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Poultry Powers Prepared Food Sales

Whether it’s sandwiches, wraps or wings, chicken’s versatility is driving the foodservice category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Chicken comes about as close as food can to a can’t-miss opportunity for convenience store operators. Chicken’s flexibility—and healthier perception—makes it one of the most popular products in the foodservice industry. And short of handling it unsafely,

Subway Recognizes Franchisee

2012 Regional Franchisee of the Year Award goes to Sequin, Texas business owner. SUBWAY restaurant chain has named Larry Gerosa of Seguin, Texas as the recipient of its 2012 Regional Franchisee of the Year award for single-unit owners from the chain’s domestic developed markets. The award was presented during the company’s recent convention held in

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NRA Responds To Beverage Ban

Law is punitive to restaurant owners, and ineffective tactic to impact obesity, says NRA. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is speaking out against the beverage ban approved by the NYC Board of Health, saying it unfairly targets restaurants, and is a misguided tactic to impact the obesity problem. “There is no scientific support that this

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NRA Speaks Out About Beverage Ban In NYC

The National Restaurant Association takes a stance on the proposed large beverage ban in New York City. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) spoke out at a public hearing on the proposed large beverage ban in New York. The NRA told the New York Department of Health that it thinks the proposed ban is a misguided

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New Yorkers Petition Against Proposed Soda Ban

More than 60,000 New York citizens oppose the city’s proposed bans on large soft drinks. New Yorkers have started to petition against Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed “soda ban,” which will create size restrictions on soft drinks, juice drinks, sports drinks, flavored water and teas sold at many retail outlets. The ban would affect delis, restaurants, movie

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The Customer Service Saboteur

Washington State University student analyzes ways customers get on each other’s nerves. By Eric Sorensen, Contributing Editor There are Some jerks, and then there are jerks. Joel Anaya has given them a fair amount of study, focusing on that very special jerk who can take a routine service experience—dining out, paying at a cash register, air

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Unilever Launches Hardest-Working Food Campaign

Facebook group to feature practical hands-on advice, tips and insights to reduce cost, improve taste and cut waste. Hard work goes hand in hand with a professional kitchen. That’s why Unilever Food Solutions—a global foodservice businesses—is launching a campaign to recognize America’s hardest-working dishes, which stand the test of time and form the backbone of

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Sugar Reform Denied

Coalition hopes close vote signals momentum for reform this year. In response to the Senate’s narrow defeat of an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill, which would have modestly reformed the costly U.S. sugar program, the Coalition for Sugar Reform released the following statement. “While we are disappointed the Senate voted to maintain the status

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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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NYC Mayor Expects To Restrict Soda Sales

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. New York City residents might be in for a shock if Mayor Michael Bloomberg follows through on his proposed ban of sugary drinks with more than 16-ounces in eateries. The ban will affect restaurants, delis, food trucks, sports stadiums and movie

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NRA Donates Meals To Hungry

The 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show Exhibitors donated 41,710 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). The National Restaurant Association announced its 2012 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, hosted May 5 through 8, donated its surplus food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). More than 41,710 meals had been donated by them to

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Dunkin’ Donuts Expands In Texas

Franchise opportunities throughout Texas remain available and new markets may be added soon. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with three franchise groups to develop 25 new restaurants in Texas over the next several years.  Locations targeted for development include the following:   •            521 Interests LTD plan to develop 16 restaurants in

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Pilot Travel Centers Expands Franchise Agreement With Huddle House

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J is expanding its partnership with Huddle House, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Huddle House, which has more than 400 locations in 20 states, has signed franchise agreements with Pilot Travel Centers to open five new travel-center eateries in the next eight months. Already a location in

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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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White Castle, Wal-Mart Team for Slider Giveaway

Some 10,000 sliders will be given away in Panama City Beach, Fla. White Castle is teaming up with Wal-Mart to bring the Original White Castle Slider to Panama City Beach, Fla., during spring break.  The Wal-Mart Supercenter in Panama City Beach will host the one day giveaway of 10,000 burgers. The party starts Saturday, March

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President Bill Clinton to Address NRA Show Attendees

“Clinton’s insights are sure to be both interesting and entertaining, making his keynote address one of the main attractions at NRA Show 2012,” says NRA convention chair. President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States, will address attendees at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant,

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Customers to Vote for Best TA & Petro Restaurants

Online ballots accepted through Jan. 3. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is asking all of its guests to identify the best TA and Petro Stopping Center sit-down, table-service restaurant locations and servers. Customers are asked to cast their votes through an online ballot at www.ta-petro.com/thebest. Votes will be accepted through midnight on Jan. 3, 2012.

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Chester’s Opens 17 New Locations

“Each opening brings Chester’s great chicken and sides to more people, and keeps the brand growing,” says Chester’s spokesperson. Chester’s International LLC continues its aggressive expansion by opening 17 more domestic locations.   With industry expectations that convenience store food sales will outperform the restaurant and food industry averages, Chester’s is well positioned for success. Chester’s

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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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Enhance Food Safety

High-temperature warewashers not only offer environmental and cost-saving benefits, they can also improve food safety by ensuring that wash and rinse temperatures always comply with the NSF and FDA Food Code minimum temperatures. Restaurant managers who want to reduce water consumption and energy costs in their operations while enhancing performance and food safety need look

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Cracker Barrel Adding Electric Car Chargers

“Our leadership role in the EV Project allows us to continue offering what our guests need and expect while also participating in a meaningful way in our nation’s explorations of energy independence,” says Cracker Barrel CEO. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and ECOtality, a provider of clean electric transportation and storage technologies, have unveiled the

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NRA Show Moved Forward

The National Restaurant Association plans to move the Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show to an date for a higher attendance rate. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced that the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, originally scheduled for May 19-22, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is rescheduled on May 5-8, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. This

Senate Passes Food Safety Law

By a vote of 73 to 25 on Tuesday, the Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to overhaul the nation’s food safety system, the New York Times reported. The law, which gives increased powers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), comes after instances of tainted foods, including peanut butter and spinach,

Brinker Appoints Joe DePinto

Brinker International Inc., a casual dining restaurant company, has elected Joe DePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven Inc., to its board of directors. In his current role, DePinto leads 7-Eleven Inc., which operates, franchises and licenses more than 38,400 stores worldwide of which some 8,200 are in North America. Previously, DePinto served in other executive

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