent pure-play, publicly-traded companies on June 28, 2012. D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753 will focus on

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NYC Mayor Expects To Restrict Soda Sales

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. New York City residents might be in for a shock if Mayor Michael Bloomberg follows through on his proposed ban of sugary drinks with more than 16-ounces in eateries. The ban will affect restaurants, delis, food trucks, sports stadiums and movie

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Preparing Sandwiches The Ways Consumers Want Them

Technomic Inc. reports that sandwiches prove to be more successful items on lunch and dinner menus for the past two years. Sandwiches are a staple food item for both lunch and dinner menus at limited- and full-service restaurants, and more consumers report purchasing sandwiches away from home today compared to two years ago. “Today’s consumer

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Rutter’s Offers More Options On Its Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores puts two new products on its lunch and dinner menus to give customers more choices. Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa., plans to please its loyal customers with the addition of steak chips and quesadillas to its lunch and dinner menus to further help retain and gain customers. The company’s new steak

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Rutter’s Takes Top Slots In Best of York Voting

Customers recognize Rutter’s for its milk, quick service lunch and breakfast, and coffee program. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s once again was voted to the top for the 2012 Best of York contest. Voted on by readers of the York Daily Record, Rutter’s again placed first in Best Milk and Best Quick Service Lunch. Rutter’s also placed

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Orion Food Systems Announces Promotion

Watkins says he plans to take Orion Food Systems to the “next level of foodservice success.” Hank Suerth, CEO of Orion Food Systems, announced Steve Watkins, chief financial officer, has been promoted to president of Orion Food Systems. Watkins has been a member of the Orion team for 25 years. He said he plans to

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C-Stores Advertise Low-Sodium Snacks

Thirteen Topeka c-stores join to promote low-sodium snacks in the front of their stores. A handful of convenience stores in Topeka plan to cut back on their salty snack food offerings, and instead, sell more healthy snacks. Each store agreed to create a rack of healthy, low-sodium items. “When you go into convenience stores, you

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NRA Donates Meals To Hungry

The 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show Exhibitors donated 41,710 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). The National Restaurant Association announced its 2012 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, hosted May 5 through 8, donated its surplus food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). More than 41,710 meals had been donated by them to

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Just Like Stainless Steel

San Jamar-Chef Revival releases a new “finish” option to several of its washroom and napkin dispensers. The Stainless Steel Finish dispensers offer an upscale look with the same quality and durability as traditional San Jamar dispenser finishes. The dispensers look like stainless steel, and coordinate well with stainless steel fixtures at half the cost of

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Drive-Throughs Help Coffee Sales

More convenience store chains and fast-casual restaurant chains add drive throughs at their stores, which helps with the sale of coffee. The fast-food drive-through concept now covers the world of designer coffee, convenience stores and fast-casual chains such as Panera Bread. Drive-through sales are growing after the economic recession. Sales increased 3% in 2011, and

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Latest In Cup Dispensing

San Jamar-Chef Revival offers Wireworks, its latest line of cup and lid dispensers. Wireworks dispensers are ideal for any countertop application. The simple, adjustable design dispenses paper, plastic and foam cups between eight and 44 ounces (236 to 1,301 ml), and suction cup feet to keep the unit securely in place. Wireworks features one-at-a-time cup

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Small Preparation Refrigerators

Hoshizaki America introduces its Commercial Series Sandwich and Mega Top Prep Refrigerators. The new preparation refrigerators offer quality performance, which will sale convenience store operators money in operation costs. The stainless steel refrigerators have front-breathing air flow, which is great for tight spaces, advanced air flow system to maintain safe temperatures and all parts last

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2012 Farm Bill Hearing Excludes Sugar Reform Discussion

“We are disappointed that the Agriculture Committee denied our request to testify at either of the commodity hearings,” says NCA president. The House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities & Risk Management finished two days of Farm Bill hearings today with no mention of the outdated and costly U.S. sugar program.  The National Confectioners

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