Channel: Category Managers

Mercury Payment Systems (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Technology)
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Corner Store Puff Pies, Whoopie Pies (CSP Daily News / Convenvience Stores / Foodservice / Snacks)
Snacks & Candy
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CSP Magazine
New technologies are making their way from the forecourt and convenience store into the back office, affecting the entire retail loop, from consumer to chain executive. And with each new development, operators must decide if each is more about hype or if it can really pull in more traffic, cut energy costs or sell more doughnuts.
Heineken Light (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Beverages / Beer)
Debuts campaign featuring Neil Patrick Harris
Fuel NY (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)
Fuels Technology & Equipment
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CSP Magazine
Jared Scheeler, convenience-store entrepreneur and managing director of The Hub Convenience Stores, Dickinson, N.D., gives CSP a glimpse of the plans behind his new c-store venture.
5-hour Energy
General Merchandise
5-hour Energy vows to fight false-advertising claims

Sparkling Waters Drive Bottled-Water Growth

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According to figures from Nielsen, convenience store bottled-water sales rose around 4% in 2013 by both dollars and units, with gallons up 3.1%. The segments leading the pack: single-serve PET, take-home multipacks and sparkling, which is benefiting from consumers seeking a healthful alternative to carbonated soft drinks. On the downturn: bulk and sweetened/enhanced water. IRI figures for bottled water, which include sweetened/enhanced varieties, show dollars up slightly and unit sales off 1.4%.

C-store sales, 52 weeks ending Dec. 29, 2013

Water type C-store sales
($ millions)
PCYA Unit Sales
Convenience/PET $2,818.4 -0.8% 1,833.9 -2.5%
Jug/bulk $198.4 -0.2% 106.3 -2.1%
Sparkling/mineral $96.1 42.4% 64.8 47.9%
Total category $3,113.0 0.2% 2,005.0 -1.4%

Source: IRI

Plain vs. Sweetened/Enhanced Water

C-store sales, 52 weeks ending Dec. 28, 2013

Water type C-store sales
($ millions)
PCYA Unit Sales
Plain Water        
Single-serve $1,914.1 4.9% 1,387.6 4.3%
Take-home multipack $236.4 3.7% 53.8 2.0%
(less than 53 ounces)
$2,150.5 4.8% 1,441.4 4.3%
Multiserve/bulk $188.9 -0.8% 98.1 -3.0%
Sparkling $54.5 -2.5% 33.7 10.8%
Total category $2,393.9 4.1% 1,573.2 3.9%
Sweetened/Enhanced Water $506.0 -9.8% 311.6 -9.0%

Sources: The Nielsen Co., Nestlé Waters

IRI, The Nielsen Co., Nestle Waters
Blu. LNG (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)
Fuels Technology & Equipment
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