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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.


Inside the Consumer Mind: Seeking a Recipe for Recovery

Consumer shifts due to the COVID-19 pandemic have upended convenience foodservice.

Weather-Related Refinery Shutdowns Send Gas Prices Skyrocketing

Sixty-six percent of state averages spiked by double digits, driving the national average up by 13 cents to $2.63.

Sixty-five percent of consumers have cooked at home more, while 40 percent spent more time online shopping.

AlixPartners’ 2021 industry study cites loyalty programs and delivery as keys to winning this year.

The long trend of the national average being cheaper year over year could end within the week.

The late-evening daypart was the biggest beneficiary, with trips up 6.3 points over the prior four-week period.

inside a convenience store

NACS Supplier Member Pulse Survey found that members' sales in the channel grew in 2020.

C-store customers are shifting to online grocery sites and delivery services amidst pandemic.

Just 54% believe it will be a good year for their category, a 31-point drop compared to a year ago.

COVID, labor difficulties and declining foot traffic are chief among their concerns.

However, the pandemic’s effect on their sales and profitability is a top concern.

Holiday-focused flavors can be a nostalgic way to incorporate new flavors onto the menu.

Pandemic worries haunt the convenience store industry, affecting expectations for the year ahead.

Chocolate represented 64 percent of all sales and was up 7 percent from 2019.

With eight in 10 Americans planning to tune in, Frito-Lay estimates a 21-percent increase vs. last year's game.

Beverage retailers turn up the craveability factor with trendy, emerging flavors.

The industry’s top wholesalers saw average sales increase a little more than 2 percent in 2020.

The higher price of crude is outweighing sustained low gasoline demand.

Inside a convenience store

Nearly half of NACS survey respondents put more emphasis on prepackaged ready-to-eat meals.

Additionally, snack food consumption at meals increased from 21 percent in 2010 to 26 percent in 2020.

Spend per transaction rose during the five weeks ended Jan. 3.

A gas station

Prices hit their highest level for the year in January, before COVID-19 led to a reduction in travel.

The channel is expected to rebound, but long-term changes likely include staffing needs and prepared food sourcing.

Electric vehicle ownership is increasing among convenience store shoppers.

CBD oil stock

Nearly one in four CBD users entered the category in the last six months, according to new research.

Gas canopy

Demand remains low, but crude oil gains lead to price increases at the pump.

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