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    After seeing many organizations I saw that SAASOA is very enterprising and are a core of the business community in and around Alabama. SAASOA is doing a lot of  good for the people in the community by doing many activities like Blood Camps, Health Fairs, Volunteering activities, Scholarships, etc. I am lucky to be a part of a group like this and I encourage my friends and community members to be a part of SAASOA.

    -Mahesh Batavia, Liquor Store Member, Mobile
  • In the nearly 2 years that we have been partnered with SAAAOA we have seen a growth in sales, profits and customer count in their group’s stores. The key to maximizing this is to become more seamless in execution,pricing and positioning. I am excited about the future with SAASOA and Coca-Cola.

     

    -Patrick Gueret, Coca Cola
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    SAASOA’s intention is to help their members and our community should support it by joining it. SAASOA is very committed to help our community and the financial profits are very substantial.

    -Haresh Patel, Multiple Store Member, Montgomery
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    Each and every member of SAASOA have their own voice. When it comes to making decision everyone is involved. We are like one big family!
     
    -Rocky Patel, Multiple Store Member, Saraland


  • The attention to detail and the constant striving to attain complete compliance by it's members is a true testament to the dedication the leaders of this organization have to it's success.  I am proud, on the behalf of Hackney, to be associated with such a successful and influential group such as SAASOA.
     
    -Marty Howell, H.T.Hackney
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    SAASOA has not only successfully brought the businesses together, but they have also brought the communities together.
     
     
    -Nishit Prajapati, Multiple Store Member, Ozark
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    My relationship with SAASOA has been a huge influence on my personal and professional life. Over the past years I have learned on their culture and values and how important solid relationships are. I truly believe that their passion for the community is genuine.
     
    -Mike Pritchett, GDC, Mobile

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Selling your new beverage or unique product to convenience stores is extremely lucrative when you understand the amount of consumers that shop in c-stores...

There are over 152,000 C-stores in the US... with the majority being independent-store owned operators.

The convenience store industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 62.9 percent of all convenience stores (93,819 stores in total), with a growth rate of 0.7 percent matching the industry's growth.

Understanding that the majority of c-stores in the US are not corporate owned means you have an easier route to market.

C-stores are known to carry the newest and most innovative beverages which make them a destination for consumers that are seeking out new beverages.


Why Do C-Stores and Beverages make such a good match? 

Foodservice has become a key area of opportunity for convenience stores across the country. As more retailers focus on providing a wider variety of fresh, high-quality food offerings, competition is heating up within the market as stores strive to gain a greater share of stomach and compete with restaurants with what Technomic calls “retailer meal solutions,” or RMS.

Many retailers are ramping up the guest experience inside the store with new concepts and store revamps to better position themselves for continuing growth in the foodservice category, as well as increased competition.

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Fresh & Healthy

“Better for you” and even “better for the planet” are selling points that resonate with consumers. Locally raised, natural, GMO-free, hormone-free and sustainable are among the buzzwords that many guests are seeking. A sandwich or pizza that is made to order is not only fresher, but it can also be customized to suit a guest’s dietary desires, or lack thereof.

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It is the age of gourmet coffee and its connoisseur creatures, otherwise known as millennials. But are today’s convenience stores up to the higher java challenge?

The data indicates the convenience channel could benefit from making more of an effort. From the latest preparation techniques to sourcing the beans themselves, going the extra gourmet mile is what the new generation of coffee lovers want; they are clearly not satisfied with their parents' drip brew, according to the National Coffee Association (NCA).

The association’s latest National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) report revealed:

  • Daily consumption of espresso-based beverages has nearly tripled since 2008.
  • Between 2008 and 2016, past-day consumption of gourmet coffee beverages soared from 13 percent to 36 percent among 18- to 24-year-olds, and from 19 percent to 41 percent for those aged 25-39.
  • For espresso-based beverages alone, the jump went from 9 percent to 22 percent for the 18-24 age group, and from 8 percent to 29 percent for the 25-39 group.

Here are six quick market sips/industry tips to help c-stores reach higher coffee ground: