Category Trends


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    4 candy trends for c-stores to watch in 2023

    Sweet treats are driving trips to retailers as category sales grow, though supply chain issues could be a challenge in the first half of the year, experts say.

    By Christine Blank • Feb. 1, 2023
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    The Road Ahead: Have fun with your marketing — and sell some merch, too

    Amid all the focus on retail ads and loyalty pushes, c-stores shouldn’t lose sight of the fun, memorable steps they can take to build their brands, writes columnist Frank Beard.

    By Frank Beard • Jan. 23, 2023
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    Inflation has less of an impact on snacking than meals, Mondelēz finds

    The Oreo maker also found a delay in receiving snacks due to supply chain disruptions has forced many consumers, especially Gen Zers and millennials, to be more open to trying new items.

    By Christopher Doering • Jan. 19, 2023
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    Last living Hunt Brothers Pizza founders die

    Don and Charlie Hunt, 88 and 78, respectively, built one of the most notable c-store foodservice operators in the country.

    By Jan. 10, 2023
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    4 snack trends that will impact c-stores in 2023

    Snack sales have stayed strong even as prices have increased thanks to innovation and increasingly on-the-go consumers. Will that momentum continue this year?

    By Christine Blank • Jan. 9, 2023
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    Reese’s enters the frozen aisle through Hershey and Unilever partnership

    The agreement brings the No. 1 U.S. candy brand's iconic orange packaging to the novelty ice cream category.

    By Christopher Doering • Jan. 6, 2023
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    9 trends that will shape the c-store industry in 2023

    Experts foresee plenty of opportunities for retailers to separate themselves this year, driven by consumer demands for quality and an evolving digital landscape.

    By C-Store Dive Staff • Jan. 4, 2023
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    The Road Ahead: Will c-stores seize the opportunity to become the new third place?

    With Starbucks focused more on to-go orders and delivery these days, convenience stores can become community hubs where shoppers want to eat, drink and spend time, writes columnist Frank Beard. 

    By Frank Beard • Dec. 14, 2022
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    Getir acquires ultrafast delivery rival Gorillas

    The deal consolidates two of the major players in an industry that has struggled to grow in the U.S.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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    How to craft a compelling private label brand

    Cost-conscious consumers are more willing than ever to buy store brands at c-stores. But it takes more than low prices to earn customer loyalty, experts say.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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    How can c-stores challenge fast-food restaurants in 2023?

    Offering more discounts on meals and creating a relaxing in-store environment can go a long way, one expert says.

    By Dec. 12, 2022
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    7-Eleven is America’s favorite store for groceries, says YouGov

    The c-store’s popularity was led by nearly two thirds of Millennials surveyed having a positive view of it, better than Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Kroger.

    By Dec. 6, 2022
  • Harbor Wholesale acquires MTC Distributing to expand on West Coast

    The combined companies now have a collective purchasing power of over $1 billion, serving c-store, grocery and restaurant customers from the Canadian border to just north of Los Angeles.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    Rite Aid adds same-day delivery through Grubhub

    The drug store will offer delivery from around 2,000 stores in 16 states through the popular app.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    FDA issues more warnings over CBD. Should c-stores be concerned?

    The warnings target five companies selling CBD-infused products that the agency said may be mistaken for traditional food and beverage items and that, in some cases, are appealing to children.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    7-Eleven to offer a year of free delivery during Black Friday

    New Gold Plus members who sign up between Nov. 25 and Nov. 28 get free shipping on over 3,000 items, including food and alcohol.

    By Nov. 18, 2022
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    Alcohol trends point to big growth in premixed cocktails, healthier wine, report says

    While healthier-for-you and low-alcohol wine sales have grown 35% through Q3, according to Catalina, hard seltzer declined 29% during that period.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    Inflation is helping c-stores extend their private labels

    While store brands only account for 8.7% of c-store sales, they've outpaced national brands in all three quarters of 2022 so far.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Mondelēz and Hershey CEOs: Snacks are an ‘affordable’ luxury amid inflation

    The companies behind brands including Oreo and Reese’s increased their sales forecasts last week, as consumers have shown the willingness to pay more for their treats. 

    By Christopher Doering • Nov. 8, 2022
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    What happened to CBD in c-stores?

    The pandemic and a hazy regulatory environment stymied the category just as it was taking off. But experts believe CBD can rebound in 2023 and beyond.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
  • An illustration shows several cars parked alongside electric vehicle charges with a large sign in the foreground that reads, "BP pulse gigahub."
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    BP and Hertz expand EV fast charging plans with hubs at US airports

    Ride-hailing drivers, Hertz car renters and the public will be able to charge up at hundreds of locations in the U.S.

    By Dan Zukowski • Oct. 28, 2022
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    C-store owners need to be more nimble, survey finds

    About 74% of c-store owners believe they need experiment more with new ideas and adapt to changing shopper expectations, according to a report by Incisiv and Toshiba.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    How 7 c-store brands are investing in EV charging

    As more electric vehicles hit the road, convenience stores are starting to add charging stations to stay top-of-mind for travelers and those needing to top off.

    By Oct. 27, 2022
  • Circle K and cannabis retailer Green Thumb to debut marijuana dispensaries in Florida

    The rollout will include 10 dispensaries adjacent to Circle K convenience stores.

    By , Oct. 20, 2022
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    Two Colorado proposals look to expand alcohol sales at c-stores

    Proposition 125 would allow wine sales at convenience retailers that already sell beer, while Proposition 126 would let them use third-party delivery apps to sell alcohol.

    By Oct. 17, 2022