Natural and Organic Gain Market Share

Sales of natural and organic food in mainstream supermarkets have doubled in recent years, the Indianapolis Star reports. Supermarkets are stocking their shelves with pure food offerings and even launching their own brands, as sales in this grocery segment are outpacing traditional grocery item sales. Nationwide, natural and organic food sales increased 8% in 2010,…

Tobacco Challenges Piling Up

The competitive environment is one more reason for convenience store retailers to worry about tobacco sales trends, according to a recent survey of c-store retailers and wholesalers. “Our survey respondents indicated the competitive environment was slightly more intense vs. last quarter,” wrote Bonnie Herzog, senior analyst for Wells Fargo Securities in the Q1 2013 U.S.…

The Power of Cigarette Pricing

Price increase: something few retailers want to hear when it comes to cigarettes, especially with Obama proposing a 94-cents-per-pack increase to the Federal Excise Tax (FET) in his most recent budget. Bonnie Herzog sees modest price increases differently. “Pricing power has been critical and key to this industry,” she said during her Tobacco Trends &…

Top 10 Craft Beer States

Top 10 Craft Beer States Craft beers are a booming business in the United States. Here is USA Today’s list of the top-10 states for craft beers. California: A state known for its wine making is also the top state for craft beers, boasting 268 craft breweries and counting Washington: With 136 craft breweries, the…

Convenience Stores Focus on Food

The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) provided a detailed feature on the convenience store industry’s burgeoning foodservice programs. Citing NACS figures that show foodservice sales comprised 16.9% of $195 billion of in-store sales at convenience stores in 2011, The Gazette said, “Don’t think of them as gas stations. Instead, think of them as the place for…

IRI, Boston Consulting Identify CPG Top Performers

Lorillard, Hershey, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Chobani, Starbucks, TalkingRain, Idahoan, and Handi-foil are the top-performing companies in the U.S. consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) industry, according to a new study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Information Resources Inc. (IRI). This is the first study to compare both public and private CPG companies using a…