Truckstops Purchase 35% More Grocery Products


The January to December 2013 McLane/NATSO Foundation Index is now out. The index, designed to illustrate market trends within the truckstop and travel plaza industry by comparing the average weekly wholesale sales of supply chain provider McLane to truckstop convenience stores, found that average purchases per truckstop jumped to $16,335 per week during 2013, compared with $15,784 in 2012.

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. 

Between January and December 2013, the McLane-NATSO Foundation Index found:

  • Merchandise purchases excluding cigarettes rose nine percent over 2012;
  • Candy purchases increased seven percent, presumably due to strengthened marketing support through promotional shippers/displays;
  • Packaged beverages purchases had a significant rise of 16 percent over 2012, due to growth of new age beverages purchases;
  • Meanwhile, cold dispensed beverage purchases decreased two percent over 2012.

Grocery purchases saw a 35 percent growth over 2012, driven by increases in grab and go products and frozen foods purchases.

The McLane-NATSO Foundation Index is one of the many knowledge resources NATSO produces in our quest to deliver solutions to help NATSO members make good business decisions.

Members may receive a copy of the report by contacting Darren Schulte at (915) 526-5820

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Amy Toner

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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