The dawn of a new year always brings aspirations for better living, and Convenience Store Products is taking that sentiment to the store level with ideas for stronger, leaner, more profitable stores in 2015.
The winners of CSP's Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest were selected in 28 categories from a pool of hundreds of nominated products, and they reflect the trends important to today’s c-store consumer.
I recently talked with Susan Viamari, editor of thought leadership marketing at IRI, to find out what consumer trends continue to resonate as the dust settles on 2014. She said that not only are our three square meals officially resting in peace, but snacking itself is turning into one continuous meal occasion.
I don’t believe the menu-labeling regulations case is fully closed; lobbyists and legislators will continue to fight to make concessions for convenience retailers. But I also think it’s time to stop focusing on D.C. and instead consider what this could really mean for you and your guests.
CSP Kitchen recently had the opportunity to visit fast-casual chain Corner Bakery’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, and we gleaned some ideas from the 178-store chain’s success from Ric Scicchitano, senior vice president of food and beverage.