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Grocerant Niche Success Clues from Casey’s General Stores


for an enlightening journey into the world of convenience store leadership, led
by none other than
General Stores
. This Midwestern
titan has been subtly transforming the grocerant landscape over the past seven
years, and their recent financial triumphs are a testament to their innovative
 According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru®
at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Casey’s is a great example of
focused foodservice success.  Let’s take
a look:


into the numbers, Casey’s FY 2024 witnessed a remarkable 12% surge in net
income and a record-shattering EBITDA of $1.06 billion, marking an 11%
increase. This impressive growth is a direct result of their strategic prowess.
Recall the three-year plan initiated in June 2023? The one aimed at
turbocharging their food business, broadening their reach, and streamlining
operations? It’s safe to say that plan is yielding fantastic results.

Innovation: Beyond the Typical Gas Station Fare

secret ingredient to Casey’s success? A commitment to innovation in prepared
foods. They’ve moved beyond the realm of stale donuts. Consider their
thin-crust pizza rollout in June 2023 – a stroke of genius! It caters to
families seeking variety and has fueled consistent same-store sales growth (an
impressive 6.8% in FY 2024!). Additionally, their 2024 lunch sandwich revamp
further cemented their status as a go-to lunch destination.

Mix and Match Meal Bunding

Drives Sales

Expansion: Growth is the Name of the Game

is serious about expansion. In FY 2024, they constructed 42 new stores and
acquired an astounding 154 existing locations, including a strategic
acquisition of 22 Lone Star Food Stores in Texas. This aggressive expansion
marks their second-most acquisitive year to date, and they’re on track to add a
staggering 350 stores by 2026! By both building and buying, they’re playing a
balanced game, and it’s proving to be a winning strategy.

Efficiency: The Art of Running a Well-Oiled Grocerant

Casey’s isn’t just about expansion; they’re equally focused on efficiency.
Their digital production planner ensures optimal prepared food availability at
all times, and their automated voice assistant liberates kitchen staff to
concentrate on their forte – crafting delicious food! These initiatives lead to
satisfied customers, seamless operations, and a more engaged workforce.

The Powerhouse of the Casey’s Rewards Program

over 8 million members, the Casey’s Rewards program is a loyalty juggernaut.
Members visit more often and spend more per visit, underscoring the
effectiveness of digital engagement and personalized marketing.

Legacy of Grocerant Excellence

success story wasn’t written overnight. Their dedication to superior prepared
food dates back seven years. They’ve consistently prioritized quality, variety,
and innovation, and their efforts have reaped rich rewards. They’re not just
surviving in the grocerant niche; they’re setting the standard for the entire
convenience store industry.

the next time you dismiss Casey’s as just another gas station stop, think
again. They exemplify how to conquer the grocerant space with a strategic blend
of delectable food, intelligent expansion, and operational efficiency. That’s a
recipe for success that any Grocerant Guru can admire.

Foodservice Solutions® specializes in
outsourced business development. We can help you identify, quantify and qualify
additional food retail segment opportunities or a new menu product segment and
brand and menu integration strategy.  
Foodservice Solutions® of Tacoma WA is the global leader in the Grocerant niche.

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