As shelter-in-place and social-distancing measures relax, many of the convenience-store channel’s go-to foodservice strategies will continue to face challenges from consumers. According to the Intouch Insight 2020 C-Store Consumer Habits Survey, it’s extremely unlikely that customers will use self-serve condiments and coffee bars (25%), purchase self-dispensed beverages (21%) and purchase prepared foods from bakery cases or roller grills (21%).
That puts a greater emphasis on cleanliness and packaged foodservice items. I fact, when it comes to purchasing prepared food items in convenience stores, it is extremely important that stores foster cleanliness (60%), provide quality food (50%), provide quality service (31%) and provide overall convenience (26%), according to the C-Store Consumer Habits Survey.
Click through to sample six new foodservice snacks and entrees that have recently arrived in the c-store channel to help operators answer the call for apprehensive consumers.