Consumers are going organic. You should, too.

Large national supermarkets have watched the sales of natural and organic foods double over the past several years.  A report in the Indianapolis Star, posted on NACSonline.com July 10 shows a definite trend among American consumers toward healthier food. Sales of...

Single-serve ice cream products = big profits

It’s that time of year again, and as the temperature continues to soar, people’s desire for ice cream rises with the heat.  If you’re running a busy convenience store, think about it: ice cream products are top sellers during the hot months – and good sellers all year...

Coffee just might be your customers’ cup of tea

When we began our Coffee Program, we never expected to be creating “Starbucks-alternatives” in our customers’ convenience stores.  But we learned something very important: quality coffee, always fresh and hot and at a reasonable price is always a big seller, just...

Soda sales down; healthier drinks on the rise

Sales of soda in the U.S. dropped about 1% last year and .5% in 2010.  Not surprisingly, when other beverages such as bottled water, teas, juices and sports and energy drinks were included, sales rose .8% last year, down from a 1.7% rise in 2010. Carbonated soft...

Candy continues to be a good seller in convenience stores

A report on Cdecisions.com shows that candy products have enjoyed consistent growth in all retail markets, despite the poor economy, and convenience stores are enjoying stronger sales in this category than the retail market overall. This isn’t surprising.  Brands such...