Convenience Store News

NOV 2016

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4 Guide to Foodservice | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Convenience Foodservice on the March CSNews' Convenience Foodservice Exchange brings together best-in-class retailers and suppliers who strive for foodservice excellence I think you'll agree that foodservice, without question, can significantly increase convenience store profits. But it is also more complex than any other in-store category and requires more research, planning, discipline and commitment. It also requires innovative thinking and a better understanding of why and when consumers choose to purchase prepared food at a convenience store. These are the themes we explored over two days this fall at the first Convenience Foodservice Exchange, an exclusive, new event created by Convenience Store News. Through consumer research, expert commen- tary from operators, case studies, face-to-face meet- ings with suppliers and distributors, and examples of industry innovation, approximately 50 c-store retailer foodservice executives shared success stories and the challenges they face. At the end of the two days, retailers and suppliers came away with actionable information and insights that they believe will lead to increased sales and improved shopper engagement. This special Guide to Foodservice presents highlights of this ground- breaking conference. Our speak- ers addressed such key subject matters as product and tech- nological innovation; cap- turing a larger share of din- nertime dollars; the future of foodservice distribution; and how to capitalize on consum- ers' demand for healthier foods. Our "Ask the Experts" panel addressed critical how-to challenges around the hot and cold beverages business, new foodservice equipment, marketing to women and millennials, targeting the snack daypart, the efficacy of drive-thrus, and much more. Our exploration of foodservice trends took us into the supermarket industry for a close-up look at one of the best examples of a "grocerant." The award-win- ning Market Bistro concept by Price Chopper exempli- fies the nexus between quick casual dining and a full supermarket shopping experience. And we recognized two best-in-class leaders in the advancement of foodservice in the convenience store industry with the presentation of the first CSNews Foodservice Executive of the Year awards to Kelly Buckley of 7-Eleven Inc. and Rich Green of Maverik Inc. We hope this recap of the 2016 Convenience Foodservice Exchange provides you with some impor- tant learnings that can help propel your business to new heights in the coming year. CSN We hope this recap of the 2016 Convenience Foodservice Exchange provides you with some important learnings that can help propel your business to new heights in the coming year. For comments, please contact Don Longo, Editorial Director, at (201) 855-7606 or [email protected]

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