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Packaged Facts Defines Dining Habits In America

A market study takes a close look at the generational differences in eating habits of Americans to help the retail and foodservice industries  Packaged Facts released a report that analyzes America’s mealtime tendencies and eating habits. The study titled “How We Eat: Retail and Foodservice Opportunities in When and Where America Eats” reports that age

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Grab-and-Go Goodness

Fast Food Systems, LLC. has just introduced a new line of grab-n-go hot sandwiches and burritos under their 320 Main Street label. These items come in frozen and can be merchandized frozen, or in a cold case, but hot is the way to go! We have the answer to drive inside sales with high quality,

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Grab Wraps

Fernando’s Fine Mexican Food is pleased to present its new Grab Wraps, a unique addition to convenience store foodservice offerings. Grab Wraps are fully cooked, hand-rolled and stuffed tortillas for c-store customers. They require no additional on-site preparation, and are developed to work seamlessly with equipment such as roller grills or hot cases. New Grab

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Meat Snacks Are Getting Hot

Major manufacturers are betting on bolder flavor profiles and textures to help appeal to adventurous and sophisticated palates, and health-conscious lifestyles. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor There is nothing timid about Generations X or Y, especially when it involves their taste buds. And when it comes to flavors, the bigger, bolder, hotter and spicier the

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7-Eleven Adds Mini Tacos

Four-for-$1 Mini Tacos joins 7-Eleven’s food line-up, appealing to the growing number of round-the-clock snackers. 7-Eleven Inc. will spice up its hot foods menu with the addition of Mini Tacos, a tasty south-of-the-border treat for hungry consumers looking for a quick, hot snack. Suggested retail price is just $1 for four Spicy Beef Mini Tacos,

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Restaurant Chains Challenging Retailers On Price

Technomic is updating its 2007 landmark study of the Retailer Meal Solutions segment to fit changing trends. Restaurants and retailers have a long history of competing over consumers’ share of stomach. That competition becomes particularly intense late in the day, when busy families must decide what’s for dinner. If money is tight, retailers often win

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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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Servicing Customers in a Jiffy

Jiffy Trip is preparing to unveil a convenience store prototype in Oklahoma and has its sights set on acquisition opportunities. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Jiffy Trip is gearing up for a busy year. The 28-store chain  based in Enid, Okla. is scouring the market for acquisition targets to fulfill its lofty plans to grow

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Chester’s Chicken Opens In The Foothills Of The Sleeping Giant

New and improved location re-opens in Helena, Mont. following renovations.   Chester’s, a fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has announced the grand re-opening of its location in Helena, Mont. The new Chester’s location is in the Heritage Food Store, which sits at the base of the famous Sleeping Giant mountain. This

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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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Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners With Minor League Baseball Teams

Hunt Brothers Pizza to be official pizza of five Minor League Baseball teams. Hunt Brothers Pizza is set to be the official pizza provider for five Minor League Baseball teams for the 2012 season. In addition to renewing its partnership with the Lexington Legends, Gwinnett Braves and Jackson Generals, the company has added new partnerships

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Rutter’s Introduces Walking Taco Menu Option

Walking tacos to be made fresh and served in a one-ounce bag of Doritos. Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced several new items to be added to its menu this week, including soft shell tacos, snack wraps and the south central Pennsylvania favorite: walking tacos. A long time preference at area high school sporting events, walking

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Ethnic, Local Themes Among Emerging Deli Trends

International fare and regionally produced ingredients are the hottest trends in deli department foods, according to “What’s in Store 2012,” the recently released annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA). Eighty-two percent of consumers enjoy visiting supermarket delis that feature newer and trendier items, regardless of whether they regularly purchase these items. Delis

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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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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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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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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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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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Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Eight Restaurants in Des Moines

Franchise opportunities still available in Sioux City and Ottawa, Iowa, as well as in Lincoln and Omaha, Neb. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with sister and brother franchisee team, Lori Kelderman High and Jeff Kelderman, for eight new restaurants in Des Moines, Iowa. Two restaurants are slated to open in 2013 and

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Ball Park Franks

Sara Lee Foodservice has introduced Ball Park Angus Beef Franks and Deli Style Beef Franks for convenience store operators’ roller grill programs, providing premium beef offerings with strong brand recognition. Angus continues to gain momentum as a nationally recognized product. The Angus Beef Franks are made with 100% Angus beef, no artificial colors, flavors or by-products.

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Italian Inspiration

Lettieri’s has launched two new Italian-inspired flavors—3-Meat and Italian Trio —to go along with its already successful line of enrobed lunch items under the “Stufferz” brand. A Lettieri’s exclusive, “Stufferz” brings together specially formulated baked bread with hearty fillings. The 3-Meat package includes three popular meats; diced ham, pepperoni and Genoa salami, blended with a

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Sheetz Opens Ephrata, Pa. Store

New customers welcomed with contests and prizes. Sheetz opened a new store in Ephrata Township, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 22, at 9 a.m. The new location sits at 891 East Main Street.  Excitement for this store has been heightened with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open. These lucky customers will

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Marshfield’s Renovated Tedeschi Celebrates Customer Appreciation

This Friday cooking demonstrations and giveaways to greet customers at Tedeschi’s newly remodeled store. Tedeschi Food Shops at 774 Plain Street in Marshfield recently underwent a major renovation. The store, which features an expanded TD’s Deli, now serves fresh foods and meats alongside its standard convenience fare.  In addition to offering a variety of snacks

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