What Can C-Stores Learn From the Chipotle E. Coli Situation?

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Many of the positive merits that satisfy consumer demands for fresh, local and seasonal food and beverage also “carry risks of their own,” according to The Hartman Group.

Two recent Hartman reports, “Diners’ Changing Behaviors 2015” and “Transparency 2015,” uncover those risks and help to determine the most important attributes for consumers to consider as they decide which food and beverage products to purchase. 

Find Out What C-Store Operators Think About Your Product

Do you know the new-product success rate? According to a Booz, Allen and Hamilton study, for every seven new product ideas, about four enter development, 1.5 are launched and only one succeeds. The convenience retailing industry acts as an incubator for many of these success stories. In that spirit, for the 13th consecutive year, CSP magazine is calling for submissions for the 2016 edition of its Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest.

Nestlé Ahead of the Sugar Curve

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No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you; that Giant Pixy Stix isn’t nearly as giant.

Nestlé reformulated the product—and many others—to meet the company’s sugar guidelines, which align with recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) that consumption of added sugars be limited to no more than 10% of daily calorie intake.

This Year’s Hottest Stocking Stuffer?

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They might not look like it to you and I, but Whiffer Sniffers scented backpack clips are all the rage.

It doesn’t help that I don’t carry a backpack anymore, or that my kids aren’t yet at that age where accessorizing their school bag is as important as the books inside. But these scented clips are indeed popular, to the point that they’ve garnered thousands of followers on Instagram, millions of views on YouTube and even won the Most Wanted Collectible Toy of the 2015 Holiday Season by TTPM, a review site for toys, tots, pets and more.

Popular Culture Meets C-Store Staple

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I’m pretty grumpy before I get my first cup of coffee in the morning. And now the perpetually grumpy cat is here to help.

Los Angeles-based Grumpy Beverage has expanded its product line to include Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee.

Silent Might be Golden

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When it comes to determining who your core convenience-store foodservice customer is, don’t overlook the Silent Generation (born 1928 to 1945).

Energy Boost

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Chances are your customers don’t feel that one little shot will be enough. And some retailers are noticing.

Say Hello to Corporate ‘Halos’

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Going viral: sometimes it’s a good thing. And sometimes it’s not.

Ethics have become increasingly important as public opinion can be tweeted, recorded or posted out to the masses in the time it takes to hit the send button.

And that opinion matters. New research from Mintel reveals that 56% of U.S. consumers stop buying from companies they believe are unethical.

Old CPG Habits Die Hard

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Manufacturers and retailers have been resistant to turn away from their “old” pricing and promotion strategies, according to Chicago-based IRI.

For retailers looking to change, adjust or evolve their pricing strategy, they will be faced with the following three challenges:

Promotion Problem: They’re Not Buying It

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You win some, you lose some.

Despite manufacturers best promotional and merchandising intentions, certain products still fall flat on convenience-store shelves.

The reason for this sales black hole comes courtesy of misguided strategies and more, as outlined in the Chicago-based IRI report “Merchandising for Growth: Connecting the Dots for Maximum Activation.”



8 Non-Alcoholic Beverages Making a Splash

Several non-alcoholic beverage releases are making a mark at the retail level since their arrival, spanning sodas, fruit-based, sparkling water, carbonated spritzers, energy and healthy drinks touting functional ingredients such as electrolytes and antioxidants. 

5 Fall-inspired C-store Launches

Limited-time rollouts during the fall season typically emphasize two consumer desires: football and Halloween. 

6 C-Store Health and Wellness Brands

Energy shots across convenience were a $628 million market, growing in dollars a paltry 0.2% and losing 2.3% in units, according to Chicago-based IRI.