David Wyatt, of Costcutter Service Station in Crawley Down, West Sussex, says protein bars and shakes are pulling in the punters.

”We now have quite a range of out-and-out protein snacks as opposed to normal snacks with a bit of protein added. We do a lot of the Battle Oats cookies and flapjacks which are probably the most popular. We’ve got about eight flavours of the flapjacks alone and then the two skus of cookies. We also have five or six different flavours of the Grenade bars including the Carb Killa lines and protein flapjack lines. 

“As well as the bars, we have lots of protein shakes such as the Grenade shakes, UFIT protein shakes, and the Arla protein drinks.” 

David adds that year-on-year sales are up on e-cigarettes. As the new legislation has come into place the independent vaping stores have had to reduce their ranges which has been good for his sales.

He adds: ”Sales of our in-house made baguettes have also gone through the roof in this warmer weather, as people are choosing baguettes over hot lunches.”

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