More than half of U.S. consumers buy food and drinks at convenience stores, including 19% who say they frequent c-stores because they like the selection of fountain beverages, according to research from Information Resources. "Instead of just focusing on packaged beverages, there's a lot of focus on dispensed beverages, and coffee is one of the things that we are seeing tremendous growth in," said Jackie Gray, director for Willard Bishop in Barrington, Ill.

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