Over 50 education sessions took place at NACS 2019, and more than 1,200 exhibitors welcomed visitors on the show floor. The CBD expo and New Exhibitor Area were hot spots for innovation, and the Cool New Products preview room featured 304 food, beverage and equipment products.
The convenience channel is evolving beyond processed snacks and sugary drinks. Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO, said during a general session “For years, we were often demonized for the food we sold in our stores. The perception was that we sold unhealthy—and only unhealthy—food. We thought a different story could be told. So we went to work telling our story and working with every health-focused group we could find.”