As consumers increasingly crave quick, easy and accessible meals, convenience stores have a great opportunity to become go-to destinations across three prime dayparts. In this power panel only at the 2016 NAG Conference in Savannah, hear exclusively how QuikTrip, Kum & Go, Cubby’s and Coen Markets are changing the perceptions about just how good convenience store foodservice can be.
Thanks to an increasingly busy lifestyle, today’s convenience store customers regard food prepared away from home as a necessity, and the industry’s top-quartile retailers have benefited handsomely from meeting the growing demand for fresh foods.
As such, the competition for share of stomach is as intense as it has ever been. To compete, convenience stores must have a commitment from the top down and drastically change the culture of their organization to embrace a foodservice culture.
At the 2016 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference in Savannah, Ga., Sept. 11-14, four of the industry’s leading foodservice providers will offer their input on what it takes to be a foodservice rock star. Speakers for this exclusive NAG session will be:
* Nick Powell, Corporate Chef, QuikTrip Inc.
* Greg Tornberg, Vice President, Food Service, Kum & Go
* De Lone Wilson, President, Cubby’s Inc.
The panel will be moderated by Ed Burcher, Chief Operating Officer, of Coen Markets.
Foodservice is a key area of opportunity for convenience stores. As revenues from gasoline and tobacco products fall, foodservice sales are increasingly becoming convenience stores’ most profitable category.
For the past decade, the convenience store industry has consistently posted yearly sales gains in foodservice. Retailers are to be commended for the work they have done cultivating the demand for foodservice by enhancing their focus on quality, consistency, freshness and value.
While the industry has made strides, this isn’t to suggest that 2016 and beyond will be easier as foodservice is a very complex and competitive business. As part of the NAG Conference, these leading retailers will demonstrate how they are positioning themselves to take advantage of the opportunities foodservice will present them over the next decade and beyond.
But you have to be at NAG to hear about how they are doing it. View the full NAG Conference agenda at NAG Agenda.
Although it’s easy to focus on a small set of retailers that do an exceptional job with food prepared on site, it’s important to recognize that there is value and profitability in other programs. The key is finding the right foodservice solution for your stores and doing an outstanding job every day.
That solution could be proprietary brands, a commissary program that delivers fresh food to stores more frequently or an enhanced heat-and-eat offering. Each has a place in today’s market, depending on the capabilities and commitment of the retailer.
Convenience retailers are employing a wide-array of strategies and each can be effective within an organization. Successful retailers build foodservice programs they can effectively and consistently execute and employ strategies to reinforce the value related to that offering.
If you are looking to build your foodservice business, this is one session you cannot afford to miss. View the full NAG Conference agenda by visiting NAG Agenda or register for NAG now at NAG Registration.
To learn more about NAG, visit www.nagconvenience.com.