Coca-Cola to Debut Energy Drink in U.S. Next Year 

The beverage company has scheduled the launch of Coca-Cola Energy for January By NACS Online  //  October 04, 2019 ATLANTA—The Coca-Cola Company will bring its Coca-Cola Energy to American shores in January 2020, the Atlanta Business Journal reports. The drink is already on the shelves in 25 nations across Scandinavia, Europe and Australia. The delay in launching…

Gas Station Coffee Becomes a Destination

Leading convenience store brands compete directly with QSRs and coffee shops with coffee service—and they’re winning By NACS Online // September 25, 2019 No longer is getting coffee at a convenience store an afterthought—it has become a destination. Today’s leading brands compete directly with quick-service restaurants and coffee shops. Though the underdog in comparison to…

Grocers Work to Get Small Stores Right

Retailers scale back store size to offer speed and convenience By NACS Online // September 12, 2019 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In a large field northeast of Des Moines are two signs touting the future development of “The Shoppes at Prairie Crossing: A mixed use development.” Eventually, the area will have a strip mall, a hotel, condos, restaurants and…

Americans Prefer Debit Cards at the Pump

Edging out cash and credit, debit appeals to consumers for a variety of reasons By NACS Online // August 16, 2019 Just over half of U.S. consumers primarily use debit cards when paying at the pump, according to a new survey by Boston-based GasBuddy, a tech company that helps consumers find real-time fuel prices online. The…

Natural Food Has Its Own Set of Challenges

Consumers must be educated regarding their expectations of “natural” By NACS Online // August 16, 2019 As consumers become more interested in eating “natural” foods, problems have arisen around food waste, safety and appearance, reports Food Ingredients First. According to an article from the Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute (KHNI), the problem starts with the fact…

C-Store Pizza Drives Traffic, Increases Sales

Core-Mark recommends retailers go with a turnkey pizza program By Core-Mark // August 20, 2019 Pizza is America’s go-to food. Whether enjoying a snack, serving a meal or hosting a casual get-together, Americans depend on pizza. Technomic, the food research organization, reports that 83% of consumers eat pizza at least once a month and 43% enjoy…