Channel: Category Managers

Piccadilly Circus Pizza BBQ Grill (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Foodservice)
Piccadilly settles debate over which sauce to offer on its BBQ Grill Pizza
CSP Magazine
As if manufacturers of ribbon and wrapping paper hadn’t already been marginalized by gift cards, here comes digital gifting. Just send that card electronically with a click of a mouse. Forget about even the sleeve that stores the gift card.
CSP Magazine
How a piece of equipment revolutionized a convenience-store taco star’s foodservice program, one tortilla at a time.
Mapco Zenoput (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Technology)
Mobile accountability software improves convenience store execution, chain says
CSP Magazine
The ways to trigger more impulse sales are as varied as the categories themselves. But the stakes for retailers are only growing, as declining fuel sales keep more customers off the convenience-store lot and competition from other channels mounts.

C-Store Foodservice Growth vs. QSRs & Food/Drug

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Foodservice Traffic Growth

Convenience stores have been the best performing segment over the past three years, increasing traffic each year, according to The NPD Group.

Segment 2011 2012 2013
C-stores 3% 2% 1%
QSRs 1% 1% 0%
Food/drug 0% -1% 0%

Source: The NPD Group/CREST

Pizza and Chicken Menu Importance

Year ending December 2013

When comparing c-stores to QSR and food/drug segments, retail establishments continue to lag behind QSRs with pizza. However, chicken at food/drug stores is almost on par with QSR.

Food type Percent of meals/snacks that include the item
Pizza 3.3%
Chicken 5.7%
Pizza 3.6%
Chicken 18.0%
Pizza 10.4%
Chicken 20.6%

Source: The NPD Group/CREST


Koma Unwind beverages
Relaxation drink, shot brand expands into 700 more stores
Reynolds American Lorillard Imperial Tobacco British American Tobacco (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Tobacco)
Imperial, BAT join U.S. companies in talks, seeking brands, shares, respectively
Family Dollar beer wine (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)
Quest for "new traffic-driving categories" follows food, tobacco initiatives.