They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that was certainly true for the seventh annual FARE conference. Held June 16-18 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, the conference was bursting at the seams with more than 1,000 attendees, dozens of great speakers, a culinary competition and an exceptional expo. Soak up our coverage of the event in the following pages, and then check out our photo album.
While kids still largely prefer the typical pizza, chips and soda, ethnic foods are trickling down to youth. Those staples of chicken and pizza, however, do have a value differentiation across the generational spectrum.
Foodservice is not for the impatient, especially if you’re running a convenience store. Convenience-store foodservice traffic grew 1% last year compared to flat growth for both quick-service restaurants (QSR) and food/drug channels. That’s down from 2% growth in 2012 and 3% in 2011.
Plunge in oil prices sets the stage for record margins and boost in in-store sales. Also In This Issue: Profitability skyrockets for top performers! Other channels seek to redefine convenience! The economy enters a new stage. The growing health-and-wellness trend. Fuel demand; oil's slide; multicultural momentum; and data, data, data!