Retail Cues That Your Foodservice is Fresh

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“Fresh is key in convenience-store foodservice,” says Rachel Kalt, senior strategist with The Culinary Edge, a food and restaurant consulting firm in San Francisco. “Demonstrating freshness is becoming table stakes, so if concepts want to remain competitive, they should consider how to do so in their stores.”

Convenience Retailer Brings Southern Comfort to Foodservice Program

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Gaubert Oil is following the pack. Not the convenience-store pack, mind you—the restaurant one.

The Thibodaux, La.-based convenience retailer is bringing restaurant-quality food to several of its Go-Bears stores with its new Go-Bears Southern Eatery. And if the response to the first site is any indication, customers are going to be thrilled about it.

A Sleeping Monster?

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What will become of the old, reliable “three for $5” promotion that has been Monster’s calling card all these years? It’s a staple in many stores, and some retailers speculate it’s probably going to be slightly modified—upward.

Energy Drinks on a Power Play

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Lots of product segments have their ebbs and flows, their bouts with droughts. But when was the last time the energy-drink segment slumped?

Breakfast is Hot, Hot, Hot

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Breakfast is the only restaurant day-part with sustained visit growth over the last several years. As a result, classic foodservice breakfast fare such as bacon, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes are riding this wave of popularity, reports The NPD Group.

Cool New Products at the NACS Show

When I arrived at the NACS Cool New Products showcase at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, there was a line.

As it turns out, it was worth the wait. In many cases, these new products are just hitting shelves—some won’t be available until next year. But retailers hungry for a new product, service or technology spent time examining each display within.

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Winners Hit NACS Show Floor

The NACS Show, as a rule, is full of new products. There is incredible convenience-store innovation around every corner, down every aisle.

Among all the innovations are CSP’s own 2015 Retailer Choice Best New Products Contest winners. After months of nominating and voting, the results are in and on display at supplier booths on the show floor.

The Next Wave in Yogurt Innovation


Not all c-store operators have given packaged yogurt a fair shake. Given the product’s high-protein and low-carb qualities, and the smash success of Greek varieties, it’s been nothing short of a category game-changer.

And there’s more to come.

The Hartman Group, Bellevue, Wash., reveals there are new innovations bubbling up in the segment to build on the strength of Greek yogurt’s success.

The Leftover Challenge


Everyone loves a nice leftover meal, but those second-day offers might be putting a drag on your daily foodservice success.

The snacks and entrées on your menu often become leftovers for next-day (or same-day) consumption. And that could mean those folks toting the food home will limit their eating-out occasions—at least perhaps for one day.

Make Like a Banana and Split

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They actually stood and cheered when the man in the walking banana costume marched by.

He was also throwing candy from a bucket, but I like to think the day-drinking fest-goers and rowdy college kids were applauding the banana man. Under normal circumstances, it would take a lot of guts to dress up like a banana and walk down the middle of a busy thoroughfare. I certainly wouldn’t expect to get a standing ovation.



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