The Top 10 In-Store Categories

These companies combine to account for nearly 45,000 stores.

The Top 10 In-Store Categories

April 2024   minute read

The NACS State of the Industry Report® of 2023 Data will be available for purchase by early July.

As a refresher, here are the in-store categories that took the top spots in 2022.

One of the biggest changes in the 2022 top 10 line-up was prepared food becoming the No. 1 in-store category in sales and gross profit dollars for the first time. Prepared food averaged $44,878 in sales per store, per month in 2022—besting the second-highest contributor of cigarettes, which came in at $43,195 per store, per month.

Prepared food also saw the most year-on-year sales growth at 13.8%. In fact, all categories, except for hot dispensed beverages, earned more sales in 2022 compared to 2021.

To no surprise, packaged beverages took the third slot. Packaged beverages have been a top-performing category in terms of sales over the last 10 years and shows no sign of slowing down. Fifth place, Other Tobacco Products, averaged $17,436 per store, per month in 2022 in sales, an increase of 10.0% from 2021.

For insights on the top 10 in-store categories of 2023, make sure to purchase the NACS State of the Industry Report® of 2023 Data.

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