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Comprehensive research on retailer, consumer and product trends across the convenience and retail industries. Includes exclusive proprietary Convenience Store News research studies.


Nielsen research on small format store openings

Small-Formats Are Driving Both Store Closures & New Store Construction

Convenience, dollar and drug stores are leading the way in store openings.

Inside the Consumer Mind: What Fuels You?  

Consumers have a multitude of opinions when it comes to filling up.

Gas pumps

Thirteen states introduced taxes, propelling the national average to $2.75 per gallon.

cannabis-infused chocolate

More than half of consumers aged 35 and up would consume such products for medical purposes.

The c-store industry completes another strong year in sales and profit growth, but trouble lurks behind the scenes.

customer loyalty radar

More than half of operators cite keeping up with technology and the pace of change as a challenge.

Summer drivers

Warm weather, low gas prices likely to contribute to a boost over the three-month period.

C-store shoppers

Findings of national study presented at the 2019 Convenience Store News Convenience Foodservice Exchange event.

Digital restaurant orders

Convenience is the primary reason for the strong increase.

A growing number of consumers want food with balance, flexibility and practicality.

Logos for 7-Eleven Inc. and Shell

The rankings are based on foot traffic in April, plus sales and store count data.

declining gas prices

The $2.66 national average is 18 cents less than a month and a year ago.


Packaged Facts: Mealtimes are growing smaller, later and more frequent.

cannabis-infused chocolate bar

Consumers' hunger for snacks alongside legal cannabis consumption can present an opportunity for cross-selling.

Fourth of July road trip

A total of 41.4 million drivers will hit the road — the most on record since 2000.

Urban grocery shopper

Convenience and product size are among the top concerns for this demographic.

MAPCO, Cumberland Farms and RaceTrac are among c-store operators offering a free sweet treat.

Consumer interest in legal cannabis and CBD products is only expected to keep growing.


The generation's net worth has fallen by 34 percent since 1996.

Gas prices

The per-gallon price that Americans consider too expensive jumps 30 cents from 2018.

Millennials eating

Purchase frequency and dollar spend are on the rise, according to a new study from GasBuddy.

A Sweets & Snacks Expo session highlighted how consumers pick products that best fit them.

The findings of the 2019 Convenience Store News Realities of the Aisle consumer study are largely positive, but do spotlight some areas for improvement.

The baked good tops this month’s limited-time offers in the convenience channel.

Chicken sandwiches

The product was ordered on average 14.7 times a year vs. 8.7 times a year for chicken sandwiches.

indulgent treats

Snacking occasions driven by a need for favorites, cravings or the need to reward oneself will continue to grow in the next five years.

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