Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fresh Food Leads the convenience store industry’s forecast for 2018

Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food once again leads the CSNews Forecast Study for 2018; thus empowering convenience store operators to continue elevating the quality of Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food they offer in search for incremental sales and profits according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.

The CSNews study found that heading into 2018 operators project an overall 3.9-percent increase.  The category leading all other categories way with a projected 6% gain was of course foodservice. Participants were asked to predict 2018 sales per store for a variety of product categories, as well as to share their opinions on overall business, economic and consumer trends.
As noted this year’s category standouts are predicted to be foodservice and alternative snacks. Conversely, 2018’s category strugglers are expected to be cigarettes and edible grocery, both of which were also ranked as the bottom two in last year’s Forecast Study.

Consumers continue to migrate to Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food and any retailer or food manufacture that want to sell more must address the unmet need of the consumer and as regular reader of this blog understand the undercurrents driving trend continue to expand.

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