November 11, 2020 by globaladmin 0 Comments

Penn Live: Hissho Sushi unveils new mashup – the Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Roll

Article Originally Published on Penn Live, click here to read the original by Deb Kiner

Customers will experience the rush of heat in every bite as Hissho’s specially-trained sushi chefs craft the Cheetos Flamin’ Hot roll with a triple threat of Spicy Krab, crushed Cheetos Flamin’ Hot snacks and a drizzle of hot mayo and oil. Paired with these fiery ingredients is a cooling trio of flavors – avocado, cream cheese and cucumber. By: PepsiCo, Hissho Sushi

Hissho Sushi and Frito-Lay wouldn’t appear to go together but the companies have joined forces for a “never-before-tasted sushi roll – the Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Roll.”


The eight-piece package will be sold at Hissho Sushi’s 700 locations that include the deli sections of grocery stores, college campuses, hospitals and airports.


The roll, according to a news release, has ” triple threat of Spicy Krab, crushed Cheetos Flamin’ Hot snacks and a drizzle of hot mayo and oil. Paired with these fiery ingredients is a cooling trio of flavors – avocado, cream cheese and cucumber.”

“It’s an honor for Hissho Sushi to partner with iconic brands like Frito-Lay and Cheetos to take our consumers’ sushi experience to the next level,” said Dan Beem, CEO of Hissho Sushi.


“We also know that our retail partners’ customers demand new and authentic innovation – from moms on the go bringing home dinner to their family or the typical college student yearning for  a new food adventure. The Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Roll absolutely delivers on those desires.”


Frito-Lay says the sushi roll “will bring the fire to sushi and Cheetos lovers like never before.”

November 11, 2020 by globaladmin 0 Comments

Cookistry: Culinary Worlds of Snacks and Sushi Collide: Leading Innovator Hissho Sushi joins forces with Frito-Lay to unveil first-ever Cheetos® Flamin’ Hot® Sushi Roll

Article Originally Published on Cookistry, click here to read the original by Pepsico; Hissho Sushi

Brand mashup of sushi and spice will be the 2020 pick-me-up everyone has been asking for

Customers will experience the rush of heat in every bite as Hissho’s specially-trained sushi chefs craft the Cheetos Flamin’ Hot roll with a triple threat of Spicy Krab, crushed Cheetos Flamin’ Hot snacks and a drizzle of hot mayo and oil. Paired with these fiery ingredients is a cooling trio of flavors – avocado, cream cheese and cucumber. By: PepsiCo, Hissho Sushi

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in its history, industry leader Hissho Sushi is joining forces with the maker of Americas’s favorite snack foods, Frito-Lay, to unveil a new, never-tasted-before sushi roll – the Cheetos® Flamin’ Hot® Roll.


Hissho Sushi and Frito-Lay, both known for delivering exciting flavors and elevating experiences, are pushing the fiery limits by bringing the eight-piece Flamin’ Hot® Roll to more than 700 locations across the country, including in the deli sections at local grocery stores, college campuses, hospitals and airports. 


Customers will experience the rush of heat in every bite as Hissho’s specially-trained sushi chefs craft the roll with a triple threat of Spicy Krab, crushed Cheetos® Flamin’ Hot® snacks and a drizzle of hot mayo and oil. Paired with these fiery ingredients is a cooling trio of flavors – avocado, cream cheese and cucumber.


“It’s an honor for Hissho Sushi to partner with iconic brands like Frito-Lay and Cheetos to take our consumers’ sushi experience to the next level,” said Dan Beem, CEO of Hissho Sushi. “We also know that our retail partners’ customers demand new and authentic innovation – from moms on the go bringing home dinner to their family or the typical college student yearning for  a new food adventure. The Cheetos® Flamin’ Hot® Roll absolutely delivers on those desires.”


With growing opportunities surrounding prepared foods, and increased competition to offer more inventive and convenient grab and go options, Hissho and Frito-Lay’s innovative chefs came together to build a creation that thinks outside the roll! The flavor-packed Cheetos® Flamin’ Hot® Sushi Roll takes an iconic American snack and pairs it with Japanese tradition.


“We are very excited for the opportunity to work with Hissho Sushi, and bring our fans a unique spin on the flavors they love and want,” said Chas Cahn, Sr. Marketing Director of Frito Lay  Foodservice Innovation. “Hissho’s premium, hand-crafted sushi coupled with our Cheetos® Flamin’ Hot® snacks will truly deliver a one-of-a-kind experience that will bring the fire to sushi and Cheetos® lovers like never before.”

Hissho Sushi, headquartered in Charlotte NC, is the second-largest sushi franchise in the country and has regularly been recognized for their year-over-year growth by Charlotte Business Journal’s Fast 50, by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America, Grant Thornton’s NC 100 and Smart CEO’s Future 40, among others. Founded in 1998, Hissho has grown to more than 1,100 locations in 42 states. Through its business, Hissho Sushi aspires to enrich lives, and to inspire all to be great and do good.

Cheetos is one of the many brands that make up Frito-Lay North America, the $17 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, Inc. (Nasdaq: 
PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate website, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/fritolay

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com

Media Contact:
Katie Parker


Hissho Sushi CFO, Matt Wilken, Named One of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2020 CFO’s of the Year


Article Originally Published in the Charlotte Business Journal, click here to read the original article.


WINNER: Emerging Leader

Current job: CFO, Hissho Sushi

Brief description of business: Franchisor of sushi restaurants within grocery stores, college campuses, airports and corporate offices.

Your responsibilities: I lead finance, accounting, supply chain and M&A.

Year started at company: 2018

Number of employees: More than 80 local; more than 250 total

Unique challenge of the past year: 

Like everyone, the pandemic has been a challenge for our business; however, we were able to come together as a team to drive cost savings as well as generate creative promotional programs to improve sales results. While our business is not fully back to pre-pandemic sales in all channels, we are pleased with where we are today.


Advice to an aspiring CFO: 

Take time to understand the underlying drivers of financial performance at your company so you can explain what the company needs to do to improve performance. A good finance leader does not just report news (i.e. make sure the numbers are correct and accurate); they impact future performance by helping educate others about changes they can make to help improve results and drive better returns.


Who or what made you successful?

I think having a blend of finance, strategy and business experience in my past roles has helped set me up for success. I tried to look for opportunities to take on a new challenge or move into a new area of the business because it helped me gain new experiences that increased my knowledge base or allowed me to develop a new skillset. This also enables me to look at key decisions from both the business side and the finance side so I can provide a balanced opinion to our team.


March 17, 2020 by Hissho News 0 Comments

Poke Bowls Tap Into the Fresh Perimeter

Article Originally Published on Super Market Perimeter, click here to read the original by Andy Nelson

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Hissho Sushi continues to see strong demand for its poke bowls sold in grocery perimeter departments around the country, says Corey Wilde, the company’s vice president of business development.

A big reason? Poke bowls are affordable and trendy at the same time.

“Poke bowls prove to shoppers that they don’t have to go to an expensive restaurant to get the hottest culinary trends,” Wilde says. “That’s something that our retail partners are excited about — being able to grow their business by offering access to fresh, innovative meal options that are convenient for the shopper’s busy, on-the-go lifestyle.”

Corey Wilde, VP Business Development | Hissho Sushi

Products like Hissho poke bowls for grocery retail are tapping into the fact that supermarket prepared foods are the fastest growing sector of the foodservice industry, with sales exceeding $12.7 billion, according to Washington, D.C.-based FMI – The Food Industry Association.

“We want to maximize that growth by providing premium, more wholesome and customizable options that our customers are looking for,” Wilde says — and poke bowls fit the bill perfectly.

Four years of explosive growth — and still going

According to September 2019 Datassential research, poke is the top trending seafood dish in the U.S., with 17% growth over the last year and 187% growth over the last four years.

Megan Rider, domestic marketing director for the Juneau-based Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, doesn’t think that trend will change anytime soon.

“We expect to see demand spike even higher this year, with the 2020 Summer Olympics set for Tokyo and Japanese influence expected to permeate further into the American culinary landscape,” she says.

Megan Rider, Domestic Marketing Director | Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

First, as Rider points out, poke restaurants exploded across the U.S. Now, as so often happens, the trend is migrating to other channels — namely, grocery perimeter departments.

“In addition to gourmet and natural supermarkets leading the way with self-serve poke bars, the trend is moving out of the seafood department and into the mainstream deli, with retailers increasingly offering prepared poke among other fresh-prepared items,” she says.

Hissho poke bowls sold at grocery retail are hand-crafted daily by local chefs with high-quality, responsibly-sourced ingredients, Wilde says. Poke, he adds, has everything the company’s customers already love about their sushi, but now they’re thinking “outside the roll” and having it crafted into a satisfying and convenient bowl they can take on the go.

Choices galore (or just make our own)

Hissho currently offers five different poke bowls, which vary depending on the location. The company’s signature bowls include Classic Hawaiian Poke, Mango Salmon Poke and Blake Dragon Poke. Grocery shoppers can order a signature bowl or build their own right there in the deli section.

In 2019, Hissho introduced two new bowls: Aloha Poke and Salmon Lover Poke.

Aloha pairs tuna, fresh ginger, edamame, blueberries, red onion and red radish on a bed of sushi rice and lettuce. The unique combination delivers “fresh, powerful flavors,” Wilde says.

Salmon Lover Poke Bowl boasts not only great flavor but eye-popping color, he adds. Hissho paired fresh citrus with cherry tomatoes and mangoes. Toppings like seaweed salad, sliced almonds and fried onions complete the savory, sweet bowl.

As far as trends in poke go, Hissho is seeing more and more consumers filling their bowls with bold fruits, spices, umami sauces and crunchy textures, Wilde says.

The demand among shoppers for wild and sustainably caught seafood is more prominent than ever across the industry, Rider says.

“Especially when it comes to preparations like poke, where quality is top-of-mind, specifying Alaska as the source helps communicate the message of quality and sustainability,” she adds.

Fifty-eight percent of seafood shoppers are more likely to purchase seafood when paired with the Alaska Seafood logo, Rider says, citing Technomic research from 2018.

Poke gone wild

poke bowls

Gen Z shoppers in particular, a key audience for poke, are more attuned to knowing where their food comes from, making wild, sustainable seafood from Alaska the top choice for younger generations of poke shoppers.

There’s also, she adds, a prime opportunity for the evolution of poke bowls, featuring seafood along with grains and produce, from restaurants into the service deli.

“As a majority of Americans intend to eat less meat in the year ahead, seafood and plant-based staples like grains can work together to fill nutrient gaps and satisfy shoppers,” she says.

Megan Rider

Asian flavors have also been trending over the past couple of years, with additional culinary influence in the U.S. expected this year as a result of the Summer 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Rider says.

“With the combined upward trajectory of poke bowls and the growing trend toward Asian flavors, our Tropical Poke Bowl, made with soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar, remains one of the more popular recipes on our site,” she says. “Retailers interested in poke can access this recipe and others on the Alaska Seafood website, for sharing digitally or for re-creation as an in-store offering.”

Also on its site, ASMI has a flavor and ingredient guide retailers can use and/or share to create customized poke bowls starting with wild Alaska salmon or wild Alaska surimi.

Shoppers often value freshness when it comes to seafood, not realizing that most of the seafood in supermarkets and restaurants has been frozen at some point, which is important for ensuring quality and food safety, Rider says.

Alaska’s frozen-fresh practices, she says, in which fishermen often freeze their wild catch directly on the boat, locks in freshness and maintains quality.

“For home poke preparation from frozen, consumers can simply defrost fish in a covered, perforated pan overnight in the fridge before marinating for roughly 30 minutes before serving.”


Hissho Sushi CEO Named Among 2020 Class of Most Admired CEOs

Article Originally Published on Charlotte Business Journal, click here to read the original by Jen Wilson

The ever-growing Charlotte region is home to an increasing number of businesses, large and small, that span a variety of industries. Each is led by a chief executive who navigates challenges — both specific to their company’s particular sector and more general issues that apply across the board — and shares successes with their teams.

The Charlotte Business Journal‘s Most Admired CEO Awards program, now in its third year, turns a spotlight on these local leaders.

Charlotte Business Journal 2020 Most Admired CEO Award

This signature awards program honors Charlotte-area chief executives or those with an equivalent title, such as managing principal or executive director, who demonstrate admirable leadership qualities. Nominations were open to the public and came from members of the business community, within the honorees’ organizations and externally.

The CBJ editorial team has selected 35 honorees across 18 categories.

Each has shown a strong record of innovation in their field, outstanding financial performance, a commitment to quality, a strong vision, a commitment to diversity in the workplace and contributions to the metro community. In an upcoming special report, CBJ will profile all of the honorees; see coverage of past years’ programs here.

In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be named in the weeks to come.

An event will be held March 25 at The Westin Charlotte to celebrate this year’s class of winners. Find more details and register here

Congratulations to the 2020 class!

These are honorees, listed in alphabetical order by category:

Banks & Credit Unions

  • Steve Fisher, F&M Bank
  • Lee Fite, Fifth Third Bank

Commercial Real Estate

  • Brett Gray, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Johnny Harris, Lincoln Harris


  • Brian McManus, Hoopaugh Grading Co.
  • Marcus Rabun, Myers & Chapman


  • Jayson Waller, PowerHome Solar

Family-Owned Business

  • Liz Etheredge, Mecklenburg Paint Co. Inc.
  • Marcus Smith, Speedway Motorsports
  • Ed Weisiger Jr., CTE (formerly Carolina Tractor & Equipment Co.)

Financial Services

  • Tom Finke, Barings
  • Matt Potere, Sunlight Financial
Hissho Sushi CEO, Dan Beem

Food Service

  • Dan Beem, Hissho Sushi
  • Landon Eckles, Clean Juice
  • Conrad Hunter, Foxcroft Wine Co.


  • Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County

Health Care

  • Lindsay Muns, Charlotte Radiology
  • Stuart Ross, ACO Med Supply


  • Janeen Hogue, The Miller-Hogue Law Firm
  • Christopher Lam, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings


  • John Marrino, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery


  • Karen Calder, Classroom Central
  • Williams Jones, Thompson Child & Family Focus

Professional Services

  • Tana Greene, MyWorkChoice (a Greene Group company)
  • Amy Noland Pack, AccruePartners

Public Companies

  • Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc.
  • Charles Harrington, Parsons Corp.

Residential Real Estate

  • Pat Riley, Allen Tate Cos.
  • Marcie Williams, RKW Residential


  • Tom Coker, Reid’s Fine Foods
  • Charlie Malouf, Broad River Retail

Sports, Entertainment & Tourism

  • Dan Rajkowski, Charlotte Knights
  • Fred Whitfield, Hornets Sports & Entertainment


  • Mark Mahoney, Jackrabbit Technologies
  • Bob Youakim, Passport


Hissho Sushi Joins WBTV’s QC@3 Team to Highlight Vegetarian Rolls

Originally Published on WBTV, click here to see the original

Company provides sushi to local grocery stores, cafeterias of corporations, airports, universities and more.


Have you ever wanted to try sushi, but you can’t stand to think about eating raw fish? Today on QC@3, Chef Dan Yang from Hissho Sushi showed us how sushi can be vegetarian. He even taught Cheryl how to create a roll of sushi!


Things to Know: 

Hissho Sushi is the second-largest sushi provider in the country with its world headquarters right in Charlotte, NC since 1998.

You can find Hissho Sushi in several locations including Earth Fare to Sprouts, Lowe’s Foods, Charlotte Douglas Airport, Bank of Americas Plaza and Walmart.

For a sushi beginner, Hissho recommends the California roll.

January 1, 2020 by Hissho News 0 Comments

Hissho Sushi Makes Sushi a Destination

Article Originally Published in Deli Business Magazine, click here to read the original (see pg. 25)

Deli entrées have evolved and become higher end to better compete with restaurant offerings

Prepared foods have definitely been taking over deli departments, not only creating meal destinations that are giving today’s restaurants a run for their money, but also raising basket rings for retailers.

New York City-based market research firm Nielsen reports that in the 52 weeks ending Oct. 26, 2019, prepared food dollar sales totaled close to $30 billion, a 3.8 percent increase from the same period a year prior.

“In general, we are seeing that consumers expect to have it all, including products that offer indulgence with healthful characteristics that feed the desires of today’s consumers at home,” says Sharon Olson, executive director of Culinary Visions, based in Chicago. “Healthful, delicious, accessible and sustainable menu offerings are driving foodservice and of course, that would also apply to the supermarket deli, as well.”

Entrée Evolution

What we’ve been seeing in the last four to five years is an evolution into prepared foods destinations.

“This can be a separate segment in the store in some cases, but it depends on the store format,” says Eric Richard, industry relations coordinator for the Madison, WI-based International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA). “Stores are taking on different types of programs, such as in-store dining.”

What’s driving this is changing consumer eating patterns. More people want convenience and prepared food options, and the perfect time for picking up a meal is during a grocery shopping trip. Rather than the quintessential sandwiches or pizza, shoppers are seeking healthier fare, including plant-based entrées, foods sourced locally and unique, upscale fare typically found in restaurants.

“Restaurant trends are transcending to supermarket delis,” says Richard. “Retailers are in a good position to compete with restaurants.” A robust menu with new ideas is not a necessity, but a focus on flavor and doing a few things well are key. “Those embarking on a successful prepared foods program need to compete with restaurants of all types,” he says.

Hissho Sushi Dazzling Dragon Roll

“Customization and personalization are very important to take prepared food programs to a new level.” While one customer may want to explore different options, another’s goal may be to get in and out quickly. Providing both experiences can expand a program’s demographic to both types of consumers.

“From our experience, supermarket delis are evolving into a destination for
shoppers, where they can find innovative entrées with authentic flavors that are fresh, healthy and satisfying,” says Breana Jones, director, marketing and sales at Hissho Sushi, based in Charlotte, NC. “They want more convenience, flexibility and variety in prepared meals.”

Entrée items are becoming more sophisticated in the deli in terms of product, packaging and merchandising. “The products have moved from standard and traditional recipes to more premium ones with specialty ingredients and flavors that cater to today’s more demanding palates,” says John McCarthy, senior brand marketing manager, Reser’s Fine Foods, Beaverton, OR. “There is also a greater variety of entrées available in both
bulk and pre-pack. New meal kit packages are now offered that allow consumers to customize their meals.”

Delis today are creating meal solution sections where entrées are sold next to complementary items, such as sides and salads, to make it easy for consumers to quickly pick up dinner on busy weeknights. Whereas in the past, food was eaten for fuel, today it’s more about the experience.

Hissho Sushi Osaka Monarchy Platter

“This is an important factor to keep in mind from a retail standpoint, to give
consumers an experience,” says Larry Montuori, vice president of sales, Nuovo Pasta Enterprises, Stratford, CT.

In the last 12 to 24 months, there has been an influx of take-and-bake and quick-serve entrée foods and meals within the supermarket deli.

“Most stores offer pre-made entrée options, but some do offer self service
or make-your-own options,” says Derek Skogen, senior product manager, Placon, Fitchburg, WI. “Today’s consumer is looking for a convenience type meal solution that does not require a lot of time and is easy to prepare.”

Most stores have a dedicated space to an entrée or meal kit section that includes items prepared in the store deli area. “Rather than having a supermarket deli customer put fried chicken, a vegetable and starch in a separate self-serve bag or container, they can now easily grab an entrée that includes all items, and it is much more appealing than a frozen dinner and, in most cases, has been freshly prepared the same day,” says Skogen.

Trends & New Products

Hissho Sushi Spicy Pepper Roll

Customers are seeking meal solutions that are quick and convenient.
As a result, Hissho Sushi created new, innovative rolls that not only deliver
on taste, but also fulfill the health standard more shoppers are searching to find.

This year, the company unveiled its Spicy Pepper Roll and Veggie TNT Rolls made with a plant-based protein to serve as the “tuna” – a roasted bell pepper.

The company also has launched three light salads to complement its sushi rolls and complete families’ meals. The new Zesty Cucumber Salad, Ginger Edamame Salad and Banzai Crab Salad can serve as a side for any lunch or dinner roll.

In addition, its offerings now include six poke bowls and stuffed dumplings for a Dim Sum menu. A number of new deli entrées have reduced the amount of artificial ingredients and now offer cleaner ingredient lists.

“We are also seeing different portion sizes in pre-pack entrées to cater to the different consumer household sizes,” says McCarthy at Reser’s.

Reser’s recently launched three entrées in the deli—Baked Ziti Bolognese, Baked Chicken Broccoli Cheddar, and Baked 5 Cheese Macaroni—that are fully baked for a homemade taste and appearance without any prep. These entrées also come in a tray that is safe to heat in the microwave or oven so they can go directly from fridge to oven for added convenience.

Nuovo Pasta is relaunching its pesto line and debuting traditional sauces like marinaras, alfredos and putenascas.

“There has been an evolution with prepared food companies launching more gourmet side dishes that retailers can put together in commissaries,” says Carl H. Cappelli, senior vice president of sales and business development, Don’s Prepared Foods, Schwenksville, PA.

The company has launched five globally-inspired gourmet sides.

“There are trends with Middle Eastern, Asian and Latin American flavors, but comfort foods remain big in the U.S.,” says Cappelli. “The other big trend is prepared or heat-and-eat foods with little to no prep needed.

Hissho Sushi Salmon Lover Roll

Consumers also are seeking clean products with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.” There’s been an evolution from plated meals to chef-inspired meal kits. Now retailers are taking the cue and chains like Kroger, Publix and Whole Foods are jumping on that bandwagon.

Over the past 12 to 24 months, Placon has launched a variety of products within its HomeFresh Entrée product line. This provides a variety of options, ranging from one- to three-compartment bases that can
hold 8 up to 40 ounces of hot or cold foods. Keep in mind that most consumers don’t know what they are having for dinner tonight let alone in the next few days.

“So it is critical to properly merchandise entrées next to sides, salads and complementary dishes to create a meal solution center,” says Reser’s McCarthy. “It is optimal to provide simple meal ideas using shelf signage or tear sheets at the shelf that pair an entrée with a side and a salad, etc. for a
complete meal and offer special meal deal bundle pricing to make it as simple as possible for consumers.”

Marketing for Moving

There are a couple approaches, including providing an all-in-one solution and cross merchandising with other foods.

“On the one hand, there’s a basic level with rotisserie chicken, sides, a roll and beverages,” says Eric LeBlanc, director of marketing, Tyson Foods, Springdale, AR. “Cross merchandising is fresher, yet you can only do this with so many meal solutions at a time.”

Tyson recently worked with a retailer on co-merchandising, and by messaging outside the store, sales increased between 15 and 20 percent.

Retailers also can rotate a meal special each night or provide the components for a meal, such as chicken tenders, sub rolls, Mozzarella cheese and spaghetti sauce for a chicken Parmesan sandwich.

“[The mindset is] how do you take something that’s not exciting on its own
and make it into something that feels like another meal or dish,” says LeBlanc. “For example, combining buffalo wings, Hawaiian rolls and ranch dressing for a buffalo chicken slider. All you need is three ingredients, and it feels like a completely different meal.”

To ensure that messaging thrives, Hissho turns to its trained chefs to connect directly with shoppers inside the deli area and capture audiences through education of its menu, tastings and samples.

Hissho Sushi Chefs

“Retailers need to make it easy for consumers to find what they’re looking for and provide vegan/vegetarian options, entrées for meat eaters, and items to accompany entrées like French bread and grilled chicken, salad,” says Cappelli at Don’s. “It should be easy for them to find meal solutions to meet everyone’s needs.”

Utilizing social media brings tremendous value with deli prepared food marketing programs and is something all stores should be engaging in.

“It’s up to the individual chains to put the focus and concentrated effort on prepared foods departments,” says Richard at IDDBA. “We’re seeing new builds within supermarket chains where there is a much greater focus on this segment than in the past, and we predict that will continue to grow.”