Visits to convenience stores for food are on the increase. More and more consumers are eating on the run, and looking for fast, yet delicious choices to satiate their hunger. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), a full 68% of c-store operators reported an increase in foodservice sales in 2018 from the previous year.1 The number of consumers who are using c-stores on an almost daily basis is growing rapidly. For these customers, high food quality and taste, food variety and good prices are among the top purchase drivers at c-stores.
From meals to snacks, Smithfield Culinary offers the quality and variety to help convenience stores attract more customers. We offer a comprehensive line of quality convenience store–friendly products that are perfect for every taste and daypart.
According to Technomic, C-Store Marketbrief, Q4 2018, other convenience store trends include:2
- 82% of millennials use c-stores once a week or more, compared with 76% of Gen Zers.
- Since 2017, c-store customers making foodservice purchases have risen. 52% purchase foodservice food, while 47% purchase retail food.
- 72% of those increasing their c-store foodservice purchases are decreasing their fast-food purchases.
Smithfield Culinary offers a comprehensive line of quality convenience store–friendly products that are perfect for every taste and daypart. Below, we outline the top meal replacement products that are key to convenience store success.
Home Meal Replacement – Hot Case
With today’s busy lifestyles, consumers are increasingly looking for meal solutions that are quick yet satisfying. Grab ‘n’ go foodservice items are among the top purchased items at convenience stores. Smithfield Culinary also offers a variety of convenient choices for your refrigerated section, which can also be merchandised in your grab ‘n’ go hot case.
For your operation’s every foodservice need, Smithfield Culinary can provide the conveniently delicious products to cater to the cravings of your on-the-go customers.
Smithfield Culinary also offers several options for those consumers looking for convenient meal options to prepare at home. These offerings will satisfy their cravings with high-quality ingredients and on-trend flavors, such as Farmland by Smithfield® Pre-Cooked Bacon Strips, John Morrell by Smithfield® Ham Slices, and more.
List of Hot Case Items:
- Pot Roast
- Smoked Sausage
- Pulled Pork
Home Meal Replacement – Heat and Eat
Smithfield Culinary also offers a variety of convenient meal replacements for your refrigerated section, which can also be merchandised in your grab ‘n’ go hot case.
List of Heat ‘n’ Eat Items:
- Breakfast Sandwiches
Home Meal Replacement – Refrigerated & Frozen
Smithfield Culinary also offers several options for those consumers looking for convenient meal to prepare at home. These offerings will satisfy their cravings with high-quality ingredients and on-trend flavors.
List of Refrigerated & Frozen Items:
- Curly’s by Smithfield® BBQ Pulled Pork & Chicken
- Armour by Smithfield® Meatballs
- Smithfield Culinary® Breakfast Sandwiches
- Eckrich by Smithfield® Smoked Sausage
The Smithfield Culinary Culinary Advantage
Smithfield Culinary is committed to bringing variety and excellence to the convenience sector. We offer the options to satisfy your customers’ cravings, hot or cold, on-the-go or take home, and any time of day or night. Count on our away-from-home food experts to offer you both the culinary and consumer support to exceed your expectations.
MERCHANDISING: Smithfield Culinary offers the customizable point of sale to best fit the needs of your operation. In addition, we offer a roller grill program that includes signage.
CULINARY: We immerse ourselves in the culinary community to become experts on the products, innovations, trends and consumer behaviors that create the very best opportunities for your business in today’s challenging foodservice environment.
INNOVATION: Smithfield Culinary offers our Innovation Center, a technologically advanced one-of-a-kind facility to provide our customers a pipeline of new products with on-trend flavors to best meet the needs of their consumers.
SUSTAINABILITY: At Smithfield Culinary, sustainability is firmly ingrained in our company’s culture. One of the greatest things about doing business sustainably is that it is not just the right thing to do for our planet and its people; it is also the right thing to do for our own success as a company.
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1. National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)
2. Technomic, C-Store Marketbrief, Q4 2018