While two-thirds of consumers want c-stores to offer more healthy foods, according to Technomic, indulgent foods still have appeal. Technomic found that ice cream, doughnuts, cookies, pizza and other high-calorie, sweet, crispy and cheesy favorites claim a greater share of c-store foodservice purchases compared to healthier items. Furthermore, 51% of consumers say c-stores excel at offering indulgent options, while 33% say c-stores do a better job of offering indulgent food and drink than fast-food restaurants do.
What follows are four products that meet the indulgence trend, as well as additional insight from Technomic.
Mette Munk Danish Pastries
Mette Munk-branded Danish pastries from Aryzta are debuting in the U.S. market. The line is made at Aryzta’s bakery in Denmark for retail, convenience and foodservice customers. The pastries are made with real fruit, free-range eggs, certified sustainable palm oil, real bourbon vanilla and pure maple syrup.
State Fair Crispitos Filled Tortillas and Bosco Sticks
Tyson's State Fair Crispitos Filled Tortillas and Bosco Sticks reduced case packs offer operators a space-saving solution for more convenient storage, fast product sell-through and lower cost per case, Tyson Foodservice says. The cases also come with branded sleeves. State Fair Crispitos are hand-rolled tortillas with protein fillings. Available flavors are Chicken and Cheese Ranch With Bacon; Buffalo Style Chicken and Cheese; Chili Filled; and Chicken and Cheese. Bosco Sticks are a soft, fresh-baked breadstick with a variety of fillings. Flavors include Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks, Cheddar Pretzel Stuffed Breadsticks and Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Breadsticks.
Ready-to-Stretch Pizza Dough
Available in 6-inch and 12-inch sizes, Rich’s Ready-to-Stretch Pizza Dough makes it easier for c-store operators to create artisan-style pizzas, the company said. When baked, the dough has a golden-brown color and crisp exterior. The dough is already proofed, so operators just need to take it out of the cooler and stretch it to the desired shape before placing in the oven. The dough has a 120-day frozen shelf life. The 6-inch dough comes 80 to a case, while the 12-inch dough comes 20 to a case.
Popbar specializes in handcrafted and all-natural gelato on a stick. The company has more than 20 locations around the U.S. and is seeking franchisees to grow into new markets. Its frozen treats come in more than 50 flavors, with more than 14 topping options, including chocolate, sprinkles and crushed waffle cones.
Fifty-one percent of consumers say c-stores excel at offering indulgent options, according to Technomic.