Pizza, Roller Grill Satisfy Profits (CStoreDecisions.com)

Posted to Convenience Store Decisions by Marilyn Odesser-Torpey

While more restaurant-like foods might help diversify a convenience store's portfolio of offerings and help draw customers in, the roller grill still continues to be a key fixture!

"Despite the rise and popularity of made-to-order hot and cold sandwiches on c-store menus, hot dogs, corn dogs, taquitos and other roller grill items are still carried by 71% of convenience stores and are among the top five sellers in the overall foodservice category, said Tim Powell, vice president and senior analyst at Q1 Consulting LLC, a Chicago-based business research, strategy, planning and management firm."

How Far Do Roller-Grill Hot Dogs Travel? (Atlas Obscura)

Posted to Atlas Obscura by Cara Giaimo

One writer's account of just how far a hot dog might travel–if it wasn't limited to a roller grill.

"Taking the official Hot Dog Distance Calculation, with MRT standing for maximum roller time:

(hot dog circumference) * (roller speed) * (MRT) = distance traveled

And plugging in the relevant data:

7.9 cm / rot * 7.53 rot / min * 202 min = 12016.37 cm = .074 miles

The longest-traveled hot dog yet recorded in Massachusetts has gone .074 miles. If it were moving down a track rather than in place, its lifespan would have taken it from the starting line to a little past the first curve."

4 Ways to Diversity Roller-Grill Options (CSP)

Posted to CSP Daily News

"According to Technomic’s 2016 Generational Consumer Trend Report, powered by Ignite, Gen Z represents about 15% of the population and is composed of people aged 23 and under—a significant portion of people who patronize c-stores. Older Gen Zers rely heavily on foodservice, so it’s important for c-stores to feature items that Gen Zers crave.
"According to the Technomic report, 32% of Gen Zers say they would like to eat food cooked at home more often, but they just don’t have the time to do so. For these consumers, it’s important that they have a variety of healthy, satisfying options to choose from when they’re on the go."

Serving What Your Customers Want (CSP Daily News)

Posted to CSPDailyNews.com by Ruiz Foods

New and varied roller grill offerings are important to consumers, study finds.

"While made-to-order foods are trending in c-stores, many consumers are looking for tasty options that they can pick up quick and eat on the go—between classes, on the way to a job, etc. Roller grill options are key to driving foodservice growth."

[Read more at CSPDailyNews.com]

Merchandise Your Roller Grill to Tout New Products (Convenience Store News)

By Rob Ramsey, posted to CSNews.com

While not rocket science by any means, introducing new products on your roller grill does require some thought and planning. Roller grills have become standard platforms in the convenience channel, capable of offering consumers new choices next to reliable standbys with relative ease.

Continue reading at CSNews.com

Marketing Meaty Meals (C-Store Decisions)

Posted by Marilyn Odesser-Torpey to cstoredecisions.com

"…the mouthwatering smell of frying chicken wafting through the store and even out to the forecourt is usually the first experience customers have with your foodservice offering, explained Dr. Nancy Caldarola, general manager of the Food Training Group, a hospitality industry consulting firm based in Roswell, Ga.
“'Chicken is one of the most attractive hand-held foods for people,' Caldarola said. 'It is also the ultimate all-American comfort food.'"

Read more at C-Store Decisions.

Ham & Cheddar Link (C-Store Products)

Posted by Erin Rigik Del Conte to cstoreproducts.com

"The classic ham and cheese sandwich just got an on-the-go update to satisfy your busy customers. The OSCAR MAYER Honey Ham and Cheddar Link is a tasty OSCAR MAYER pork link that combines ham, a touch of honey and KRAFT OLD ENGLISH Cheddar Cheese. Packed with rich, grilled ham and cheese flavor, the new link is the latest addition to the OSCAR MAYER roller grill portfolio."

Read more at C-Store Products.