Convenience Store Products | September/October 2015

Convenience Store Products magazine September/October 2015

In This Issue

September 2015
You Saw It Here First

A sneak peek at the hottest new products at the convenience-store tradeshow

Also: Sixteen ways retailers are getting creative with merchandising and marketing! Is Greek yogurt still a thing? Planning for Super Bowl season. Trends in tobacco, beverages, foodservice general merchandise and more!


Behind the Brand

celestial tea new packaging

The difference between Boulder, Colo.-based Celestial Seasonings's new look and it's old look is summed up in three words: clean, natural and modern.



The convenience-store industry has been watching the implications of digital commerce—be it a passing curiosity or a sweat-inducing threat—for some time.

electric vehicle station

Electric vehicles (EVs) are making inroads in the minds of consumers who are eager to “go green” in their vehicle choice and leave a smaller carbon footprint.

grocery set

Grocery isn’t a top seller in convenience stores, but it has the potential to generate more in sales due to the category’s basket-boosting tendencies.

commercial kitchen

The makeup of a modern restaurant kitchen sometimes has less to do with the latest technology and more to do with high real-estate costs and government regulations.

roller grill

A study conducted by Convenience Store Products ad Product Evaluations examined the spectrum of c-store foodservice to help retailers target their own growth.

fresh fruit

A basket of fruit by the cashier or a display up front by the door can go a long way toward furthering customers’ perceptions of your fresh offering.

restaurant quality food

The Thibodaux, La.-based convenience retailer is bringing restaurant-quality food to several of its Go-Bears stores with its new Go-Bears Southern Eatery.

monster energy drink

Mark Gil says the popular longtime Monster promotion of three for $5 will probably shift to a new, higher price point as the Coca-Cola partnership transition continues.

energy drinks

Lots of product segments have their ebbs and flows, their bouts with droughts. But when was the last time the energy-drink segment slumped?

downeast cider

The can trend has not been lost on companies in the hard-cider, wine and cocktail channels. They too are embracing the can for more consumer usage.

beer cans

When it comes to beer and other adult beverages, most consumers are leaning towards cans, and suppliers are starting to notice.

cigars e-cigs tobacco

The tobacco category experienced largely positive sales trends.Nielsen reported cigarette and smokeless sales grew in c-store, food, drug and mass.


Super Bowl viewers across the country stock up on nearly 166 million pounds of snacks before the game, according to category manager of grocery and snacks for McLane

greek yogurt

Consumer interest in yogurt spiked when Greek yogurt hit the scene. But some questioned whether or not the product’s solid growth could be sustained.

Ways retailers are getting creative with merchandising and marketing for consumers

Cover story

NACS Show 2015 Las Vegas

This story represents approximately 0.288% of the new products on the NACS Show floor. Consider it your sneak preview.


two trending product categories: burgers and beverages

Craft sodas, tea and meat snacks are seeing increased success among customers seeking healthier fare.

By the Numbers

convenience-store retail visit statistics

The total time consumers spend inside a c-store rose 6%. But that increase still gives retailers only 2 minutes and 52 seconds to turn a shopper into a buyer.

Editor's note

In celebration of the c-store industry’s most important tradeshow, Convenience Store Products magazine is sharing a mammoth 225 products!