ALEXANDRIA, VA - The new
NACS Category Definitions and Numbering Guide - Version 7.1 is now available for
In developing the updates,
the NACS Research Committee worked closely with industry leaders and key
stakeholders to make a few important changes to the 7.0 version, which was
published in 2010. These changes improve the clarity of the guide and reflect
recent updates resulting from product transition and diversification.
"These categories can be
used by the industry to establish performance benchmarks and a framework for
retailers and manufacturers to have meaningful discussions regarding market
performance comparisons," said NACS Research Committee Chairman Joe Sheetz.
"However, it is important to emphasize that a product€™s inclusion in one of the
categories set forth has no meaning, express or implied, other than uniformity
of treatment for benchmarking and comparative performance purposes."
Specific updates include:
- The Other Tobacco category has been renamed
Other Tobacco Products; a subcategory of E-cigarettes was added while the
subcategory of Other Tobacco Products was renamed Other Tobacco.
- The Wine category has the new subcategory
- The Liquor category has two new subcategories:
Cocktail Mixes and Other Liquor.
- The Edible Grocery category has the new
subcategory Water/Beverage Enhancers.
- In the Alternative Snacks category, the
Health/Energy Bars subcategory has been renamed Health/Energy/Protein
- The Automotive Products category has the new
subcategory Other Automotive, which includes fuses, gas cans, light bulbs,
tools and emergency items.
NACS released its first
guide, the Category Definitions and Numbering Guide 1.0, in 1998 to provide a
framework for data collection and benchmarking the industry€™s category
NACS Category Definitions and Numbering Guide - Version 7.1 is available for
download in both PDF and Excel formats.