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The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) says that its industry "experienced record in-store sales in 2015, led by strong growth in foodservice products."

The industry's US store count grew from 152,794 to 154,195, with total annual sales dropping 17.4 percent from $696.1 billion to $574.8 billion, largely due to an extended period of low fuel prices. In-store sales grew from $213.5 billion to $225.8 billion.

The data is part of a State of the Industry report being prepared for the upcoming NACS convention.

Foodservice - which in the c-store industry is defined as "prepared and commissary food; hot, cold and dispensed beverages" - represents the second largest segment for the industry, at 20.8 percent. Tobacco - which is a declining category overall have been successfully demonized by society at large - still is the largest category, at 35.9 percent.
KC's View:
Successfully demonized. And, I would add, appropriately.

Though I must admit that I'd be concerned if the largest part of my business were such a segment. Which explains why so many c-stores are working so hard to improve their expertise in the fresh foods and foodservice part of the business.