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Mean Healthy Business

While some c-store operators are gingerly testing the waters of healthy lunch and dinner solutions, others have plunged right in as the tide of consumer demand moves steadily toward fresher fare. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With the opening of its latest store in Marshfield, Mass., Tedeschi Food Shops launched a new initiative that puts

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Capturing Hispanic Customers

Offering quality customer service with bilingual employees and traditional foods can drive retail loyalty among the growing Hispanic population. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Today, Hispanic food is mainstream and attractive to a wide array of demographics seeking spicier flavors, but the secret to keeping your Hispanic customers’ repeat business lies in more than just

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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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Fudge Crunch Bars

General Mills Convenience is bringing everyone’s favorite flavor, chocolate, to its popular line of Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars with new Fudge Crunch. The newest flavor features a chocolate cookie base with a layer of chocolaty fudge drizzled in milk chocolate. New Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Fudge Crunch complements the growing line of Sweet Rewards

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NACS CAFÉ Joins NRA Show

“Our industry’s involvement in the NRA Show is a testament to just how far convenience stores have come in foodservice,” says NACS CAFÉ education director. NACS Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence (NACS CAFÉ) Education Director Nancy Caldarola will moderate a session at the 2012 NRA Show, the food industry’s largest trade show dedicated to foodservice.

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Xtra Large, Xtra Good

Today’s convenience store customers want portability, quality and value. Conveneince stores and their supplier partners are delivering new foodservice solutions to meet this growing demand. New from Deli Express, a leader in convenience store foodservice: “XXL Breakfast Sandwiches.” These sandwiches are large and in charge with their high quality ingredients, including western omelet and Ciabatta

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Mix ‘n Chill Drink Mixer

With new programmed cycles for mix time and speed, the latest edition to the Hamilton Beach Commercial Mix ‘n Chill drink mixer series provides consistent results when preparing ice cream, frozen custard or frozen yogurt drinks and candy, fruit or cookie mix-in treats. The mixer’s Smart-Start activation allows for simple one-hand operation. Operators never need

Finding Your Way with Foodservice

Growing up in New YORK CITY few things were as natural to me as eating out. Even now with three children, a minimum of two meals a day are eaten outside the house seven days a week. The kitchen table is more of a convenient place to store things, like takeout menus and the kids’

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NACS CAFÉ Helps Identify Foodservice Solutions

Certified foodservice managers have shown that they are competent and disciplined, and they tend to display outstanding human resources management skills. By Dr. Nancy Caldarola, Education Director, NACS CAFÉ Foodservice has taken a prominent place in convenience stores. This segment has grown from a humble cup of coffee to a wide array of fresh sandwiches,

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Rutter’s Breaks Ground on New Loganville Store

Store to employ 80 during construction, 40 full-time. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to break ground on the chain’s 57th convenience store, which will be located off the Loganville exit of I-83 in Loganville Borough in southern York County. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail and Reynolds Mill

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Rutter’s Rolls Out Mac and Cheese Options

Customers can choose from more than 500 varieties. Rutter’s Farm Stores has added macaroni and cheese to the menu, and it could take customers quite a while to decide which version of it they like the best. When all of the variations of toppings and meaty additions are tallied, Rutter’s provides its customers with more

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Sheetz Debuts New Locations

New stores in West Virginia and North Carolina welcomed customers for the first time Thursday. Sheetz opened two new stores on Jan. 26. One store opened in Beckley, W.Va.—marking the second store in the area—and the other in McGee’s Crossroads near Benson, N.C., located at 13433 NC Highway 210. Doors officially open to customers Thursday

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7-Eleven Acquires 51 ExxonMobil Locations

“We met our goal of opening 650 stores in 2011, and with this acquisition 2012 is off to a great start,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. has completed the transaction with ExxonMobil to acquire retail interests in 51 North Texas sites. The transaction concluded Jan. 20; terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 51

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Burger King Tests Delivery

Customers in the D.C. region can get their Whoppers delivered right to their door. Burger King is testing delivery at about 10 locations in Maryland and Virginia, the Washington Post reported. Burger delivery, while a new phenomenon in the U.S. is old-hat in Asia and parts of Europe. Burger King officials told the Washington Post,

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History Channel Features C-Store Design

Veteran Designer Joseph Bona shares trade secrets with viewers of TV’s ‘Modern Marvels’. The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” makes clear in a new episode on the convenience-store phenomenon that there is much more to America’s go-to pit stops than just coffee, soda, snacks and hot dogs. Indeed, convenience stores are carefully designed for maximum speed

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Out-of-Stocks Drive Customers To Your Competitors

Nearly one-third of U.S. shoppers found empty shelves this holiday season, an Aldata survey finds. Holiday shopping wasn’t a cheerful experience for many Americans this holiday season. According to a new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. in-store shoppers, 31% discovered that the product(s) they were looking for this holiday season were out of stock.

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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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AWMA Expo Sells Out

Space now being added to accommodate more manufacturers. AWMA’s 2012 Expo is sold out and space is being added to accommodate additional manufacturers at its annual convention and expo to be held Feb. 15 – 17, 2012, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. For the past three years, AWMA has been focused on reinventing

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Last Chance to Take the Fifth Annual CSD/Balvor 2012 Foodservice Survey

Today is the last day to take the survey! How is foodservice performing for your company? What’s your outlook for the various foodservice categories in 2012? And what are some of the best practices for marketing the foodservice category to today’s convenience store consumers? Convenience Store Decisions in partnership with David Bishop, managing partner of

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Kum & Go Selects NCR C-Store Technology

Radiant solution to help Kum & Go improve efficiencies and grow customer loyalty.   Kum & Go L.C. has entered into an agreement with NCR Corp., which will implement its Radiant c-store technology within each of the retailer’s 400+ stores. Kum & Go, the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the U.S.,

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Retail Gasoline Prices Extend Lower Trend

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN On Monday (12/12), the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the fourth consecutive weekly decline in its regular grade gasoline average, which fell 1.6 cents from the prior week to $3.274 gallon. That’s a nearly 10-month low in the average, although its 10% higher than during the

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Kangaroo Express Reopens Tornado-Damaged Store

After complete rebuilding, Kangaroo Express store celebrates reopening on Dec. 8 The Kangaroo Express convenience store that was extensively damaged by April tornadoes celebrated its reopening on Dec. 8 after a complete rebuilding of the store and gas pumps. Mayor Barger led the celebration with a ribbon cutting announcing its open doors. Kangaroo Express took

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Seasonal Solutions for All Menus

Apple  harvest season and National Apple Month offers operators an opportunity to highlight apples, a nostalgic American comfort food. Established fruit-grower owned cooperative Knouse Foods highlights how foodservice professionals can appeal to customers’ growing desires for more seasonal menu offerings with an assortment of recipe ideas for all dayparts. Knouse Foods’ ready-to-use Lucky Leaf and

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C-Store Foodservice Challenges QSRs

“Convenience stores are increasingly falling into the same consideration set as fast-food restaurants,” says Technomic director. As convenience stores continue offering busy consumers more options for meals and snacks, new research by Technomic finds consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Of consumers polled on

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Thorntons Reopens Bloomingdale Store

Station features eco-friendly E85 flex fuel. Thorntons is celebrating the grand re-opening of its store location at 190 East Lake Street, Bloomingdale, Ill., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Thorntons currently operates 162 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers will experience a newly designed store, with a clean and friendly environment. Thorntons will

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