NACUFS Names 'Best-in-Business' C-Store Contest Winners

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OKEMOS, Mich. -- The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) has announced the winners of its 7th annual "Best in the Business" Campus C-Store Contest. They include Village Market, Cal Poly Corp.; Sisu, The Pennsylvania State University; Scotty's, University of California Riverside; Commons Marketplace/Salads by Design, Bowling Green State University; and Wildcatessen, University of New Hampshire.

The recipients will be recognized at the upcoming NACUFS national conference in Milwaukee. The winning convenience stores will be profiled during [image-nocss] the Neighborhood Market Retail Workshop preceding the opening of the conference on July 7-8, 2009.

Open to all institutional members of the association, the contest recognizes creativity and innovation in marketing, merchandising, layout and design and foodservice applications. This year's contest drew 38 entries from colleges and universities throughout the United States. Judging was conducted by a three-person panel composed of a university foodservice director, trade magazine editor and a representative of the contest sponsor, PepsiCo.

The winners in each category included:

The Big Idea (Co-Winners): Village Market, Cal Poly Corp.; Sisu, The Pennsylvania State University

Marketing & Merchandising: Scotty's, University of California Riverside

Foodservice Application: Commons Marketplace/Salads by Design, Bowling Green State University

Updating Your C-Store: Wildcatessen, University of New Hampshire

Honorable Mention 2009:
The Big Idea: Hungry Johnnie, St John's University
Marketing & Merchandising: Ugo's, University of Michigan; Jester City Market, University of Texas in Austin
Foodservice Application: Lisa's Cafe, Northwestern University; Cypress Bend Cafe, University of Texas in Austin
Updating Your C-Store: Twenty Something Convenience Store, Oklahoma State University; POTS (Plaza on the Side), University of California San Diego

NACUFS is the trade association for collegiate foodservice operators at nearly 600 institutions of higher education in North America.