âThe convenience store industry is realizing that theyâre going to broaden their assortment to include healthy snacks,â he said. âYouâre seeing it already. Petroleum generates a lot of cash sales, but their margins continue to shrink. With fresh foods, if they can get inventory levels right to prevent shrinkage, youâll see a higher margin for the individual operator and thatâs key.
â(And) there is just a greater emphasis on healthy snacks. The more people see are available, the more theyâll partake.â
Sliced apple sales are up 34.5% so far this year for Crunch Pak overall â not just in convenience stores.
âAlmost every week is a new record for us in terms of production and shipments,â Freytag said.
Sliced apples are a $120-million-a-year category. Crunch Pak has a 40% market share.
More than 22,000 attended the NACS convention. NACS represents more than 2,100 retail and 1,500 supplier member companies.