C-store volume sales of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) fell more than 3% in the 52 weeks ending Jan. 25, 2014, with dollars up 1.1%, according to The Nielsen Co. Both regular and diet CSDs lost ground. For non-cola CSDs, volume sales were off nearly 2%. According to IRI, c-store sales of CSDs fell 2.8% to reach $8.6 billion, with unit sales down 3.9%.
Plunge in oil prices sets the stage for record margins and boost in in-store sales. Also In This Issue: Profitability skyrockets for top performers! Other channels seek to redefine convenience! The economy enters a new stage. The growing health-and-wellness trend. Fuel demand; oil's slide; multicultural momentum; and data, data, data!