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When Big Gets Eaten by Bigger

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Touch the Soil News #667 (Feature Photo – a 7-Eleven store in Malaysia) Sunoco (Sun Oil Company) is a big company and has lots of gas stations – over 4,700 in 26 states. One third of them have convenience stores that Americans are used to frequenting. Sunoco’s convenience stores are called APlus, which offer hot foods, groceries and snacks. Earlier, Sunoco had announced that it had a goal of sourcing all eggs (for its convenience stores) from cage-free operations by 2025. Most of the convenience stores owned by Sunoco, 1,108 stores to be exact, have just been sold to 7-Eleven for $3.3 billion. 7-Eleven has 8,707 stores in the U.S.…

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Fast Food Sales Migrating to C-Stores and Supermarkets

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Touch the Soil News #213 The other day, I purchased a fresh salad from the C-store where I get gas. In many rural towns, large C-store and gas stations have become the favorite stops on Friday and Saturday nights. The NPD Group – a research group specializing in consumer food trends – recently made an astonishing declaration. From March to June of this year, fast food purchases per customer made at supermarkets and c-stores was over six visits higher in an average four=week period. The data reveals that customers use convenience (c-stores) and grocery stores interchangeably with quick service restaurants (like McDonalds). So when we want fast food, it is…

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