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Spotlighting major industry events

Bringing Foodservice
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Eby-Expo 2017 featured a dedicated foodservice hall for the first time
By Angela Hanson

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by-Brown Co. LLC made two major changes
to its annual Eby-Expo trade show this year.
Along with dividing into two shows to better accommodate its customers - one in Cleveland
and the other in Rosemont, Ill. - the convenience
distributor also opened a second show floor focused
solely on foodservice.
The company's goal is to leverage its understanding
of both prepared food programs and general retail to
help c-stores improve on both fronts. While broadline foodservice distributors may be experts in their
area, Eby-Brown executives noted that those suppliers
accustomed to servicing restaurants do not have experience catering to customers who visit in search of both
food and non-food items.
In its dealings with manufacEby-Expo 2017
turers, Eby-Brown's message is
April 4-5, Cleveland
to "Get creative, have fun with
April 27-28, Rosemont, Ill. it," while its message to retailers is "How can we make you
unique?," representatives shared
at Eby-Expo Midwest, held April 27-28 at the Hyatt
Regency O'Hare in Rosemont.
The foodservice show floor featured a number of
Eby-Brown's proprietary programs. The new Savory
Corner Café, which combines a roller grill, a rack for
side snacks and toppings, and a tablet showing a video
of ways to prepare the available offerings was on display to garner feedback. Eby-Brown also continues to
develop its Wakefield Sandwiches line, which added
color-coding for ingredients in the past year and is
undergoing a packaging change.
The foodservice show floor included a stage and
seating area, where attendees could view demonstrations, including an Iron Chef-style cooking challenge
performed by chefs and sales managers using convenience store products and ingredients.
The expo also highlighted solutions Eby-Brown
offers in other categories, from category management,

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The participants in an Iron Chefstyle cooking challenge could only
use convenience store ingredients.

to technical help in the form of its Eby SourcePoint
360 mobile app.
As for the distributor's manufacturer partners, vendor highlights included:
* f'real foods introduced its first small-footprint,
behind-the-counter B7 blender, designed for foodservice retailers with restricted space. The unit is
not self-serve, so it requires operation by store
employees, but one-touch blending allows c-stores
to provide fresh-made milkshakes and smoothies in less than 60 seconds. The blender does not
require measuring, scooping or pouring; drain or
water line; or the use of an ice machine.
* C-store operators who aren't ready to invest in
new equipment purchases, particularly small
operators, can still add smoothies to their menu
with the Yoplait SmoothiePro, which provides preblended smoothie mixes in sealed bags. The mix
must be served fresh due to the two-day shelf life,
but employees can cup the smoothies they need
and store the rest.
* C-store employees who are new to the foodservice
world should be able to easily operate the ventless
fryers from Perfect Fry, which sit on the countertop
and function nearly as simply as "a frying vending
machine," according to the company. Along with
their small size, the units cater to small-footprint
locations because they do not require a hood. CSN


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