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C-Store Sales Up for the First Six Months of 2018
Healthy food and drink sales expected to drive summer in-store sales at U.S. convenience stores.
Posted Jul 12, 2018

What Will Influence American Food?
Latin America, Middle East and the Mediterranean are the top three regions that will impact American food this year.
Posted Jun 27, 2018

Four Food Trends for Summer
Vegan offerings, low-cal ice cream, bold snacks and flavored sparkling waters are in.
Posted Jun 18, 2018

When Should Consumers Buy Groceries?
Digital coupon company Ibotta gives tips on when to shop.
Posted May 30, 2018

Graduation Spending to Reach $5.2 Billion
Cash and greeting cards top the list of popular gifts for grads.
Posted May 29, 2018

Consumer Financial Outlook Off to Slow Start
However, a new IRI Consumer Connect survey finds that the predictions for the rest of the year are more favorable.
Posted May 25, 2018

NACS Reports Reveal Consumer Insights
Three NACS reports cite findings on how gas customers react to prices at the pump and the behaviors of frequent shoppers at convenience stores.
Posted May 24, 2018

Three Insights on Frequent C-Store Customers
NACS Consumer Fuels Surveys reveal several key insights on the shopping behavior of c-store loyalists.
Posted May 17, 2018

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales Grow More Than $2 Billion
Carbonated soft drinks and bottled water helped drive a boost in industry retail value.
Posted May 14, 2018

How Consumers React to Gas Prices
With nearly 40 million Americans filling up their vehicles every day, their reaction to gas prices has a profound impact on convenience stores.
Posted May 10, 2018

Data Finds California Has the Most Aggressive Drivers
GasBuddy data reveals where most aggressive driving habits take place.
Posted May 9, 2018

C-Store Foodservice Drives In-Store Growth
NACS State of the Industry Summit data reveals that foodservice sales accounted for 22.5% of in-store sales​ in 2017.
Posted May 8, 2018

Fuel Sales Increased Nearly 15% in 2017
NACS State of the Industry Summit data reveals that overall c-store sales surged to more than $600 billion, led by a 14.9% increase in fuel sales.
Posted May 1, 2018

An Expected 80,000 Retail Stores to Close by 2025
That’s the equivalent to seven Toys ‘R’ Us chains.
Posted Apr 30, 2018

What Consumers Think About Gas Prices
New NACS report reveals insights on consumer perceptions related to gas prices and the economy overall.
Posted Apr 26, 2018

Is a ‘Junk Food’ Tax in Our Future?
Researchers determine if the U.S. could realistically implement a junk food tax to help fight obesity.
Posted Apr 25, 2018

Labor Is a Hot Industry Issue
NACS State of the Industry Summit data revealed key insights into what the industry must do to attract and grow their workforce.
Posted Apr 24, 2018

Convenience Stores Anticipate Strong Summer Travel Sales
Retailers say growth of food, beverage and healthier snacking options will lead to stronger sales.
Posted Apr 24, 2018

IRI Announces Successful CPG Brands of 2017
Top brands in convenience stores demonstrate the power behind consumers’ quests for indulgent, on-the-go experiences.
Posted Apr 23, 2018

A Dash of Amazon AI Insight
SwiftIQ CEO breaks down insight automation, artificial intelligence trends for c-store retailers.
Posted Apr 16, 2018

Convenience Store Sales, Profits Edged Higher in 2017
The industry numbers are being announced during this week’s NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Posted Apr 12, 2018

NACS State of the Industry Data Previewed at SOI Summit
In-depth infographic breaks down industry and fuel sales, as well as gas prices.
Posted Apr 12, 2018

Digging Into Data
Attend the NACS State of the Industry Summit on April 10-12 in Chicago for insights and information about the convenience industry.
Posted Mar 28, 2018

The American Love Affair With Coffee Continues
The number of U.S. residents downing a daily cup of joe reached its highest level in six years.
Posted Mar 21, 2018

Starbucks Building Innovation Center
The coffeehouse chain will allow employees to try out new technology and other ideas in the space.
Posted Mar 19, 2018

Retail Apocalypse ‘Far From Reality’
Deloitte research suggests that brick-and-mortar retail is not on or even near its deathbed.
Posted Mar 15, 2018

Scott Stratten to Headline NACS State of the Industry Summit
The annual numbers and benchmarking conference will be held April 10-12 in Chicago.
Posted Mar 2, 2018

Top Retail Trends to Watch
The retailer's survival exclusively depends on the ability to provide innovative offerings to customers.
Posted Mar 1, 2018

Foodservice No. 1 Driver for C-store Stops
A new survey by AlixPartners found that prepared foods and dispensed beverages top the list of consumer purchases in convenience stores.
Posted Feb 28, 2018

Turbulent Stock Market, Gas Prices Shake Consumer Optimism
Consumer economic optimism in February dropped by 5 percentage points to 60%, the lowest level since September 2017.
Posted Feb 20, 2018

Total U.S. Restaurant Count Drops 2%
The decline from last year is due to a dip in independent restaurant units.
Posted Feb 15, 2018

IRI Analyzes ALDI and LIDL’s Impact
Market shift studies analyze the deep discounters’ impact on the U.S. market
Posted Feb 1, 2018

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Growth
The industry’s core offer of convenience strongly resonates with consumers.
Posted Jan 25, 2018

Gen Z Has Expectations for Food Brands
For this younger generation, flavor, function and authenticity will prevail over brand and hype.
Posted Jan 25, 2018

Convenience Store Retailers Cite Top Trends for 2018
From food to fuel and healthy choices, retailers see good things ahead for the New Year, as well as areas to keep an eye on.
Posted Jan 2, 2018

Canadian Consumers Will Pay for Print
Study cites consumer behavior that makes a compelling business case for magazines at retail.
Posted Dec 19, 2017

How Americans Eat, According to Uber
The survey reveals Americans' changing eating habits, food preferences, dislikes and delivery attitudes.
Posted Dec 14, 2017

Fuel Consumers End 2017 With Optimism
NACS survey finds that 61% of gas purchasers are feeling optimistic about the U.S. economy.
Posted Dec 12, 2017

Companies Struggle to Deliver Digital Trust
Poor personalization and lack of trust cost U.S. organizations $756 billion in 2016.
Posted Dec 12, 2017

Candy Makers Share Fun Facts About Winter Holiday Sales
Three quarters of Americans will give confections to family and friends this holiday season.
Posted Dec 12, 2017

Gen Y to be Eclipsed by Gen Z
Just when retailers were getting accustomed to millennials, here comes Gen Z.
Posted Dec 11, 2017

Plain Packaging Threatens Beverage Industry
Potential financial impact of plain packaging regulations puts beverage brands globally at risk.
Posted Dec 11, 2017

Four U.S. Foodservice Trends for 2018
Mintel predicts that 2018 will see the blurring of retail, foodservice and social media, as well as health and indulgence.
Posted Dec 7, 2017

U.S. Specialty Coffee Consumption on the Rise
This year marked a significant increase in daily specialty coffee intake.
Posted Dec 5, 2017

Drive Your Business Decisions with Industry Data
Data collection for next year’s NACS State of the Industry Report is officially underway.
Posted Dec 4, 2017

Is Coffee Good for Your Health?
Research suggests that three to four cups of coffee per day can have a positive impact on one’s health.
Posted Nov 27, 2017

Holiday Spending Plans: Online Up, Discount Stores Down
More U.S. adults will shop online for Christmas presents this year.
Posted Nov 22, 2017

Sugar Sweetened Drinks Fall in Popularity
Americans aren’t downing soft drinks like they used to.
Posted Nov 20, 2017

Demographic Shift Occurring in Restaurant Industry
More women than men have opened a restaurant in the last 10 years.
Posted Nov 7, 2017

Food Marketed as a ‘Snack’ Makes You Fat?
New report suggests that food should be marketed as a meal to avoid overeating.
Posted Nov 6, 2017

IRI Finds Consumers Still Turning to Private Labels in Stable Economy
Consumers, especially millennials, continue to find value in house brands.
Posted Oct 27, 2017

GasBuddy Cites Cleanliest Bathrooms
New research found a strong correlation between restroom quality and in-store foot traffic during the summer driving season.
Posted Oct 24, 2017

Will U.S. Consumers Embrace Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco?
New research suggests that consumers will "heat" tobacco products in the United States.
Posted Oct 20, 2017

U.S. Coffeehouse Growth at Lowest Rate in Six Years
Mintel report suggests that ready-to-drink coffee is a fast-growing segment in the $13.6 billion retail coffee market.
Posted Oct 3, 2017

Tired Workforce Costs Employers Millions
Sleep disorders and sleep deficiency are hidden workplace issues affecting U.S. companies.
Posted Sep 26, 2017

Millennials Less Likely to Recycle
Survey says millennials may be less likely to recycle, but they are more likely to buy from companies that are environmentally conscious.
Posted Sep 21, 2017

The Best Places to Work for Women
What makes a great workplace for women is not what most companies think; convenience retailers QuikTrip and Sheetz make the list.
Posted Sep 18, 2017

Uncertainty Increased Among American Gas Consumers in the Wake of Hurricanes
With recent rising gas prices, Americans say they are less optimistic about the economy.
Posted Sep 12, 2017

Consumers Demand Organic Fresh Produce Options
Growth in organic produce signals greater consumer desire for healthy and transparent fresh foods.
Posted Sep 5, 2017

Gen Xers Emerge as Important Restaurant Customers
The ‘forgotten generation’ now represent almost a quarter of all U.S. restaurant visits.
Posted Jul 25, 2017

Indulgence Tops Health for U.S. Ice Cream
Mintel report says sales of frozen yogurt and non-dairy ice cream declined 10% in two years.
Posted Jul 17, 2017

GasBuddy Issues 'Perfect Pit Stop' Report Card
Second quarter data places Illinois-based Kelley’s Market in the top spot.
Posted Jul 14, 2017

NACS and SwiftIQ Form Strategic Alliance
Partnership will help retailers and suppliers enhance food bundles, improve product offerings and gain operational improvements to drive cash flow.
Posted Jul 6, 2017

Vanilla Ice Cream Reigns Supreme
International Dairy Foods Association reveals America’s top ice cream flavors.
Posted Jul 3, 2017

Strong Convenience Store Sales Fuel Retailer Optimism
One of the biggest contributing factors to retailer optimism is the continued high level of consumer confidence.
Posted Jun 29, 2017

Study Says $15 Minimum Wage Has Opposite Effect
Seattle’s second wage increase to $13 reduced hours worked in low-wage jobs by around 9%.
Posted Jun 27, 2017

Millennials Love Dining Out
New survey says that this generation eats out at least five times a week.
Posted Jun 27, 2017

Heated Tobacco Predicted to Grow 691%
Euromonitor research suggests that heated tobacco is the fastest-growing tobacco category.
Posted Jun 26, 2017

AAA Forecasts ‘Historic’ July 4th Travel
Group says 44.2 million people are expected to travel Independence Day weekend.
Posted Jun 26, 2017

C-Store Breakfast Demand Heats Up for Summertime
Tyson Convenience releases results from consumer survey that highlights the importance of convenience stores to summer vacationers.
Posted Jun 23, 2017

Nearly Two-thirds of Adults Look Forward to Summer
A new Dunkin’ Donuts survey shows that people are anticipating summer more so than in previous years.
Posted Jun 21, 2017

Labor Pressures Build While Restaurant Sales Continue to Decline
Challenges continue to confront restaurants in both staffing and retaining qualified workers.
Posted Jun 12, 2017

Restaurants Feel the Pressure of Prepared Foods
Survey also suggests that rising food and labor costs are significant barriers to growth.
Posted May 22, 2017

American Overwhelmed by Conflicting Food Information
Survey finds that a “health halo” could be causing flawed food and nutrition decisions.
Posted May 18, 2017

Millennials Rate Foodservice Chains’ Brand Equity
Harris Poll study suggests that gap between baby boomers and millennials may reflect boomers’ needs to eat healthier.
Posted May 18, 2017

Consumers Off to a Shaky Start in 2017
IRI survey suggests that uncertainty in early 2017 is causing consumers to engage in money-saving efforts; however, they will pay for premium products that hit the mark.
Posted May 11, 2017

Daily Coffee Consumption Up Sharply
While the frequency of daily consumption continued to grow for all age groups, the most robust increase occurring is among those ages 13-18.
Posted May 1, 2017

Men Shop Grocery Stores As Often As Women
A new study reveals key insights from in-depth analysis of more than 4 million grocery shopping trips.
Posted Apr 26, 2017

NACS Compensation and Benefits Report Now Available
Utilizing vital industry benchmarks helps retailers develop a more competitive compensation strategy to attract, engage and retain top talent.
Posted Apr 24, 2017

Own the ‘C’ in Convenience
Jeff Lenard of NACS cited survey results that show customers want clean restrooms and healthy food options at the NACS State of the Industry Summit earlier this month.
Posted Apr 21, 2017

Restaurant Sales Disappoint in Q1
This first quarter of 2017 seems to be consistent with 2016 as the industry chugs along and the rest of the economy gradually improves.
Posted Apr 18, 2017

Automation Could Displace 25M Jobs by 2027
However, technology will also create 14.9 million new jobs in the next decade, with automation creating jobs equivalent to 10% of the workforce through 2027.
Posted Apr 13, 2017

Millennials Are Driving Demand for Healthier Snacks
Study suggests that millennials are the driving force behind growth in better-for-you snacks.
Posted Apr 13, 2017

Americans Plan to Spend Their Retirement Working
Nearly 20% of Americans age 65 and older were in the labor force last year, up from 16% in 2007 and 10.8% in 1985.
Posted Apr 12, 2017

Not So Fast
Next generation of drivers is more worried than excited about the concept of self-driving vehicles.
Posted Apr 12, 2017

Managing the Pace of Change
At last week’s NACS State of the Industry Summit, Kellogg professor Robert Wolcott said successful companies both sustain the present and evolve toward the future.
Posted Apr 11, 2017

Restaurant Industry Facing a ‘Defining Moment’
Consumer survey shows that travel and other experiences are replacing dining-out.
Posted Apr 11, 2017

Where Retail Trends Are Heading
Nielsen consultant Todd Hale talked about current and future shopper and retail format trends at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Posted Apr 10, 2017

Convenience In-Store Sales Hit New Record: ‘Have We Figured This Thing Out?’
Subtle sales changes set up the future of c-store sales.
Posted Apr 6, 2017

Economist Sees Good News for C-Stores in Trump’s Agenda
Nelson offers cautiously positive, convenience-level view of president’s priorities.
Posted Apr 6, 2017

IRI Names Successful CPG Brands of 2016
In convenience stores, median year-one sales across the top 10 reached $23.4 million.
Posted Apr 4, 2017

Sales Surge Expected to Continue in Q2 2017 for Convenience Stores
Roughly half of all retailers surveyed say that low gas prices have helped grow their sales.
Posted Apr 3, 2017

Steady Growth for Small and Independent Brewers
Brewers Association releases 2016 statistics for the craft beer category.
Posted Mar 30, 2017

Emerging Brands Highlight Changing Consumer Taste Buds
New survey indicates fast-casual brands that exhibit strong growth potential.​
Posted Mar 24, 2017

Retailers Missed Out on $150 Billion in 2016
Survey suggests retailers would increase their revenue 5% by providing shoppers with a more personalized customer experience.
Posted Mar 14, 2017

Beverage Crown Goes to Bottled Water
Bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks in 2016, making it the largest beverage category by volume in the United States.
Posted Mar 13, 2017

Industry’s Premier Benchmarking Event Less Than a Month Away
Upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit is the only event where convenience retailers gain access to the newest metrics, as well as industry trends and opportunities.
Posted Mar 7, 2017

Cannabis Business Could Impact Beer Sales
Study suggests that legal cannabis sales could take away 7.1% of revenues from the beer industry.
Posted Mar 6, 2017

Fuel Customers Will Change How They Shop
NACS podcast highlights strategies for getting more fuel-only customers inside the store.
Posted Mar 2, 2017

Regional Insights Highlight NACS SOI Summit
Attendees will be able to choose from six focused breakout sessions examining financial, operational and category metrics by region.
Posted Feb 22, 2017

Delivery Drones Will Be Just 1% of Commercial Market by 2020
Gartner research suggests that drones aren't able to fly long enough to carry out multiple deliveries.
Posted Feb 13, 2017

Industry Updates Coming to a City Near You
Join NACS President and CEO Henry Armour at an upcoming Industry Update Luncheon.
Posted Feb 9, 2017

QSR Traffic, Foodservice Slumps in 2016
U.S. quick service restaurant traffic growth stalled in 2016, and full-service visits declined.
Posted Feb 9, 2017

Who Are Today’s Natural and Organic Shoppers?
Nearly 73% of millennials research and educate themselves about natural and organic products.
Posted Feb 9, 2017

Americans Will Spend Less on Love This Valentine’s Day
However, 70% of shoppers will give candy or chocolate on February 14.
Posted Feb 8, 2017

Study Says Teens Use E-Cigarettes for ‘Dripping’
Vapors produced by dripping e-liquids onto heating coils are inhaled directly instead of from the e-cigarette mouthpiece.
Posted Feb 7, 2017

Industry Store Count Shows Continued Growth
The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,535 stores.
Posted Feb 2, 2017

Deadline Approaching to Participate in Industry-wide Benchmarking Report
Submit your data by Feb. 3 to see how your compensation benefits compare with your fellow retailers.
Posted Feb 1, 2017

Economic Analysis Shows Why Not to Take the Food Industry for Granted
The study focused on Michigan’s food retail industry, which includes convenience stores.
Posted Jan 27, 2017

Small Businesses Struggle to Add More Jobs
New JPMorgan Chase Institute data reveals the challenges U.S. small businesses continue to face.
Posted Jan 26, 2017

Are Retailers Ready for Gen Z?
Emerging Generation Z consumers are influenced by their parents’ purchases; shop in malls; and rank YouTube as their top social platform.
Posted Jan 24, 2017

With Tighter Labor Markets, How Does Your Company Stack Up?
Strengthen your performance using industry-wide insights for employee compensation, turnover and benefits at every level.
Posted Jan 19, 2017

Technology Investments Pay Off
New report identifies three strategic areas of attention: seamless shopping experience, personalization and store transformation.
Posted Jan 18, 2017

Consumers Would Rather Wash Dishes Than Shop In-Store
Study highlights a growing divide between retailers and consumers on the importance of physical stores.
Posted Jan 17, 2017

RaceTrac Highlights Morning Purchasing Trends
Customers are more likely to reach for roller grill items over doughnuts.
Posted Jan 17, 2017

2016 Was a Bad Year for Restaurants
December 2016 sales plunged the restaurant industry into its weakest month in three years.
Posted Jan 16, 2017

Convenience Retailers Very Optimistic for 2017
Nearly 70% of retailers are hopeful about their business prospects, thanks to the combination of convenience and an enhanced food offer.
Posted Jan 3, 2017

Five Eating Attitudes and Behaviors to Watch in the New Year
Consumers will seek out foods with value-added attributes, positive benefits and social value.
Posted Jan 3, 2017

Be a Part of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Compensation Report
HR professionals can benefit from vital benchmarking data, but we need your help.
Posted Dec 22, 2016

Consumers Hold Retailers Accountable for Their Health ‘Journey’
A new whitepaper discusses how the health of consumers is driving retail.
Posted Dec 21, 2016

Mintel Cites Four Foodservice Trends for 2017
Trends set to transform the U.S. foodservice industry highlight ingredients, technology and experience.
Posted Dec 19, 2016

Consumers Unware of GMO Labeling Law
NPD Group finds that consumers are more educated about GMOs, but still express concern about eating foods containing them.
Posted Dec 15, 2016

Grocery Shopper Behavior Influenced by Engagement With Food
New Acosta report foreshadows key trends in grocery retail for 2017.
Posted Dec 15, 2016

Less Drinking, Smoking, Drugs for Teens
A new study finds that American teenagers are smoking and drinking less these days than previous generations.
Posted Dec 14, 2016

U.S. Fuel Consumers Are in a Good Mood
And they’re also expected to shop more over the holidays.
Posted Dec 13, 2016

Wrigley and Mars Chocolate’s ‘Transaction Zone Vision’ Impacts Sales
Research-driven insights are helping retailers increase sales through channel-specific recommendations.
Posted Dec 1, 2016

U.S. Consumers Hit Record $1.2 Billion Via Mobile Devices
Holiday shopping data for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday show a 17.7% increase for online spending.
Posted Nov 28, 2016

Economic Optimism Hits Historic High
On the heels of a presidential election, consumers are more upbeat about the economy, declining gas prices and the start of the holiday season.
Posted Nov 22, 2016

Cumberland Farms Fuels Road Warriors on Thanksgiving Day
C-store chain’s holiday survey shows that most travelers stock up on coffee and skip the snacks when hitting the road.
Posted Nov 17, 2016

Hispanic Females Hold Household Purchasing Power
Study suggests that Latina females wield tremendous purchasing power as part of the $1 trillion spend among all Hispanics in the United States.
Posted Nov 15, 2016

IRI Reports on Private-Label Trends
Drug and dollar channels struggle to maintain private-label unit share.
Posted Nov 3, 2016

A Strong Dollar (Store)
The dollar channel infringes on the convenience store shopper’s consideration set.
Posted Nov 1, 2016

Lack of Contactless, Mobile Payment Education Hinders U.S. Adoption
New research suggests that only 20% of U.S. consumers have used contactless payment systems, compared to 85% and 80% of consumers in Australia and the U.K., respectively.
Posted Oct 25, 2016

Are Your Employees Empowered to Improve Customer Loyalty?
Equip employees to handle the six most common problems they encounter.
Posted Oct 19, 2016

Convenience Stores Invest More Than $6 Billion to Improve Stores
In addition, store operators are more likely to own stores than lease them.
Posted Oct 18, 2016

The Power of Engagement
Recent NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council research demonstrates how employee involvement can positively impact your bottom line.
Posted Oct 18, 2016

One in Six Americans Worked at a Convenience Store
NACS survey finds that educational value and flexible hours were job benefits cited by those who worked in a convenience store during their college years.
Posted Oct 17, 2016

Cereal Makers Look to Raise Soggy Sales
Companies are rolling out new products and boosting marketing to make up for declining cereal sales.
Posted Oct 11, 2016

Convenience Retailers Experience Strong Q4
NACS survey reveals that retailer optimism is on the rise as in-store and fuel sales remain strong.
Posted Oct 4, 2016

Grocery Shoppers Spread Dollars Across Multiple Channels
IRI report suggests that retailers must move current customers up the loyalty ladder to drive growth.
Posted Sep 29, 2016

The Survey Says…
The latest “Convenience Matters” podcast goes behind the scenes into how polls are constructed and why as few as 400 people can define an issue.
Posted Sep 27, 2016

America's Eating Habits Are A-Changing
A new study shows how millennials are altering the way America eats, and all-day snacking is just part of the story.
Posted Sep 26, 2016

C-Stores Thrive in Mobile Environment
A new report finds that the industry has adapted well to changing shopping behavior.
Posted Sep 23, 2016

If You’re Happy and You Know It
Study cites the happiest states in the United States, and those that could use a hug.
Posted Sep 13, 2016

Diners Look for Online Experience
Seven in 10 restaurant customers expect apps to be more personal, while QSR customers expect to spend 20% more when leveraging digital opportunities.
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Baby Boomers Are Working Longer
Recent survey suggests that the Great Recession is causing the generation to remain working for longer.
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Local Shops More Relevant Than Ever
The ACS’s 2016 Local Shop Report highlights the essential role U.K. convenience stores play in the modern retail landscape.
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Responding to ‘Silver’ Shoppers
New report shows how convenience stores can benefit from senior consumers.
Posted Aug 31, 2016

New Energy Drink Products Grow 29% in Five Years
Mintel found that there were more new energy drinks launched in 2015 than any year since 2008.
Posted Aug 29, 2016

Why Teens Vape
Research suggests that a spike in teen e-cigarette use doesn't signal a ‘nicotine epidemic.’
Posted Aug 29, 2016

Restaurants Voted Most Popular U.S. Industry Again
The computer industry ranked a close second, but the federal government once again came in last.
Posted Aug 19, 2016

Study Says Consumers Buy Most ‘Junk’ Foods from Supermarkets
Purchases are about two to four times as large as fast-food restaurants, full-service restaurants, convenience stores and vending machines combined.
Posted Aug 15, 2016

Satisfying Convenience Store Shoppers’ Sweet Cravings
Despite the proliferation of better-for-you options, consumers still crave sweet snacks, especially at convenience stores.
Posted Jul 28, 2016

Craft Brewers Continue Strong Growth
American craft beer production volume increased 8% during the first half of 2016.
Posted Jul 27, 2016

High-Value Snacking on the Rise
Three in four Americans are willing to pay extra for snacks with high quality ingredients.
Posted Jul 25, 2016

Hands-On Approach to Nutrition
School district foodservice directors find that hands-on programs keep young consumers interested in school nutrition programs.
Posted Jul 22, 2016

Retailers Free Up Resources for Re-investment in Innovation
New research suggests that inflexibility is hindering retailers’ ability to compete and grow.
Posted Jul 19, 2016

Just the Facts
Newly released NACS State of the Industry Fact Book provides detailed statistics on decades of convenience and fuel retailing industry data.
Posted Jul 18, 2016

Consumers Expect Financial Turmoil Come 2017
Whether it’s Trump or Clinton, consumers expect their financial health to deteriorate next year.
Posted Jul 14, 2016

Convenience Store Sales Remain Strong for First Half of 2016
More retailers also are selling more prepared foods and see foodservice as a growth opportunity, according to a new NACS survey.
Posted Jul 7, 2016

NACS State of the Industry Report Now Available
Newly released report of 2015 industry data examines economic conditions and their potential impact on the industry.
Posted Jun 29, 2016

Quality Pays Off for Fast Food Chains
A new focus on quality ingredients is helping to boost quick-service restaurants to levels approaching sit-down restaurants.
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. High School Students Declines
A new CDC study also finds an increased use of e-cigarettes by youth.
Posted Jun 13, 2016

Consumers Present Multiple Opportunities for Beverage Sales
A new study by Coca-Cola reveals that the average American has 22 away-from-home life situations each week.
Posted Jun 10, 2016

Get a Grip on Labor Costs
The NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report® of 2015 Data helps convenience store companies benchmark themselves in areas such as compensation levels, staff turnover and benefits.
Posted May 27, 2016

Employee Engagement: Time to Get Started
NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council study shows how retailers can embrace and measure employee engagement.
Posted May 23, 2016

Convenience Store Popularity Is Strong Among Britons
New research suggests that convenience sector growth has been driven by a shift in grocery habits from consumers who are looking to cut down on the time spent grocery shopping.
Posted May 19, 2016

Job Resources and Demands Are Essential Business Building Blocks
NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council study shows that employees need job-related tools and a positive work environment to succeed.
Posted May 16, 2016

Building Blocks: Hiring and Corporate Culture
NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council study shows how two key factors can contribute to employee engagement.
Posted May 10, 2016

New Study Ranks Consumers’ Favorite Places to Fuel Up
With a focus on fresh food, convenience stores are eating into the quick-service restaurant business, according to a new survey.
Posted May 5, 2016

Does Your Store Stink?
Study reveals that 93% of adults would avoid a store with bad odors and dirty restrooms.
Posted May 5, 2016

Convenient Options Have Profound Impact on Food Landscape
Path to the plate shows how the overall food industry has grown to about $1.4 trillion in sales.
Posted May 5, 2016

Study Urges Smokers to Take Up E-Cigarettes
British medical group suggests the devices are the best hope for cigarette smokers to quit.
Posted Apr 29, 2016

Consumers Responding to Combo Meal Deals
After years of declines, combo meal visits at QSRs increased by 1%.
Posted Apr 28, 2016

Employee Engagement Research Released
NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council partners with the University of Dallas to demonstrate how employee engagement can aid business growth.
Posted Apr 25, 2016

Snacking Nation Eats Three Meals a Day
Contrary to popular belief, Americans still eat three meals a day.
Posted Apr 19, 2016

Shoppers Feeling Optimistic, Are Willing to Splurge
IRI survey finds that 67% of consumers feel their financial health is improving and are willing to spend.
Posted Apr 19, 2016

4 Shopper Trends to Watch
Nielsen’s Todd Hale tells convenience store retailers to “get your apps moving.”
Posted Apr 15, 2016

Slow Recovery Is Good News for C-stores
David Nelson opened up the NACS State of the Industry Summit, describing how economic trends are boding well for the convenience store channel.
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Low Gas Prices Helped Fuel In-Store Sales Record
Extra cash brought consumers inside the c-store in 2015, and food and snacks kept them there.
Posted Apr 13, 2016

Diners Find Eating Healthy at Restaurants Challenging
Nearly half of Americans say finding healthy items at restaurants is too difficult.
Posted Apr 12, 2016

Get a Grip on Labor Costs
Newly released NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report helps convenience retailers benchmark their business in areas such as compensation levels, staff turnover and benefits metrics.
Posted Apr 11, 2016

Shoppers Reshape In-Store Experience Around Personalization, Convenience
New survey finds that Wi-Fi will play an elevated role as consumers bring their online expectations into the store.
Posted Apr 7, 2016

What’s Your ROI?
Having employees who want to work for you delivers a strong return on your investment.
Posted Apr 4, 2016

Top QSRs Revealed
New consumer survey reveals that convenience store chain Wawa is putting pressure on the QSR sandwich category.
Posted Mar 31, 2016

Retail Foodservice Gaining Ground in Food Fight
Technomic study reveals latest trends and data for retailer meal solutions.
Posted Mar 29, 2016

Employer and Employee: It’s a Partnership
Turn your company pyramid upside down to help your employees see their worth.
Posted Mar 28, 2016

Small and Independent Brewers Continue to Grow in Double Digits
In 2015, craft brewers produced 24.5 million barrels, and saw a 13% rise in volume and a 16% increase in retail dollar value.
Posted Mar 23, 2016

Even Small Accomplishments Deserve Recognition
The NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council shows retailers how to use “real time recognition” with their employees.
Posted Mar 21, 2016

Care About Your Employees and They’ll Care About Your Business
Newest video from the NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council shows that employees want to be known as the unique person they are.
Posted Mar 14, 2016

Millennials Have Nothing on Boomers When It Comes to Snacking
Baby boomers total about 90.4 billion ready-to-eat snack eatings each year, 20% more than millennials.
Posted Mar 9, 2016

Perception Is Reality
Second “Power Up Employee Engagement” video from the NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council shows how managers reacted to employee feedback.
Posted Mar 7, 2016

Consumers Build Confidence by Saving Tax Refunds
Other popular uses for tax refunds include paying down debt and making everyday purchases.
Posted Mar 3, 2016

Power Up Your People
New research released by the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council helps retailers build a culture of employee engagement.
Posted Mar 1, 2016

U.S. Bottled Water Sales Reach Record Highs in 2015
Nearly half of bottled water drinkers are consuming more flavored waters to replace high sugar drinks.
Posted Feb 25, 2016

Total U.S. Restaurant Count Down Slightly
A 2% drop in independent restaurant units was the sole contributor to total restaurant decline in 2015.
Posted Feb 25, 2016

Speakers Added to NACS State of the Industry Summit Lineup
Attendees will gain high-level insights into the trends, opportunities and “so whats” from some of the brightest minds inside (and outside) the industry.
Posted Feb 24, 2016

V2 Surveys Smokers on CVS’s Exit from Tobacco
More than half of smokers say the decision has made it harder to buy cigarettes.
Posted Feb 19, 2016

Restaurant Industry Predicts Record Sales
However, the industry will see its challenges throughout the year, such as a shallow labor pool and government regulations.
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Consumers Snacking and Spending More
PepsiCo says its convenience store sales rose 6% in Q4 2015.
Posted Feb 16, 2016

Measure Your Company’s Benefits Program
Participation in the NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report survey ensures your company has the most industry-specific benchmarking snapshot of employee compensation.
Posted Feb 11, 2016

Retailer Participants Needed for NACS State of the Industry Annual Report®
Members provide the data; NACS provides the context, plus live expert analysis and a sneak peek at the report’s findings.
Posted Feb 10, 2016

Health Care Law Not Weighing on Voters
New Kaiser survey finds voters aren’t focused on the Affordable Care Act going into the presidential primaries.
Posted Feb 1, 2016

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Growth
Convenience stores account for 34.2% of all outlets in the United States, significantly higher than other retail channels.
Posted Jan 28, 2016

America’s Favorite Comfort Food Is…
Pizza rises to the top spot as America’s ultimate comfort food.
Posted Jan 26, 2016

C-Store Shoppers Take on Salty Snacks
New research finds that 68% of c-store food and beverage purchases are unplanned.
Posted Jan 14, 2016

Breakfast Foods Any Time of the Day
New Technomic research finds that consumers are increasingly interested in eating breakfast fare beyond the morning daypart.
Posted Jan 11, 2016

Look Into the C-Store Industry’s Crystal Ball
Upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit gives retailers access to the latest industry trends and benchmarking metrics.
Posted Jan 5, 2016

2016 Trend: Retail With Meaningful Consumer Connections
Ford’s new trend report finds that consumers are striving for a better quality of life in the New Year.
Posted Dec 29, 2015

Teen Smoking Drops to Historic Low
A new study finds that teenagers lighting up cigarettes has reached its lowest level since 1974.
Posted Dec 18, 2015

U.S. Adult Smoking Rates Keep Dropping
The number of U.S. adults who smoke is just under 15% for the first half of 2015.
Posted Nov 18, 2015

Low Gas Prices Fuel Big Black Friday Shopping Plans
A new NACS consumer survey shows that nearly half of all Black Friday shoppers expect to shop more this holiday season.
Posted Nov 16, 2015

Junk Food Is Not Driving Obesity
New study suggests that candy, soft drinks and fast foods are not likely a leading cause of obesity in the United States.
Posted Nov 9, 2015

Report Says Bacon and Hot Dogs Cause Cancer
World Health Organization agency says processed meats are carcinogenic, and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too.
Posted Oct 27, 2015

General Mills Identifies Four C-Store Customer Segments
Knowing these segments, and the attitudes, behaviors and needs associated with each, will help convenience retailers best serve each customer population.
Posted Oct 26, 2015

Consumers Want Food Transparency
Recent study by ECRM and HellaWella finds that healthy food shoppers want transparency.
Posted Oct 23, 2015

Profitable Trips and Convenience Retailer Opportunities
Immediate consumption study from Coca-Cola reveals that trips for immediate consumption food and beverages are increasing faster than other trips.
Posted Oct 22, 2015

Are Teens Over Facebook?
New Piper Jaffray survey suggests that Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are the most important social networks for American teenagers.
Posted Oct 20, 2015

Millennials Love Store Brands
A new survey found that twentysomethings and teens gravitate towards private-label brands when grocery shopping.
Posted Oct 13, 2015

New Study Evaluates GHG Emissions From Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles
Analysis by Carnegie Mellon University evaluates the potential life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from using natural gas to power light-duty vehicles.
Posted Oct 9, 2015

Convenience Stores Poised to Grow Better-for-You Sales
New Hudson Institute report suggests health and wellness trends and strategies for convenience stores.
Posted Oct 8, 2015

Strong Gas Sales Fuel Convenience Store Sales
Retailers are optimistic about the economy and their businesses for the upcoming fourth quarter.
Posted Sep 30, 2015

Consumers Lack Chip Card Awareness
New survey shows that more than half of U.S. adults don’t know what a chip card is.
Posted Sep 18, 2015

Candy Industry Sweetens U.S. Economy
New report reveals confectionery industry’s impact on jobs in agriculture, retail and transportation.
Posted Sep 18, 2015

Consumer Behavior Largely Unaffected by Falling Gas Prices
New NACS survey finds that declining gas prices have not increased consumer optimism about the economy.
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Meet the Modern Foodie
As our culture becomes increasingly food-focused, targeting foodie consumers is key.
Posted Sep 3, 2015

Mobile Addicts Are Taking Over
Report shows huge growth in smart devices globally, and in turn, more consumers addicted to devices.
Posted Sep 3, 2015

Despite Consumer Dissatisfaction, McDonald’s Still on Top
Survey reveals that all-day breakfast and new menus are most likely to bring customers back to the golden arches.
Posted Sep 2, 2015

Bottled Water Preparing to Flood the Market
Bottled water is on track to outsell soda by 2017, buoyed by dozens of new high-end waters.
Posted Aug 31, 2015

Majority of Americans Say They Try to Avoid Drinking Soda
Gallup’s annual poll shows that almost two-thirds of Americans are avoiding both diet and regular soda.
Posted Aug 26, 2015

Soda Tax Fail
A Cornell-University of Iowa analysis of Berkeley, California’s soda tax reveals that the measure is fizzling.
Posted Aug 24, 2015

Americans Embrace Global Cuisines
New survey finds that 80% of consumers eat at least one ethnic meal per month.
Posted Aug 24, 2015

New Study Reveals Debit Card Impact on Merchants
Richmond Federal Reserve study investigates the influence of the Durbin Amendment on merchants' costs of accepting debit cards.
Posted Aug 21, 2015

When Women Shop
New study finds working women make grocery trips after work and opt for smaller formats for fill-in needs.
Posted Aug 20, 2015

U.K. Study Endorses E-Cigarettes
Researchers say electronic cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco equivalents.
Posted Aug 20, 2015

Be Informed, Take Action
Building a relationship with elected officials and sharing your voice on issues that affect your business can make a difference.
Posted Aug 12, 2015

Don’t Write the Boomers Off Yet
Despite focus on Millennials, Baby Boomers continue to impact the consumer landscape.
Posted Aug 7, 2015

Millennials More Diverse Than Many Assume
New research shows that there are big differences between coastal dwellers and those in the Heartland, when it comes to this all-important demographic.
Posted Aug 3, 2015

New Report Analyzes Fuel Prices and Auto Sales
Fuels Institute study shows that fuel prices do not necessarily influence vehicle purchasing.
Posted Jul 30, 2015

Americans Are Eating Less, for the First Time in Decades
Study shows that calorie consumption has declined in recent years, due in part to changing attitudes toward health.
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Consumers Demand Speed of Service
Survey shows that almost 90% of consumers want their checkout experience to be faster, while expressing disappointment with customer service at the register.
Posted Jul 22, 2015

Hispanic Consumers Boost Foodservice Opportunities
The growing U.S. Hispanic population is shaping the foodservice industry, according to Technomic research.
Posted Jul 17, 2015

Consumers Highly Rate Wawa and Costco as Places to Fuel Up
New Market Force study suggests fresh food and high-end coffee may be luring motorists to certain retail chains.
Posted Jul 17, 2015

Get the Facts on Our Industry
NACS State of the Industry Fact Book now available, providing detailed statistics on years of industry data.
Posted Jul 14, 2015

Adapt and Overcome
As the other tobacco products category continues to gain market share, advanced category management can help maximize sales.
Posted Jul 14, 2015

Majority of Americans Agree You Should Be 21 to Buy Tobacco
Three out of every four American adults favor increasing the minimum age from 18 to 21, even among smokers.
Posted Jul 9, 2015

‘Fitness’ Labels on Food May Encourage More Eating
Labels with so-called fitness branding may encourage people to eat more and exercise less.
Posted Jun 29, 2015

McDonald’s Makes Progress on Commitment to Offer Healthier Options
QSR reports findings as one-year anniversary of removing soft drinks from Happy Meal menu boards approaches.
Posted Jun 29, 2015

Benchmark Against the Best
The NACS State of the Industry Report of 2014 Data is now available.
Posted Jun 25, 2015

Millennial Shoppers Are Impacting Retailers
The Coca-Cola Company’s iSHOP tracking study offers key takeaways for retailers on the millennial shopper.
Posted Jun 18, 2015

Not All C- Store Trips Are Created Equal
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice research suggests shoppers use different c-store locations for different needs.
Posted Jun 17, 2015

Low-Fat Milk Scarce in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Study says healthier milk options are rare in stores located in poor and minority communities that tend to have higher obesity rates.
Posted Jun 17, 2015

Shoppers Spending More Time in C-Stores
National study shows that shoppers spent 6% more time in c-stores last year, and 5% less time in grocery stores.
Posted Jun 10, 2015

No Time Like Snack Time
Understanding shifting consumer preferences around snacking can maximize incremental sales and profits.
Posted Jun 9, 2015

Traditional Retailers May Underestimate Digital Influence
Retailers must define a brand experience that is inclusive of all the ways consumers “touch” the brand, both digital and physical.
Posted Jun 9, 2015

Anytime Is Snack Time
Trends in sweet and salty snacks reflect consumer interest in healthier foods.
Posted Jun 8, 2015

Doing Our Part for National Donut Day
Latest IRI data says convenience stores sold about 391 million donuts in 2014.
Posted Jun 5, 2015

Forget Millennials: Look to Mamas and Dadas
New parents can be a loyal customer demographic, if you reach out to them.
Posted Jun 3, 2015

Clip It: Digital Coupon Users Shop More
New research shows that frequent coupon users also shop and spend more than average.
Posted Jun 3, 2015

Americans Driving Record Number of Miles This Year
Low gas prices contribute to increase in miles driven, to start what is likely to be a record-breaking year.
Posted May 22, 2015

Americans Feel Charitable at the Checkout
More than half of consumers say they like being asked to give to a charity while at the register.
Posted May 18, 2015

Dispensing Loyalty
A strategic refillable mug program can help build and sustain beverage sales.
Posted May 15, 2015

Adding Grocery Stores Won’t Fix Food Deserts
Studies show food cost, consumer habits trump easier access to fresh foods.
Posted May 11, 2015

Older Employees ‘Critical’ to Today’s Workforce
Nearly a third of workers over age 50; employees over age 65 outnumber teenage workers for the first time since 1948.
Posted Apr 28, 2015

Historic Year for U.S. Convenience Stores
Convenience continues to resonate with consumers, with record in-store sales of nearly $214 billion and overall industry sales closing in on $700 billion in 2014.
Posted Apr 16, 2015

A Bullish Economic Outlook
All signs point to an improved consumer spending environment for year ahead.
Posted Apr 16, 2015

Gas Dynasty: the Fuel Landscape Present, Future
Changing demographics, power of fossil fuels to drive energy outlook.
Posted Apr 16, 2015

Helping the Earth, But Not the Waist
Research shows shoppers who use reusable bags also more likely to buy junk food.
Posted Apr 14, 2015

Shoppers Loyal to Stores, More Than Brands
Survey shows that younger shoppers are likely to buy store brand items from their preferred retailers.
Posted Apr 9, 2015

Millennials as Do-It-Yourselfers
Latest study shows that Millennials have high customer service expectations, but also prefer self-service.
Posted Apr 8, 2015

Meet the Multicultural Super-Consumer
Multicultural consumers are rapidly becoming the core of the U.S. population and possess promising purchasing power.
Posted Mar 23, 2015

Los Angeles Fast-Food Ban Is Big Failure
RAND study finds that overweight and obesity rates have actually increased faster in targeted areas since Los Angeles passed the 2008 ordinance.
Posted Mar 23, 2015

U.S. Coffee Drinkers Decline Slightly This Year
Millennials in particular showing a growing preference for tea.
Posted Mar 19, 2015

Consumers Want Personalization and Privacy
New survey shows that consumers want to receive personalized offers, but are hesitant to provide personal information.
Posted Mar 11, 2015

Cash Not Carried
Survey shows that majority of consumers carry less than $20 in cash.
Posted Mar 2, 2015

Americans’ Changing Eating Habits
New report offers insight into trends including snacking and the creation of ‘hybrid homemade meals.’
Posted Mar 2, 2015

The ‘Real Story’ About Millennials in the Workplace
IBM research debunks five common myths about Millennials and uncovers three “uncomfortable truths” that apply to employees of all ages.
Posted Feb 24, 2015

The New Male Shopper
Study shows that males make up 43% of shoppers, preferring convenience and efficiency above all.
Posted Feb 17, 2015

Weight Management Items Have a Place in Convenience Stores
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice survey reveals consumer attitudes about weight management and the impact on buying behavior.
Posted Feb 13, 2015

Customer Loyalty Memberships Top Three Billion for First Time
2015 COLLOQUY Census also reveals that the rate of decline in convenience store loyalty programs is 3% compared to 21% in 2013.
Posted Feb 12, 2015

New Study Estimates Cigarette Smuggling Per State
New York holds the highest cigarette smuggling rate and smuggling in Illinois has dramatically increased.
Posted Feb 12, 2015

Millennials Crave Convenience Stores
More 18- to 34-year-olds are coming to convenience stores for food.
Posted Feb 9, 2015

Consumers Remain Price Sensitive
Although gas prices are lower, consumers still shop around for the best price.
Posted Feb 2, 2015

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Retail Channel Growth
Small operators account for most of the growth in the industry’s store count.
Posted Jan 26, 2015

Report Finds Growth Opportunities for Private Label Products
While market share for private label products may be stalling, it’s essential to understand habits of the core shopper.
Posted Jan 21, 2015

Study Shows Disconnect Between Consumer Sentiment, Behavior
Widening gap in consumer behavior can provide opportunity for retailers to improve shopping experience.
Posted Jan 15, 2015

What Resolutions?
Study shows that consumers purchase more “junk” food after the holidays than during.
Posted Jan 9, 2015

Research Finds Little Change in Fast Food
Study of three chains finds calorie, salt content remain high over last 20 years.
Posted Jan 6, 2015

Researchers Say Fast Food Is Bad for the Brain
Ohio State study suggests that fast-food consumption slows brain development in kids and leads to lower test scores.
Posted Dec 29, 2014

Are Millennials Teetotallers?
U.K.-based report shows that Millennials are increasingly abstaining, among other trends to watch in 2015.
Posted Dec 18, 2014

NACS and Coca-Cola: Encouraging People Success
NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council welcomes suggestions on proposed research topics.
Posted Dec 17, 2014

E85 Sales Have Room for Growth
Fuel sales expected to double by 2023, but with the right market conditions could increase 20-fold.
Posted Nov 13, 2014

Fool Me Twice
Survey shows that data breaches don’t change consumer behavior.
Posted Nov 12, 2014

Retail Crime Costs Retailers $128 Billion Worldwide Each Year
$42 billion of “shrink” in the United States represents 1.48% of sales.
Posted Nov 7, 2014

Global Consumer Confidence on the Rise
Steady increase in optimism exceeds pre-recession levels.
Posted Nov 4, 2014

Diesel Vehicle Sales Forecast Are Strong — Are Consumers Ready?
New Fuels Institute report examines consumer preferences toward diesel fuel.
Posted Oct 30, 2014

U.S. Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015
World diesel demand expected to grow through 2030, according to Fuels Institute report.
Posted Oct 29, 2014

Food Shoppers Make Fewer Trips, but to Stranger Places
Channel blurring is omnipresent as shoppers place a premium on value and convenience.
Posted Oct 24, 2014

Manufacturers Have Introduced Thousands of Healthier Products
New product survey documents 30,000-plus products with reduced calories, fats, sugar and sodium.
Posted Oct 21, 2014

Women’s Growing Influence on Alcoholic Beverage Trends
Female consumers increasingly drive alcohol sales.
Posted Oct 17, 2014

Improving Consumer Confidence Points to Merry Holiday Season
New survey finds that consumers are feeling better and wiling to splurge a little.
Posted Oct 15, 2014

New Survey: 1 in 9 Americans Has Worked at a Convenience Store
Close to 100% whose first job was in a c-store say it was valuable work experience for them.
Posted Oct 9, 2014

What’s Trending in Snacking Around the Globe
New report examines the worldwide eating habits fueling the $374 billion snack food industry.
Posted Oct 1, 2014

You Are What You Tweet
Study uses Twitter hashtags to reveal most talked-about foods in the United States.
Posted Sep 30, 2014

Restaurant Mobile Apps Fall Short on Speed
Study shows that restaurant sites served on mobile devices are slow to load and lack online ordering options.
Posted Sep 29, 2014

August Retail Spending Growth Strongest in Over a Year
Leisure spending at a six-month high, with travel and back-to-school propelling growth.
Posted Sep 15, 2014

As Gas Prices Fall, Consumer Optimism Surges
NACS records an increase in optimism from last month — the largest jump since January 2013.
Posted Sep 9, 2014

Researchers Call E-Cigarette Critics ‘Alarmists’
British health experts say that switching to electronic cigarettes saves lives.
Posted Sep 8, 2014

To Cash, or Not to Cash
Depending who you ask, cash is still king … or not.
Posted Aug 29, 2014

More Talk Than Walk, When It Comes to Healthy Eating
Research shows disconnect between consumers’ desire for a healthy lifestyle and actual behavior.
Posted Aug 21, 2014

Gas Prices Down in August, Along with Optimism
Despite continuing declines in gas prices, consumer pessimism is back.
Posted Aug 12, 2014

Study Finds Income Does Not Determine Shoppers' Private-Label Preference
Only 5% of those surveyed said they don't buy store brands at all.
Posted Aug 6, 2014

How Millennials Spend Their Money
New surveys show Millennials spend on cars, as well as burgers and booze.
Posted Aug 5, 2014

Despite Internet Buzz, Consumers Prefer Brick-and-Mortar Shopping
Physical stores essential to shopping experience, even for online purchases.
Posted Aug 1, 2014

Beer Ranks as Adult Beverage of Choice
More than 40% of adults choose beer over wine and liquor, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Posted Jul 28, 2014

New Poll Names Top Regional Grocery Brands
Harris Poll names Hy-Vee, Wegmans, Publix and Costco as regional grocery brands of the year.
Posted Jul 22, 2014

NACS State of the Industry Fact Book Now Available
Fact Book tracks most key industry metrics, with data dating back to the 1950s.
Posted Jul 21, 2014

New Study Rates the States in Beer Consumption
North Dakota residents drink the most beer, consuming an average of 43.3 gallons annually.
Posted Jul 7, 2014

NACS State of the Industry Report of 2013 Data Now Available
Annual report is the industry’s premier benchmarking tool, examining economic conditions and their potential impact on the industry.
Posted Jun 27, 2014

E-cigarettes Mostly Used by Young Smokers, Would-be Quitters
New study shows that majority of Europe’s 30 million e-cigarette users are age 15 – 24 and trying to quit cigarettes.
Posted Jun 24, 2014

Small Restaurant Chains Improve Customer Satisfaction
Subway loses lead spot, while Pizza Hut delivers on customer satisfaction in latest ACSI report.
Posted Jun 23, 2014

The Grocery Store of the Future
Trends such as 'hyper-showrooming' and 'micro-personalization' and ‘lifestyle advisors’ are coming.
Posted Jun 13, 2014

Grocery Industry Struggles With Consumer Shopping Experience
In-Store grocery shopping must transform as consumers call for more personalized experiences.
Posted Jun 11, 2014

Natural and Organic Food Trends Make You Say ‘Yum’ or ‘Hmmm’
Sterling-Rice Group reveals its top 10 natural and organic food trends for 2014.
Posted Jun 11, 2014

Consumer Optimism Far From Sunny
Overall pessimism not likely to affect summer travel, according to latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.
Posted Jun 10, 2014

Minority Entrepreneurs Discriminated Against for Loans
University research showed that black and Hispanic business owners were less likely to get small business loans.
Posted Jun 5, 2014

Consumers Resigned to Loss of Privacy in Digital Age
Half of consumers willing to trade privacy for targeted marketing, in spite of security concerns.
Posted Jun 2, 2014

Freshness Is Fundamental for C-Stores
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice study reveals strengths and opportunities for lunchtime.
Posted May 29, 2014

More Americans Choosing Foods, Beverages Based on Healthfulness
New survey shows that taste and price still top factors impacting consumer choice for food and beverage purchases.
Posted May 21, 2014

America's Household Brands Losing Ground
Most consumers stick to store brands, but loyalty remains for name-brand beer, soft drinks and coffee.
Posted May 6, 2014

New Research on Coffee Preferences of Millennials
Preferences vary within Millennial subgroups, evolving from sweeter to more traditional drinks.
Posted Apr 29, 2014

Report Cites Cultural Factors Impact on Snacking Habits
Americans are consuming more nutritious food while snacking.
Posted Apr 29, 2014

Franchise Growth Remains Strong for 2014
A new International Franchise Association report suggests that the franchise industry will create more jobs this year.
Posted Apr 8, 2014

Welcome to the Retail “Twilight Zone”
Nielsen’s Todd Hale predicts that retail winners will focus on their consumers, not their competition.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Fueling Tomorrow’s Vehicles
NACS State of the Industry Summit education session explored several areas of the future of fuels, including consumer behavior and preferences, recent market trends and the role of the government.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Economist Advises Retailers to be Nimble, Quick
Walter Zimmermann demonstrates how to predict bull, bear market trends using pricing tools during a NACS State of the Industry Summit education session.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Specialty Food Sales Break Records
Nut butters, eggs and frozen desserts show big jumps in sales.
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Convenience Stores Hit Record In-Store Sales in 2013
The convenience store industry’s in-store sales have seen rapid growth over the last decade, as consumers seek out more food and beverages on the go, according to new NACS State of the Industry data.
Posted Apr 3, 2014

Watch Out for C-Store 'Disruptors'
While the economy appears to be on the mend, don't ignore several trends, suggests economist Dr. David Nelson at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Posted Apr 3, 2014

Economist: Signs Point to Impending Stock Collapse
Economist Walter Zimmermann talks bubbles, climate change, energy, Putin and the Fed at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Posted Apr 3, 2014

Unlocking Opportunities with Shopper Research
A new report from NACS/CCRRC shows how convenience stores can use research and best practices to grow.
Posted Apr 3, 2014

Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix Top Supermarket Ratings
Walmart is the lowest scoring in a new Consumer Reports subscriber survey.
Posted Mar 31, 2014

NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2013 Data
This year’s report provides the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Posted Mar 26, 2014

Cigarette Smuggling Runs Rampant in United States
In New York, 57% of cigarettes are illegally imported from other states, according to new Tax Foundation research.
Posted Mar 24, 2014

Millennials, Boomers Have Similar Consumer Attitudes
AIMsights Group takes a look at how these two generations are influencing consumer spending.
Posted Mar 21, 2014

Retailer Hot Topic Sessions Added to SOI Summit Agenda
Attendees will be among the first to hear insights on performance drivers that matter most to retailers, from foodservice to tobacco to category management.
Posted Mar 20, 2014

Craft Beer Sales Spike
U.S. craft brewers saw an 18% rise in volume in 2013, according to new data from the Brewers Association.
Posted Mar 20, 2014

Restaurant Spending Will Decrease This Year
A new study finds that diners say they will spend 9.1% less per meal.
Posted Mar 12, 2014

Soda Sales Flat, Energy Drinks Supercharged
The energy drink category continues to see strong sales, despite increased scrutiny due to deaths that have been linked to consumption.
Posted Mar 6, 2014

Chocolate Continues to Dominate Candy Sales
The National Confectioners Association predicts that trend will stay the same for the next five years.
Posted Mar 5, 2014

Child Obesity Rates Are Declining
According to the CDC, the overall obesity rates among 2 to 5 year olds dropped 43% from 2003 to 2012.
Posted Feb 27, 2014

Is the Time of Men Shoppers Coming?
A new survey finds that more than 65% of men hold the primary purchasing responsibility for many households products.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

Most Small Businesses Don’t Report Employee Theft
A University of Cincinnati report finds that 64% of small businesses have experienced employee theft, while only 16% of those report the theft to the police.
Posted Feb 20, 2014

Retail CFOs Forecast 5% Sales Growth for 2014
Consumer confidence is expected to rise, according to the latest BDO survey.
Posted Feb 14, 2014

Evening Smartphone Use Leads to Less Productivity
Researchers suggest that late-evening smartphone use leads to a more restless sleep, which makes it more difficult to focus on work the following day.
Posted Feb 13, 2014

Two-Thirds of Americans OK With E-Cigarette Use in Their Personal Space
The U.S. study finds that 63% of adults wouldn’t be bothered by electronic-cigarette usage.
Posted Feb 12, 2014

Restaurant Industry Enters Fifth Consecutive Year of Sales Growth
The National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast predicts sales will exceed $683 billion this year.
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Love Cools Down
Consumers are keeping a tight lid on budgets this Valentine’s Day, with projected spending under last year’s average.
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Americans Looking to Government for Better Food Safety Oversight
One-in-six U.S. adults say if a brand they usually purchase is involved with a recall or safety concern issue, they would permanently switch to another brand.
Posted Feb 6, 2014

NACS Announces Initial Speaker Lineup for SOI Summit
At the NACS State of the Industry Summit, learn how you can use benchmarking to improve category management and store offerings to grow your business.
Posted Jan 30, 2014 Offers Resources for C-Stores
The Coca-Cola Company’s website features resources that are designed to help convenience retailers attract business and enhance operations.
Posted Jan 30, 2014

Domestic Beer Drinkers Migrating to Wine, Liquor
Taste, calories, health concerns drive drinkers of domestic beer to wine and liquor.
Posted Jan 30, 2014

American Lung Association Releases State of Tobacco Report
The group says the U.S. government took one step forward, two steps back in 2013 on federal tobacco policies.
Posted Jan 27, 2014

IOM Releases Report on Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements
The report is intended to help the agency determine whether to implement caffeine regulations, while a Johns Hopkins University study found that caffeine has a positive effect on memory.
Posted Jan 20, 2014

Technomic Report Focuses on Takeout
Report highlights the need for foodservice operators to deliver convenience and consistency.
Posted Jan 14, 2014

CDC Says Higher Cigarette Prices Are Working
Data suggests that the rate of new lung cancer cases has decreased, which the government agency suggests is the result of successful tobacco prevention and control programs.
Posted Jan 13, 2014

Global Smoking Rate Drops, Number of Smokers Rises
While the percentage of smokers globally is on the decline, population growth has actually increased the total pool of smokers.
Posted Jan 9, 2014

NH Tobacco Sales to Minors Drops in 2013
Tobacco sales to youth in New Hampshire dropped to 11.2% last year, down from 13.2% in 2012.
Posted Jan 9, 2014

Obesity Surges Worldwide
According to a new report, one third of the planet is now obese or overweight.
Posted Jan 6, 2014

2013 Brought C-Store Shoppers More Gas Discounts, Fresh Foods
Consumers say they have increasingly noticed more convenience stores offering prepared and healthy food options in the past year, according to a new NACS survey.
Posted Dec 30, 2013

A Happier Happy Meal
A new Cornell study suggests that healthier options in McDonald’s Happy Meals may help kids cut calories.
Posted Dec 23, 2013

Be Among the First to Know
Gain tremendous insights on current industry trends and financial and operational metrics at the upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago.
Posted Dec 19, 2013

Restaurant Sales Limping to the Finish Line
November restaurant traffic and sales disappoint, with operators hoping for a more profitable 2014.
Posted Dec 19, 2013

Five Foodservice Trends to Watch in 2014
Mintel announces five US foodservice trends for 2014 that are likely to influence restaurant menus and growth.
Posted Dec 19, 2013

Majority of Americans Support Changes to Health-Care Law
A recent Gallup poll found that more than half of Americans want Congress to repeal or scale back Obamacare.
Posted Dec 10, 2013

Buffalo Wings and Wine
Family dining and quick-service restaurants are finding success with wine.
Posted Dec 9, 2013

Leveraging Breakfast to Drive All-Day Traffic
A new Technomic report suggests that morning foodservice opportunities can extend beyond normal breakfast hours.
Posted Dec 5, 2013

Thanksgiving Tables Stuffed With Prepared Foods
Technomic reports that consumers are increasingly turning to prepared foods from a retailer, restaurant or caterer for their Thanksgiving dinner.
Posted Nov 21, 2013

Study Links Higher Beverage Prices to Less Sales
A new study suggests that higher prices on higher-calorie beverages decrease sales — a notion that could feed soda tax supporters more fuel for their fire.
Posted Nov 18, 2013

Gift Card Spending Surging
Gas stations, department stores and restaurants are top choices for gift cards, according to the National Retail Federation.
Posted Nov 14, 2013

Consumer Optimism Rebounds as Holiday Shopping Season Approaches
The latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey reveals an uptick in consumer optimism.
Posted Nov 12, 2013

Trending in 2014: Sour Beer, Craft Soda
Craft sodas, sour beer, pressed juices will be on the rise in 2014, according to a restaurant consultant group.
Posted Nov 11, 2013

Top 10 Food List for 2014 Includes Nutty Milks, Yolks
Look for lemons, teas and seaweed on restaurant menus and store shelves in 2014.
Posted Oct 31, 2013

Loyalty Members Value Privacy, Personalization
While loyalty cardholders seek a personalized experience, they are concerned about sharing too much personal information, according to Mintel.
Posted Oct 29, 2013

No Job, No Car, No Driving
Could the future of retail fuel customers be at stake?
Posted Oct 28, 2013

Between-Meal Snacking Differs Across Countries
When it comes to snacking in Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico and China, each country has a distinct snacking pattern, according to NPD Group research.
Posted Oct 17, 2013

Consumer Pessimism Deepens Despite Gas Price Declines
Overall, 65% of consumers say that they are pessimistic about the economy, despite a 22-cent drop in gas prices over the past month, according to the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.
Posted Oct 16, 2013

Gluten-Free Still Trending
Gluten-free food sales have jumped 44% from 2011-2013, according to Mintel.
Posted Oct 15, 2013

U.S. Consumers Feel the Pinch
A new Nielsen study suggests that when food prices rise, convenience stores are one of the most vulnerable shopping channels.
Posted Oct 10, 2013

Report: Beer Industry Undergoing Shift
Technomic reports that select brands and categories are contributing to the momentum and re-shaping of the beer market.
Posted Oct 2, 2013

Consumers Skeptical About Mobile Payment Security, Reliability
Nearly half of consumers are worried that mobile payments could compromise their personal information.
Posted Oct 1, 2013

Euromonitor Identifies Top Retailing Trends in the Americas
In South America, urbanization is creating a time crunch for consumers, who will increasingly rely on convenience stores.
Posted Oct 1, 2013

Frozen Yogurt Sales Soar
The category is forecast to grow 74% to reach $486 million this year.
Posted Sep 23, 2013

Hispanics Critical to Adult Beverage Industry
A new Technomic report suggests that Hispanic consumer choices for liquor, wine and beer are influencing industry trends.
Posted Sep 19, 2013

E-Cigarette Sales to Exceed Traditional Cigarettes by 2021
A tobacco analyst predicts the Big 3 will lead the electronic cigarette category, with sales that will overtake tobacco cigarettes by 2021.
Posted Sep 17, 2013

Scientists Targeting Fruit Smoothies, Juices
A group of scientists who went after high-fructose corn syrup are now setting their sights on fruit juices and smoothies.
Posted Sep 10, 2013

Study Says Tobacco Ads Plaster Philly Stores
A new report says convenience stores in Philly's lower-income neighborhoods feature too many tobacco ads, which could be making an impression on minors.
Posted Aug 27, 2013

Family Dinners Dictated by Time
A new Stop & Shop Survey finds that more than 40% of families rely on recipes with speed and ease in mind.
Posted Aug 26, 2013

Consumers Rate Their Burgertime Experience
A new study reveals low customer satisfaction scores for McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.
Posted Aug 26, 2013

Food Trucks Encroaching on QSR Territory: NPD
A new NPD Group survey reveals that nearly 50% of food truck visitors would have ordered from a QSR if not for the food truck.
Posted Aug 20, 2013

Performance Gap Between QSRs and Casual Dining Restaurants Widens
Same-store sales at casual dining restaurants underperformed the industry last month for the 25th consecutive month.
Posted Aug 20, 2013

Troubled Teens Can Turn Into Great Entrepreneurs
People who engaged in illicit activities as teenagers and scored high on learning aptitude tests have a higher tendency to become entrepreneurs than their rule-abiding counterparts, according to new research.
Posted Aug 19, 2013

Beer Study Reveals Substantial Price Differences in Ontario and Quebec
Ontario's beer retailing system enables The Beer Store owners to capture up to $700 million in incremental profits from Ontario beer drinkers every year, suggests a recent study.
Posted Aug 15, 2013

Meatless Alternatives on the Rise
More than one-third of Americans consume meat alternatives, but only a fraction are actually vegetarians.
Posted Aug 14, 2013

Childhood Obesity Declines
A new government report reveals that childhood obesity is declining in 18 states among low-income preschoolers.
Posted Aug 7, 2013

IRI Survey Finds Consumers Settling Into “New Normal”
Virtually no decline was found across a wide variety of conservative purchase behaviors during the past two years.
Posted Aug 7, 2013

Healthy Eating Stays at Home
When dining away from home, most consumers choose menu items that they couldn’t or wouldn’t make at home.
Posted Aug 7, 2013

Americans Like Wine
Over the past two decades, Americans have been increasingly opting for wine at the expense of beer, a new Gallup poll shows.
Posted Aug 6, 2013

Is Light Beer’s Appeal Waning?
A new survey shows “serious warning signs” for consumption of the better-known light beers.
Posted Aug 2, 2013

FDA Researches Low-Nicotine Cigarettes
The agency is exploring the effects on various amounts of nicotine in cigarettes with smokers.
Posted Aug 1, 2013

NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2012 Data
The new report provides the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Posted Jul 30, 2013

Growth of Sports Beverages Slows Down
While sports drinks have registered double digit increases, a new report suggests a less robust future. Meanwhile, sales of nutrition bars have also seen a slight downturn, but should still post positive growth during the next five years.
Posted Jul 30, 2013

Consumers Began 3rd Quarter With Renewed Optimism, But…
A large percentage say that rising gasoline prices have colored their feelings about the econo​my.​
Posted Jul 29, 2013

Trader Joe's Rules as Consumers’ Favorite Grocery Chain
According to a new Market Force study, the grocer ranked highest on customer satisfaction and convenience.
Posted Jul 26, 2013

It’s Burger Time
A new Technomic report suggests that consumers are eating more burgers than ever before.
Posted Jul 26, 2013

C-Stores Reign as Grab-and-Go Kings
Convenience stores are five times more likely to be the source for grab-and-go snacks.
Posted Jul 25, 2013

U.S. Hispanics More Likely to Purchase Groceries at C-Stores
Compared to non-Hispanics, U.S. Hispanics on average make nearly two more visits per month to convenience stores.
Posted Jul 23, 2013

Fast-Casual Restaurants Continue to Accelerate
Growth in the fast-casual segment shows no signs of slowing down, according to Technomic.
Posted Jul 19, 2013

In-Store Merchandising Outdated at Most Retail Chains
RIS News research identifies several key findings for optimizing in-store merchandising sales.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Mobile Dominates Gas and Convenience Searching
A new study reveals that consumers prefer to use gas and convenience mobile apps for searching versus websites.
Posted Jul 17, 2013

Sales of Prepared Foods to Skyrocket
From retail locations, prepared foods will grow twice as much as restaurant visits over the next decade, according to NPD Group research.
Posted Jul 17, 2013

NACS State of the Industry of 2012 Data Fact Book Now Available
The Fact Book provides granular details about merchandise, foodservice, motor fuels, store operations, top quartile and same-store components of the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Posted Jul 15, 2013

Teen Smoking Drops to Lowest Level
A new study reveals that cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders, high school sophomores and seniors in 2012.
Posted Jul 15, 2013

NACS State of the Industry Report of 2012 Data Now Available
Published since 1972, the report provides data in the critical categories of finance, store operations, merchandising and fuel sales.
Posted Jun 27, 2013

Half of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Standards
A government report suggests that only a third of kids between age 11 and 16 are eating fruits and vegetables every day.
Posted Jun 27, 2013

Gas Prices Could Lead to 2nd Quarter High Note
Gasoline prices continue to have a significant effect on consumers’ perceptions of the overall economy, according to the latest findings of the monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Fresh Ingredients Key Factor in Restaurant Consumers’ Value Equation
Consumers also are looking for choice when visiting restaurants.
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Dollar, Drug Stores Among Fastest-Growing Retailers
Along with club stores, these three formats are predicted to outpace other retail formats by 2018.
Posted Jun 21, 2013

U.K. Shoppers Lack Loyalty: Survey
A new report offers U.K. retailers advice on how to fight back during times when the consumer lacks loyalty.
Posted Jun 20, 2013

U.S. Smoking Rate Declines
A new CDC report reveals that the smoking rate for adults in the United States dropped to 18% in 2012.
Posted Jun 19, 2013

Costco Tops List as Most Popular Gas Station
According to a recent Market Force survey, wholesale clubs continue to lure customers to their pumps.
Posted Jun 19, 2013

Grab-and-Go Sales on the Rise
Packaging Digest offers tips to help retailers leverage the growth of the grab-and-go drink segment.
Posted Jun 19, 2013

Younger Consumers Ditch Credit Cards
The youth of America is opting for debit or prepaid cards instead of credit cards.
Posted Jun 18, 2013

Discover Ways to Beat the Competition
Participate in the learnings and share your experience with the Playbook for Success, based on research by the NACS/CCRRC.
Posted Jun 14, 2013

Convenience Channel Experiences Above-Average Growth
A new IRI report finds that the convenience store channel, when compared to grocery and drug stores, was the only channel that enjoyed both dollar and unit sales growth in 2012.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

Downsized Eating
Consumers are making healthier choices at restaurants by cutting out dessert, drinking water or opting for a smaller portion size.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

Consumers Shop Convenience Stores as Often as Supermarkets
Nearly 60% of survey respondents say they stop in a convenience store more than once a week.
Posted Jun 7, 2013

QuikTrip Voted Most Popular Convenience Store
A Market Force study found that top convenience retailers excel in cleanliness, friendliness and food quality, and tend to be regional favorites.
Posted Jun 7, 2013

Self-Service Shopping Grows in Popularity
Sixty-one percent of global consumers are willing to shop in an omni-channel, self-service, completely automated store.
Posted Jun 7, 2013

Most American Adults Own Smartphones
Overall, 91% of all adults in the United States have some type of cell phone device.
Posted Jun 7, 2013

Many Americans Continue Unhealthy Habits
A new report by the CDC finds that inactivity, smoking, heavy drinking and obesity still have high rates among Americans.
Posted May 24, 2013

Technomic Reveals Initial 2014 Foodservice Industry Forecast
Moderate foodservice growth is anticipated for 2014, with growth at independent restaurants outpacing growth at chains.
Posted May 23, 2013

Restaurant Sales Hit Record Numbers
Americans are less frugal than before, and that has trickled down to restaurants.
Posted May 22, 2013

Americans Optimistic and Ready to Travel
Consumers will likely enjoy their summer vacation more because they are feeling better about the economy, according to the recent NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.​
Posted May 21, 2013

Consumer Optimism Highest in Nearly Six Years
Consumer sentiment reaches its highest level since July 2007, just before the economy began its decline.
Posted May 21, 2013

Breakfast Sandwich Offers Rise and Shine
The popularity of breakfast sandwiches is increasing, with bacon holding the top spot as the most popular protein.
Posted May 16, 2013

Kids, Teens Eat More Snacks
However, women outpace men on snack-oriented convenience foods, according to a new NPD report.
Posted May 15, 2013

NGA Releases Grocery Retailing Payments Study
The grocery retail association teamed up with Balance Innovations to identify industry payment benchmarks.
Posted May 8, 2013

Dining Out for Sandwiches on the Rise
Consumers are embracing the sandwich, a $27.7 billion category, according to Technomic data.
Posted May 7, 2013

McDonald’s Is Top Visited U.S. Business
A new report ranks the QSR chain before Walmart and Subway as the most-visited business in the United States.
Posted May 3, 2013

Women Take the Reins of Grocery Shopping, Cooking
A new study finds that females are the primary shoppers at the supermarket as well as the ones who fix the meals.
Posted May 2, 2013

Michigan Lottery Considers Internet Sales
State lawmakers are divided over the idea, which some say could impact brick-and-mortar lottery retailers.
Posted Apr 30, 2013

Hispanics’ Restaurant Visits Decline by 86 Million
The drop is largely fueled by high unemployment among this demographic.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Food Choices Not Swayed by Specific Ingredients
Consumers don’t always eat the nutritious foods that they say they want.
Posted Apr 25, 2013

Technomic Details Hispanic Foodservice Preferences
Representing 17% of the U.S. population, Hispanics are expected to have a combined buying power of $1.5 trillion by 2015.
Posted Apr 23, 2013

NACS, CSP Renew State of the Industry Summit Partnership
Under the five-year agreement, NACS will produce the State of the Industry Summit and CSP will serve as the exclusive media partner.
Posted Apr 16, 2013

Juice Sales Souring
Sales of fruit juices and juice drinks have remained flat from 2007 to 2012.
Posted Apr 16, 2013

Unexpected Opportunities Attract Convenience Consumers
At the NACS State of the Industry Summit, Nielsen's Todd Hale encourages retailers to think outside the box. (By Melissa Vonder Haar, CSP)
Posted Apr 12, 2013

Convenience Store Sales Topped $700 Billion
The industry’s overall sales reflected real growth per store, with sales outpacing the 0.7% increase in convenience stores in 2012.
Posted Apr 10, 2013

Restaurant Goers Leave Kids at Home​
Mealtime with kids remained flat at restaurants in 2012, while adult-only visits increased.
Posted Apr 10, 2013

Americans Reducing Dining Out Occasions
A new Harris Poll reveals that dining is down, and prices are paramount in determining where consumers eat out.
Posted Apr 5, 2013

Get Full Value From the 'Playbook for Success'
Join a webinar on March 27 to learn how you can implement the three steps outlined in the new NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council's "Playbook for Success."
Posted Mar 25, 2013

Get Full Value From the 'Playbook for Success'
Join a webinar on March 27 to learn how you can implement the three steps outlined in the new NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council's "Playbook for Success."
Posted Mar 20, 2013

Ethnic Foods Appeal to Young, Households With Kids
A new study by Mintel finds that younger Americans and households with children will remain key to the ethnic food market.
Posted Mar 20, 2013

NACS Updates Category Definitions
Changes include expanding the Automotive, Edible Grocery, Other Tobacco, Wine and Liquor categories to better fit what retailers are selling under those umbrellas.
Posted Mar 8, 2013

Study Reveals Alcohol Industry Growth Drivers
A new Technomic report reveals that annual sales of wine, beer and spirits are nearly $200 billion, with flavor driving consumer interest.
Posted Feb 28, 2013

Customer Satisfaction Improves
Analysts see the small upswing in customer satisfaction during the fourth quarter of 2012 as positive news.
Posted Feb 27, 2013

Industry Experts Headline NACS SOI Summit
The NACS State of the Industry Summit will feature keynotes from industry experts in convenience retail, consumer shopping behavior, motor fuels and capital markets.
Posted Feb 22, 2013

Convenience Channel Ends 2012 on a Positive Note
According to The NPD Group, sales during the afternoon daypart in convenience stores helped spur fourth-quarter growth.
Posted Feb 20, 2013

Bubble Bursts on Gum Sales
Even with a sea of choices, flavors and brands on store shelves, consumers aren't chomping at the bit to get their hands on gum.
Posted Feb 18, 2013

NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council Releases "Playbook For Success"
The free, three-step guide outlines essential action steps for driving growth in convenience store operations and is now available for download.
Posted Feb 13, 2013

Sneak Peek Into New "Playbook for Success"
The forthcoming NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council "Playbook for Success" sifts through mountains of shopper research to learn more about convenience shopping occasions, what shoppers seek and their level of satisfaction in finding it.
Posted Feb 12, 2013

NACS/CCRRC to Release Free Downloadable Playbook for C-Store Growth
The tool provides a starting point and customizable action plan to help operators better meet shoppers' needs and outlines a simple process that creates a solid foundation for growth.
Posted Feb 11, 2013

Low-Cal Menu Items Boost Chain Restaurant Growth
A new report finds that during a five-year period, low-calorie drinks and food drove growth for chain restaurants and QSRs such as Panera, Wendy's and McDonald's.
Posted Feb 8, 2013

Keeping Pace With Merchandising Trends
SymphonyIRI Group says that CPG manufacturers and retailers must innovate and "think outside the box" to engage consumers.
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Shoppers Willing to Pay More for Local Foods
A new report suggests that consumers are willing to pay more for fresh, local foods, and that they don't trust Big Box retailers for local food options.
Posted Feb 4, 2013

Craft Beer Sales Continue to Climb
New research from Mintel suggests that craft beer sales will triple by 2017.
Posted Jan 25, 2013

What to Expect From Dollar Stores
Deloitte suggests that the dollar store channel is poised for continued growth, competing with traditional retail for consumers and suppliers.
Posted Jan 24, 2013

Why Bad Economic News Is Good News for Snack Sales
A new University of Miami study suggests that people seek higher-calorie foods when there's a perception of tough times.
Posted Jan 24, 2013

Convenience Store Count Tops 149,000
The U.S. convenience store industry continues to grow in spite of a still-weak economy, according to the 2013 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
Posted Jan 23, 2013

Bad 'Style' Keeps Customers From Alternative Vehicles
A new J.D. Power and Associates study found that cost and styling issues are the top reasons why consumers do not consider purchasing hybrid and electric vehicles.
Posted Jan 21, 2013

U.S. Leads Global Demand for High Protein Foods
The U.S. is demonstrating a healthy appetite for high protein foods and is leading the way in global launches of high protein products.
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Foodservice Trends for 2013
Mintel predicts that this year's trends for restaurants and foodservice operators will include less beef and more 24/7 offers.
Posted Jan 18, 2013

American Beverage Preferences Shift
Reuters details Americans' beverage preferences over the past decade. While soft drinks have seemingly peaked, bottled water, energy drinks and premium alcohol are on the rise.
Posted Jan 17, 2013

Boomers Increase Restaurant Visits While Millennials Cut Back
A NPD Group report finds that older customers are eating out more than their younger counterparts.
Posted Jan 16, 2013

Consumers Opt for Fresh Fruit
A new NPD Group report reveals fruit is consumed on more snack occasions per year than any other food, followed by chocolate and potato chips.
Posted Jan 10, 2013

Technomic Launches Adult Beverage Digital Database
The new online resource provides detailed volume and sales information on spirits, wine and beer brands.
Posted Jan 10, 2013

A Matter of Choice
A new study suggests that people don't want the government to limit their food choices.
Posted Jan 8, 2013

Americans Embrace Snacking
A new study reveals that consumers are snacking more, with 57% saying that it's important to have healthy snacking options.
Posted Jan 8, 2013

Exploring the Alcohol Beverage Consumer
A new Nielsen study delves into how consumers shop for alcohol.
Posted Jan 4, 2013

Defining What 'Healthy' Means
How consumers view healthy foods at restaurants is still evolving.
Posted Jan 4, 2013

U.K. Convenience Stores Nip at Grocery Stores Heels
Retailers are grabbing nearly as much share of the pound as supermarkets.
Posted Oct 31, 2012

Consumers Getting Fresh
Industry experts agree that consumers are increasingly opting for fresh, unprocessed foods.
Posted Oct 30, 2012

Consumer Sentiment Hits 5-Year High
Analysts worry about false optimism, noting the economy still faces a number of recovery challenges.
Posted Oct 30, 2012

Consumer Social Media Engagement With Brands Increases Sales
New research finds up to a 30% bump in purchase behavior from social media participants.
Posted Oct 29, 2012

Dollar Stores Grabbing Larger Share of Food Dollars
Shoppers are choosing dollar stores over supermarkets for cleaning supplies and personal products, which is leading to larger food baskets.
Posted Oct 23, 2012

Soft Drinks Still Tops in Customer Satisfaction
Americans are also pleased with their preferred brand of cigarettes and beer.
Posted Oct 19, 2012

U.S. Consumers Aren't Worried About Food Safety
Despite recent food contamination outbreaks, U.S. consumers show little concern for food safety.
Posted Oct 18, 2012

Variety Helps Restaurants Reach Different Income Levels
New Technomic report helps foodservice operators understand the influences specific to income level and affluence.
Posted Oct 16, 2012

Drinking Fewer Calories
Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that diet beverage consumption is on the rise.
Posted Oct 12, 2012

Nielsen Report Focuses on Convenience Growth
The new report examines the impressive and continued growth, as well as opportunities, for the U.S. convenience store channel.
Posted Oct 5, 2012

Solid Growth Expected This Holiday Season
Retailers should expect a sales increase of 4.1% this year.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Foodservice Beverage Sales Rise
Technomic's Beverage Consumer Trend Report reveals 71% of consumers now purchase beverages away from home at least twice a week or more.
Posted Sep 28, 2012

Mobile Use Rising in Retail
Fifty percent of U.S. shoppers surveyed said they used their mobile device to compare prices and read product reviews while shopping, up from 19% in 2011.
Posted Sep 28, 2012

U.S. Beer Consumption Drops �" Again
Imported and craft beers post modest gains that fail to offset losses among other beer segments.
Posted Sep 28, 2012

Consumers Aren't "Scared" of Halloween
Seven in 10 Americans will celebrate the spooky holiday, spending on average $79.82.
Posted Sep 26, 2012

Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco Reveal Millennials' Fuel Buying Habits
The study reveals that fuel price is the key driver for the generation's purchasing decisions at the pump.
Posted Sep 10, 2012

U.S. Wine Consumption Records 18th Year of Growth
Sales increased 3% to reach 312.4 million 9-liter cases last year.
Posted Aug 23, 2012

Convenience Store Visits Remain Status Quo
The NPD Group reports that it's business as usual during the second quarter, while total channel sales increased during the same time frame.
Posted Aug 23, 2012

Average U.S. Drinker Consumes Four Drinks Per Week
A new Gallup poll suggests that beer is the beverage of choice among adult consumers.
Posted Aug 21, 2012

Millennials Drive Snack Market
Both Millennials and Gen Xers are frequent indulgers in the "Fourthmeal," more notably known as the midnight snack.
Posted Aug 17, 2012

Americans Hungry for Healthy Foods
New Mintel research suggests that 30% of Americans choose to eat healthier foods to keep their weight in check.
Posted Aug 16, 2012

Northwest Motorists Disagree on Self-Serve Laws
A PEMCO Insurance poll suggests that nearly two-thirds of drivers in Oregon and Washington prefer their state's respective full or self-service laws.
Posted Jul 23, 2012

Restaurant Sales On the Rise
June same-store sales for all restaurant categories are on the rise, with QSRs maintaining their momentum.
Posted Jul 19, 2012

Shoppers Pay More Attention to Nutrition
Consumers are also increasingly interested in healthy labeling and private brands, a new study from FMI and Prevention magazine found.
Posted Jul 18, 2012

NACS State of the Industry of 2011 Data Fact Book Now Available
The 25th edition of the Fact Book tracks many key metrics over the past quarter century, as well as some metrics that go back as far as the 1950s.
Posted Jul 13, 2012

Grocery Stores Recover Their Edge
A new study has found that supermarkets are regaining their dominance among retailers.
Posted Jul 5, 2012

Millennials, Aging Boomers Mean 'Trouble in Aisle 5'
Food-at-home spending will jump by $50 billion annually for Millennials but drop by up to $15 billion annually for Baby Boomers by 2020.
Posted Jun 29, 2012

More Hispanics Frequent Convenience Stores
A new NPD Group found that reveals that Hispanic customers made almost two more visits a month than non-Hispanics customers.
Posted Jun 27, 2012

1-in-4 Undecided in November Election
A sizable percentage of "persuadable" voters could play a key role in electing the next president.
Posted Jun 26, 2012

NACS State of the Industry Report Now Available
The convenience and fuel retailing industry's premier benchmarking tool features the most comprehensive collection of firm-level category data and trends based on 2011 performance.
Posted Jun 25, 2012

U.S. Teens Smoke and Drink Less
U.S. teen drinking and cigarette smoking rates are doubled by their European counterparts.
Posted Jun 5, 2012

Drive-Thru Options Deliver Convenience
QSRs recorded 12.4 billion drive-thru visits in 2011, a 2% increase over the previous year.
Posted May 31, 2012

Harris Poll Finds People Planning More Staycations
Fuel prices and soaring airfare have consumers focusing on local activities instead of vacations away from home.
Posted May 30, 2012

Motherhood Changes Purchasing Decisions
A new Mintel report suggests that female shoppers with families are more cautious about the products they buy, focusing more on safety, value and nutrition.
Posted May 14, 2012

Study Offers Insights for Smothering Sales of Contraband Cigarettes
By analyzing the impact of tax and price changes on the cigarette market, policymakers can reduce the sales of illegal tobacco products in Canada.
Posted May 14, 2012

"Extreme" Shoppers Turn to Mobile for Purchasing Information
New GfK research into shopping dynamics suggest that today's "extreme" shoppers will be tomorrow's average consumer, as more brands make mobile platforms a top priority.
Posted May 7, 2012

Cost of Owning and Driving Cars Goes Up
AAA cites increases in gasoline prices as a key contributor to car ownership costs.
Posted Apr 30, 2012

Good Customer Service, Happy Coffee Customers
A new J.D. Power and Associates study suggests that customer service is the key to driving customer satisfaction among specialty coffee drinkers.
Posted Apr 23, 2012

High Gas Prices Won't Threaten Long-Term Restaurant Sales
New research suggests that high gas prices are unlikely to produce a long-term drag on restaurant sales.
Posted Apr 17, 2012

Innovation, Convenience and Versatility Grow Pizza Sales
New Technomic report details pizza foodservice opportunities, highlighting a rising consumer preference.
Posted Apr 12, 2012

Value Shoppers Choose Amazon Over Walmart
Consumer perceptions favor Amazon over Walmart when it comes to low prices.
Posted Apr 12, 2012

Scope of the Industry's Top Performers
NACS Vice President of Research Dae Kim takes State of the Industry Summit attendees on a deep dive of the key drivers to success that characterize the industry's top quartile and decile performers.
Posted Apr 9, 2012

Gas Prices and the Impact on Convenience Stores
Is the old $4 the new $4.50? NACS shares with CNBC how gas prices are an indicator to what customers will pay at the pump, making inside sales more important than ever.
Posted Apr 9, 2012

The Moment of Truth
Two unique c-store industry programs provide timely, valuable and reliable shopper behavior insights.
Posted Apr 6, 2012

What's Your Number?
Retailers discuss metrics and which numbers mean the most to their organizations at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Posted Apr 6, 2012

Political Prognostication
Uncertainty so far is the resounding theme as we move closer to the November 2012 elections.
Posted Apr 6, 2012

Be Consistent, Be Different
Attendees at the NACS State of the Industry Summit are privy to eight more rules for delivering on foodservice expectations in their stores.
Posted Apr 6, 2012

Unemployment Weight
Sluggish employment picture slows recovery, economist says at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Posted Apr 5, 2012

OPIS analyst blends fun and fuel at the NACS State of the Industry Summit's Motor Fuels Overview.
Posted Apr 5, 2012

Put Me In, Boss
NACS State of the Industry Summit education session focuses on employees as a convenience store team's best asset.
Posted Apr 5, 2012

Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts Capture At-Home Coffee Drinkers
A new survey found that 61% of people who frequently drink coffee at home hardly ever buy coffee at QSRs or retail coffee shops.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

NACS/CCRRC Study Identifies Five Compelling Growth Platforms
Part 2 of a new study provides an overview of five potential new growth platforms for convenience stores, as well as proposed strategies and tactics that convenience retailers can implement.
Posted Mar 19, 2012

Convenience Stores Show More Traffic, Less Conversion
VideoMining's C-Store Shopper Insights program reveals interesting changes in shopping patterns; look for more at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Posted Mar 9, 2012

Wine Sales in Food Retail Stores Triggers Job Creation, Consumer Choice
A new FMI study reveals the economic effect of allowing wine to be sold in state-restricted food retail stores.
Posted Mar 2, 2012

Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Subway Top Fast Food Chains in Customer Experience
New research found that the three chains earned "excellent" consumer ratings.
Posted Mar 2, 2012

Kids Consume More Sugar From Foods Than Drinks: Study
Processed and packaged foods are the leading source of sugar in kids' diets, according to new government data.
Posted Mar 1, 2012

U.K. Shoppers Plan Fewer Trips Due to Rising Gas Prices
However, the reduction in shopping trips will likely benefit convenience stores.
Posted Feb 28, 2012

C-Store Foodservice Growth Continues
A Technomic report reveals more than a 10% growth in unit volumes over four years for c-stores that offer prepared food and dispensed beverages.
Posted Feb 24, 2012

New NACS/CCRRC Report Helps Retailers Expand Sales
The two-part report gives shopper research and new growth platforms for convenience store owners.
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Tepid Rise in Customer Satisfaction Mimics Slow Pace of Economic Recovery
Winners include Amazon, Nordstrom, Publix and Costco, but Netflix and Walmart lose on customer satisfaction.
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Fructose Not To Blame for Obesity
A new review finds that too many calories � not fructose specifically � leads to weight gain.
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Restaurant Traffic to Remain Flat in 2012
Meanwhile, convenience stores successfully increased their focus on quality food and beverage offerings in the past year � and consumers took notice.
Posted Feb 20, 2012

Retailers Say 2012 Will Be All About Customer Interaction and Experience
A new report finds that growing mobile capabilities and web personalization tactics top strategic priorities for retailers.
Posted Feb 17, 2012

Leading Energy Analyst Phil Flynn To Speak at NACS State of the Industry Summit
Flynn, one of the world's leading analysts on investment and risk management for the global petroleum, gasoline and energy markets, will speak at this year's event in Chicago, April 3 to 5.
Posted Feb 16, 2012

Pizza Prices Remain Flat With an Eye Toward Rising Dough
Pizza restaurants have withstood the downturn with value pricing and innovative offerings.
Posted Feb 16, 2012

Retail Beer Sales Topped $98 Billion in 2011
The Beer Institute found that retail revenue grew more than 2% last year.
Posted Feb 15, 2012

NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2011 Data
The new report offers the latest snapshot of c-store employee compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics.
Posted Feb 13, 2012

Soup, Salad Purchases on the Rise
Restaurants are showing strong growth in soup and salad menu items.
Posted Feb 10, 2012

Restaurant Industry to Reach Record Sales in 2012
The National Restaurant Association predicts that total industry sales will hit $632 billion this year.
Posted Feb 8, 2012

Healthy Snacking Resonates With Consumers
Although the definition of "healthy" varies, 86% of consumers say fresh fruit is healthy snacking followed by 73% and 71% who say the same for raw vegetables and nuts and seeds, respectively.
Posted Feb 6, 2012

QSRs Experience Growth in Customer Satisfaction
Most chains have improved their overall customer satisfaction ratings as they've increased their operations.
Posted Feb 6, 2012

Competing Channels Grab a Share of Convenience
Grocery, dollar and drug stores are enticing shoppers by offering the same benefits as convenience stores � namely a convenient location.
Posted Feb 2, 2012

Americans Blame Parents for Obese Kids
A recent survey found that 34% of Americans believe that both poor parenting and poor food choices cause childhood obesity.
Posted Jan 23, 2012

Dairy Alternatives See Positive Growth
Retail sales of soy, almond and rice milk reached $1.33 billion in 2011.
Posted Jan 23, 2012

2012 to Bring Positive Traffic Trends for Restaurant Industry
Initiatives to improve healthfulness of restaurant meals and influence of growing population groups will shape restaurant industry this year.
Posted Jan 18, 2012

PayPal Mobile Payments to Reach $7 Billion This Year
Seventeen million customers make payments through PayPal's mobile app, more than double the eight million customers who were using the app in June of last year.
Posted Jan 17, 2012

NRF: Retail Industry Sales to Grow 3.4% in 2012
NRF President and CEO appeals to Obama and lawmakers to pass legislation to help further stimulate the economy and drive retail sales.
Posted Jan 17, 2012

Death by Soda
A new study suggests that boosting taxes on soft drinks would prevent 26,000 premature deaths a year.
Posted Jan 16, 2012

Waistlines Bulge in Fitness Deserts
Many cities lack access to recreation facilities and parks, a condition one publication terms a "fitness desert."
Posted Jan 12, 2012

Fast Food More Popular With Middle Class
The study challenges assumed links among poverty, fast food and obesity.
Posted Oct 31, 2011

Restaurant Goers Opt for Tap
Tap water servings at restaurants are growing at a rapid pace, while soft drink and coffee orders are on the decline.
Posted Oct 27, 2011

Customer Satisfaction Stays High for Beverages, Cigarettes
Philip Morris and Reynolds American show gains as customer satisfaction with tobacco products picks up for a second consecutive year.
Posted Oct 21, 2011

Five Myths About Healthy Eating
The Washington Post debunks commonly held beliefs about what's causing America's obesity epidemic, including so-called "food deserts."
Posted Oct 18, 2011

Bottled Water Sales Recover
With enhanced and sparkling waters refreshing the category, sales of bottled water have advanced 2 percent.
Posted Oct 14, 2011

One out of 10 Americans Skip Breakfast Daily
The report finds that food and beverage makers have a significant opportunity to reach those consumers.
Posted Oct 14, 2011

Strong Growth Potential for Bakery Cafés
New Technomic report says that bakery caf�s have increased sales 12 percent over the past three years while increasing total units by 4.2 percent.
Posted Oct 13, 2011

Unhappy In Our Work
A new study shows that employee engagement hits new lows as employees feel stuck.
Posted Oct 12, 2011

Shrinking Consumer Confidence, Rising Food Costs Drive Restaurant Decline
Independent restaurants have been particularly hard hit, with large chains much more capable of pricing items aggressively while negotiating for better deals from suppliers.
Posted Oct 11, 2011

FDA, NIH Announce Joint Study on Tobacco Use and Risk Perceptions
The landmark collaboration is the first since the passing of the 2009 Tobacco Control Act.
Posted Oct 7, 2011

Global Foodservice Sales Lagged in Q2
China is the lone bright spot in the new NPD CREST, realizing a 15 percent gain in foodservice visits.
Posted Sep 29, 2011

U.S. Beer Consumption Continues to Decline
Overall the total beer industry is down, while craft brews and imports continue resonating with consumers.
Posted Sep 15, 2011

Mobile Payments to Hit $945 Billion by 2015
The report also illustrates a declining trend in SMS transactions relative to the growing adoption of NFC technology in developed markets.
Posted Sep 12, 2011

Millennials Like Dining Out
This diverse group of consumers is seeking a broader range of options, a new study reports.
Posted Sep 9, 2011

Five Guys Earns Top QSR Among Consumers
A recent Market Force Information survey ranks the burger chain at the top of its list for the second consecutive year, followed by In-N-Out Burger and Chick-fil-A.
Posted Sep 6, 2011

That Daily Dose of Soda
Half of all Americans drink a soft drink or sugary beverage every day.
Posted Sep 2, 2011

Grandparents More Spenders Than Savers
Baby boomers have control of 46 percent of U.S. total household income.
Posted Sep 2, 2011

Generation Y Like Value, Variety in Dining Out
Millennials pick restaurants because of price and menu options.
Posted Aug 22, 2011

Consumers Want Personalized Mobile Ad Communications
New survey suggests that consumers want more personalized brand messages on their mobile devices, and tools to help them filter the flow of content.
Posted Aug 19, 2011

Consumers Continue Drinking More Coffee, Tea
The survey found that customers prefer the beverages at both foodservice and retail settings.
Posted Aug 17, 2011

U.S. Wine Consumption Continues to Increase
That growth is expected to continue over the next five years.
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Grocery Shoppers Want More Than Low Prices
Despite persistent economic weakness, consumers continue to flock to grocers that offer top quality perishables and the best atmosphere.
Posted Aug 10, 2011

Brewers Association Reports 2011 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers
Dollar growth is up 15% in first six months of 2011; U.S. sees rapid growth in potential new entrants to the craft brewing segment.
Posted Aug 9, 2011

Wine Matches Beer in U.S. Drinkers' Preferences
A new Gallup study found that the preference for beer drops most among Americans between the ages of 18 and 34.
Posted Aug 3, 2011

EVs to Benefit from $4.50 Gasoline
A new Harvard study suggests that $4.50 a gallon is the tipping point for electric vehicle acceptance among consumers.
Posted Aug 1, 2011

Posted Calorie Counts Influence 17% of Diners
Advocates of posting calorie counts express optimism that the city's 2008 law will help people lose weight. However, overall calorie consumption for the thousands of people tracked in the study did not change.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

Healthy Eaters Gravitate Toward Smaller Portions
New NPD Group research suggests that more consumers are managing portion sizes as a way to eat more healthfully.
Posted Jul 27, 2011

NACS at 50: Crunching the Numbers
NACS released the inaugural "State of the Industry" report in 1970, marking the industry's first compilation of U.S. convenience store sales and net profit data.
Posted Jul 22, 2011

Food Trucks a Lasting Trend
A new Technomic report highlights trends, insights and key players in the ubiquitous mobile food truck industry.
Posted Jul 19, 2011

NACS State of the Industry Factbook Now Available
Based on 40-plus years of historic NACS data, the Factbook provides a compilation of statistical information that goes back as far as the 1950s.
Posted Jul 13, 2011

NACS Revises E-Cig Classification
NACS is recommending that e-cigarettes be classified as OTP under the NACS Category Definitions.
Posted Jul 13, 2011

Hispanic Consumers Desire Authentic Menu Items
The ethnic group also wants more family dining options.
Posted Jul 13, 2011

Consumer Perception: Healthy Eating Costs More
Mintel study suggests that 41% of restaurant-goers think eating healthy at their favorite eateries is more expensive.
Posted Jul 11, 2011

The Biggest Winners �" and Losers
Consumer Reports rates the nation's top QSR chains with both positive and unsatisfactory feedback.
Posted Jul 5, 2011

Soft Drinks Top U.S. Beverage of Choice
Consumers are drinking more soft drinks than bottled water, followed by beer, milk and coffee.
Posted Jun 28, 2011

NACS State of the Industry Report of 2010 Data Now Available
The report is the industry's premier benchmarking tool, featuring the most comprehensive collection of firm-level, store-level and category data and trends.
Posted Jun 27, 2011

Subway Captures Biggest Slice of QSR Customers
The chain is way ahead of closest rivals McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King in healthful options.
Posted Jun 21, 2011

Supermarket Spending Drops, But Private Labels Gain
High pump prices and a struggling economy keep families focused on trimming budgets and leaving brand names behind.
Posted Jun 14, 2011

Consumer Confidence Falls Unexpectedly in May
Index decline suggests high gas prices, a weak job outlook, and a stagnant housing market are playing on consumers' psyches.
Posted Jun 2, 2011

We're Traveling Country Once Again
Americans are jettisoning the 'staycation' in favor of hitting the road.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Americans and Canadians Divided Over Sweet vs. Salty, Both Like Convenience
NPD reports reveal differences and similarities as well as projected regional eating patterns.
Posted May 26, 2011

Breakfast Menus Have Room for Poultry
A new poll found that consumers want chicken sandwiches for breakfast.
Posted May 25, 2011

Fuel Demand Increases as Economy Grows
Economic growth leads to an increase in diesel fuel consumption for truckers, according to the American Petroleum Institute.
Posted May 24, 2011

Fast-Casual Growth Continues Outpacing Restaurant Industry
Among the findings, the Mexican category overtook bakery/bagel restaurants as the most prevalent fast-casual restaurant type among the top 100 chains.
Posted May 17, 2011

Energy Drinks Provide Jolt to U.S. Ready-To-Drink Market
The "bad boys" of the beverage world are driving a resurgence in the RTD beverage market.
Posted May 13, 2011

Research: Ethanol Reduces Gasoline Prices
A new study shows that on average, ethanol usage has lowered pump prices by 25 cents.
Posted May 4, 2011

New Research Shows McDonald's Tops in Coffee Loyalty
Coffee drinkers expressed more allegiance to the burger chain than to Starbucks.
Posted Apr 18, 2011

State of Industry Affairs Update
NACS president and CEO presented a state of affairs outlook on Capitol Hill and how five top issues affect the industry.
Posted Apr 11, 2011

Key Ingredient to Your Foodservice Program: Metrics
Metrics drive foodservice performance, goals and decision making to create successful programs that keep customers coming back for more.
Posted Apr 11, 2011

Eye on the Future: Leveraging Innovations and Insights
At the NACS State of the Industry Summit, Nielsen's Todd Hale reflects on "what a ride" we've had and looks to a more innovative � and convenient � future.
Posted Apr 8, 2011

Meeting Customer Expectations
NACS State of the Industry session gives retailers takeaways on successfully competing in today's economy while meeting � and exceeding � customer demand.
Posted Apr 8, 2011

Category Performance: Introducing, the Top Ten
NACS State of the Industry data reveals that candy had a sweet year, HBC got an energy boost and foodservice growth .is not being driven by "food" Plus, plenty of other positives across the board � and a few problem areas � going into 2011.
Posted Apr 7, 2011

U.S. Economic Overview: 2011 Update
On the surface, everything looks good, but there are still some institutional issues that will continue to create problems: jobs, housing, banking and public debt.
Posted Apr 7, 2011

Bursting Bubbles
Economist forecasts another dip before true recovery.
Posted Apr 7, 2011

Weighing In on Leadership
Joe Petrowski shares with NACS State of the Industry Summit attendees what keeps him up at night, and extols virtues of size and scale.
Posted Apr 7, 2011

Convenience Store Sales Show Strong Growth in 2010
Convenience store in-store sales grew 4.4 percent in 2010, reaching a record $190.4 billion.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

Rising Food Prices Hit Home
Americans are fighting back by shopping smarter, a new study shows.
Posted Apr 4, 2011

Hot Diggity Dog!
If given the choice between a hot dog and rotisserie chicken, which do you think is the better option?
Posted Mar 25, 2011

Coffee Consumption Rebounds Among Younger Drinkers
The category's relevance remains strong, according to a new study by the National Coffee Association.
Posted Mar 23, 2011

Report: Workforce Diversity Key to Sales, Innovation
Cross-cultural perspectives build consumer loyalty in the retail and consumer products industries.
Posted Mar 23, 2011

Energy Drinks Rev Up Category Sales
Energy drinks received a significant boost from energy shot sales in the convenience channel.
Posted Mar 18, 2011

Fast Casual Chains Prosper Through the Economic Storm
Consumer demand for fast casual offerings exceeded the unit growth of leading fast casual chains in 2010.
Posted Mar 18, 2011

February Posted Strong Sales
Consumers shopped steadily throughout the month, boosting sales in nearly every store category.
Posted Mar 7, 2011

Healthier Breakfast Items the Order of the Day
New research indicates breakfast sales will rebound this year.
Posted Mar 2, 2011

Supermarkets Ticking Off Consumers
A new survey reveals shopper pet peeves, which include high prices, mismatched signs and hard-to-reach products.
Posted Feb 21, 2011

Customer Satisfaction Remains Strong
Buyer satisfaction with retailers, financial services and e-commerce websites improves, according to the latest ACSI survey.
Posted Feb 16, 2011

Restaurant Industry Sales Looking Up in 2011
After three down years for restaurants, things are finally turning around, predicts the National Restaurant Association.
Posted Feb 3, 2011

This Valentine's Day, Consumers Will Share the Love
The annual National Retail Federation's Feb. 14 survey found that total holiday spending is expected to top $15 billion.
Posted Jan 31, 2011

U.S. Restaurant Count Down 5,551 in 2010
Independents down two percent while chains remain stable.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Wine Drinkers Picking Higher-Priced Bottles
Total wine sales jumped 4.1 percent last year, with the fastest-growing portion being bottles $20 and more.
Posted Jan 24, 2011

U.S. Consumers Likely to Modify Food Budgets
Still coping with shaky economy, supermarkets and restaurants are reluctant to raise prices.
Posted Jan 20, 2011

Men Step Up to the Shopping Plate
A new survey discovers more than half of all men primarily do the family's grocery shopping.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

More Movies Rented From Kiosks Than Retail Stores
For the first time, a larger share of DVDs and Blu-ray discs were rented from standalone kiosks than brick-and-mortar locations.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

U.S. Convenience Store Count Tops 146,000
This increase reversed a rare two-year drop in the store count and is the highest number of stores ever recorded.
Posted Jan 18, 2011

Consumers Want Clear Value Propositions, Differentiation
More than 70% of consumers who have been using coupons say they will continue to do so even if their financial condition improves.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Economists Predict Job Growth in 2011
Analysts see up to 3 million more Americans returning to work this year.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

Want to Lose Weight? Don't Pay with Plastic.
New study suggests that consumers paying with a credit or debit card are more likely to purchase unhealthy food.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

U.S. Consumers Motivated by Sensory Touch Points, Emotional Experiences
Fragrance company Arylessence says "deep trends" define U.S. consumer attitudes and predict future buying behaviors.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

Research: Fast Food Doesn't Cause Obesity
A new study suggests that Americans are not getting fat because of the proliferation of quick-service restaurants and super-sized meals.
Posted Oct 27, 2010

Home Cooks Rely on Convenience
More Americans are cooking at home but just over half of the main dishes are made from scratch.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

Cash Payments Equals Healthier Food Picks
Paying at the grocery store with cash instead of plastic leads consumers to be more careful with their choices, a new study finds.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

The Skinny on Grocery Shoppers
Upscale grocery stores attract skinnier shoppers: UW study.
Posted Oct 21, 2010

Let Them Have Cake!
New Technomic report says that dessert consumption is up.
Posted Oct 15, 2010

Coffee Marketers Can Warm Up to Young Sippers for Long-Term Growth: Mintel
Younger drinkers are the key to long-term growth for coffee marketers.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

Global Foodservice Industry Experiences Modest Growth
Consumer spending is on the increase, with China foodservice visits up double-digits and Canada showing modest growth.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

Study: Retailers Lost $139 Billion to Fraud
New Lexis Nexis study reveals that for every $100 in fraudulent transactions, retailers incurred $310 in total losses.
Posted Oct 1, 2010

Rich People Eat Fast Food, Too
New American Express report reveals that affluent consumers boosted their QSR spending in Q2 2010.
Posted Oct 1, 2010

Coffee Lovers Reveal Their Drinking Habits
From how much to pesky pet peeves, Filterfresh Coffee spills it on consumer coffee rituals.
Posted Oct 1, 2010

NPD Group Reports Convenience Store Growth
U.S. convenience channel sees a boost in store traffic and a double-digit sales lift in Q210.
Posted Sep 29, 2010

Grocery Store Sales Grew 18 Percent Between 2002 and 2007
Supermarkets registered sales of $466 in 2007, but lost market share of the total grocery and foods market to warehouse clubs and supercenters.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

U.S. Restaurant Visits Drops in Spring for the Eighth Consecutive Quarter
However, the good news is that the rate of decline is slower than a year ago.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

Consumers Want Healthier Food Options at Convenience Stores
A new report from Technomic found that consumers think convenience stores provide good food in general.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

Franchises Comprise More Than 10 Percent of Employer Businesses
Census Bureau data found that gasoline stations had the second-highest number of franchise establishments.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

U.S. Households Make Purchase Decisions Before Grocery Shopping
The NPD Group reports that only occasionally do people buy on impulse.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

Fruit, Vegetable Consumption Dips
A new study from the CDC finds that most Americans are not consuming enough produce.
Posted Sep 14, 2010

A Healthier Lunch Outlook
Lunch at restaurants is predicted to rebound next year fueled by healthier lunch options.
Posted Sep 13, 2010

A Twinkie A Day Keeps the Doctor Away?
A nutrition professor binges on junk food for a month and discovers some unexpected consequences.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Recession Spurs Rise of 'Cautious Consumer'
A new report finds consumers are shifting to "pay-now" alternatives as credit card usage hits an all-time low.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Research Supports Health Benefits of Milk
Athletes are finding that milk quickly regenerates muscles damaged after aerobic exercise.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Some Store Brands Measure Up to National Brands
Consumer Reports study shows that filling a shopping cart with store brands saves an average of 30 percent on groceries.
Posted Sep 9, 2010

Gas Prices Still Impacting Trips, Spending Choices
A new study found that most U.S. households are still looking for lower pump prices.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Decline in U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Stalls
The number of adult smokers remains at around 20 percent.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Consumers Reduce Number of Shopping Trips
Consumers are cutting back on the number of stores that they visit and spending less during each trip. On the bright side, average basket size at convenience stores is on the rise.
Posted Sep 2, 2010

Restaurants Pursue Growth Through Franchising
New Technomic report helps operators identify the leading franchise companies and understand where franchising opportunities exist.
Posted Sep 2, 2010

Shoppers Scale Back on Channel Shifting
Consumers are visiting fewer stores, making fewer trips and shifting to dollar stores, according to SymphonyIRI Group.
Posted Aug 27, 2010

Study Highlights Canadian-U.S. Shopper Distinctions
New study points out sharp distinctions between U.S. and Canadian shoppers.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Chinese Consumers Reluctant to Spend
Western companies have been counting on China to deliver solid economic growth numbers, but the country's consumers are big savers, with two-thirds of city residents holding on to at least one-quarter of their income.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

U.S. Restaurant Traffic Will Grow Less Than Population Growth Over Next Decade
The aging of the U.S. population will not benefit the restaurant industry over the next decade, forecasts NPD.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Millenials Food Choices Driven by Cravings, Cost, Preparation
Twenty-somethings tend to pick foods that appeal to them that moment.
Posted Aug 18, 2010

Consumers Concerned About Packaged Beverages' Impact on Environment
A recent study discovered that consumers want to recycle more packaged beverages.
Posted Aug 18, 2010

Energy Drink Market Experiences Sales Jolt
However, the category stalls in attracting new customers.
Posted Aug 16, 2010

U.S. Wine Consumption Maintains Growth
Expansion expected to continue for the next five years.
Posted Aug 6, 2010

Traditional Grocers Losing Private Label Battle
A new Packaged Facts report reveals specialty food retailers have experienced the largest gains in private label food and beverage sales, far outpacing traditional supermarkets and discounters.
Posted Aug 2, 2010

California Cigarette Sales Decline At Fastest Rate in a Decade
Smoking decline of more than eight percent reduces cigarette excise taxes collected from $913 million to $839 million.
Posted Jul 29, 2010

Don't Eat That! Most Americans Worry About Safety of Food Supply
More than 60 percent of survey respondents express concern about food contamination.
Posted Jul 29, 2010

Restaurants, Supermarkets Vie for Convenient Take-Out Meals
NPD reports that restaurants continue to be the primary provider of take-out meals; however, supermarkets and other retail outlets have become an increasingly important source of prepared foods and take-out meals.
Posted Jul 28, 2010

Restaurants Offer More Healthful Choices
The number of menu items marked as "healthy" soared 65 percent from last year, a new study shows.
Posted Jul 26, 2010

SymphonyIRI Group Reports Cite Strength of Store Brands
New research provides an in-depth look at key drivers, trends and attitudes.
Posted Jul 23, 2010

Technomic Sees A Rebound in 2010 Alcohol Sales
Technomic revises its previous forecast for alcohol sales, predicting a 1.1 percent lift this year, up from its previous forecast of a 2.5 percent sales decline.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

U.S. Restaurant Count Down by 5,204 From Last Year
The NPD Group reports that independent units decline by -2 percent while chain units remain flat.
Posted Jul 21, 2010

Food Makers Expect Revenue, Profitability to Improve
A spring survey of the food and beverage industry found its leaders more optimistic about economic recovery.
Posted Jul 19, 2010

Connected: Technology Early Adopters and Heavy Restaurant Users
Technomic suggests that consumers who are into the latest technologies also love restaurants.
Posted Jul 19, 2010

Study: Family Meal Time Sees Resurgence
More families are sitting down to dinner at home more often.
Posted Jul 19, 2010

Consumers Opt for At-Home Alcohol Consumption
Mintel report finds that more consumers are choosing to drink alcohol at home instead of bars and restaurants.
Posted Jul 16, 2010

Dollars and Sense
Find out how your compensation benefits compare with your fellow retailers.
Posted Jul 14, 2010

Build Sales by Making Convenience Shopping Simpler and Easier
A new report explores how "solution-oriented" displays drive in-store traffic.
Posted Jul 14, 2010

Self-Service Kiosks To Process More Than $740 Billion in 2010
Americans continue to enjoy the freedom of self-check-out technology.
Posted Jul 14, 2010

Fewer Teens Smoking But Drop Rate Has Slowed
The CDC won't meet its goal of slashing the teen smoking rate to 16 percent this year.
Posted Jul 12, 2010

Study: More Adults Using Mobile Internet
The role of eCommerce and mobile marketing also is growing.
Posted Jul 12, 2010

Service Sector Growth Slows in June
ISM reports service sector growth slowed in June, a sign that the economic recovery might be weakening.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

Research: Americans Will Dine Out More
A new survey finds that a quarter of the respondents said they will up their visits to restaurants during the next three months.
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Research: Attitude of Families With Overweight/Obese Children Differ Little From Those With Healthy Weight Children
A SymphonyIRI Group and FMI study found that behaviors around purchase decisions, meal preparation, use of free time can determine propensity for healthy weight or overweight/obese children.
Posted Jun 30, 2010

NACS State of the Industry Report of 2009 Data Now Available
Order your copy today of the industry's premier benchmarking tool and most comprehensive collection of firm-level, store-level and category data and trends.
Posted Jun 24, 2010

Breakfast Accounts for 60% Restaurant Industry Growth
Coffee and breakfast sandwiches key to growth; continued growth projected for breakfast sandwiches.
Posted Jun 22, 2010

Moms Cut Back on Dining Out
A new study finds that mothers are also using more coupons.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

Organic Coffee Market Tops $1.4 Billion in North America
A new survey shows that organic coffee is growing faster than the conventional coffee sector.
Posted Jun 16, 2010

Recovery? Consumers Hold Back in May
"The road to recovery is paved with caution," says NRF president and CEO.
Posted Jun 14, 2010

Rutter's Ranks No. 1 in Local Survey
Rutter's takes the top spot in four 'Best of York' categories.
Posted May 25, 2010

Sandwiches, Burgers Show Growth
U.S. consumers devour more than 22 billion sandwiches, burgers and wraps in 2009, according to NPD Group.
Posted May 20, 2010

Rye Bread, Extra Pickles, Hold the Onions
New Technomic report suggests that consumers want more variety in sandwich choices, and that customization is key to satisfying hungry patrons.
Posted May 14, 2010

U.S. Same-Store Sales Disappoint
Sales rise 0.5 percent at stores open for more than one year, far short of the previously forecasted 1.7 percent growth.
Posted May 10, 2010

Convenience Stores Drive Hershey, PepsiCo Recovery
Impulse sales at convenience stores are improving.
Posted May 3, 2010

Mother's Day Spending Forecast Bright
Americans will shell out a bit more on moms this year.
Posted Apr 26, 2010

CDC Wants Coordinated, U.S. Anti-smoking Initiative
The agency urges all 50 states to agree to standardized tobacco control programs.
Posted Apr 26, 2010

Hispanics Propel Food Industry Growth
A study by Latinum Network says that U.S. Hispanics are the most important demographic to boost food sales across the food, beverage and restaurant industries.
Posted Apr 23, 2010

Rising Fuel Prices Could Chill Summer Vacation Plans
With gasoline prices expected to top $3 per gallon nationwide this summer, NPR speculates that the increase will discourage Americans from going on vacation.
Posted Apr 20, 2010

Report: Restaurant Recovery Continues
The NPD Group finds that quick-service and family chains had their best performances in 11 months.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Who's Eating Pizza, and Why?
Cravings, convenience and value drive consumers to buy pizza, according to Technomic research.
Posted Apr 15, 2010

Report: Majority of U.K. Shoppers Frequent Convenience Stores Weekly
The survey also found that convenience stores should offer "strong promotional" appeals to grab shoppers.
Posted Apr 14, 2010

Crime Against Employers on the Rise in U.K.
Many express a sense of entitlement as justification for their crimes.
Posted Apr 9, 2010

Study: Canadian Convenience Stores Hurt by Contraband Cigarettes, Credit Card Fees
A new study reports that illegal tobacco sales and credit card fees gobbled up billions from convenience stores.
Posted Apr 7, 2010

Study: Consumers Keep Eye on Food Budgets
Americans are shopping less and spending fewer dollars on food.
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Study: Consumers Food Shop More on Sundays
More than half of Americans use Sundays for grocery shopping and food preparation.
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Walmart Scores Highest in Shopper Loyalty Study
Colloquy puts Walmart on top in the Northeast and Northwest, with Kroger ruling the Midwest, Publix taking the Southeast and H.E. Butt ranking highest in the Southwest.
Posted Apr 1, 2010

New Consumer Study Reveals Channel Shifts, Increased Shopping Trips
Frugality prompts shoppers to spend less on each shopping trip while making more overall shopping visits.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

Year-End Growth Spurt Likely Won't Repeat
Economists believe that the economy has now slowed to roughly half the pace recorded at the end of 2009, when economic growth was a result of manufacturing increases.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

U.S. Soft Drink Sales Decline Eases
All but two of the top 10 beverage brands suffered sales declines.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

Green Continues to Be Good for Retailers
Mintel research shows consumers continue to buy natural, despite difficult economy.
Posted Mar 29, 2010

Chain Restaurant Growth Rates Hit a Snag
Technomic Top 500 Annual Report reveals that system-wide sales among the top U.S. restaurant chains declined to about $230 billion in 2009.
Posted Mar 26, 2010

The 10 Fastest-Growing Chains With Sales Over $200 Million
Ranked by percentage increase in sales in 2009 vs. 2008
Posted Mar 26, 2010

IRI Ranks Top Product Launches
Campbell's Select Harvest, Bud Light Lime, Quilted Northern Ultra Plush and Tide Total Care are last year's most successful product launches.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

Study: Consumers Change Snacking Habits
More than half of consumers are snacking at least daily.
Posted Mar 24, 2010

Consumers Still Snacking
Even with a weak economy, Americans continue to buy snacks.
Posted Mar 18, 2010

Study: Shopping Behavior Shifts With New Marketplace Realities
New report identifies a shift in shopping behavior and a need for retailers and suppliers to adapt to more conscious, practical consumerism.
Posted Mar 12, 2010

Electronic Coupon Redemption Soars
The values for digital coupon redemption far outstripped newspaper coupons.
Posted Mar 3, 2010