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2018 Best New Products Awards / Convenience Store News

By Susan Durtschi, Past Times Marketing – 09/05/2018

Small bites ruled the day, along with healthier beverages, in this year’s Convenience Store News Best New Products Awards program.

Meals and snacking have melded into one nontraditional, all-day snack fest. Small bites must have a lot of flavor to win over today’s consumers. Bold, ethnic flavors, nostalgia and, of course, products with a healthier-for-you appeal caught the attention of consumers voting on this year’s favorite new items introduced to the convenience store industry.

Consumers selected 27 products new to c-store shelves in the past year for recognition in the 2018 Best New Products Awards competition. Now in its 22nd year, the program recognizes and honors the marketers that introduced the most innovative, high-quality products that meet consumers’ evolving needs.

Below are a few of the 2018 Best New Products Awards honorees: 

Alternative Snacks/Granola Bars:
Nature Valley Layered Granola Nut Bars – Almond Butter Chocolate; General Mills

Hershey’s Gold Peanuts & Pretzels Bar; The Hershey Co.

Ice Breakers Ice Cubes – Peppermint; The Hershey Co.

EXTRA Chewy Mints – Peppermint; Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Skittles Sweet Heat; Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Game Berry Blast; Swedish Match

Edible Grocery: 
Chunky Maxx – Black Angus Beef Soup; Campbell Soup Co.

Italian Breakfast Panini; Johnsonville

Maid-Rite Sandwich; Land Mark Products – Day ‘N Night Bites

State Fair Crispitos – Chicken Bacon Ranch; Tyson Foods

Healthy Snacks:
PopChips Nutter Puffs – Peanut Butter & Chocolate; Lil’ Drug Store Products

Packaged Sweet Snacks:
Walkin’ Wafels – Apple Cinnamon; Prairie City

Salty Snacks/Crackers:
Cheez-It Duoz – Caramel Popcorn and Cheddar; Kellogg Co.

Salty Snacks/Nuts & Seeds: 
BIGS Sunflower Seeds – Taco Bell Taco Supreme; Conagra Brands

Source: Convenience Store News


Foodservice No. 1 Driver for C-store Stops

NACS Daily
February 28, 2018

NEW YORK CITY – Convenience stores should focus on foodservice, including healthy options, according to a new survey from AlixPartners, Chain Store Age reports. Foodservice (27%) came in first for what consumers bought at convenience stores, followed by packaged beverages (17%) and cigarettes (13%). Foodservice included prepared foods as well as hot, cold or frozen dispensed beverages.

Foodservice eating and purchase frequency has been increasing, with a compound annual growth rate of 13.2% since 2012. However, the survey recommended that retailers who offer more choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be best able to continue that growth. To that end, healthier foods will be necessary because 45.6% of consumers want “better for you” options.

Other findings from its Convenience-Store Consumer Survey include that factors going into stopping at a convenience store for a meal are location (21%), price (18%) and food quality (14%). However, older consumers favor location and convenience, while Gen X and millennials point to price and food quality as deciding factors.

Consumers also like convenience stores that offer in-store dining areas, drive-thru windows and delivery, as well as self-checkout, mobile coupons and mobile loyalty programs.

SAS meets the demands of a growing foodservice category.

SAS is continually adding new items and programs that help retailers build sales across all day parts. We are proud to be working with The Partnership for a Healthier America to bring to market healthy and delicious meal and snacking items.

Please check our weekly SAS New Item Packet for new convenience foods opportunities.

Source: NACS Daily and Chain Store Age