Statement From the National Association of Convenience Stores on Food Safety

More than 160 million people come to convenience stores every day to fill up their vehicles, get a quick snack or drink or, increasingly, get a sandwich or meal either prepared on site or from the fresh case. To help ensure product quality, our members work with a number of companies, embraced by the restaurant industry that provide both manager and employee-level foodservice training to members. Wholesale and direct-store delivery distributors also work with tens of thousands of stores to help ensure the cold chain is maintained and food safety is not compromised.

Our work goes well beyond food safety. We also are working with a number of nutrition- and health-related groups to bring a broader assortment of food in stores, including more healthy options. Our industry has been particularly engaged with the Partnership for a Healthier America, with a number of member companies joining the group in the past two years.

We also work with groups that help inner city corner stores outside our membership that don’t have the same access to information and options to help them serve often underserved groups.

The end result is that our members place a considerable emphasis on the safety of the food and the quality of it. Food at convenience stores that sell gas has now elevated to a level where Sheetz has been recognized with a top award from Nation’s Restaurant News and there are long waits for at places like Chef Point Café in Watauga, TX, Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, KS, and Tioga Gas Mart in Lee Vining, CA, that serve world-class food in convenience stores selling gas.

Jeff Lenard

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

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