6 C-Store Foodservice Innovations

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Convenience-store retailers may see an uptick in foodservice sales as consumers become more and more convinced about the safety and sanitation of programs across destination profit centers, such as dispensed coffee, sandwich counters, fountain drinks and roller grill.

Although 69% of consumers indicated they’ve visited c-stores less often during the pandemic, their outlook on c-store foodservice is positive.

More than three-quarters (77%) of consumers said they plan on visiting c-stores for food in the COVID-19 era at least once a month, according to a recent survey from Chicago-based Technomic.

Suppliers have reacted with innovations that support consumer trends across c-store foodservice. Click through for a look at six new food items, food ingredients or foodservice equipment that could help retailers stand out as consumers return.

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Tyson Foodservice

Tyson chicken

Tyson Foodservice expanded its Tyson Nashville Hot Chicken portfolio with bone-in wings, the fourth product in its Red Label-branded lineup. To serve, operators need only to heat and toss with the Tyson signature sauce included in the program, according to Tyson. The Nashville Hot Chicken lineup also includes boneless wings, breast filets and thigh filets.

Photograph courtesy of Tyson Foodservice


Johnsonville sausage

Johnsonville introduced a new sausage flavor for roller grill programs in the Ultimate Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage. The smoked link is made with fresh cuts of premium pork, combining real cheddar cheese and diced jalapeno peppers. The Ultimate Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage comes fully cooked, frozen for storage with a 4-hour hold time and available 10 pounds to a case.

Photograph courtesy of Johnsonville

Miyoko’s Creamery

Miyoko’s vegan pizza

Miyoko’s Creamery launched Cultured Vegan Pizza Mozz, a mozzarella-style cheese that can be applied to a variety of foods. The 100% plant-based cheese comes in a liquid form to make it easy to apply to a variety of foodservice operations. Two versions are available: an organic style made with a cashew milk base, and an allergen-free version made with oat milk and legume base. Both offerings are non-GMO.

Photograph courtesy of Miyoko’s Creamery


Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese

Stouffer’s recently created the first-ever Mac on Tap, a dispenser delivering Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese straight from the tap. A user only has to pull the lever to dispense Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese.

Photograph courtesy of Stouffer’s


Copeland Indoor Modular Solution

For operators seeking alternatives to one-size-fits-all centralized architectures, Emerson introduced the Copeland Indoor Modular Solution, an all-in-one, low-profile food refrigeration system combining Copeland Scroll variable-speed compressors with ProAct Connect+ enterprise management software and lifecycle services. Designed for display cases and other food retail applications, the solution is designed with a small footprint and requires low maintenance, according to the company. Other features include plug-in refrigeration flexibility, lower-GWP and energy-efficient refrigeration, and advanced electronics with seamless integration into facility controls for data management.

Photograph courtesy of Emerson


hood systems

The SimpleSpec line of hood systems by Avtec is designed to meet the price-conscious requirements of foodservice operators while delivering convenience, performance and versatility for a variety of applications, according to the company. Styles are available in box, conveyor pizza, fryer, dishwasher, display and chain broiler. Each hood package offers tools to make specifying and ordering simpler, including SKUs, spec sheets, CAD drawings, Revit files, renderings and installation manuals.

 Photograph courtesy of Avtec