Fresh Convenience Market Chain’s Fresh To Go Foodservice Changing the Way We Eat in New Jersey
WHIPPANY, NJ — QuickChek CEO Dean Durling has been named one of the Top 10 Food & Beverage Influencers in New Jersey by ROI-NJ, the state’s most influential and fastest growing business news platform.
The family-owned fresh convenience market chain was recognized for having grown to be a “significant grab-and-go force in New Jersey,” for becoming a fuel retailer as well as food retail, and for “changing the way we eat in New Jersey when we’re on the go, catering to the fast pace of a Jersey lifestyle.”
ROI-NJ also recognized QuickChek’s renowned fresh brewed coffee: “(QuickChek) boasts that it has the best coffee around (we agree).”
Durling received the honor on behalf of his company’s 4,500 team members at the 2019 Food & Beverage Innovation Summit on October 16, 2019 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.
“This is not an individual award but rather one that belongs to the 4,500 team members at QuickChek who strive to make a difference in people’s everyday lives,” said Durling, whose privately-owned company has 160 store locations throughout New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. “We serve busy people on the go and we want to make their life easier with fresh products and services.”
The Whitehouse Station, NJ-based company’s innovative “Fresh to Go” new store design meets the needs of today’s fast-casual shopper with more than 50 percent of each new store dedicated to fresh food and beverages.
“Today’s consumer, especially young professionals, families and health-conscious people, want fresh. So we have dedicated more than half of the store to food service and fresh beverages, including our guaranteed fresh brewed hot and iced coffees. Our new store layout also enhances our customer’s one-stop shopping experience,” added Durling.
QuickChek is a recognized leader in food services with an exceptional fresh brewed coffee and fresh food program; it was just named “Prepared Foods Innovator of the Year” at the National Association of Convenience Stores annual trade expo.
QuickChek was the first in the industry to introduce self-checkout counters and its touch-screen technology enables consumers to customize their food orders exactly the way the want it. Mobile ordering through the QuickChek mobile app further meets the needs of today’s on-the-go fast casual diner, as does offering fuel at competitive prices.
With screen time continuing to grow with consumers, QuickChek has also just won a pair of W3 Awards by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, taking gold in the food & beverage website category and silver for its new fresh brewed iced coffee video.
In addition to Durling, ROI-NJ’s most important people in the food & beverage sector are: Richard Saker of Saker ShopRites; Bob Unanue and Peter Unanue of Goya Foods; Christina Minardi and Nicole Wescoe of Whole Foods; Paul Chibe of Ferraro North America; Judy Spires of Kings/Balducci’s; Larry Inserra Jr. of Inserra Supermarkets; Doug Fisher of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture; Joseph Sheridan of Wakefern; and Linda Doherty and Marilou Halvorsen of the New Jersey Food Council.
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