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.

The increase in purchases per week per truckstop and travel plaza of packaged beverages, such as energy drinks and bottled water, when comparing purchases in 2012 to 2011 purchases

The year the NATSO Foundation and McLane started collaborating to produce the McLane/NATSO Foundation Index, a quarterly tool to help NATSO members compare their weekly convenience store purchases with travel plazas and truckstops convenience stores served by McLane.

The average purchases per week per travel plaza and truckstop in 2012 in the Mid-Atlantic, the U.S. region with the highest weekly purchases.

The percent of total purchase dollars spent on cigarettes, the largest category by a large margin. The next largest category, candy, clocks in at 6 percent.

The number of regions profiled in the McLane/NATSO Foundation Index.

The average total travel plaza and truckstop convenience purchases per week from McLane in 2012.

All data is from the 4th Quarter 2012 McLane-NATSO Foundation Index. Released quarterly, the index is produced to help NATSO members compare their own weekly category purchases against the trends reported in the index. Members may sign in here to read the full report.

Photo Credit: Ira Wexler/NATSO



This article originally ran in Stop Watch magazineStop Watch provides in-depth content to assist NATSO members in improving their travel plaza business operations and provides context on trends and news affecting the industry.

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Toner markets NATSO products, services and meetings. She is the content editor of NATSO's core websites, Stop Watch magazine and Highway Business Matters biweekly articles. In addition, she provides creative services across all departments. Toner joined NATSO in 2006. Prior to joining the association, she served as director of membership services at an association for ambulatory surgery centers. Toner lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. More
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