Over the past year, the tobacco category drew interest, intrigue and clicks on CStoreProductsOnline.com.
While cigarettes remain the largest in-store category for convenience stores, with 28.6% share of inside sales, according to the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2017 data, the tobacco category as a whole is seeing a boost from other tobacco products (OTP) such as e-cigarettes and cigars.
This is evident when looking at this year’s Hot 100, the most clicked products on CStoreProductsOnline.com from Oct. 1, 2017, to Oct. 1, 2018. Tobacco items make up 45% of the Hot 100, the vast majority under the OTP subcategory.
But c-stores aren’t just about smokes. Other core categories also were well-represented on the Hot 100. Healthier varieties and mouthwatering flavors helped entice clicks in packaged snacks, packaged beverages and foodservice.
The list was generated by tracking the most-clicked products on CStoreProductsOnline.com from Oct. 1, 2017, to Oct. 1, 2018. You'll have to wait until Thursday to see the No. 1 most-clicked product. Explore the Convenience Store Products Hot 100 most-clicked products of 2018, beginning with 100-76. Click through to see this first of four slideshows as we begin to unveil the whole list.
Photograph by Jason Little