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Throughout the World, Convenience Stores Are a Rapidly Growing Venue for U.S. Red Meat

The desire for work-life balance and pre-packaged meals requiring little or no kitchen time is leading consumers around the world to a surprising new destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner: the neighborhood convenience store.

And we’re not just talking about beef jerky and pepperoni sticks.

Convenience stores are offering a wide selection of entrée and full meal options that are winning over customers and creating more demand for U.S. red meat. For every gourmet hot dog sold in a South Korean GS25 store, every bowl of beef noodle soup ladled from a 7-Eleven hot food counter in Taiwan and every pork sausage sandwich pulled from a shelf in a Mexican Oxxo outlet comes another trade opportunity for...

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Sep 3 11:26 AM, General News



Record U.S. Convenience Store Food, Merchandise Sales in 2018

U.S. convenience stores experienced a 16th straight year of record in-store sales in 2018, according to newly released NACS State of the Industry data, the convenience and fuel retailing industry's premier benchmarks and key performance category insights.

U.S. convenience stores sales overall surged 8.9% to $654.3 billion, led by a 13.2% increase in fuel sales, which account for 69.6% of total sales. In-store sales increased 2.2% to a record $242.2 billion. Overall, convenience stores sales are 3.1% of the U.S. gross domestic product of ...

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Apr 4 8:15 AM, General News


Convenience Meets Healthy: New Grab and Go Trends Emerge

Consumers who shop at convenience stores want fresher, healthier food options, according to new research from facilities management leader Vixxo. In the nationwide survey of more than 1,000 consumers, 1 in 3 Americans would frequent a convenience store more if it offered healthy snack items.

The study also found that Americans tend not to be loyal to a specific location, but rather visit multiple convenience stores on a regular basis, emphasizing the value of desired products to drive growth. In expressing their desire for more variety ...

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Apr 1 12:33 PM, General News


Canadian C-Stores Will Bring Quality into Focus to Drive Foodservice Sales

As Canadians continuously seek out convenient meal solutions, foodservice remains an area ripe with opportunity for convenience stores. C-stores already have the benefit of convenience and reasonable pricing but there is more to the picture for today’s consumers. Technomic’s 2018 Canadian Convenience-Store Foodservice Consumer Trend Report highlights ways that c-stores can round out their value equation by putting more emphasis on quality, customer service and ambiance to keep up with consumers’ needs and maintain share of sales.

“To fully capitalize on foodservice opportunities, brands must address consumers’ lingering concerns about the quality and freshness of prepared foods and beverages at c-stores,” explains Charles Winship, senior research analyst of consumer insights at Technomic. “The most reliable way for c-stores to convey quality and freshness is by utilizing real ingredients and leveraging transparency so consumers know how, when and where items are prepared.”

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Oct 23 9:31 AM, General News


Giant Eagle in C-store Acquisition

Giant Eagle Inc. is expanding its footprint in Indiana.

The Pittsburgh based-company plans to acquire Ricker Oil Co., which operates 56 convenience stores and fuel stations in Indiana. In addition to supermarkets under its own banner, Giant Eagle operates c-stores under the GetGo banner.

Giant Eagle and Ricker Oil are both private, family-owned companies. Financial terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

“Ricker’s has proudly served the Indiana community for nearly 40 years, and we are so excited to have found a partner in Giant Eagle and GetGo,” stated Ricker Oil Co. president and CEO Quinn Ricker, in a report by The Herald Bulletin. “We believe strongly that the coming together of our two businesses will be a seamless and extremely positive experience for employees, customers and...

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Oct 1 9:06 AM, General News




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