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88 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2014 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM America (PHA), which is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of the nation's youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. "It's a big change from just a few years ago when [convenience stores] were considered part of the prob- lem," Loehr said, announcing that Sheetz Inc. and the Marine Corps Exchange joined Kwik Trip as PHA members that week with a pledge to sell better-for-you products. "We hope many more [c-store retailers] join the PHA when I come back here [to speak] next year." Healthier foods will not be Loehr's only focus during his one- year tenure as NACS chairman. The 25-year Kwik Trip veteran said alternative fuels will be on his agenda as well. Kwik Trip recently opened its 30th compressed natural gas (CNG) location and plans to open an additional 15 CNG sites within the next year. "One great thing about CNG is price stability," relayed Loehr. "We started offering CNG in 2012 and I believe we've only needed to change the price at the pump twice. We could have painted the price of CNG instead of buying a digital sign." CSN What's Trending in Candy & Snacks Convenience store customers are increasingly living an on-the-go lifestyle and with breakfast remaining the top daypart for the channel, suppliers at this year's NACS Show debuted more varieties of cereal bars, granola bars and other bars for quick morning consumption. Protein is also in demand, as the NACS Show exhibit floor featured a siz- able number of protein-heavy bars, new jerky styles and flavors, and packaged protein beverages. When it comes to candy, suppliers are producing line extensions of their longtime-favorite brands, but in formats that make quick indulgence easier. More candy brands are becoming available in resealable, harder-to-spill, standup pack- aging and miniature size, such as Mars Chocolate's Bites line, which will add a Mint 3 Musketeers variety in December. In regards to snacks, there seems to be more options than ever before, so retailers must be careful about what they offer and how they display it, according to The Hershey Co.'s Tom Joyce, vice president of global customer and industry affairs. He stressed the importance of "total category planning," noting that products from different categories are often purchased together — for example, a soda and a candy bar — and therefore affect each other's performance. NACS CeO hank Armour says the trade group will highlight the many positive contributions the industry makes to its communities. ph: 800-776-8834 | fax: 920-432-1918 |

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