Convenience Store Products | July/August 2014

Convenience Store Products magazine July/August 2014

In This Issue

August 2014
Top 20 New Best Sellers

The 20 new best sellers of 2013 reflect the trifecta of new-product trial.

The protein mystery behind new snacks. The competition crunch in tobacco. Beverage packaging, craft beer, foodservice insights and more!


An anecdotal, completely unscientific look at industry trends as reflected in the July/August issue of Convenience Store Products.


Coors Light MillerCoors evokes a citrusy, summertime feel with Coors Light Summer Brew packaging.

About six in 10 fuel customers pay for their purchase at the pump, according to research by VideoMining Corp. And of all fuel customers, only four in 10 make a purchase from the convenience store.

As consumers become more astute with their smartphones, buying, sending and even redeeming gift cards may become the way they eventually handle all transactions, what’s a retailer to do?

In early May, Kwik Trip rolled out a fresh meat program under its Kitchen Cravings brand. Designed to provide the main ingredient—beef, pork or chicken—for summer grilling, the line debuted in 414 Kwik Trip c-stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and Kwik Star-branded stores in Iowa.

The footprint of high-end, craft and natural confection at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo (held May 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place) continues to grow, reflecting the ongoing consumer desire for affordable luxuries.

NRA Show food service equipment rollouts reflect technological evolution, consumer preferences.

FARE speakers detail 13 seismic shifts in consumer behavior.

Convenience stores are the leader in beer sales, responsible for 40% of off-premise case volume. But the revenue generated from c-store cases sold can still improve, and the craft segment is a large c-store opportunity.

Beverage packaging innovation improves product visibility and cachet in c-store cold vaults.

What happens when drug and dollar channels shift their tobacco strategy?

Cover story

What’s the mother of invention that underpins new-product innovation these days? IRI's top 20 new products of 2013 in convenience stores point to healthy, indulgent and fun.

Editor's note

My take on TargetExpress, a slick 20,000-square-foot concept curated to the college students and other residents in a densely populated Minneapolis neighborhood.