Complete NACS Show® New Product Watch

During the 2019 NACS Show, held in early October in Atlanta, Convenience Store Products' editors visited hundreds of booths to collect and learn about the new products that could shake up each product category in the next year or so. Click through for a category-by-category look at what we learned.

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CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) was one of the breakout stars of this year’s NACS Show. In a first for the show, NACS had a dedicated CBD pavilion in its exhibit hall lineup. The partitioned section—which required attendees to scan their badges upon entering—showcased a variety of hemp-derived CBD products from about 70 distributors. Click here to see some of the CBD brands that stood out at the 2019 NACS Show.

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Tobacco

Everything from heat-not-burn devices to nicotine pouches piqued retailers’ interest on the NACS Show exhibit floor, despite growing controversy over flavored tobacco and vaping products.

Retailers walking the exhibits saw Altria Group, Richmond, Va., unveiling a full-sized pop-up store for its U.S. introduction of the heat-not-burn IQOS device, and they saw Swedish Match introduce new flavors for its Zyn nicotine pouch.

At the same time, controversy lingered over the category as state and federal officials have taken significant steps recently to stop minors from using flavored e-cigarettes. Prior to the NACS Show in Atlanta, at least three states—Massachusetts, Michigan and New York—issued executive orders to remove or restrict the products at retail. Several other states initiated similar actions after the trade show concluded.

Still, foot traffic at many of the tobacco exhibits remained high. Click here for a rundown of tobacco products seen on the NACS Show floor this year.

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Foodservice

The 2019 NACS Show affirmed that premium foodservice is one of today’s hottest convenience-store trends. The lines to snag plates of fried chicken and pizza, among other samples, stretched across the show floor, and it took some attendees nearly 30 minutes to get much sought-after dishes. Click here to review the foodservice trends that attracted attention at this year’s show.

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Packaged beverages

Beverage manufacturers brought surprising innovation to the NACS Show floor. There were plenty of new products to consider, from bottled water to beer. Click here to view some of the innovations coming to major product segments.

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Snacks and candy

Innovative flavors and twists on classic candy bars stood out on show floor at the 2019 NACS Show. Retailers could find a little bit of everything to bring back to their convenience stores, from Jack Link’s Blackberry Barbecue meat bar to Mars Wrigley’s Twix Cookies and Creme and Ferarra’s Trolli Sour Crunchy Crawlers. Click here to see what’s new in the snacks and candy categories.

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And more

More than 1,200 companies exhibited the latest and greatest in foodservice, general merchandise, packaged beverages, snacks, candy and more. Convenience Store Products created this guide before the show to help retailers discover what new products were worth checking out at the show—and what to bring back to their c-stores.

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