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Ireland Forecourt and Convenience Retail Market Report 2023
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"Convenience stores remain key destinations for top-up shopping among Irish consumers in 2019, with a strong contingent of consumers (particularly in younger age groups) noting their interest in the expansion…

Ireland Forecourt and Convenience Retail Market Report 2023

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Report Summary

“Convenience stores remain key destinations for top-up shopping among Irish consumers in 2019, with a strong contingent of consumers (particularly in younger age groups) noting their interest in the expansion of the own-brand offering among forecourt and convenience retailers.”
– Brian O’Connor, Senior Consumer Analyst

Key issues covered in this Report:

  • The impact of the current cost-of-living crisis on consumer use of convenience stores.
  • What items are consumers buying from convenience stores and forecourts?
  • What factors do car ownership/fuel prices have in drawing consumers to forecourt and convenience store brands?
  • What impact will the drive for value have on consumers’ use of c-stores?

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Key issues covered in this Report
        • Issues covered in this Report
        • Executive Summary

            • The market
              • The five-year outlook for forecourt and convenience retailing
                • Figure 1: Outlook for convenience and forecourt retailers, 2023-28
              • 3.3% growth in IoI c-store sales
                • Figure 2: Estimated value of grocery sales via convenience retailer, IoI, NI and RoI, 2018-28
                • Figure 3: Estimated total supermarket retail sales, IoI, NI and RoI, 2017-22
                • Figure 4: Estimated total grocery retail sales, IoI, NI and RoI, 2018-28
              • Market factors
                • 23rd straight month of 5% or greater price inflation in RoI
                  • Figure 5: Consumer price index for all food and non-alcoholic drnik, UK and Ireland, 2018-23
                  • Figure 6: How consumers describe their current financial situation, IoI, 2022-23
                • Facing price increases across the board will drive the need for value
                  • Figure 7: Selected issues consumers have been affected by in the last 2 months, IoI, 2022-23
                • Fuel prices calm between 2022 and 2023
                  • Figure 8: Indexed road fuel consumer prices, petrol and diesel, UK (inc NI) and RoI, 2018-23
                  • Figure 9: Agreement with selected statements relating to cars, NI and RoI, 2022
                • At-home working impacting breakfast and lunch trade
                  • Figure 10: Where consumers typically work, NI and RoI, 2023
                • Innovations
                  • The consumer
                    • Spar and Centra continue to be most popular c-store brands
                      • Figure 11: Convenience stores regularly (ie once a month or more) used by consumers, NI and RoI, 2023
                    • Neighbourhood stores see most use
                      • Figure 12: Locations in which consumers regularly shop in a convenience store, NI and RoI, 2023
                    • NI consumers buy more groceries at c-stores
                      • Figure 13: What consumers use forecourts/c-stores to buy regularly, NI and RoI, 2023
                    • Convenience for top-up shopping important
                      • Figure 14: Agreement with statements relating to forecourt and convenience stores, NI and RoI, 2023
                  • The Market – What You Need to Know

                    • NI and RoI c-store sectors grow between 2022 and 2023
                      • Inflation continues to be an issue
                        • 81% of consumers experiencing higher grocery prices
                          • Fuel price spike encouraging consumers to consider alternative transport
                            • Hybrid working reducing lunch and breakfast trade
                            • Market Size and Forecast

                                • The five-year outlook for forecourt and convenience retailing
                                  • Figure 15: Outlook for convenience and forecourt retailers, 2023-28
                                • Value sales via c-stores set to increase 2022-23
                                  • Figure 16: Estimated value of grocery sales via convenience retailer, IoI, NI and RoI, 2018-28
                                  • Figure 17: New car registrations, by engine type, RoI, 2021 and 2022
                                  • Figure 18: New car registrations (year to date), by engine type, UK (including NI), 2021 and 2022
                                • Convenience store sales account for just under a fifth of all grocery sales
                                  • Figure 19: Estimated total grocery retail sales, IoI, NI and RoI, 2018-28
                              • Market Drivers

                                • Cost of groceries increasing
                                  • Figure 20: Consumer price index for all food and non-alcoholic drink, UK and Ireland, 2018-23
                                • Consumers reporting higher grocery costs
                                  • Figure 21: How consumers describe their current financial situation, IoI, 2022-23
                                  • Figure 22: Selected issues consumers have been affected by in the last 2 months, IoI, 2022-23
                                  • Figure 23: How consumers rate their financial situation compared to 12 months previously, IoI, 2022-23
                                • Fuel prices decline from 2022 high, although still higher than pre-war prices
                                  • Figure 24: Indexed road fuel consumer prices, petrol and diesel, UK (including NI) and RoI, 2018-23
                                • Driving less to save money and future car type on consumer minds
                                  • Figure 25: Agreement with selected statements relating to cars, NI and RoI, 2022
                                • End of free charging in NI could help drive need for forecourt charging stations
                                  • Continued hybrid working a challenge for convenience stores
                                    • Figure 26: Where consumers typically work, NI and RoI, 2023
                                    • Figure 27: What options consumers have chosen for their lunch outside of the home, NI and Roi, 2021
                                    • Figure 28: Length of lunch/main break at work – NET, NI and RoI, 2023
                                • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                  • Bringing savings could bring more customers during cost of living crisis
                                    • Delivery options could maximise convenience appeal
                                      • Embracing EV charging could help keep customers on-site for longer.
                                      • Who’s Innovating?

                                        • Maximising discounts
                                          • Figure 29: Agreement with statements relating to forecourt and convenience stores and cost, NI and RoI, 2023
                                        • Maximising convenience
                                          • Figure 30: Consumer attitudes and behaviours towards work, NI and RoI, 2023
                                        • EV chargers can create a ‘captive audience’
                                        • Companies and Brands

                                            • Applegreen
                                              • Key Facts
                                                • Product Portfolio
                                                  • Recent Developments
                                                    • Barry Group (RoI only)
                                                      • Key Facts
                                                        • Product Portfolio
                                                          • Recent Developments
                                                            • BWG Group
                                                              • Key Facts
                                                                • Product Portfolio
                                                                  • Recent Developments
                                                                    • Circle K
                                                                      • Key Facts
                                                                        • Product Portfolio
                                                                          • Recent Developments
                                                                            • Co-op Food
                                                                              • Key Facts
                                                                                • Product Portfolio
                                                                                  • Brand NPD
                                                                                    • Recent Developments
                                                                                      • Costcutter Supermarkets Group (NI only)
                                                                                        • Key Facts
                                                                                          • Product Portfolio
                                                                                            • Gala
                                                                                              • Key Facts
                                                                                                • Product Portfolio
                                                                                                  • Henderson Group
                                                                                                    • Key Facts
                                                                                                      • Product Portfolio
                                                                                                        • Recent Developments
                                                                                                          • Musgrave
                                                                                                            • Key Facts
                                                                                                              • Product Portfolio
                                                                                                                • Brand NPD
                                                                                                                  • Recent Developments
                                                                                                                    • M&S Simply Food
                                                                                                                      • Key Facts
                                                                                                                        • Product Portfolio
                                                                                                                          • Brand NPD
                                                                                                                            • Recent Developments
                                                                                                                              • Tesco
                                                                                                                                • Key Facts
                                                                                                                                  • Product Portfolio
                                                                                                                                    • Brand NPD
                                                                                                                                      • Recent Developments
                                                                                                                                      • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                                                                                                                        • Spar and Centra continue to by most popular c-store brands
                                                                                                                                          • Neighbourhood stores see most use
                                                                                                                                            • NI consumers buy more groceries at c-stores
                                                                                                                                              • Convenience for top-up shopping important
                                                                                                                                              • Forecourt and Convenience Retailers Used

                                                                                                                                                  • Centra and Spar continue to rule the RoI and NI roosts respectively
                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 31: Convenience stores regularly (ie once a month or more) used by consumers, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                  • Centra users in RoI continue to skew young
                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 32: Consumers who claim to regularly (ie once a month or more) use Centra stores, by age group, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 33: Consumers who claim to regularly (ie once a month or more) use any forecourt or convenience store, by age group, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                  • Spar/Eurospar dominates NI landscape
                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 34: Selected convenience stores regularly (ie once a month of more) used by consumers, by socio-economic groups, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                  • Circle K has made strong in-roads
                                                                                                                                                  • Locations of Forecourt and Convenience Stores Used

                                                                                                                                                      • Neighbourhood stores and forecourts are key locations for stores
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 35: Locations in which consumers regularly shop in a convenience store, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                      • At-home working helping to boost use of neighbourhood stores
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 36: Consumers who regularly shop in neighbourhood convenience stores, by work location, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                      • Forecourt stations see less use by the young and women in NI
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 37: Consumers who regularly shop in neighbourhood convenience stores, by age group, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                    • What Consumers Buy at Forecourt and Convenience Stores

                                                                                                                                                        • NI consumers much more likely to buy food for their homes at convenience stores
                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 38: What consumers use forecourts/c-stores to buy regularly, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                        • 55+ consumers in NI more likely to buy food for home in c-stores
                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 39: Consumers who buy food for home regularly from c-stores, by age groups, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                        • Fuel purchasing increases with age
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 40: Type of car consumers intend to buy in the next three years, NI and RoI, 2022
                                                                                                                                                          • Food to go use stronger with affluent consumers
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 41: Consumers that regularly use forecourt/c-stores to buy food items for on-the-go, by socio-economic class, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 42: How often consumers predict they will eat lunch at home in the next six months, NI and RoI, 2021
                                                                                                                                                        • Attitudes Towards Forecourt and Convenience Stores

                                                                                                                                                            • Topping up an overwhelming USP for c-stores
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 43: Agreement with statements relating to forecourt and convenience stores, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                            • Convenience beyond grocery items
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 44: Agreement with the statement ‘Convenience stores should offer more in-store services (eg post-office, banking services etc)’, by gender, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                            • Consumers have positive view of c-store own-label
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 45: Agreement with selected statements related to own-brand goods, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 46: Agreement with statements relating to supermarkets, NI and RoI, 2022
                                                                                                                                                            • Irish women keen to see healthier food options at in-store deli/hot food counters
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 47: Agreement with the statement ‘There should be more healthy options available at hot food/deli counters’, by gender, NI and RoI, 2023
                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 48: Consumer behaviours towards healthy eating, NI and RoI, 2022
                                                                                                                                                          • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                                                                                            • Data sources
                                                                                                                                                              • Generational cohort definitions
                                                                                                                                                                • Abbreviations

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