Steve Dwyer

CSP Reporter

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.

Like a college football team that develops prime talent each year only to reload after graduation, the specialty-foods industry is regularly cultivating trends before they move on to mainstream.

While some retailers are hunting for specific pieces of equipment, others are looking forward to networking and strategy sessions with suppliers and experts.

A recent global-snacking study from research firm Nielsen, reveals the snacking tendencies—and differences—of male and female snackers stateside.

Global snack sales totaled $374 billion annually as of March 2014—an increase of 2% year-over-year, according to Nielsen.

FoodBytes detailed several latent trends to monitor, including those of major players such as PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Co., Nestle and Keurig.

In early May, Kwik Trip rolled out a fresh meat program under its Kitchen Cravings brand. Designed to provide the main ingredient—beef, pork or chicken—for summer grilling, the line debuted in 414 Kwik Trip c-stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and Kwik Star-branded stores in Iowa.

What happens when drug and dollar channels shift their tobacco strategy?

What’s the mother of invention that underpins new-product innovation these days? IRI's top 20 new products of 2013 in convenience stores point to healthy, indulgent and fun.

The U.S. Hispanic population is not only experiencing a growth explosion—43% increase over the past 14 years—but the demographic is growing in stature with marketers as well.

Product innovation is the lifeblood of the convenience-store industry, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) firms do their part to keep the new-product pipeline robust by expanding into new categories. But how do legacy brands maintain their position in the marketplace and consumer mind space?

A growing number of convenience-store shoppers are seeking foods with a vast array of flavors. Baby boomers, for instance, increasingly look for bold flavors due to the dulling of their taste buds.