Candy, Snacks Accounted For 10.4% Of C-Store Merchandise Sales In 2018

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Chicago — Candy and salty, sweet and alternative snacks comprised 10.4 percent of overall c-store merchandise sales during 2018, according to NACS, which reports the channel had record in-store sales for the 16th consecutive year.

In total, c-store sales increased 8.9 percent, the trade group reports, which notes overall gains were largely driven by higher gas prices, which were up 13.7 percent. In-store sales increased 2.2 percent for the year.

“Fuel sales were strong in 2018 but consumers were making fewer stops to refuel, which suggests that greater fuel efficiency in vehicles is translating to less trips per week to the convenience store,” says Andy Jones, NACS vice-chairman of research and president & CEO of Sprint Food Stores Inc. “Utilizing NACS research can help retailers track trips per transaction and develop new marketing strategies to bring customers from the pump inside the store.”