Abbie Westra

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

Locally sourced protein and produce, environmental sustainability and healthful kids’ meals took the top four spots in the annual National Restaurant Association What’s Hot Culinary Forecast.

Before a convenience retailer invests in a new fleet of ovens, it's important to consider your current and future menu. This, along with space and staffing, should drive your purchase decisions.

Successful c-store foodservice operators are looking around at not what his or her c-store competitors are doing, but rather what the leaders in the restaurant realm are up to. What follows is a snapshot of the latest ideas from leading restaurants.

Summer was a busy season for the tobacco industry. What follows are product trends and legislative issues percolating in the tobacco category.

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.

This season’s new-product crop has out-trended itself. We’ve seen e-cigs touting 20 grams of protein per inhalation, pumpkin-spice-scented motor oil, and vaping cider. We’ve tested sriracha-superfruit smoothies, ground-quinoa coffee, and applesauce pouches with 80 mg of naturally occurring caffeine...

Twelve Opportunities to Increase Transaction Sizes

What follows are 20 rollouts that reached our desks—surely just a sample of the big unveilings scheduled for the show—from cold-brew coffee to a better-for-you breakfast sandwich.

Another month has passed, and with it came another batch of products meant to entice customers off the fueling island and into your stores.

As mobile becomes an increasingly important part of all of our businesses, Convenience Store Products has moved to a new responsive design that allows for a better experience for our readers.

Convenience store retailers, make space on your shelves for Hispanic beverages, kids’ snacks, granola, protein, multi-product vaporizers, high-end cigars and all things pumpkin.

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.