The 10 Most Popular Convenience Store Products Posts of 2015

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From 7-Eleven merchandising strategies to the most overlooked foodservice patron—Bud Light’s new design to cocktails in cans—2015 was a huge year for product innovation at Convenience Store Products. And these stories have the clicks to prove it. Here are the 10 most popular stories on CStoreProductsOnline.com for 2015.

1. 7-Eleven Franchisee Installs Innovative Cooler Door

Mike Jammu regards his new cold-vault display technology investment as a conversation starter that morphs into a revenue generator.

2. Cool New Products at the NACS Show

When I arrived at the NACS Cool New Products showcase at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, there was a line.

3. 2015 C-Store Products Hot 100: The Top 10

Every year, Convenience Store Products tallies up retailer requests received for information on products found in the magazine (via reader service card). This year, the list, which is derived from individual products listed in editorial and advertising in Convenience Store Products from the August/September 2014 issue through the July/August 2015 issue, was as diverse as your product mix itself.

4. Bud Light’s new look

Bud Light gets a fresh new look in 2016, the first major overhaul of its visual identity in eight years.

5. Alcohol Beverages: Powered Problems

Want to sell powdered alcohol? Chances are you won’t be able to. Powdered alcohol, also known as Palcohol, has, as of press time, been banned in more than 20 states despite being declared legal to be sold in the United States by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

6. Packaged Beverages: The Comeback Kids

Nostalgia is a powerful force. It can unite people, incite strong emotions and even resurrect old products from the dead.

7. Exclusive Sneak Peek: Winners Hit NACS Show Floor

The NACS Show, as a rule, is full of new products. There is incredible convenience-store innovation around every corner, down every aisle.

8. Cans Cross Into Cocktails, Wine and More

The can trend has not been lost on companies in the hard-cider, wine and cocktail channels.

9. 16 Merchandising and Marketing Ideas

Kum & Go has a new approach for enticing customers to sample its selection of healthy bars and chips. Last January, the West Des Moines, Iowa-based chain launched a two-for promotion that lets customers pair good-for-you items with those that are simply good-tasting.

10. Silent Might be Golden

When it comes to determining who your core convenience-store foodservice customer is, don’t overlook the Silent Generation (born 1928 to 1945). Many retirement communities are seeking new and contemporary menu options, and your convenience-store menu—if built properly—could appeal to much more than millennials, boomers and Gen Xers.