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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.


Snacks Among the Essentials Consumers Plan to Stockpile This Winter

Top reasons for keeping a stash are concerns over out-of-stocks, reducing exposure to COVID-19 and adding fun to the days at home.

Higher C-store Spending Trend Wanes as Pandemic Carries On

Dollar sales slipped year-over-year during the past five weeks.

The organization anticipates at least a 10-percent drop in travel — the largest one-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008.

Gas prices decline

Travel restrictions and rolled-back reopenings contribute to cheaper prices at the pump.

Curbside pickup

Consumers continue to embrace home-sourced meals and digital ordering, according to annual NPD Group report.

Around 10 percent of people reduced their candy consumption, pointing to fewer grocery trips as a reason why.

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The Convenience Store News Virtual Technology Leadership Series provided analysis and insights based on exclusive research.

General Mills: Consumers are turning to indulgent treats that offer familiarity and comfort.

To remain competitive, retailers should offer more options as consumers seek to limit trips.

Despite pandemic, excitement for the latest food and beverage trends has not slowed.

Sites with above-average ratings drove 21 percent more visits than their below-average competitors in the third quarter of 2020.

Two in 10 Americans who normally celebrate spring and summer holidays with confectionery gifting did not do so this year.

Curbside pickup

While third-party platforms are popular, NACS research finds that many operators use staff for delivery.

C-store prepared food buyers say they can find better quality elsewhere.

Candy and snacks are helping to improve emotional wellbeing amidst COVID-19.

Vacationers are showing a preference for destinations that allow for socially distanced, outdoor recreation.

C-store prepared food purchasers are a prime opportunity for increasing basket size.

Consumers turn to CBD products to relax during these stressful times.

More than half prefer to purchase fully prepared food, while 78 percent have found opportunities to explore cooking new recipes.

a convenience store gas pump

NACS research finds that 61 percent of c-store retailers expect fuel sales to be down the remainder of the year.

A beer cooler in a store

Beer and packaged beverages drove sales growth for the week ended Sept. 27.

Those who pay directly from a mobile app are five times as likely to use this payment method more because of COVID-19.

Declining fall demand will likely lead to further price drops in the weeks to come.

The annual list features strong products that meet consumers' evolving needs.

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