Convenience Stores Sales, Profits Edged Higher in 2017

CHICAGO – U.S. convenience stores experienced a 15th straight year of record in-store sales and a 4th straight year of $10 billion-plus in pretax profits, according to newly released NACS State of the Industry data, the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s premier benchmarks and key performance category insights. The industry’s numbers were announced during the NACS…

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 By NACS Online   Convenience stores should focus on foodservice, including healthy options, according to a new survey from AlixPartners, Chain Store Age reports. Foodservice (27%) came in first for what consumers bought at…

Lipari Foods Acquires Wisconsin-Based Jim’s Cheese, LLC. Increasing Cheese Manufacturing Capabilities

WARREN, Mich. – On Monday, March 5, Lipari Foods, a leading Midwest food distributor based in Warren, Mich., announced the acquisition of the cheese cutting and packaging business of Jim’s Cheese, LLC. of Waterloo, Wisconsin. Jim’s Cheese is known for its large selection of specialty, aged and cut out cheeses and has been supplying great Wisconsin…

How to Bring Customers in from the Pump

Switching the focus to foodservice dollars   By CPS Daily News Convenience stores have long relied on gasoline sales, along with other traditional food and beverage items, to sustain them, but those days are waning. Consumers are coming to expect more when they enter a c-store, especially from foodservice offerings. But foodservice needs to be…