Attention Oklahoma C-Stores – Welcome to the World of Wine!

September 26, 2018

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Oklahoma Retailers to Stock Wine and Stronger Beer

State grocery and convenience stores will benefit from modernized alcohol laws starting next week.
September 26, 2018

 

TULSA, Okla. – On October 1, Oklahoma finally will allow wine and full-strength beer to be sold from convenience stores and supermarkets, the Tulsa World reports. Nearly 60 years after Oklahoma was the final state to overturn Prohibition, high-point beer will be available at retailers outside liquor stores.

The new law specifies that those stores will be able to stock wine of up to 15% alcohol by volume and beer of up to 8.99%. Stores will be able to sell the alcohol seven days a week between 6:00 am and 2:00 am.

This change has been a long time coming to Oklahoma. Two years ago, more than 65% of voters approved the question that allowed for stronger beer sales at convenience stores, while also allowing liquor stores to sell cold beer and a small number of nonalcoholic items, such as corkscrews, mixers and ice. Liquor stores also received permission for expanded hours.

“We were losing out because we were in a very restrictive environment, and by modernizing our alcohol laws, you’re seeing a lot of economic growth,” said state Sen. Stephanie Bice, who sponsored the bills with Rep. Glen Mulready (R).

Currently, only two other states—Minnesota and Utah—have laws restricting the sale of beer and wine from convenience stores and supermarkets. Kansas recently approved a similar law to Oklahoma’s, which will go into effect next April, and Colorado will remove the low-beer restriction come January 2019.

 

NACS Article HERE

Tulsa World Article Here

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U.S. convenience stores can request one or more free litter stands until September 15!

August 14, 2018

Help Control Cigarette Litter at Your Store

August 14, 2018

​ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Litter is one of the top reasons consumers oppose having a convenience store or gas station in their communities. According to Keep America Beautiful (KAB), every litter stand reduces the littering rate for cigarette butts by 9%. Many smokers say they would properly dispose of their butts if suitable receptacles were available.

As part of a new joint initiative of KAB and Philip Morris USA, for a limited time U.S. convenience stores can request free litter stands to collect cigarette butts. Litter stands will be delivered to retailers with all materials, hardware and guidance needed for installation. Retailers are asked to maintain litter stands by servicing them regularly.

U.S. convenience stores can request one or more free litter stands until September 15. Interested retailers should email litterstands@kab.org with the following information:

  • Name and contact information (phone and email)
  • Store name and street address of proposed location
  • Details about where the receptacle(s) will be placed

NACS partnered with Keep America Beautiful in 2017 to produce a free retailer resource

Being a Good Neighbor: A Guide to Reducing Litter, Managing Trash and Encouraging Recycling at Convenience Stores.”

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Attn: backOffice Liquor Stores – Wine Sales increasing!

August 10, 2018

Wine Sales Projected Growth at 6% Annually

Millennials and Gen Xers have pushed out baby boomers as the

largest consumer group in the wine market.

August 10, 2018

 

​NEW YORK – Wine sales have been growing, with total U.S. wine sales topping $32 billion in 2017, and a healthy sales projection of more than 6% annually through 2022 to hit $43 billion, Marketing Daily reports. Millennials and Gen Xers are driving this upward trend as their share of wine consumption soared by 8%, making them the largest consumer group in the wine market, according to L.E.K. Consulting.

Off-premises consumption of wine has risen, accounting for more than 80% of overall wine drinking—a much higher rate than for distilled spirits and beer, L.E.K. Consulting reports. Sales of fancy wine—the fine and premium wines—grew around 8% annually since 2012 and should reach $25 billion by 2022.

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales also are increasing, with shipments to customers from wineries closing in on $3.1 billion last year. The DTC market is anticipated to experience around 11% growth annually to hit $5.2 billion by 2022. Smaller wineries are pushing the DTC trend, which also has created packaging innovations such as canned, single-serve and boxed wine.

L.E.K.’s research shows that wine sales continued to grow even during the 2007–2008 recession, but new immigration policies could affect wine production by contributing to the industry’s labor shortage. Also, the industry continues to consolidate, with about a dozen suppliers in control of approximately 80% of the U.S. wine market by volume last year.


Get Ready for Gen Z

July 23, 2018

Gen Z Influences Food and Drink Trends

Young consumers are shaping the way Americans eat.
July 23, 2018

 

​CHICAGO – Millennials have had their time in the spotlight; now, companies are looking to the next generation to see how they will impact the future of the food and drink industry. Dubbing cohorts of Generation Z who are aged 11 to 22 as the iGeneration, Mintel says this demographic has the potential to reset expectations for health and wellness, increase the reach of international cuisine and heighten creativity in the kitchen.

Mintel suggests that America’s youngest consumers are increasingly growing health-conscious, with one quarter (25%) of teens aged 15-17 saying they worry about staying healthy, with another 49% agreeing that they think drinking soda is unhealthy.

“Generation Z has come of age at a time when health and wellness is a major consideration. Many younger members of Generation Z follow their parents’ healthy ways and it seems health-consciousness only gets stronger as they approach adulthood.

However, health is multi-faceted for this group, suggesting that better-for-you formulations, such as craveable fruits and vegetables, can be expanded to give this generation options that fit with their ever-changing diet priorities,” said Dana Macke, associate director, lifestyles and leisure reports, at Mintel.

 

Today’s younger generations are the most diverse in U.S. history and in addition to their varied racial and ethnic backgrounds, parents are raising their children to have broader palates.

Gen Z seems to be cultivating an appreciation for international cuisine from a young age as 36% of U.S. parents of children under age 18 agree that their kids enjoy eating international foods.
Interest in international cuisine goes well beyond the more commonplace varieties such as Italian, Mexican and Chinese, as Gen Z consumers are driving consumption of more emerging international food and drink. Adult Gen Z consumers are also much more likely than older generations to find culinary inspiration from social media: 62% of young adults aged 18-22 say they cook international cuisines at home from social media, compared to 46% of Millennials (aged 23-40) and 23% of Generation X consumers (aged 41-52) who cook at home.

“Generation Z is America’s most diverse generation yet. With exposure to international foods starting at an early age, whether in restaurants or at home, Generation Z is more likely to be open to the latest international food trend or innovative fusion creation. These adventurous habits are creating opportunities across categories, presenting potential for products such as tikka masala meal kits or Chinese Peking duck-flavored potato chips,” said Jenny Zegler, Associate Director, Mintel Food & Drink.

Read more about Gen Z attitudes toward food in the July NACS Magazine feature, “Better for You.”


More Customers Approved for RJ Reynolds Scan Data Service

May 18, 2018

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May 14, 2018

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Report from NACSonline:

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales Grow More Than $2 Billion

Carbonated soft drinks and bottled water helped drive a boost in industry retail value.
May 14, 2018

 

​LILBURN, Ga. – According to Beverage Digest, Americans spent nearly $2 billion more on non-alcoholic beverages last year. Carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks and bottled water added $1 billion in retail value to the industry’s overall $135.7 billion in sales—up $2.1 billion in retail value, a value increase of 1.6% alongside a volume boost of 1.4%.

The report measures the non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverage category and breaks down retail value growth by carbonated soft drinks (+1.3%); water (+3.8%); RTD teas (+1.5%); and RTD coffees/dairy-based and other (+11.7%) each reported healthy retail value growth. Only two categories—juice/juice drinks (-0.9%) and sports drinks (-1.8%)—posted value declines.

Beverage Digest noted that “value has become an important metric to consider when judging beverage industry health and performance during the current era of premiumization and market fragmentation”—emphasizing that this is “especially true” when looking at the growth of carbonated soft drinks. “While volume remains an important measure of long-term consumer demand, executives have focused increasingly on dollar sales growth as they raise prices (both rate and mix) amid volume sales declines.”

Reports attribute part of the growth to new product innovation from companies like Coca-Cola, such as the inclusion of more flavor versions to its Diet Coke lineup. The brand momentum brought strong retail sales growth: Trademark Coca-Cola (which includes Coca-Cola, Coke Zero Sugar, Coca-Cola Life and Diet Coke) grew 1%; trademark Sprite (which includes Sprite and Sprite Zero) was up 6.8%; DASANI bumped 2.5% and retail sales of the company’s energy drink partner, Monster, grew nearly 11%.

NACSonline Article


Scan Data Service for RJ Reynolds from Insight Retail Software

May 10, 2018

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