Amanda Baltazar

Articles by
Amanda Baltazar

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CSP Magazine

Candy: Natural Selection

As consumers call for transparency, candy manufacturers begin unwrapping their ingredient lists.

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At the Intersection of Convenience and Healthy

How drug chains are pivoting toward c-stores’ sweet spot, and what to do about it.

New FDA rules require c-stores post nutritional info by December

Healthy kids’ meals ranked No. 4 in the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot 2015 Culinary Forecast,” a survey of nearly 1,300 professional chefs. Also on the list were whole-grain items in kids’ meals (No. 14) and fruit/vegetable children’s sides (No. 19). But are convenience store-operators taking any notice?

To succeed with healthy beverages, it’s all about finding the appropriate product

Once reserved for truckstops and travel centers, diesel is wending its way into convenience-store locations. From NOCO sites in upstate New York to Wawa and Dash-In across the Mid-Atlantic region, diesel is not only winning space, it’s also capturing featured placement across the forecourt.

Convenience stores have a perception problem when it comes to selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are two retailers who are making it work.

Is it a convenience store? Is it a supermarket? Customers may ask these questions when they first visit Green Zebra Grocery in Portland, Ore., but they may not be able to answer—even after shopping the entire store.

More than half of the customers who walk through the doors of convenience stores are looking to buy healthy products—at least occasionally. But one-third of them don’t think our channel is doing a good job of offering them. C-stores need to assess the strategic role of healthy-food offerings and how they play into a broader brand message.

In the decade since the industry began embracing fresh-brewed coffee as a breakfast builder, the c-store channel appears primed to expand into gourmet blends.

Here's a look at the major pieces of foodservice equipment and how you can perform preventative maintenance on them.

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