More than two-thirds of convenience retailers surveyed by NACS reported an increase in foodservice sales in 2017, helped by higher sales of products such as fruits and vegetables, yogurt, nuts and protein bars, while only 7 percent of retailers posted a decline in foodservice sales, and 3 percent said sales of better-for-you items decreased.
“Customers are demanding higher quality foods and snacks,” said Mickey Jamal at Chestnut Petroleum, New Paltz, New York.
“People love food inside a convenience store,” said Parvez Himani at Priya Impex Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia. “It’s a one-stop shop for them.”
Continued competition for the convenience store customer was cited as a top concern of retailers. Others noted labor challenges and regulation that may affect operations, particularly in California.
“There seems to be a direct correlation between our customers’ view of the economy and their use of disposable income in our marketplace,” said Dennis McCartney of Landhope Farms, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.