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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.


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C-store Retailers Buoyant About Beverages After Strong Summer

The latest Beverage Buzz survey finds retailers are especially optimistic about energy drinks and hard seltzers.

This segment is shaped by the popularity of farmers markets and food halls.

The chain ranks No. 1 for website performance, social media engagement and more.

Only 37 percent of respondents said their current IT system is "very prepared" to cope with consumer checkout demand during busy periods.

Wawa logo

The retailer was named top in the state for its hoagies, coffee and consistency.


Scanner-based, point-of-sale data is collected from 7-Eleven, Circle K, Speedway and others.

2019 Realities of the Aisle consumer study,

Exclusive Convenience Store News consumer research explores attitudes and usage.

Marathon Petroleum joins stalwarts 7-Eleven and Couche-Tard at the helm of this year’s ranking.

Category sales in the first half of this year mostly underperformed last year’s sales pace.

CBD products

Nielsen: Sales of all legalized cannabis in the United States will reach $41 billion by 2025.

Produce tops the list, according to 58 percent of consumers, followed by bakery and foodservice items.

Seven in 10 cigarette purchasers have tried e-cigarettes or vaping products.

Experts believe the market is poised to explode among both current and new users.

Stewart’s Shops’ Mango Dragon Fruit Sherbet embraces safe experimentation with success.

The slow adoption could indicate that consumers enjoy picking their own groceries in person.

Gas prices

Regional price spikes ahead of the holiday weekend are likely to be short-term.

The national average is expected to drop to $2.40.

NPD Group: Seasonal items tap into a base of loyal buyers.

The entry of foreign companies and the resurgence of oil companies are having an impact.

With big deals carrying bigger price tags, a tipping point in c-store M&A activity remains a possibility.

Plant-based burger

Plant-based alternatives are rising in popularity, but demand for traditional meat remains strong.

Tobacco 21 sign

A recent Gallup poll finds that 73 percent favor raising the legal minimum age to buy tobacco products.

retail assistance

Even fast food saw some pushback on the growing kiosk trend.

Fresh grab-and-go

Culinary Visions study examines fresh vs. fast, healthful vs. convenient, and global vs. local.

cigarettes in a pile

Dual usage and more alternative products on the backbar are driving retailers' outlook.

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