Progressive Grocer

FEB 2017

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S imple, quality ingredients form the foundation of the prepared food offering at Creations Café, located in 14 of Lunds & Byerlys' 26 locations. e Edina, Minn.-based retailer focuses on choice when it comes to the café, which features hot and cold buffets, and salad and taco bars. "e differentiation there is behind the scenes — our kitchen teams," says John Stueland, director of deli and foodservice. "ey source great-quality ingredients. ey do minimum processing and preparation to them, and they just put out great, simple, fresh, high-quality prepared foods." e self-service element of Creations Café allows custom- ers to create their own meals in the portions they want, with- out being hemmed in by a predefined portion or price point; however, the cafes also offer whole sandwiches, subs and sushi. e eateries also have a dedicated checkout so custom- ers can quickly purchase their items to take out or eat in. In both the Creations Café and the deli department, Lunds & Byerlys has introduced several better-for-you options to meet customer demand. Stueland's team has added fresh- roasted and -steamed vegetables, as well as replaced the breaded and fried fish items with baked or broiled nonbreaded salmon, cod or tilapia. While pasta is still available, the selection is usually only one variety instead of the three or four previously offered, and now fresh, seasonal grains are on the menu, like brown rice and quinoa. e deli also offers an extensive cheese department with highly trained cheesemongers, many of whom have been certi- fied by the Denver-based American Cheese Society. "It's great to have the certification on the wall of the cheese counter, or on the name badge of the employee, but the whole group just benefits from having the training," Stueland says. Lunds & Byerlys, Edina, Minn. Deli/Prepared Foods Education & Events March 8–12, 2017 Trade Show March 9–11, 2017 | Anaheim Hilton & Marriott March 10–12, 2017 | Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim, CA USA Questions? Contact us at 1.866.458.4935 or 1.303.390.1776 | [email protected] Register online at Co-located with: PRESENTED BY: Produced by: R PRESENTED BY: I found my sp a rk... "After just our first year attending, we quickly realized what a game changer Expo West was for our business, helping us build and foster relationships that would take us to the next level. Five years later, our distribution and sales continue to thrive, due in large part to the valuable opportunities this event continues to provide, year after year." Bill Keith Founder & CEO Perfect Bar

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