Is CBD the Next Big Thing?

CHICAGO — When did a bag of 14 gummy bears start selling for $20? At 50% margin?

That’s the through-the-roof potential of cannabidiols (CBDs), reported remedies for stress and other ailments that are derived from cannabis plants—in many ways the same bulk material used for marijuana.

Looking past the pot elephant in the room, CBD products appear to be perfect for convenience stores. They’re neat, tidy and prepackaged. Because there’s no spoilage, waste or handling fears with CBDs, they’re much easier than that other magic bullet—foodservice—as retailers look for new relief from declining categories such as tobacco and fuel. U.S. consumer sales of CBDs were just more than $500 million in 2018,

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