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Tastemakers 2020: What’s New on C-Store Menus?

Tastemakers 2020: What’s New on C-Store Menus?

Even during a pandemic, consumers still crave variety and uniqueness in their food options.

20 Great Coffee Programs for 2020

20 Great Coffee Programs for 2020

As American consumers become more discerning coffee drinkers, convenience stores have been forced to up their game

Snack trends walk the fine line between indulgence and health amid COVID-19

10 retailers that transform into neighborhood organizers, food banks and supply hubs in the shadow of the pandemic

C-store retailers’ expectations for growth, and their post-pandemic outlook

Top 202 details the largest chains in the convenience-store industry and the biggest M&A stories of the past year.

The coronavirus and an oil-price war have scramble the conventions of fuel retailing.

Sandwiches continue to dominate the foodservice industry. Sandwiches of various styles and ingredients were featured on 97% of convenience store menus in 2019, according to CSP’s sister research firm, Technomic.

This year, CSP focuses its fourth annual Forecourt of the Future on the tech that will transform the fueling experience.

Consumers are seeking newer foods at nontraditional times now more than ever, which is molding how they shop for food and how c-store retailers will run their foodservice operations in the year ahead.

Premium foodservice has become one of the driving forces of the convenience-store industry

How c-stores can meet the varied needs of suburban, urban and rural consumers

Click through for 20 retailers and restaurants in and beyond the convenience-store industry that exemplify the spirit of innovation through technology in 2020.

For the convenience-store industry in 2020, scale is everything.

CSP is proud to honor Chet Cadieux, chairman and CEO of QuikTrip Corp., as its 2019 Retail Leader of the Year (RLOY). Chet took over the business from his father, Chester Cadieux, in 2006, and the RLOY honor comes exactly 12 years after CSP presented Chester with the same award, building on a people-first strategy that has made QT a desirable place to work and an admired part of the industry.

Nearly 80% of retailers describe current business conditions as “good” or “excellent.” And about half of operators expect even greater improvement in 2020. There’s a lot to cheer about. But as economic worries rise and a presidential election looms, convenience-store retailers seek certainty.

Busy people sometimes have trouble fitting in three healthy meals each day.

In todays need-it-now world, much of the same quickly leads to irrelevance. Home delivery, curbside pickup and Amazon Go have reordered consumers' expectations.

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