Fresh hot dog and corn dog servings up 7% in the year ending November 2018 over the prior year (CStoreDecisions.com)

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Fresh hot dog and corn dog servings ordered at convenience stores were up 7% in the year ending November 2018 over the prior year, reported NPD Group research firm recently.

Convenience Store Decisions reports that the roller grill is an “integral part of c-store foodservice programs” because of how easily it fits into any number of possible store layouts, and still be well-executed.

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Roller Grill Trending Up (C-Store Decisions)

Posted by Scott McKinney to cstoredecisions.com

With the rise of foodservice sales, consumers are turning to more unique grab-and-go offerings.

“When it comes to roller grill offerings, consumer interest is taking a wider turn beyond staples like hot dogs, brats and Taquitos, to include all-day meal and snacking options such as a variety of egg rolls, new RollerBite choices, traditional tamales and ethnic sausages. Some experts agree that there’s an opportunity to grow Asian food sales in the c-store channel, including within the roller grill space.”

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Better-For-You Sausage Options (C-Store Decisions)

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Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage has expanded its lineup of products. 

Johnsonville is introducing a new Applewood Smoked Chicken Apple Split Sausage for customers seeking a better-for-you sausage option without compromising on flavor. The new naturally smoked chicken sausage has real pieces of apple, about half the fat and calories of a pork sausage, and is the first chicken sausage in Johnsonville’s Smoked Sausage line for foodservice customers.

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Roller Grill Set To Grow (C-Store Decisions)

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Roller grill offerings are trending up, with differentiated product offerings being a key component to that growth.

"Mexican-style items, such as tornados are taking the roller grill category by storm, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry analyst for NPD Group research firm. Over a five-year trend to 2017, these products took a big leap—up 59%—in traditional convenience stores."

Foodservice Favorites Radiate (Convenience Store Decisions)

Posted to CStoreDecisions.com by Lisa White

Heavy on pizza program information, this article closes out with some great thoughts on diversifying roller grill options. 

'“We wanted to get creative and see what was trending, and bacon was hot,” said Krebs. “Visually on the roller grill, this product looks different and catches customers’ attention. Now, it’s our second best-selling item behind the traditional hot dog.”'

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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."