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Premium foodservice has become one of the driving forces of the convenience-store industry
Thirty-six percent of c-store patrons said they’d be more likely to purchase prepared foods if a store offered made-to-order options instead of ready-to-eat or prepackaged items
The global meat-substitute industry garnered more than $4.5 billion in sales in 2018 and is expected to hit $8 billion by 2026
Although sandwiches, hot dogs and wraps still dominate in convenience, Mexican fare grew on 12% of c-store menus in 2019
Seventy-five percent of consumers said better-tasting options would prompt them to purchase foodservice items from convenience stores for dinner more often or for the first time, according to Technomic.
Nearly two-thirds of consumers (63%) said they want c-stores to offer more healthy foods
Eighty-five percent of consumers said they would like convenience stores to allow beverage customization, especially for coffee creamers and soft drinks
While convenience-store chains such as 7-Eleven, Circle K and Sheetz have begun offering delivery services, most retailers have yet to try them
There are many ways to increase the value of these options, such as implementing more sales and promotions and increasing variety and freshness of the ingredients.
More than three-fourths (77%) of consumers said that having nutritional information available is extremely or somewhat important
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