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CSP's inaugural ranking of the most effective fuel brands spotlights a new era of convenience retailing. We partnered with Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) to rank fuel brands by market efficiency, or market share divided by outlet share.

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Source: Oil Price Information Service (OPIS)

Rank Brand Station Count Market Efficiency Market Share Outlet Share Price Differentialsort descending
1 Buc-ee's 31 8.86 0.25% 0.03% -10.20CPG
27 Delta Sonic 26 1.77 0.04% 0.02% -6.94CPG
33 Murphy Express 237 1.58 0.35% 0.22% -5.91CPG
5 QuickChek 55 3.96 0.20% 0.05% -5.53CPG
36 AAFES 93 1.55 0.13% 0.09% -5.25CPG
16 Flying J 133 2.24 0.27% 0.12% -5.18CPG
31 RaceWay 276 1.66 0.42% 0.25% -5.03CPG
14 Pilot 430 2.36 0.93% 0.40% -4.92CPG
22 Parker's 41 1.88 0.07% 0.04% -4.69CPG
8 Maverik 275 2.72 0.69% 0.25% -4.47CPG
28 Go Gas 19 1.70 0.03% 0.02% -3.79CPG
6 RaceTrac 405 3.92 1.46% 0.37% -3.65CPG
30 Flash Foods 144 1.66 0.22% 0.13% -3.15CPG
42 Circle K 3839 1.48 5.24% 3.54% -2.99CPG
2 Wawa 483 5.36 2.38% 0.44% -2.80CPG
3 QuikTrip 733 4.71 3.18% 0.67% -2.79CPG
48 Kangaroo 872 1.30 1.05% 0.80% -2.71CPG
15 Speedway 2664 2.25 5.52% 2.45% -2.57CPG
40 Jiffy Trip 23 1.49 0.03% 0.02% -2.37CPG
11 Love's 355 2.52 0.82% 0.33% -2.32CPG
7 Royal Farms 132 2.95 0.36% 0.12% -2.29CPG
19 Thorntons 180 2.01 0.33% 0.17% -2.18CPG
46 PDQ 33 1.35 0.04% 0.03% -2.14CPG
45 Turkey Hill 239 1.35 0.30% 0.22% -2.12CPG
38 High's Dairy 24 1.51 0.03% 0.02% -2.09CPG
47 Kwik Star 52 1.32 0.06% 0.05% -1.94CPG
34 Byrne Dairy 33 1.58 0.05% 0.03% -1.76CPG
21 Road Ranger 52 1.89 0.09% 0.05% -1.47CPG
18 Gate 73 2.21 0.15% 0.07% -1.15CPG
49 Meijer 198 1.29 0.24% 0.18% -1.11CPG
17 GetGo 201 2.23 0.41% 0.19% -1.01CPG
37 CEFCO 21 1.52 0.03% 0.02% -0.98CPG
4 Sheetz 516 4.10 1.95% 0.48% -0.97CPG
29 Irving 343 1.67 0.53% 0.31% -0.92CPG
26 Pride 26 1.77 0.04% 0.02% -0.88CPG
43 Giant 60 1.43 0.08% 0.06% -0.86CPG
44 GoMart 115 1.37 0.15% 0.11% -0.80CPG
32 Family Express 65 1.62 0.10% 0.06% -0.68CPG
35 Xtra Mart 31 1.56 0.04% 0.03% -0.33CPG
35 Xtramart 31 1.56 0.04% 0.03% -0.33CPG
50 Holiday 506 1.27 0.59% 0.47% -0.06CPG
23 Weigel 55 1.83 0.09% 0.05% -0.06CPG
20 Fastrac 46 1.89 0.08% 0.04% -0.01CPG
41 Kwik Trip 441 1.49 0.61% 0.41% 0.30CPG
13 Rutter's 60 2.42 0.13% 0.06% 0.30CPG
12 NOCO 33 2.51 0.08% 0.03% 0.39CPG
25 Nice N Easy 35 1.78 0.06% 0.03% 0.56CPG
9 Toot'n Totum 17 2.68 0.04% 0.02% 0.60CPG
39 Rhodes 23 1.51 0.03% 0.02% 1.78CPG
24 Kum & Go 410 1.81 0.67% 0.37% 4.70CPG
10 Spinx 56 2.53 0.13% 0.05% 6.04CPG

METHODOLOGY

The Fuels 50 ranks fuel brands with 15 or more stores by market efficiency, which is defined as market share divided by outlet share. OPIS based volumes on full-year 2016 national fleet-card transaction data for all gasoline grades, which it considers an appropriate proxy for a brand’s total fuel volumes. A higher market efficiency indicates stores with higher volumes, with an average market efficiency of 1. Station counts are based on a brand’s weekly average for the year. Price differential, measured in cents per gallon (CPG), is how a brand’s typical store on a typical day in 2016 was priced relative to its direct competition.

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