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Healthy Options Driving Foodservice Demand

Many convenience store retailers are cognizant of the trend toward healthier foods and are adding better-for-you items to their menus. By John Lofstock, Editor. More salads, fruits and vegetables are finding their way onto convenience store shelves—often for purchase in the morning, or as a late afternoon snack—much to the delight of an increasing number

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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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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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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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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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Tedeschi Remodels Bridgewater Locations

Newly upgraded stores feature a selection fresh foods prepared by Tedeschi’s proprietary commissary. Tedeschi Food Shops has completed the remodel of two locations in Bridgewater and East Bridgewater, Mass. Renovations of the 169 Spring Street, Bridgewater and 52 Bedford Street, East Bridgewater stores, which were completed in 2011, are part of a company-wide initiative to

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TA Opens Fresh Healthy Café

“We are adding this new Fresh Healthy Café to augment our StayFit program, which provides professional drivers better ability to follow their own wellness program,” says TA CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has opened a Fresh Healthy Café at TA Livingston, located at SR 99, Exit 203 – Winton Parkway, in Livingston, Calif. Fresh

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Baked to Perfection

As c-stores enhance their coffee and foodservice programs, operators look to fresh bakery to complete the package. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Convenience stores are investing heavily in store remodels and an experienced staff to create a bigger, better fresh foods program for customers. Too often they fall short in the bakery category, but a

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Sell the banana that’s full of profits. There is no banana like Chiquita To Go bananas. See how you can bring a fresh approach to counter-top profit building. Watch this video to learn more!

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Sell the banana that’s full of profits. There is no banana like Chiquita To Go bananas. See how you can bring a fresh approach to counter-top profit building. Watch this video to learn more!

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Serving Soup

Tomlinson Industries offers a variety of kettles, ideal for large or small operations and for front or back of house operations, to meet your soup service needs. The Deluxe Frontier Kettle—a top of the line soup kettle will cook, heat, hold and warm soup and other hot foods. With its old-fashioned look, this classic kettle

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Investing in a Foodservice Future

It’s time for all convenience store owners to recognize the overall value of a good deli program. By Jim Callahan. While a solid deli program is part of the convenience store industry’s present, it is destined to play an even larger and more critical part of our future. Whether you are a small chain or

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Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

When adding foodservice, retailers have many different options—each with distinct advantages. Deciding which one works best for your chain is half the battle. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. All convenience store operators should be looking at adding a foodservice solution to some degree, whether it’s simply a fresh-brewed coffee program and a roller grill or

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Second GIANT To Go Opens

GIANT Food Store’s convenience store offers fresh meals, groceries and fuel for on-the-go customers in Lancaster, Pa. GIANT Food Stores opened the doors of its second convenience store, GIANT To Go, on Thursday, May 19 at 8 a.m. in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pa. The 4,000 square foot store, located at 2339 Oregon Pike, offers

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IDDBA Reviews Purchasing Behavior in the Deli

Deli shoppers include the quality-driven, convenience-driven and health-conscious consumer. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has released a new deli benchmark study, Consumers in the Deli: Attitudes, Buying Behavior & Purchase Drivers. The new report updates the last study published in 2004 and determines the degree to which customers are changing eating behavior or tastes and

Keys to Growing Foodservice Profitably

Why are some retailers prospering when others are struggling? What are the keys to growing the business—even during tough economic times? How are successful retailers approaching the business differently than others? These are all questions that could be applicable to any part of the retail business. However, the questions are extremely salient to foodservice programs

Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

Rx for Dinner   Walgreen’s drug chain recently announced that it will test market chilled foods at a dozen of its 7,500 stores this fall to determine if busy consumers are willing to stop at a drug store for a grab-and-go lunch or dinner. While full details of the test have not been made public,

United Supermarkets To Build First Convenience Store

United Supermarkets is ready to break ground on what will be its first United Express convenience store and fuel station in Lubbock, Texas. The chain plans to begin developing the property it owns on the southeast corner of 4th and Milwaukee in Lubbock, Texas, in the next 4-6 weeks, starting with the anticipated 3,100-square-foot United

Deli Casing

  Federal Industries released its new Refrigerated Maxi Deli Merchandiser Line. The new state-of-the-art refrigerated deli case comes in two different styles—High Volume Refrigerated Maxi Deli and Curved Glass Refrigerated Maxi Deli—and can be used to stand alone or for continuous lineup. The High Volume Refrigerated Maxi Deli features straight glass with the added benefitof

Walgreens Tests Fresh Food

Walgreens is venturing into convenience store territory as it begins to conduct a test of chilled foods at 12 of its stores this fall, feeling out its ability to thrive in the growing fresh foods market, the Wall Street Journal reported. Walgreen spokeswoman Tiffani Washington confirmed the test noting the fresh food initiative could help

The Pantry Expands Fresh Initiative

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. this week unveiled its “Fresh Initiative” to serve customers new coffee, and fresh food options. Triangle-area residents will be the first to experience the new Bean Street Coffee and a broader assortment of pastries, warm breakfast sandwiches and fresh fruit. In addition, the stores will offer a variety of fresh

Promoting Pizza’s Popularity

According to Mintel, an independent provider of market research, sales at the 16 leading pizza restaurants grew only 1.2% into 2008 to $16.6 billion. Among the challenges facing pizza providers is the public’s desire for healthier products as opposed to “high-calorie, high-fat pizza offerings and limited menu variety, which may be more of a turn-off

Rolling Right Along

Turning a Profit The times have changed. Just as c-store foodservice evolved to meet the needs of fresh, fast and friendly service, so have the items that star on the roller grill. “Gone are the days of the shriveled hot dog, whose origins and expiration date are unknown,” said Tim Powell, the c-store foodservice program

New Save-A-Lot Opens In Dallas Area

Save-A-Lot food stores, one of the nation’s hard discount grocery retailers is expanding its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the opening of a new store at 2627 W. Jefferson Blvd in the historic Oak Cliff community. A series of Grand Opening events will run from March 4-9, with an official Dollar-Cutting ceremony beginning

Del Monte’s Fresh Vending Line Debuts at Universities

Students and faculty now have healthier snack options to eat on-the-go, as Del Monte fresh fruit and vegetables are being sold in vending machines across university, college and school campuses, nationwide. The University of Notre Dame, The University of Miami and Miami-Dade College are among the first higher education institutions taking concrete steps to help

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