Hispanics Emerge as Core C-store Shopper

Written By: Convenience Store News Magazine

LOS ANGELES -- By now, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the core convenience store customer is male, between the ages of 18 and 34 and holds a job in a blue-collar field. But what may be surprising is that "Hispanic" is starting to show up in the core list of attributes.

Just who the Hispanic c-store shopper is was a focus of one session at the Hispanic Retail 360 Summit, held in Los Angeles Aug. 15-17. According to Leyhla Ahuile, senior analyst of multicultural reports at Mintel International Group, that shopper is male, 18 to 34 years old and shops at a convenience store at least once week. Those who are Spanish-language dominate spend more on non-gas purchases, while those Hispanic consumers who prefer to speak English spend more on gasoline.

Hispanics' place in the core c-store profile is likely keep growing as new generations turn into consumers. Hispanic teenagers, 12 to 17 years old, are just as likely to shop at a convenience stores and spend just as much as their non-Hispanic counterparts, Ahuile explained.

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Spring Forward

Written By: Progressive Grocer Magazine

The new year has brought good news galore about America's growing appetite for fresh produce.

Now, with spring around the corner, grocers from coast to coast are preparing to deliver the season's bounty with better-than-ever merchandising, in-store education and social media outreach.

"Fresh and seasonal is here to stay," say market researchers at The Hartman Group, whose newly released Ideas in Food 2013 offers a cultural take on what we'll be eating this year. While we'll always be a nation of meat eaters, assures the Bellevue, Wash.-based company, consumers are "letting plant-based products take center stage" on their plates.

Produce has not only begun to play a more significant role at mealtime, it's also fueling the nation's insatiable snack habit. The NPD Group's recent Snacking in America report finds that fresh fruit is more than just the top snack food consumed in America, it's also one of the fastest-growing, outpacing both chocolate and potato chips as the most popular snack.

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Energy-Efficient Equipment Dominates 2013 NAFEM Show

Writtten By: Convenience store news Magazine

ORLANDO, Fla. – The 2013 NAFEM Show kicked off yesterday with more than 500 foodservice equipment exhibitors filling over 760,000 square feet in the Orlando Convention Center. Distributors, manufacturers, consultants, end users and other attendees at the event, organized by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM), represent all areas of the foodservice industry, from convenience stores to fine-dining restaurants.

CSNews Online made the rounds on the expo floor, checking out the latest and greatest equipment geared to the convenience channel, which has been rapidly increasing its presence and impact on the overall foodservice industry. Energy efficiency, water savings and minimal countertop footprints were among the attributes being touted in the equipment designed with the c-store market in mind. A number of auto-timed, mix-your-own milkshake and smoothie blenders were also on display.

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Finding the Right Morning Movers

Written by: Convenience store news Magazine:

“Today started early with a stop at Rutter’s. I went straight to the touchscreen kiosk with a mission to create the greatest breakfast bowl ever! With so many toppings to fill the bowl, my mind started to twist and turn in chaos. Wow, so many choices! There must be 100 different ways to create a breakfast bowl. I started with the basics, ya know, egg, bacon and cheese, and then it got to the hard part. Well, it was for me, especially when you’re as fickle as I am. The layering of toppings began with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and olives. Sounds good, but then the kiosk asked me if I would like anything else, and I answered with hash browns! With all the choices available, what could a girl do but layer it on.”

That customer comment, posted on Rutter’s Farm Stores’ blog and featured on the York, Pa.-based company’s website, shows how important breakfast — in particular, breakfast bundles — can be.

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Testimonial

Steve Schrader, Schrader Oil Co.

schraderlogoFast food is a rapidly growing category in the convenience store industry. For years, our company only offered the same generic, plain food similar to most of the industry. We needed more variety and more flavorful options. We also wanted a hot grab and go product. Our customers don't want to take a product to the microwave in the store and wait for it to be hot.

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