Convenience stores have been the best-performing segment for foodservice at retail over the past three years, increasing traffic each year. Here's a look at traffic trends and what consumers are looking for when shopping for food in a c-store.
Convenience store unit sales of nonchocolate candy fell 1.2% in 2013, with declines in novelty, nut/coconut and hard sugar candy, as well as plain mints. Chewy candy, the largest segment, gained slightly in unit sales.
Convenience store unit sales of meat snacks fell nearly 1% in 2013, with dollars up around 2%, according to IRI. The largest segment—jerky, with more than 41% of dollar sales—grew dollar sales nearly 6% but lost ground on unit sales.
Convenience store sales of bars rose nearly 9% in 2013, according to IRI, with nutritional/intrinsic health posting the biggest gains. Granola-bar sales, meanwhile, fell more than 11%, with units off more than 9%.
Convenience store sales of baked sweet snacks reflected the tumult of the Hostess implosion in 2013, with unit figures for bakery snacks, doughnuts and muffins dropping. Cookies posted another strong year of sales growth, while the pastry, Danish and coffeecake segment also enjoyed strong gains in 2013, driven by strong growth for the top five brands.