Convenience Store Products | March/April 2015

Convenience Store Products March-April 2015

In This Issue

March 2015
Attack of the Competitors

Strategic intel to help you fight back against cross-channel foes.

Small batch snacks drive big expectations. Candy curb appeal. Courting the female vaper. Coffee climbs upward. The gap narrows between name-brand and private-label products. Behind the Brand: Coca-Cola. And more!

 

Features

Technology drives art in The Coca-Cola Co.’s latest bottling innovation

It turns out consumers have a thirst for both national brands and private labels during any given shopping occasion, according to a recent webinar sponsored by Chicago-based IRI. It falls to consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and retailers to decipher this decision-making process.

During a recent webinar hosted by the National Coffee Association, Nahmias, principal and COO of StudyLogic, Cedarhurst, N.Y., advised the convenience-store channel to pay close attention to made-to-order (MTO) coffee beverages moving forward.

As the prime tobacco customer of convenience retailers, Bubba isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But if c-store retailers play their cards right, he could be getting a sidekick: Nancy

The flat-screen TVs mounted high in Sam Odeh’s suburban Chicago Power Mart c-stores encourage customers to sample his confection specials.

Specialty-foods industry pinpoints c-stores as growth vehicle, identifies 2015 trends

This trend season has been all about ingredients—eliminating some and enhancing others.

The beer category saw a bit of an uptick in convenience stores last year, with 3.1% growth in dollar sales and 0.7% growth in case sales, according to IRI. That’s compared to 2013, when sales were up 1.5% and case sales down 1.5%.

Cover story

Retail channels are blending, encroaching on one another’s points of differentiation in an attempt to steal share of consumer spending.

Editor's note

Our cover story chronicles the strengths, struggles and strategies of your cross-channel competitors, and it reveals one big theme: Everyone is scrounging.