So Long, Sriracha?

sriracha

Rare is the food trend that’s actually new—just ask those in Southeast Asia who have been dousing their food in Sriracha for generations. In fact, unless we begin discovering entirely new plants and animals, the latest food trends will always be found by exploring the underexposed or long-forgotten.

The latest Flavor Forecast from McCormick & Co. identifies among its big menu trends of the year familiar ingredients used in new ways, untapped ethnic ideas and better-for-you bene­fits.

Foodservice Equipment: Choosing the Best

Vollrath Co. Stoelting AutoVend System

Every year, the National Restaurant Association (­NRA) announces the 25 recipients

of its Kitchen Innovations ­(KI) Awards, which honor groundbreaking equipment and technologies that have the capacity to vastly improve foodservice operations.

“KI Award recipients exemplify the advancements from foodservice industry professionals that solve the complex challenges of day-to-day back-of-house operations,” says Lisa Ingram, president and CEO of White Castle System Inc. and NRA convention chair.

Blog: From Ear Worm to Gummy Worm

Albanese Confection

I have to admit to something: I have any one of five songs stuck in my head all the time. One is “Bunny Hop,” one is “Yakety Sax,” two others are too embarrassing to mention, and the other is this lovely song I learned at Girl Scouts camp.

“Make new friends, but keep the old …”

Technology Product Helps Retailers Tailor Promotions

NewsBreak

People may profess their love for exotic products from distant lands, but in the end most are captivated by all things local.  

Nashville, Tenn.-based Tri Star Energy found recent success implementing a locally driven operating strategy to leverage customer loyalty at 65 Twice Daily stores. Working with Knoxville, Tenn.-based NewsBreak Media, a technology and merchandising expert, Twice Daily now operates its own TV network at the dispensers and inside the store. 

What’s Driving All That Snack Sales Growth?

Snacks

Snack foods grew dollar sales 3.5% in 2015, which outpaced total retail sales of consumer packaged goods (3.2%) and total food and beverage sales growth (2.9%), according to research from SNAC International (formerly the Snack Food Association) and Chicago-based IRI.   

The diverse sizes of snacks, innovation, intriguing flavor mashups and retail/online channel efficiencies—all combined with dynamic tiered pricing inducements—led to an upward trend of dollar sales and, to an extent, units. 

Shopping Outside of the Box

convenience store drone delivery

Convenience stores always seem to be fighting for share from bigger industries with fewer stigmas and stereotypes. But as grocery sales move online and technology and related services innovate, c-stores may find themselves with distinct advantages. Here’s a look at the latest trends in online grocery and some innovations on the fringe.

More Markets

Los Angeles-based research firm IBIS World predicts $9.4 billion in revenue for online grocery in 2017, a total

Three Reasons Not to Overlook RYO

roll-your-own cigarette

There is a chance the roll-your-own/make-your-own ­RYO/MYO‑ tobacco segment gets overlooked in your store. Industrywide, it accounts for approximately 1% of tobacco sales. Some might even say it doesn’t offer the glitz and glamour of other new tobacco products, such as e-vapor.

But it’s a mistake to overlook this segment, says former retailer Andrea Myers, director of business development for Republic Tobacco Co., Glenview, Ill.

Raising the Meat Bar

Epic Provisions meat bar

There are energy bars, fruit bars and granola bars, and nut bars, protein bars and candy bars. But a meat bar?

It exists.

While most meat bars are available now at retail locations such as Whole Foods, these bars, which tout natural ingredients and lots of protein, are poised to take the channel by storm.

The Globalizing of Kit Kat

Kit Kat bar

Imagine you, a Kit Kat lover, are faced with the ultimate tease. Which would you choose: The honeycomb and cookie dough Kit Kat flavors? Or, for the more adventurous, soy sauce, apple vinegar, watermelon and salt and sake Kit Kats?

Here’s the rub: It doesn’t matter. They’re not yet available stateside.

Not Child’s Play

Kids shopping

They are diminutive yet influential. Before there were millennials impacting consumer packaged goods (CPGs) trends, there were “the kids.”

You know them—you might have a couple. Children’s influence on CPGs and retailer strategies is significant. From the weekly shopping list to impulse purchases at checkout, little ones greatly influence what their parents buy. 

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Dairy Free

Nondairy milk and blends are growing in popularity each year.  How can you help your customers satisfy their nondairy needs?

Suja Juice

Consumers are expected to be drinking more water than soda by early 2017. How will you capitalize?

There are many compelling products anchoring the healthy-ingredient snack segment, which is expected to enjoy steady growth now through 2020

May/June 2016 issue of Convenience Store Products magazine

Choice, variety and individuality: These qualities are what make a new product a pacesetter.