IRI’s Top 10 C-Store Brands

In 2011-2012, nearly 1,900 new consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands hit retail shelves across the U.S. multi-outlet geography, which includes traditional grocery, drug, and mass market retailers, as well as sales from dollar and club channels, Walmart, and military commissaries. Information Resources Inc. (IRI) said that only 11% of those launches met the stringent, industry-recognized…

Brewers Lose Market Share to Spirits

Leaders from MillerCoors, Anheuser-Busch, and other major beer marketers met last week to figure out how to boost the reputation of beer among Millennial drinkers, Advertising Age reports. Beer shipment volumes have dropped for three straight years through 2011, according to Beer Marketer’s Insights. For the 52 weeks ending May 26, volumes fell 0.3%, compared…

Will Real Gas Become Extinct?

Government edicts relating to renewable fuel has some retailers concerned that pure gasoline will soon be unavailable, the Tulsa World reports. More drivers are seeking out gasoline without ethanol because of concerns about the biofuel. With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) giving final approval of E15 for vehicles manufactured since 2001, some retailers see that as…

Brand Loyalty Declining

Even as the economy improves, 94% of Americans indicate they will remain cautious and keep their spending for food, beverage, and household goods at current levels, according to Deloitte’s 2013 American Pantry Study. More than nine in 10 (92%) consumers surveyed indicate they have become more resourceful, and 86% say they are getting more precise…

Are You Social Yet?

Thanks to the more than 1.4 billion active users on sites like Facebook and Twitter, social media has become one of the hottest ways to connect with consumers. While compiling its list of the 25 biggest c-store chains, CSP found that the most successful retailers referenced the growing importance of social media. And the numbers…

NACS Consumer Fuels Survey

A decline in gas prices over the past month has led to a decline in overall consumer pessimism about the economy, according to results from the monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. Though 54% of U.S. consumers surveyed in April say they remain pessimistic about the economy, it is the lowest percentage of consumer pessimism recorded…

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.…