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Casey’s Takes Charge

With an aggressive expansion and remodeling plan underway, Casey’s General Stores is in firm control of its future and sits atop the list of Chains to Watch in 2013. By: Erin Rigik, associate editor. Casey’s General Stores has come a long way in two years. The convenience store chain is branching into new territory, pushing

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Hunt to Win Sweepstakes

Hunt Brothers partners with Realtree and Bad Boy Buggies to give away $25,000 in prizes. Hunt Brothers Pizza is helping hunters re-load their collection of camouflage hunting gear with the launch of the Hunt to Win Sweepstakes. Now through Dec. 31, hunting enthusiasts across the country can enter to win more than $25,000 in Realtree

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Pizza Cone Comes To Three C-Stores

Several New York-area convenience stores are delving into the sale of pizza cones. Three gas station chains in the New York metropolitan-area are selling new Cono Italiano Inc. “pizza conos” at their c-stores. Exxon, BP and Gulf Gas Stations are now selling pizza conos and empanadas to consumers. The pizza cono is a drip-free, cone-shaped

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Hunt Brothers Launches Fan Photo Contest

“This photo contest is a fun way to celebrate the loyal fans of both NASCAR and Hunt Brothers Pizza by letting them use their creativity and enthusiasm to prove they are the ultimate fan,” says Hunt Brothers spokesperson. Just in time for the exciting summer stretch of NASCAR racing, Hunt Brothers Pizza has launched the

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“If It Were Your Money…….”

By John Matthews, Founder, Gray Cat Enterprises. Back in my twenties, I worked for a growing pizza chain, Little Caesar Enterprises, with a career that spanned nearly a decade. Little Caesars, at the time I joined was a 1,300-store, $700 million company and over the first five years of my stint there, had grown to

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Quik Stop, Hunt Bros. Kick Off Kentucky Race Weekend

Event to include free pizza and autograph session with NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick. Hunt Brothers Pizza is kicking the Kentucky race weekend into high gear with free pizza, remote control racecar driving and an autograph session with NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick at the Mini-Wheelin’ with Kevin Harvick event June 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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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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Missouri Supreme Court Denies Casey’s Processing Exemption

Exemption on utilities, machinery, equipment and materials used or consumed in manufacturing or processing, does not extend to the preparation of food for retail sale, the Court rules. The Missouri Supreme Court has denied a Casey’s General Stores convenience store and restaurant a partial sales tax exemption for electricity used to prepare food for sale.

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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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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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Delivering a Winning Pizza Program

In an effort to grow its foodservice business, Casey’s is expanding its menu to include pizza delivery. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Casey’s General Stores has sold pizza for more than a quarter century making it one of the earliest convenience store chains to do so. Now, in an effort to expand its customer base,

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Hunt Brothers Re-launches Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“With the peak of the football party season upon us, what better time to bring it back than for the football playoffs and the big game,” says Hunt Brothers Pizza spokesperson. Hunt Brothers Pizza has re-launched its popular limited-time offer Buffalo Chicken Pizza, just in time for the football playoffs party season. This delicious offering

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners with RCR

“We’re so excited to partner with one of the most legendary racing organizations in NASCAR for the 2012 and 2013 Nationwide Series,” says Hunt Brothers CEO. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, will sponsor two of Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series teams as well as the No.

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Keeping the Menu Fresh

Foodservice customers are becoming value-conscious, a reflection of current economic conditions. Consumers are now expecting better value in terms of price, service, consistency and food quality. By John Lofstock, Editor. Bringing consumers into convenience stores to buy food requires a great offering at a good price. But with all the competition for share of stomach,

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Hot Stuff Sponsors Snowmobile Snocross Champion

“Many of our restaurant franchisees and customers are Tucker Hibbert fans, and will be excited to learn that Tucker is a Hot Stuff Pizza lover,” says Orion CEO. Orion Food Systems, the international foodservice provider, which franchises over 1000 Hot Stuff Pizza locations world-wide, announced its official sponsorship of World Snocross Champion and 10-time ESPN

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NACS 2011 Hunt Brothers

New products from Hunt Brothers. Self rising dough and delivered frozen with sauce and cheese eliminates 90% of your labor concerns. 12-inch or a “hunk” 1/4 of a large pizza, all toppings no extra charge. Limited Time Offers (LTO’s) include the current Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and coming in 2012, a new Buffalo Chicken Pizza. A

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Perfecting Pizza

A top-notch pie and artistic appeal help differentiate the offering for this important foodservice segment. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Pizza, a perennial favorite of American culture, is grabbing headlines as some restaurateurs and retailers devise gourmet versions with a variety of innovative toppings and crusts. And while that’s all well and good, c-store shoppers

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New products from Hunt Brothers. Self rising dough and delivered frozen with sauce and cheese eliminates 90% of your labor concerns. 12″ or a “hunk” 1/4 of a large pizza, all toppings no extra charge. Limited Time Offers (LTO’s) include the current Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and coming in 2012, a new Buffalo Chicken Pizza. A

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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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Hunt Brothers Launches Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Limited-time offer pizza available now in participating stores. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, has launched its newest limited-time offer Philly Cheesesteak Pizza. This new offering includes white cheddar cheese sauce, slices of beef steak, green peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese, all on Hunt Brothers Pizza’s famous original

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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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Hunt Brothers Pizza Celebrates NASCAR Victory

Kevin Harvick wins race with No. 2 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet. Hunt Brothers Pizza celebrated in victory lane Aug. 24 when the made-to-order convenience store pizza chain’s NASCAR driver, Kevin Harvick, won the Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., driving the Hunt Brothers Pizza No. 2

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Specially designed for the deli refrigerator case, the authentic pizzeria taste of Belafino Take & Bake Pizza complements deli-fresh side offerings in any c-store. Popular Cheese, Pepperoni and Supreme varieties easily offer complete meal solutions with a large 16-inch size. Only premium ingredients are used, including 100% real cheese, specially forumulated sauce and an artisan-styled

Vying for Customers with Value Meals

McDonald’s has it. Dunkin’ Donuts has it. And if your c-store doesn’t have it, you’re likely losing customers to the QSR down the street. In 2010, featuring a value meal with your foodservice offering is essential to driving new customers through your doors and securing them as regular visitors.  C-stores with foodservice programs are facing

NOCO Express Adds Just Pizza

Tonawanda, N.Y.-based NOCO Express has added a Just Pizza location within its Depew store located at French and Borden Roads. The approximately 600-square foot Just Pizza location features a full menu of more than 75 varieties of pizza, chicken wings, submarine sandwiches, salads and appetizers for dine-in and carry-out. “We are always looking for ways

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