Category Trends


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    4 hot c-store flavor trends for summer

    Sweet and spicy pairings, tropical fruits and international influences will see a surge as the weather heats up, experts say.

    By Christine Blank • April 9, 2024
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    Why Coors Banquet believes it is thriving in a flailing beer category

    The brand attributed its sales growth to nostalgia and its legacy brand status, as parent company Molson Coors faces an ongoing strike at one of its plants.

    By Chris Casey • April 8, 2024
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    PepsiCo, Unilever launch Pure Leaf Zero Sugar sweet tea

    An executive overseeing the nearly $1 billion brand said a “top barrier” preventing people from buying a tea offering is the absence of an option without sugar.

    By Christopher Doering • March 28, 2024
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    Boston Beer brings Truly into tequila soda to help revive brand

    The alcohol company is betting that the RTD cocktail wave will renew interest in the beverage as it struggles to rebound from a slump in hard seltzer demand.

    By Chris Casey • March 25, 2024
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    From Coke to Hershey, CPGs search for their sweet spot in pack size

    Consumers are increasingly interested in smaller portion sizes, as well as value-priced multipacks, for their snacks and soda. 

    By Shefali Kapadia • March 21, 2024
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    Why hydration drinks are quenching the beverage industry’s thirst for product growth

    Offerings like Waterdrop, Electrolit and BodyArmor’s Flash I.V. are building a powerful product category that sits between water, soda, sports and energy drinks.

    By Chris Casey • March 20, 2024
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    Amcon Distributing to acquire Burklund

    Once the deal closes, the combined company will service around 7,400 locations in 32 states and have distribution centers in nine states.

    By March 19, 2024
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    BP plans more than 600 new stores globally by 2030

    The expansion will start with the opening of around 150 sites by the end of 2025, including more than 100 in Poland in partnership with grocer Auchan. 

    By March 18, 2024
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    Sheetz to break ground in Michigan Thursday

    The location in Romulus is the first of around 60 the chain plans to build in the state over the next several years.

    By March 13, 2024
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    Growing demand for alternative daypart options brings new opportunities for c-stores

    Thanks to remote work and generational eating habits, consumers are increasingly seeking quick, flexible meals throughout the day, experts say.

    By Danielle McLean • March 13, 2024
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    Liquid Death closes funding round valuing business at $1.4B

    The beverage maker, which is reportedly looking to go public this year, said the $67 million in new financing will be used to grow distribution and accelerate product innovation.

    By Christopher Doering • March 12, 2024
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    Skyy vodka joins the RTD trend

    The canned vodka and soda will be available in California, Texas and Florida as the ready-to-drink beverage space continues to expand.

    By March 6, 2024
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    Dollar General opens 20,000th store

    The discount retailer plans to open about 800 new stores this year alone in the continental U.S., along with remodeling 1,500.

    By Nate Delesline III • Feb. 29, 2024
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    Arko opens unmanned mini-mart

    The retailer’s first unattended store concept, called Fas Mart Express, opened two weeks ago next to a Quarles cardlock site near Richmond, Virginia. 

    By Feb. 29, 2024
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    Diageo steers Captain Morgan further into RTD space with cocktail launch

    The spiced rum brand is introducing its first malt-based beverage item as it seeks a greater presence in the growing canned spirits space.

    By Chris Casey • Feb. 26, 2024
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    Coca-Cola tunes into K-pop for latest limited-time launch

    The fruit-flavored drink is the 10th under Coke’s Creations platform for younger consumers.

    By Christopher Doering • Feb. 21, 2024
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    Target adds low-price private brand

    Dealworthy includes everyday basics and expands the retailer’s assortment of items that cost less than $1.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Feb. 15, 2024
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    Maverik launches online merch shop

    The adventure-themed c-store retailer has more than 30 clothing and outdoor products that customers can order for delivery.

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    7-Eleven boosts private label offering with Valentine’s Day items

    The retailer is debuting new limited-time candy and baked goods as part of a goal to add more than 200 store brand items this year.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    4 coffee trends for c-stores to watch

    Whether through new flavors, expanding creamer offerings or including more cold options, there are many ways for retailers to grow their java business throughout the day, experts say.

    By Christine Blank • Feb. 6, 2024
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    PepsiCo brings Fritos into jerky with Jack Link’s partnership

    Following a similar launch in 2023 with Doritos, the snack and beverage maker is tapping into opportunities to bring its popular snacking brands into new parts of the store.

    By Christopher Doering • Feb. 2, 2024
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    Sheetz reveals 2 more Michigan sites

    The convenience retailer has now confirmed three locations in the southeastern part of the state, and says it wants to build more than 60 in that region.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    Dollar General now sells fresh produce at more than 5K stores

    The discounter is also deploying AI-based produce-ordering technology from Shelf Engine and plans to bring the platform to about 3,000 stores by the end of fiscal year 2023.

    By Sam Silverstein • Feb. 1, 2024
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    What’s ahead for c-stores in 2024?

    A shifting M&A market, increasing technology updates and new food and beverage innovations will all impact convenience retailers over the coming year. 

    By C-Store Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Wawa to open first modular construction stores

    The first of the prefabricated drive-thru locations is slated to open on Feb. 8, with several others to follow as the c-store chain tests out a building method that’s become favored by restaurants.

    By Jan. 26, 2024