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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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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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Hunt Brothers Pizza Offers Free Music

A partnership with Universal Music Group Nashville allows Hunt Brothers to offer song downloads to customers who purchase the Pizza of the Month. Hunt Brothers Pizza is giving music fans everywhere something to sing about with the launch of its new Pizza of the Month promotion. Now through Dec. 31, consumers who purchase the Pizza

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Jiffy Mart Completes Remodel in Finksburg

New décor, energy efficient lighting and upgraded restrooms greet customers at the newly revamped Finksburg, Md. Jiffy Mart. As part of the Gateway Improvement Program, and commitment to improve customers shopping experience, Jiffy Mart has remodeled its Finksburg, Md. location. The revamped interior offers a brighter store design with new décor, new ceiling, energy efficient

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Pizza Gets Personal

C-store retailers can expect to see continued growth in the pizza category in 2012. “Pizza has good hold times, is a consumer favorite and is relatively easy to prepare. Sales will be up in 2012,” said Tim Powell, director for Chicago-based research firm Technomic. Trends to watch in 2012 include an increase in take-and-bake pizzas,

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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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Munchy Mart Meeting Student Demands

The University of Northern Colorado has rolled out a new convenience store brand to satisfy student cravings with products they need at prices they can afford. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. When students rolled into the University of Northern Colorado’s (UNC) University Center this fall, Munchy Mart was waiting. The brand new 1,250-square-foot convenience store,

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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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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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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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Hunt Brothers Debuts New Website

Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry with more than 6,000 locations in 28 states, has announced the launch of its newly redesigned Website, huntbrotherspizza.com. Updated with a bold color scheme and new consumer-friendly features including a store locator, in-store promotion details, multi-media components and social media feeds, the

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Local Store Marketing: Coupon Books

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Growing up in Michigan, I was a part of a very prestigious high school baseball team– the Plymouth Canton Chiefs.  Year in and year out, our team was highly ranked and continually vied for the state championship.  Playing on this team was a sign

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Teams With Kevin Harvick Inc.

The 2011 NASCAR season is quickly approaching, and Hunt Brothers® Pizza already has reason to celebrate. In a partnership with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary sponsor for two of NASCAR’s most successful and influential drivers, Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler. KHI was founded in 2001 by Kevin Harvick and

Pizza Offers Foodservice Flexibility

As foodservice sales make up for lost gasoline and cigarette profits, more retailers are jumping on the pizza bandwagon. It’s a wise move considering Americans love their pizza. According to Parade magazine, 94% of the U.S. population eats pizza; Pizzaware.com noted that Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza each day (350 slices per second);

Pennington Prospers with Pizza

Inside the Numbers What do one million personal-size pan pizzas add up to? According to the folks at Hot Stuff Foods, about 550,000 pounds in all. It includes 250,000 pounds of dough, 150,000 pounds of custom blended cheese and 62,500 pounds of sauce, plus the meat toppings and vegetables. One million personal-size pan pizza boxes,

Nice & Envied

Mission accomplished. When John MacDougall challenged his team at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes to come up with a company mission statement, he left pretty simple instructions. “Keep it short, keep it focused and let’s be true to ourselves,” he said. The result was a concise proclamation of the chain’s commitment to the customers it

Marketing the Menu

The bar has been raised on sandwiches—indeed, on all freshly made to-go dishes—as consumers’ expectations continue to rise and new competitors from outside the c-store universe appear on the horizon. Convenience stores are finding themselves more and more in conflict with players from the fast-food and grocery stores seeking the same “fare” share. With that

Pizza Popularity Drives Food Sales

Some version of pizza has been around ever since a working man in Ancient Greece discovered that a flat round bread (plankuntos) embellished with assorted toppings made a hearty, thrifty and convenient dining experience. Little did that anonymous cook suspect that his humble meal would one day launch a major industry. According to Blumenfeld and

The Rise of the Aztec Empire

San Diego State University At a Glance San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897, is the fifth-largest university in California with a student body of approximately 38,000 full- and part-time students. Its retail arm, Aztec Shops Ltd., was founded in 1932 as a not-for-profit corporation that functions primarily as an auxiliary of the university.

Developing a Late Night Menu

C-store operators burning the midnight oil thinking of ways to increase their business may have inadvertently stumbled upon their answer. While late night has grown into an identifiable daypart on its own, too many retailers either haven’t yet recognized it as such or simply don’t have the traffic to warrant promoting it. But for those

Design of the Times

Savvy c-store operators know that everything in a store should be contributing to sales, including displays and fixtures. More retailers are coming to realize that display and fixture design can, if done right, provide the flexibility needed to highlight food offerings as well as dry goods products and keep the sales space fresh, interesting and

Pizza Palates Changing

Fast Facts About Pizza • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or about 350 slices per second. • Pizza is a $30 billion per year industry. There are approximately 69,000 pizzerias in the U.S. Approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year. (Source: Blumenfeld and Associates) • Pizzerias represent

Equipment Key to Driving Food Sales

Convenience store operators in search of faster cooking times and longer holding times are finding foodservice equipment that can help. But which pieces, at what price points, with what sort of ROIs and in what sort of configuration remain questions that must be weighed and answered. For an industry whose core competency isn’t food, and

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