Big Flavor, Small Package

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Let’s be honest. The ho hum condiment choices of yesteryear are now pretty much passé. Gone are the days of limited offerings. Today’s consumers want it all: they want big FLAVOR, they want BOLD choices, and they want NEW tastes to satisfy their increasingly discriminating cravings.  But that’s not all. They also want their add-ons […]

Candy Hearts with Sayings

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Coming soon are the days of candy hearts with sayings. You know the ones we mean. The little pastel heart-shaped candies that spell out “Be Mine” and “Friends 4ever”. The ones grade school kids shyly exchange in February. But, while those candy hearts might be enough to satisfy the sweet tooth of an eight-year-old, most […]

Your Slice of the Pumpkin Spice Pie

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Have you secretly been waiting for “it” for months? As summer rounded the corner into Autumn, the smell of “it” wafts through the air as assuredly as the Autumn leaves that seem to usher it in. “It,” of course, is pumpkin time! Oh yeah. It’s not just children who delight in harvest time each year […]

Lemon Aid for the Lemon Shortage

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It’s not very sweet news for lemon lovers out there. In fact, the news is rather sour. With the increase in hot temperatures this past spring, California is suffering a major drop in lemon production. What makes matters worse is that lighter-than-anticipated imports aren’t making up the difference from the shortage. Unfortunately, operators can expect that […]

More Cheese Please

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Americans have a long-standing love affair with cheese. Whether you go for Gouda or Gruyere, there are over 1,800 cheeses to choose from. So, it’s no surprise, we eat 23 pounds of the delicious, ooey-gooey stuff each year[1]. People often say, “extra cheese please” on a variety of their favorites, from baked potatoes to pizza […]

Simple Choice In Coffee Creamers

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It’s hard not to be enamored with complexity in our modern high-tech society. We tend to equate complicated with sophisticated, and perhaps just plain better. Of course, not everybody feels that way. The happy cows of Lakeland Dairies, a cooperative of 3,200 family farms based in Ireland live an exceptionally simple life and couldn’t be […]

Pizza’s Finest Hour

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It’s 6:00PM and your regulars are running late from work…again. They need to feed their family and want to be sure that their hard-earned money will be well spent. They’re looking for something that will please everyone, has fresh ingredients and can fill their family’s bellies fast. They need pizza! After all, out of all the […]

Fit For a Queen

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Most of us have favorite dishes we order when we dine out. Let’s face it, there are just certain foods that have extra special appeal and when the craving comes upon us…well, we just have to satisfy it. It’s somewhat surprising that very often those foods are, in themselves, rather ordinary. Perhaps you might go […]

Fly Off the Shelf Dessert

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Sometimes when we think about offering seasonal items, thoughts of pumpkin spice in the fall and peppermint in the winter come to mind. But, if we expand to include the fads or “seasons” of pop culture, there are some opportunities to gain incremental traffic and create some buzz on social media by tapping into the […]

Must Try Thai

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Red Thai Curry just might be one of the best things that ever happened to Jasmine rice. Its aromatic blend of spicy peppers and sweet coconut milk make it a sauce that has a complexity of flavor that is balanced and craveable. Most often served as a thick soup made with bite-sized chicken, beef, pork, […]