Learn the steps involved in tracking a trend and determining if it's right for your convenience store business, as well as how to navigate a trade show filled with people promising lightning in a bottle.
Like a college football team that develops prime talent each year only to reload after graduation, the specialty-foods industry is regularly cultivating trends before they move on to mainstream.
FoodBytes detailed several latent trends to monitor, including those of major players such as PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Co., Nestle and Keurig.
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.
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.
Product innovation is the lifeblood of the convenience-store industry, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) firms do their part to keep the new-product pipeline robust by expanding into new categories. But how do legacy brands maintain their position in the marketplace and consumer mind space?