Abbie Westra

Abbie Westra
Deputy Group Editor, CSP
Winsight LLC
(630) 528-9230

Our cover story chronicles the strengths, struggles and strategies of your cross-channel competitors, and it reveals one big theme: Everyone is scrounging.

Manitowoc fit Kitchen at NAFEM

If a c-store retailer had attended NAFEM four years ago, they would have found an exhibitor base of foodservice equipment manufacturers largely uninterested in their business.

The dawn of a new year always brings aspirations for better living, and Convenience Store Products is taking that sentiment to the store level with ideas for stronger, leaner, more profitable stores in 2015.

The winners of CSP's Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest were selected in 28 categories from a pool of hundreds of nominated products, and they reflect the trends important to today’s c-store consumer.

I recently talked with Susan Viamari, editor of thought leadership marketing at IRI, to find out what consumer trends continue to resonate as the dust settles on 2014. She said that not only are our three square meals officially resting in peace, but snacking itself is turning into one continuous...

The big convenience-store brands that paid their way into the big game largely followed one of two themes: goofy humor or heart-tugging sentimentality.

The Hershey Co. announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Krave Pure Foods, maker of Krave premium jerky products.

Technomic is anticipating nominal growth of 2.5% in 2014 and 2.0% in 2015. After adjusting for inflation, the segment will be flat. Compare that to limited-service restaurants, with an estimated 2.5% nominal growth in 2014 and 3% growth in 2015, so a little over flat when adjusted for inflation.

It’s been 20 years since Tesco first removed sweets from the checkouts at some of its larger stores, but a move at the new year extended that initiative to all of its locations.

Thirty-seven percent of fast-casual restaurants offer digital ordering, and the first convenience-store chains are beginning to follow suit.

NACS Show session reveals menu trends that are heating up, and some that are on ice.

I was recently reminded that my own connection to the convenience-store industry began well before joining CSP 6 years ago.