Convenience stores are increasingly positioning themselves to compete with restaurants by offering a growing number of prepared food options. Although the majority of the c-store industry’s $700.3 billion in annual sales are still derived from gasoline and cigarettes, foodservice now makes up 15.18 percent of that figure and beverage sales make up 14.65 percent, according to Nancy Caldarola, education director of the NACS Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence. And those ...

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