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Customization + Variety = The Future of Truckstop Beverage Sales

June 30, 2015

Customization + Variety = The Future of Truckstop Beverage Sales

From traditional and craft sodas to coconut water to energy drinks, today’s consumers have more choices than ever when selecting a beverage, and the number of drinks competing for cooler space is expected to grow

Iced Coffee Trending

July 24, 2014

Iced Coffee Trending

Flavored iced coffee is rated most appealing and consumed most often, far ahead of regular iced coffee, 66% as compared to 28%.

Why Is Iced Coffee Consumed?

July 17, 2014

Why Is Iced Coffee Consumed?

While iced tea is most often ordered with a meal, iced coffee serves most frequently as a stand-alone beverage. Overall, iced coffee is purchased 59% of the time without food and at snacking occasion even more often at 83%(1).

Where Is Iced Coffee Consumed?

July 10, 2014

Where Is Iced Coffee Consumed?

Regionally, the Western U.S. states lead the way in iced coffee consumption, followed closely by the Northeast. The South falls next with the Midwest having the lowest ranking(1).

Who Drinks Iced Coffee?

July 3, 2014

Who Drinks Iced Coffee?

Each day iced coffee is consumed by roughly 30 million adult Americans and this once-novelty coffee beverage has seen modest growth in the past two years, now appearing on the menu in 74% of quick serve restaurants and 60% of casual dining facilities.

Iced Tea Trending

June 26, 2014

Iced Tea Trending

While 2013 showed a decline in both canned soft drink and juice sales, iced tea showed the largest growth by number of servings.

When Is Iced Tea Consumed?

June 19, 2014

When Is Iced Tea Consumed?

Not surprisingly, iced tea is ordered most often with a meal at lunch and supper across all foodservice segments (1).

Where Is Iced Tea Consumed?

June 12, 2014

Where Is Iced Tea Consumed?

Regionally, the South leads the way in consumption of iced tea having more than 50% of the servings share with the West and Central regions coming in second and third at 18% and 16% respectively, and the Northeast at only 12%.

Who Drinks Iced Tea

June 5, 2014

Who Drinks Iced Tea

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. On any given day, over one half of the American population drinks tea with roughly 69 million adult Americans consuming iced tea every day.

Generate Buzz with Limited Time Offerings (LTOs)

May 22, 2014

Generate Buzz with Limited Time Offerings (LTOs)

Limited time offerings (LTOs) are a different kind of “fresh” that are equally important in coffee.

Cultivate Loyalty

May 15, 2014

Cultivate Loyalty

Loyalty program benefits have a high derived importance for consumers (Boston Consulting Group 2013 survey).

Excellence in Execution

May 8, 2014

Excellence in Execution

Nearly 450 million cups of coffee are consumed in the US each day, with coffee incidences growing at both lunch and PM snack dayparts.

Coffee Bar Layout Tips to Maximize Sales

May 1, 2014

Coffee Bar Layout Tips to Maximize Sales

Convenience is still one of the leading coffee purchase drivers (second only to quality), so your coffee bar must quickly and efficiently meet the needs of your customers.

Truckstops Purchase 35% More Grocery Products

March 25, 2014

Truckstops Purchase 35% More Grocery Products

The January to December 2013 McLane/NATSO Foundation Index is now out. The index found that average purchases per truckstop jumped to $16,335 per week during 2013, compared with $15,784 in 2012.

Operators Increase Beverage Sales With The Right Product Mix

March 1, 2014

Operators Increase Beverage Sales With The Right Product Mix

Whether they come from the cooler, the fountain or the coffee bar, beverages make up a significant portion of travel plaza and truckstop sales. Stocking the right mix and the latest offerings not only keeps customers happy, it also increases sales. To ensure they have desirable products, operators can monitor traffic patterns, get to know their customers and stay current on the latest trends.

Travel Plaza and Truckstop Industry Convenience Product Trends

March 1, 2013

Travel Plaza and Truckstop Industry Convenience Product Trends

A dose of the quarterly analysis of weekly purchases of travel plaza and truckstops served by McLane.

Truckstop Merchandise Purchases Up 6%

January 9, 2013

Truckstop Merchandise Purchases Up 6%

The total merchandise purchases per week per travel plaza and truckstop were up 6% versus 2011 (excluding cigarettes) according to the 3rd Quarter 2012 McLane-NATSO Foundation Index. Cigarette purchases per week per travel plaza and truckstop were up 5% in the first nine months of 2012.

McLane-NATSO Foundation Index Reports Total Merchandise Purchases Down 1%

September 10, 2012

McLane-NATSO Foundation Index Reports Total Merchandise Purchases Down 1%

The McLane-NATSO Foundation Index is produced quarterly and offers NATSO members the opportunity to compare their weekly convenience store purchases with travel plazas and truckstops convenience stores served by McLane.

When Everyone Is Going Small, Dad’s 113 Travel Center Goes Big

September 1, 2012

When Everyone Is Going Small, Dad’s 113 Travel Center Goes Big

Dad's 113 Travel Center embraces the mantra go big or go home.

Operators Use Displays to Direct Traffic and Create Atmosphere

September 1, 2012

Operators Use Displays to Direct Traffic and Create Atmosphere

Operators are getting creative and turning to modular displays that can direct traffic within their stores and highlight their products.

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