Showtime for c-stores

18 February, 2011

The convenience sector is thriving, having grown by 6.3% to £30.9 billion in the year to April 10, despite a 1.6% fall in store numbers, according to retail analyst IGD.

This new event, which replaces the Con­venience Retailing Show, promises to bring together the entire industry for three days. Retailers can meet more than 300 suppliers including Heineken UK, Molson Coors and Imperial Tobacco.?The show also incorporates the ACS Summit, a conference offering inspiring speakers and high-level networking, and the trade body’s Comedy Night, which will

celebrate the excellence of the convenience sector.?NCS promises to be a one-stop shop for visitors looking to increase their alcohol sales or open their own off-licence, as well as offering practical advice on how to drive footfall and increase basket spend.?“The NCS brings together the movers and shakers that can tell you how the industry is shaping up, and how changes in supply, competition and consumer buying patterns will affect takings at your tills,” says Andrew Reed, managing director of exhibitions and events at William Reed Business Media.

Major names from across the drinks market will be attending and showing new and niche products, as will complementary categories such as confectionery, snacks, and tobacco replacement producs such as electronic cigarettes. There will be products on show from Sunshine Snacks, Bonds Confect­ionery, Bobby’s Foods, Buzz Sweets, Candyking and Hershey’s.?Energy drinks and shots?The energy drinks and shots market is also well represented, with exhibitors including Boost Drinks, All Day Energy, 5-Hour Energy, Pussy Drinks and No Fear Extreme Energy.?There will also be exhibitors covering refrigeration, shop-fitting equipment, EPOS and CCTV.?




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I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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