C-Stores Gain Snack Share
When it comes to snacks, c-stores are stealing share from other stores. In 2011, c-store growth percentages almost doubled those of other channels. There were a total of 2,597 product introductions in 2011, including 287 crackers; 461 nuts and seeds; 382 potato chips; 357 cereal bars; 114 popcorn products; and 998 other items. The most popular snack time is 2 p.m. Total c-store salty snack sales increased 24% over the last five years. Margins have grown 35%.