Convenience Store Products | January/February 2016

Convenience Store Products magazine January/February 2016 cover

In This Issue

February 2016
Consumers Tell All

Find out what your customers think about your store—in their own words. Some of their answers surprised even us.

Also: McDonald’s breakfast boom. A new generation of ABV. Beverage insights from thirsty people? The coolest products you’ve never heard of. More!



McDonald's All-Day Breakfast

Numbers from The NPD Group revealed that McDonald's All-Day Breakfast helped the chain gain new customers and boost check averages at lunch.


A little more than half of consumers (51%) say that customization is extremely important in creating good value at the coffee bar, according to Technomic.

craft beer

Last year saw the rise of low- (session) and high-alcohol beers due to craft’s influence—but big brewers also got in on the action.

Sam Adams Utopia

The sum of the parts is that they’re willing to spend more money on less beer, but there’s a variable: that beer should be higher in alcohol.

water pour

A CSP/GasBuddy beverage survey found that while driving and thirsty, 56% of consumers typically stop to purchase a drink at a gas station/convenience store.

kickstarter piggy bank

Coming soon to your wholesale distributor’s must-stock list: Original Coffee House Jelly Beans, the brainchild of Jelly Belly inventor David Klein.

ohm vapors

Vapors are struggling, but there is hope for them to come back to convenience-stores. Is this the trend to fix everything?


Consumers are intrigued by the innovation boost and are paying more for premium popcorn, says Susan Viamari, vice president of thought leadership for Chicago-based IRI.

gummy bears

Over the 52 weeks ending on Nov. 1, 2015, confectionery kept up with total store growth at 3.2%. And dollar sales grew 3% for chocolate and nonchocolate candy combined.

clean oven

Forget your gas pumps. Never mind the back office. New solutions are making it easier for kitchen devices to share their feelings with operators.

Amazon 7 Eleven

7-Eleven expands its locker program to serve more retailers and announced in October that it would install Wal-Mart lockers in locations in Toronto as well, according to The Wall Street Journal.


5 hour energy

Here are the top-selling new products in convenience stores across the United States of America in the final quarter of 2015.


Our research proves that your customers’ perception is changing in the foodservice and convenience-store products area.

Scanning a Product

What’s the best way to determine the viability of a new product? Our category-management expert helps us with a new-product conundrum.

Cover story

consumer opinions

Guess what customers are saying about your convenience stores? Some of the answers surprised even us.

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

Supermarkets are under siege. And so are QSRs, fast-casuals and c-stores. The effect of e-commerce on traditional retail channels is well documented.

Editor's note

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We’ve just moved the furniture around a little bit in our print magazine, dusted off the shelves and fluffed the pillows.