Convenience Store News

JAN 2017

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64 Convenience Store News | JANUARY 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM Trends Forecast 2017 Trends Forecast Researchers and consultants offer up a variety of predictions Innovative convenience stores like Sheetz have led the way in improving their foodservice offerings. The rest of the industry has taken notice, with the result being that foodservice will be the primary area of focus in 2017 for c-stores looking to build their brands and bottom lines, predicts Tom Cook, principal of retail consulting and design firm King-Casey. Concentration will be placed on providing prepared foods, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh ingredients, healthy options, quality baked goods, and barista-style coffee, espresso and tea drinks. According to Cook, c-stores will begin to make serious inroads into the business of quick-service and fast-casual restaurants this year as the historical lines between them blur more than ever. Technology is quickly making inroads into how consumers acquire their foods and beverages While it represents a small portion of food acquisition today, it has the potential to grow if consumers are convinced the extra cost of technology saves time in other areas of their lives, market researcher The NPD Group explained. Technology is also helping consumers avoid the brick-and- mortar store entirely by enabling them to purchase their groceries online and have the order delivered to their homes. Based on growth patterns for this behavior, NPD expects to see more people using technology (retailer websites, third-party sites) to acquire foods and beverages. Foodservice Flurry The Convenience of Technology People aren't adding new eating occasions to their day, but how meal and between-meal occasions are composed will continue to evolve in 2017, predicts market researcher The NPD Group. Whether packaged goods or foodservice offerings, foods with the flexibility to compose an eating occasion to fit a specific need at a given time will grow. Consumers will make their choices based on price point, portion control and portability, or whatever lets them craft a snack or full meal, spend a little or a lot, take a break or eat on the run, depending on their need at that time, according to NPD. More Evolution of Meal Occasions

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