Convenience Store News

NOV 2014

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58 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2014 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM • 14 types of deluxe gourmet pizza • Stromboli • Breakfast pizza and other breakfast and bakery fare Nice N Easy also offers a few hot dinner entrees, including Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Mac N Beef, Mac N Cheese, Chili, and Chicken Pot Pies. In July, Nice N Easy expanded its breakfast offering by introduc- ing its first wrap: an Italian Sausage Breakfast Wrap made with sausage, eggs, cheese, green peppers and onions. As a strong regional player, Nice N Easy is lauded for incorporating regional food favorites into its menu, and its foodservice team includes two great chefs. Best PrePAred Foods InnovAtor, sIlver MedAl Kwik Trip Inc., La Crosse, Wis. Kwik Trip, the 450-store Midwest retailer, has been mak- ing a lot of news lately with its innovative growth into alternative fuels, particularly developing a compressed natural gas infrastructure across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. But the convenience retailer built a reputation with its fresh daily food program, from baked goods such as Glazers doughnuts to sandwiches to pizza. (Its Dollar Slice Day is one of the retailer's top promotions.) "Kwik Trip's ability to deliver fresh foods to its stores six to seven days a week gives it a huge innova- tion advantage over most c-stores," said one CSNews How To Crew judge. "Big on Fresh, Low on Price" is the mantra of this vertically integrated retailer, which has its own central- ized commissary, bakery, dairy, soda and water bot- tling plants, and handles its own distribution of fresh product to its stores on a daily basis. As one of the first c-store chains to introduce a low-calorie, healthy menu, Kwik Trip in March began implementing a new EATSmart program and other poli- cies that promote healthy eating habits among consum- ers. Recently, Kwik Trip debuted an egg white, ham and cheese on English muffin sandwich. The retailer this year also started a Healthy Concessions Program that allows organizations to purchase healthier items at dis- counted prices to use in their fundraising efforts. To create continued excitement in its prepared the CSNews Foodservice Innovator of the Year gold medal for 2014. FoodservIce InnovAtor oF the YeAr, sIlver MedAl Rutter's Farm Stores, York, Pa. Rutter's is a perennial convenience foodservice inno- vator. While the chain takes home silver this year, Rutter's won the gold medal in this same category in 2012 and last year, it was honored with the gold medal in the Best Prepared Foods Innovator category. Rutter's continuously innovates its prepared food menu and stretches into uncharted convenience store territory with new, unique menu items such as: • Made-to-order dinner bowls • Fried turkey legs • Mexican fare including Frito pies, tacos and quesadillas • A deep menu of cold and hot sandwiches • Ultimate burgers and sliders • Stromboli and pizza • Fun sides and snacks • A deep breakfast menu • Consistent healthy fare with wraps, unique salads and soups Just recently, the chain also rolled out BBQ Short Ribs and Italian desserts including cannoli. Rutter's con- tinuously adds new flavors and varieties to its menu and the retailer is both strategic and fearless — when new items are rolled out, they are executed flawlessly. Best PrePAred Foods InnovAtor, Gold MedAl Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, Canastota, N.Y. Nice N Easy was the silver medalist for Best Prepared Foods Innovator in 2012 and the silver medal win- ner for Best New Foodservice Program in 2013. This year, the central New York State chain of about 80 stores — recently acquired by Texas-based CST Brands Inc. — captures the gold in the Best Prepared Foods Innovator category. Nice N Easy consistently executes outstanding food, both hot and cold, and continuously innovates and refines its menu. Instead of offering too many different categories, the chain has deep offerings in a few main categories: • 14 varieties of appetizers • Seven types of hot subs • A dozen different sandwiches and wraps • Four varieties of fresh salads • A dozen sandwich melts

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