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Fresh & Easy Offers Pink Slime Swap Meat

Customers swap meat purchased at other retail stores for ground beef from Fresh & Easy that they can trust to be pink slime free. Customers disturbed about the rampant use of pink slime, which has been making headlines recently, were invited to swap ground beef bought from other retailers at Fresh & Easy’s “Pink Slime

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Advansys Technology

Hobart’s Advansys is the most advanced warewashing system to date. Advansys technology includes innovations that save operators time and money, make the equipment easier to maintain and service, and improve productivity. The first product available in the Advansys line is Hobart’s new Advansys Ventless Door Type Warewasher. It is a recipient of the 2010 National

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Capturing Lunch and Dinner Customers

When it comes to foodservice, convenience store operators must develop the expertise to make smart choices and deliver winning mealtime solutions. By John Lofstock, Editor People need food, and convenience stores need people to like their food, which is why keeping lunch and dinner menus fresh, new and exciting is so important. The food itself

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Pork & Queso Triangles

McCain Foods has introduced Pork & Queso Triangles as part of its new Taste Travelers product line. Taste Travelers make global flavors more accessible than ever. Each item is sized to fit multiple menu price points, which makes them perfect for today’s profitable menu applications like small plates and bar menus. Pork & Queso Triangles

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Convenience Store Sales Topped $680 Billion in 2011

Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to data released today by NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of

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Mandarin Orange Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

Boyd Coffee has introduced a new flavor of Island Mist Fresh Brewed Iced Tea: Mandarin Orange Iced Tea, a refreshing new flavor with a taste of tangerine. The tea is available in cases of 24 three-ounce packets. Iced tea is one of the most profitable items in foodservice beverages. It is the number-one consumed beverage

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Meeting the Needs of Today’s C-Store Customers

CSD‘s 2012 Category Management Outlook offers trends and analysis from more than 25 key in-store categories. By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik. Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain are making it critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers, particularly their high-frequency, high-value shoppers. Armed with

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Visibly Fresh

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced a new line of upscale containers specifically designed to meet the needs of the foodservice industry.  The new Visibly Fresh product line consists of rigid, crystal clear plastic containers that represent the ideal combination of value and quality. The upscale design and minimal ribbing of the Visibly Fresh line promotes

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Innovative Dressings Package

The KRAFT YES Pack, an innovative dressings package introduced in January 2012 by Kraft Foodservice, is designed to deliver maximum yield with greater ease. Made from flexible yet durable plastic, the YES Pack allows operators to easily squeeze out up to 99% of the dressing inside without creating any inconvenient mess for the user. The

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Food Lion Launches New Brand Strategy

Lower prices, fresh produce and an enhanced shopping experience to greet customers in 268 Food Lion stores. Food Lion has launched a new brand strategy in 268 stores in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.  These markets are the first stores in 2012 to unveil the new strategy, which is based on customer feedback and

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QuikTrip Expands In Kansas City

New Generation 3 stores focus on an upscale experience, fresh food. QuikTrip  is set to debut an additional four next-generation store locations in the Kansas City, Mo. market by the end of 2012, the Kansas City Business Journal reported. That’s up from the estimated three next-generation stores the c-store chain predicted opening in the area

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Chicken That’s Kickin’

Brakebush Brothers announces its newest chicken sensations: Cayenne Kickers breaded fillets and wings. Cayenne Kickers feature a tongue-tingling cayenne pepper breading that lightly coats each piece. The spice is mixed right in the breading, so there’s no messy sauce to deal with. This high-quality chicken is fully cooked for easy prep. The fillets feature whole

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Emerging Opportunities for HBC

Retailers have come to accept that the health and beauty category (HBC) could never compete with tobacco or foodservice in terms of profits or volume, but it serves an important purpose for convenience store customers. For that reason alone, a diverse offering of cold medicines and personal hygiene products should be a staple on convenience

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Forecasting Bakery Trends

Ready to hear some good economic news? Bakery is one category showing improved sales this year. Supermarket in-store bakery sales reached $10.4 billion for the 52-weeks ended December, 2011, a 2.2% increase over the same period last year, according to the Perishables Group. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) recently released this data and other in-store

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Coffee Driving Foodservice Sales

Convenience stores are expanding their brew programs and condiment offerings, allowing guests to customize each cup. Most c-stores have embraced the consumer’s desire for customization by offering broad coffee and condiment selections and stations for customers to prep their cups the way they like. C-stores are improving coffee quality in line with greater demand for

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Johnsonville Launches C-Store Website

“The Johnsonville C-Store Website will provide practical business benefits to our c-store foodservice end-users,” says Johnsonville spokesperson. Johnsonville Sausage has introduced a new website that offers extensive tools and resources to help c-store foodservice operators run their businesses and increase profitability. “Our Website is designed to provide a one-stop information resource for our c-store end-users

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Casey’s Expands Into Kentucky

Casey’s takes on a 12th state as it prepares to break ground on its new Kentucky store. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has announced that the company has completed its final due diligence and will break ground on its first site in Kentucky later this month. This store will be located in Cadiz, Ky. and will

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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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Target Expands Fresh Food Selection

Remodels more than 100 stores. Later this month, Target Corp. plans to complete remodels at more than 100 general merchandise Target stores. Beginning March 25, these stores will offer a full selection of affordable and quality fresh foods to guests across the country. The stores will be the first of three cycles of remodels for

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Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. Reopens Hyde Park Store

Newly rebuilt store offers increased energy efficiency and more space for fresh and prepared foods. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC is set to reopen its doors at 7 a.m., March 30 to its Hyde Park, Mass., store located at 1025 Truman Parkway. The newly constructed, energy-efficient store boasts approximately 40,000 square feet, double

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The 2012 Convenience Store Foodservice Report

Top-quartile chains continue to post strong sales across all food segments, while retailers express confidence for healthy category growth throughout 2012. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor. We all know times are tough. The consumer is looking for greater value at a time when retailers are focusing on being competitive without losing their shirts. Retailers recognize

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New Food Technology is Hot (and Cool)

Convenience stores are embracing the latest equipment as they look to keep up with QSRs and fast casual restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In the summer, customers line up from morning until evening at Maverik convenience stores to take the f’real machine for a spin. From the time the North Salt Lake City-based chain

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Pilot Flying J Acquires Minnesota Travel Plaza

The 13,000-square-foot center features branded foodservice and a wide variety of convenience items. Pilot Flying J has acquired a travel plaza in Northfield, Minn., and will remodel the Flying J Travel Plaza to feature full amenities for professional drivers and traditional convenience store customers. The center will remain open during remodeling, which is expected to

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White Castle, Wal-Mart Team for Slider Giveaway

Some 10,000 sliders will be given away in Panama City Beach, Fla. White Castle is teaming up with Wal-Mart to bring the Original White Castle Slider to Panama City Beach, Fla., during spring break.  The Wal-Mart Supercenter in Panama City Beach will host the one day giveaway of 10,000 burgers. The party starts Saturday, March

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Hunt Brothers Introduces WingBites

Hunt Brothers Pizza is teaming up with the Country Music Association a grand prize sweepstakes prize to get customers excited about the new wings offering. Hunt Brothers Pizza is taking snacking to a whole new level with the launch of its new breaded, boneless WingBites. Available in Hunt Brothers Pizza’s exclusive Buffalo and Home Style

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