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Take Your Deli to the Next Level

Sides, combo meals and even small equipment purchases can take your foodservice program from blah to booming. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) “What’s in Store 2012” report revealed consumers are buying more prepared meals at convenience stores that provide quality and variety to shoppers. Just being on top

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A Fresh Way To Expand The Menu

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market launched a contest to engage customers, while expanding its side dish range. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched a Summer Side Dish Recipe Contest for customers to help grow its popular side dish offerings. Customers can participate in the Summer Side Dish Recipe Contest by submitting their original side

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Commissary Sales Gaining Momentum

While commissary products are growing in popularity at c-stores, not all retailers are at the same level. Luckily, options abound in ways to integrate commissary products for all quartiles. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Commissaries and a centralized distribution system are becoming more popular across all foodservice segments in both convenience stores and supermarkets as

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Commissaries Grow In Popularity

Commissaries account for a quarter of all supermarket and convenience store prepared food purchases, according to Technomic. In a first-of-its-kind study, Technomic found that commissaries (also known as meal assemblers and central kitchens) are the source of a large percentage of all foodservice purchases in both supermarkets and c-stores. Commissaries have recently become more popular

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Poultry Fuels Healthy Food Sales

Whether it’s sandwiches, wraps or salads, chicken’s flexibility allows for a variety of healthy menu options. By John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience stores are going fresh and healthy, but not quickly enough for consumers, a new research report suggests. Convenience stores have been a growing outlet for produce, but consumers want more. More than half (52%),

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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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United Supermarkets Introduces United Express

Fresh foods, traditional c-store offerings available at new smaller format store. United Supermarkets has entered the convenience market, introducing its first United Express standalone convenience store location this week in Lubbock, Texas,  Chain Store Age reported. The new United Express offers six fuel pumps, fresh foods and traditional c-store items. “Our goal with United Express

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The Growing Demand for Fresh Foods

In today’s health-conscious world, convenience stores are expanding their menus to include more healthy snacks and meals. By: John Lofstock, Editor. While cash-strapped consumers are cooking at home more often to help ease tight budgets, a new study by the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) found that these shoppers are on the lookout for

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Sandwich Sales on a Roll

There’s a reason why American Retail Services (ARS) of Oceanside, Calif.,  chose sandwiches as the centerpiece of the budding foodservice program it’s launching in its 100-store chain. Chicago-based market research firm Mintel International estimated in September 2010 that despite the challenges of the recent economy, sandwich shop sales grew 3.1% in 2010 to $24.3 billion.

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Poultry Powers Food Sales

Versatility makes chicken one of the most popular segments in foodservice. Chicago-based market research firm Mintel International reported new menu items in convenience stores and QSRs in 2010 were chicken-based as these retail segments expanded to compete with supermarkets. Mintel’s QSR report noted that 43% of respondents said they wanted healthier menu options at restaurants

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Snacking Solutions

Snacking is on the rise, accounting for 7% of foodservice sales, only 2% less than breakfast sales, according to Restaurant Food & Beverage Market Research Handbook (2010). Plus, the average consumer snacks at least once a day, most often between lunch and dinner, noted Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, Attitudes and Usage Study (2010). Rich

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Choosing a Foodservice Model That Works

Is co-branding or a proprietary program the right choice for your chain? Retailers weigh in on what factors to consider before selecting a food brand. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor In today’s market, foodservice is crucial to attracting customers and maintaining strong sales. When adding foodservice, building a proprietary brand, co-branding and leasing space to

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Village Pantry Adds Hunt Brothers Pizza

Made-to-order pizza program is expected to increase customer appeal for Farmland, Ind., convenience store. Village Pantry is welcoming Hunt Brothers Pizza to its Farmland, Ind., store at 100 East Jackson Street. The store is open 24/7 and marks the eighth Indiana Village Pantry location to add the made-to-order pizza offering. Hunt Brothers Pizza demonstrated strong

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Hess Adds Quiznos To Two Florida Locations

After debuting its first Quiznos location last December, Hess has added six more of the franchises to its fleet of stores. Two Hess Express gas station/convenience stores on Florida’s Treasure Coast recently welcomed Quiznos franchises to their locations, TCPALM reported. The first Quiznos opened two weeks ago in a Port St. Lucie Hess Express at

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Tedeschi Enters Commissary Business

Tedeschi Food Shops has acquired DSD1, the local start-up commissary that produces the chain’s signature TD’s Deli packaged fresh food line. DSD1 will now be known as “Tedeschi Fresh Foods” and will be a subsidiary of Tedeschi Food Shops. Nearly two years ago, Tedeschi Food Shops engaged DSD1 to develop and distribute a new fresh

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