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Cold, Frozen Drinks Eclipse the Mark

Smoothies are becoming part of the cold and frozen category as consumer demand for fresher ingredients increases. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores'...

Smokeless Sales Soften

C-store smokeless sales have had ups and downs in recent years. In 2017, the smokeless tobacco category sustained a substantial hit when Altria Group issued...

Why Artificial Intelligence (AI) Matters at Retail

YEO Conference keynote speaker Paul Roetzer explains how AI constantly learns, and never forgets. It can be trained to leverage individual behaviors, preferences, fears,...

C-Store RYO Tobacco Still Relevant

C-store RYO tobacco appeals to customers switching from cigarettes, but those customers are also drawn to vape in increasing numbers. According to scan data from...

Inhibiting the Cigarette Market

More states contemplate an age minimum of 21 for cigarette purchases, while others consider cigarette tax increases.  Last month, Hawaii State Rep. Richard Creagan presented...

Healthy Outlook for Snack and Cereal Bars

 Snack bar sales are growing, with more time-crunched consumers using cereal bars as snacks and meal replacements.  Increased snacking trends and consumers’ busy lifestyles are...

C-Store Meat Snacks Get Hearty

C-store meat snacks are offering new varieties for customers and highlighting protein-rich attributes.  Customers of convenience stores, like Americans overall, love salty snacks. And meat...

Variation Enlivens Gum, Mints

Gum manufacturers are wooing customers with new innovations in gum and mints. Fresh breath, fun flavors and chewables continue to drive success in the gum...

C-Stores Bank on Salty Snacks

C-store salty snack sales continue to grow as customers reach for better-for-you and spicy chips, and ready-to-eat popcorn. Between 2013 and 2018 annual purchases in...

Chocolate Rules C-Store Candy Sales

C-store candy customers are demanding new flavors and textures in the chocolate segment. Everyone still loves chocolate. Well, almost everyone. “Chocolate confectionery purchase is nearly universal,...

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