At its national trade show, McLane Engage, the McLane company announced its new program McLane Fresh, an expanded foodservice program designed for convenience stores.
“Fresh food programs present a tremendous opportunity for convenience store operators of all sizes—from independently-owned locations to nationwide chains. McLane Fresh provides a full suite of foodservice at retail solutions,” said Chris Smith, president of McLane Retail. “The exciting lineup of products and services introduced today are just the beginning of a comprehensive offering designed to meet the growing demands of consumers and provide retailers the products and services they need to be successful.”
At the trade show, attendees were able to sample some of McLane’s new products, including drinks from CupZa!, a beverage program, samples of its proprietary pizza program and an expanded selection of McLane’s grab-and-go brand, Central Eats.
According to McLane, the CupZa! beverage program features “artisan coffees, cold brews, teas and lemonades with new flavors and drink styles.”
“We are committed to being a strategic growth partner to our customers,” said Vito Maurici, customer experience officer at McLane. “This expansion underscores McLane's commitment to delivering exceptional foodservice products and services for our customers wherever they are on their foodservice journey.”
Prepared food has been growing in convenience store service. Of the five foodservice categories (prepared food, commissary, hot dispensed, cold dispensed and frozen dispensed), prepared food has the most sales, accounting for 69.5% of all foodservice sales. Read more about prepared food in convenience stores in “What’s Cooking at the C-Store” in the May issue of NACS Magazine.
Customer demand is growing for unique and high-quality foodservice offerings. Are your store teams making sure safe food handling is top of mind? Join convenience retailers on October 3 at the NACS Show Food Safety Forum, the only event of its kind for our global c-store community. Register today!