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Ready Pac Foods Recalls Mass Amount Of Apple Products

Ready Pac Foods makes a large recall on sliced apples sold in c-stores, supermarkets and fast food chains. Ready Pac Foods Inc. recalled apple slices and pieces sold at fast food chains such as McDonald’s or Burger King, supermarkets and convenience stores because of possible listeria contamination. Ready Pac Foods reported it is recalling 293,488

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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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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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Milk Starts its Rebound at Retail

Look for a rise in consumer demand for milk, and an increased interest in flavored products in 2012. “We see flavors, particularly chocolate milk, as a key opportunity at convenience stores in 2012,” said Vivien Godfrey, CEO, MilkPEP. “Convenience stores are really over indexed in terms of flavored milk, so of all milk sold in

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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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Mars Weighs In On 250-Calorie Commitment

Mars offers its multi-piece format to enable sharing or saving a piece for later.   Mars Chocolate North America is clarifying its 250-calorie commitment, after some media reports incorrectly noted that the company planned to eliminate larger format candy offerings as it looked to keep products from exceeding 250-calories. “Mars already has made the switch

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Tedeschi Completes Weymouth Remodels

Brings fresh food into Weymouth, Mass. stores. Tedeschi Food Shops completed the remodel of two locations in Weymouth, Mass. in 2011. Renovations of the 11 Sea Street and 425 Washington Street stores are part of a company-wide initiative to ensure that all Tedeschi Food Shops offer an increased assortment of fresh, healthy meal and snack

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Egg White Omelettes

Cedarlane Natural Foods Inc., makers of egg white omelettes in the frozen foods market, is serving up two new breakfast options. Cedarlane’s new all-natural frozen Broccoli Cheddar and Garden Vegetable & Mozzarella Egg White Omelettes are high in protein, low in cholesterol, and gluten-free, making it easy to get a quick, hot and healthy restaurant-quality

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Increase Breakfast Profits

Knouse Foods, a grower-owned cooperative, highlights how foodservice professionals can increase profit potential with breakfast and snacking dayparts. According to The NPD Group, 60% of restaurant growth over the past five years has come from breakfast sales and the rest from snack periods. Knouse Foods’ products and recipes help operators easily expand their menu and

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Boosting Fresh Food Sales

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. Takeout food was invented for on-the-go consumers. But a takeout program has to do more than travel at high speeds. Today’s consumers want quality

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The Waterloo, Wis.- based pickle manufacturer, Van Holten’s, is growing to keep up with consumer demand, having completed the addition of a $1.6 million state-of-the-art pickle storage tankyard this summer, just in time for this year’s crop of cucumbers. It added 165 pickle storage tanks, increasing its total number of 1,000 bushel tanks to 292.

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Food Environment Not To Blame For Obesity

New study shows state policies on food to have little to no impact on Americans’ weight. According to a new study posted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, environmental factors such as food prices or restaurant location play a minuscule role in America’s increasing rates of obesity. The new study conducted by Drs. Charles Baum

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Rice Mixes for Foodservice Operators

McCormick For Chefs, the Food Away From Home Division of McCormick & Co., launched a portfolio of rice mixes from Zatarain’s. This new Zatarain’s product line is designed to meet foodservice operator needs and patrons’ desire for great-tasting and “better-for-you” dishes. According to an industry survey of more than 500 foodservice chefs and operators, 89%

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Quick Chek Donates In Memory of Sept. 11

FealGood Foundation raises awareness about the health effects the first responders of Sept. 11 face today.   In remembrance of those lost on Sept. 11, Quick Chek is donatating 11 cents from each cup of coffee sold on Sunday, Sept. 11 to the FealGood Foundation. The FealGood Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to raising awareness

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Real Honest Popcorn

Convenience store owners looking to boost snack sales with innovative products take notice. Rocky Mountain Popcorn Co. introduces Naked Popcorn. The gluten-free, all-natural hot air-popped popcorn is naturally and lightly salted, and a whole grain snack. The product is both nut-free and contains no trans fats and offers a nine-month shelf life. One bite and your

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Smaller Meal Options

Trends are changing when it comes to meal size. Many customers now prefer smaller sized meals in order to eat healthier. Customers are growing more aware of the importance of managing portion size, market research company NPD Group, revealed in its latest report titled, “Healthy Eating Strategies by Generation,” according to Vending MarketWatch. NPD listed

Sunflower Farmers Market To Open In California

Sunflower Farmers Market, a rapidly growing value-priced organic and natural foods grocer in six Southwestern states, is set to open its first store in California in April 2011. While the concept is new to California, Mike Gilliland, the man behind the brand, is well known there. He established the popular Wild Oats supermarket in the

Shoppers Struggle to Buy Healthy

A new consumer attitude research study conducted by Catalina Marketing, which provides shopper-driven marketing solutions, shows despite the industry’s healthy-eating consumer initiatives, shoppers have not changed their old buying habits, behavior and perceptions. “We will use this study to make it easier for both manufacturers and retailers to help shoppers make healthy, nutritious choices in

Specialty Tortillas

Seventy-seven percent of customers would like to see healthier items on c-store menus, according to Mintel. The Mexican Original brand from Tyson Food Service offers a full line of specialty tortillas that help meet the needs of health-conscious consumers without sacrificing flavor. Mexican Original tortillas are available in a variety of different sizes to help

Fresh & Easy Debuts Kids Product Line

Fresh & Easy is celebrating the opening of three new Fresh & Easy stores in San Diego County and the launch of fresh&easy Goodness, a range of nutritious products designed specifically for kids. Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason was joined by Region IX Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Herb

Tyson Chicken Featured at National Food Conference

An example of Tyson Foods’ commitment to the advancement of child nutrition was featured at the 2010 National Food Policy Conference, hosted by the Consumer Federation of America in cooperation with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Tyson Wokin’ Orange All-in-One Entree (Fully-Cooked Dark Meat Strips with Spicy Orange Sauce) was part of the meal served during

YoCream Sales Up 16%

YoCream International Inc., a manufacturer and wholesaler of frozen desserts and beverages, has reported its financial results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2010. Sales for the three months ended July 31, 2010 increased 15.6% to $18,445,000.  Sales for the nine months increased 12.1% to $41,721,000. Net income increased 25% to $2,141,000 for the

Versatility Drives Pizza’s Popularity

Pizza Trends   There are approximately 62,000 pizzerias in the U.S. according to research firm Packaged Facts, with thousands of additional convenience stores and restaurants serving up fresh pizzas every day. And with good reason. Approximately 94% of the U.S. population eats pizza. More than three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year,

Top Snack Trends

The Food Channel has released its top 10 snack trends, one of its regular trend reports prepared in conjunction with CultureWaves, Mintel International and the International Food Futurists. “These trends are meant to inspire your back-to-school snacking,” said Kay Logsdon, editor-in-chief of The Food Channel. “But they also show how people are eating today, with

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