In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the top 100 selling grocery items that are in the highest demand and most profitable for grocery stores in the US.
This list was compiled based on our in-depth market analysis and data from U.S. stores in recent months. As you read this article, keep in mind that grocery stores in every country, state and city have slightly different characteristics and different most popular products. 

TOP SELLING GROCERY ITEMS

 

1. SODA (COKE, SPRITE) & SOFT DRINKS

2. MILK

3. CHIPS (CHITOS, DORITOS & LAY’S)

4. EGGS

5. BREAD

6. BREAKFAST CEREAL & INSTANT OATMEAL

7. CANDY BARS (KIT KAT, SNICKERS & MILKY WAY ETC.)

8. BLOCK CHEESE & DELI CHEESE

9. BEER

10. BOTTLED WATER

11. CIGARETTES & ECIGARETTES
Also tobacco and lighters.

12. CHOCOLATE BARS

13. SNACK CAKES
For example, the likes of Debbie, Reese’s, Hostess.

14. COOKIES & CRACKERS
Primarily similar ones to Oreo.

15. PEPPERONI, JERKY, BACON, HAM & OTHER PACKAGED MEAT

16. WINE

17. CUPCAKES & MUFFINS

18. BREAKFAST BARS & GRANOLA BARS

19. FRESH FRUITS (ESP. BANANAS, APPLES & LEMONS)
The other most popular and profitable products to sell will also be blueberries. Bananas are one of the most purchased products in the U.S. and the most purchased fruit in the U.S. Another one of top selling fruits are oranges.

20. FRESH VEGETABLES (ESP. POTATOES, TOMATOES & CUCUMBERS) 
The other most important vegetables to sell are mainly onions, lettuce, garlic, peppers, avocados & carrots.

21. LIQUORS
Alcohol, depending on the brand can be very profitable and generally generates a large profit. Its big advantage is a very long shelf life.

22. FRIED CHICKEN

23. CANDIES & OTHER SWEETS
This is one of the main top selling grocery products. Examples of the best selling ones are: M&Ms, Ferrero Rocher or Skittles.

24. COFFEE

25. YOGURTS & MILKSHAKES
Also smoothies

26. FRUIT JUICES

27. FRESH & FROZEN BEEF

28. HOT DOGS

29. PEANUT BUTTER

30. HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
It’s a whole big category of very well selling products. Examples of such products include window cleaners, garbage bags, kitchen cleaners, bleaches or cleaning wipes.

31. BABY DISPOSABLE DIAPERS

32. MAYONNAISE & MIRACLE WHIP

33. SANDWICHES

34. FROZEN PIZZA

35. CREAM & CREAM DESSERTS (LIKE COOL WHIP)

36. ICE CREAM

37. SAUSAGES

38. PHILADELPHIA CREAM CHEESE

39. BUTTER (QUARTER)

40. PAINKILLERS

41. VITAMIN C, OTHER VITAMINS & SUPLEMENTS

42. PASTA & MACARONI

43. DELI ROLLS

44. EGGO FROZEN WAFFLES & PANCAKES

45. BISCUITS

46. FROZEN FISH

47. FROZEN SEAFOOD

48. LEGUMES

49. CEREAL GRAINS
Especially rice. Also quinoa and couscous.

50. MEAL KITS

51. DONUTS

52. TEA

53. DOG & CAT FOOD

54. GIFT CARDS (AMAZON, ITUNES, ZALANDO ETC.)

55. CANNED SOUPS

56. CANNED CHICKEN, HAM & VEGETABLES
The most popular canned vegetables include canned carrots, corn, beans and potatoes

57. TUNA FISH & CANNED SALMON

58. NUTS

59. DISH SOAP

60. DETERGENTS & FABRIC SOFTENERS

61. TOILET PAPER

62. JAMS & APPLESAUCE 

63. HONEY & MAPLE SYRUP

64. ENERGY DRINKS & SPORT DRINKS

65. FROZEN VEGETABLES
Including frozen vegetable mix, frozen spinach, broccoli, green peas, green beans and brussels

66. DEL MONTE GREEN BEANS

67. DISPOSABLE CUPS

68. DISPOSABLE UTENSILS

69. SOYBEAN OIL & SUNFLOWER OIL

70. FLOUR

71.  DISPOSABLE SHAVING RAZORS

72. MEATBALLS

73. KETCHUP, MAYONNAISE, BBQ & MUSTARD

74. CHEWING GUM

75. NOODLES & INSTANT SOUPS
Especially Asian noodles, spaghetti and pasta, Cup-a-Soup soups and ramens (like this spicy ramen available on Amazon).

76. DISPOSABLE PLATES

77. TISSUES & PAPER TOWELS

78. OLIVE OIL

79. SAUCES (SOY, TABASCO, FISH)
Also salad dressing

80. SHAMPOO

81. BABY FOOD

82. SKINCARE PRODUCTS (LIKE NIVEA CREAM)

83. TOOTHPASTE
Also mouthwash & other dental care products e.g. dental floss.

84. SOAP

85. TOMATO PASTE, TOMATO SAUCE

86. BAKING POWDER

87. ICE CUBES

88. BAGGED SALADS

89. PACKAGED MAC & CHEESE

90. VINEGAR

91. BATTERIES

92. HAND SANITIZERS 

93. FLOWERS

94. SPICES, HERBS & SEASONINGS

95. PRETZELS

96. SHOWER GELS

97. DEODORANTS

98. SUGAR & SALT

99. FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS 

100. TOOTHBRUSHES

Other Top Selling Grocery Items:

  • Newspapers
  • Sour cream
  • Candles
  • Fresh salmon
  • Pastries
  • Cosmetics (e.g. facial cleansers & liquid make-up removers)
  • Laundry detergents
  • Seeds (and seed mixes)
  • Salsa dip (cheese & Mexican)
  • First-aid supplies (items like band-aids, adhesive tape, and antiseptic)
  • Gluten-free products
  • Seasonal items (such as holiday-themed candies and decorations)
  • Frozen breakfast sandwiches
  • Energy bars
  • Cocktail Mixers (e.g. margarita mix and Bloody Mary)

 

How to Optimize Your Grocery List?

1. Plan Meals for the week
Before you shop, sketch out your meals for the week. This doesn’t have to be overly detailed, but having a general idea of what you’ll cook each day helps identify necessary ingredients. Aim for recipes that share common ingredients to minimize waste and cost. Consider themes for meals like Mexican, Italian, or stir-fry nights to utilize similar ingredients across different dishes.

2. Check Inventory
Take a brief tour of your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Jot down what’s low or missing. This prevents accidental purchases of items you already have and ensures you only buy what’s needed. Additionally, it helps in utilizing items that are close to expiration, reducing waste.

3. Categorize Items
Organize your list based on the layout of your regular store or categorize it by food groups (vegetables &  fruits, dairy, proteins, etc.). This arrangement minimizes backtracking through the store, saving time, and ensures you don’t miss anything in a particular section.

4. Stick to the Basics
Opt for versatile ingredients that serve multiple purposes in your meals. Staples like rice, pasta, eggs, and a variety of spices can be used in various recipes, making them cost-effective and reducing the number of items on your list.

5. Seasonal and Sale Items
Pay attention to seasonal produce and sales. These items are often fresher, more flavorful, and less expensive. Adjust your meal plan accordingly to incorporate these items, which can also add variety to your meals.

6. Avoid Impulse Buys
Stick strictly to your list. Impulse buys can inflate your bill and might not align with your meal plan or dietary needs. Keep focused to avoid overspending and to ensure you get what you actually need.

7. Consider Bulk Purchases
For non-perishable items you frequently use, buying in bulk can be economical. It saves money in the long run and reduces the frequency of shopping trips. However, ensure it’s something you will use before its expiration date.

8. Use Apps or Tools
Leverage technology! There are numerous apps and tools designed for creating grocery lists, tracking prices, suggesting recipes based on available ingredients, and even offering digital coupons. These can streamline the process and save time.

 

Grocery Store Business Tips

 

  • Products like milk and dairy are some of the top selling grocery items. Note that in most stores, these are located deep within the store. This is so that when you go to get them, you have to go through the whole store and on the way you will see many other products and buy some of them too. A proper store layout such as this allows you to increase the amount of revenue.
  • Many products are needed daily. People eat bread, dairy, pasta every day.
    You can make a lot of money on these products because they are sold the most.
    On the other hand, products such as skin care products, beauty products, dental care, hair care, detergents or salt are bought rarely because people often have a stock at home and use them slowly.
  • The store size and location can make a huge difference. Some stores are positioned as ‘family’ grocery stores, and others are more like convenience stores to buy a few of the most needed items on the way to work, a meeting or home. This affects the sale of different products at different rates. Family stores sell more toilet paper, household cleaners, canned food etc. while quick stop stores sell relatively more soft drinks, soda, bread, milk and snacks.
  • The popularity of the products sold at a particular grocery store also depends on the demographic composition of the neighborhood. For example, if a neighborhood has a large history of immigration from Italy then that store will sell more pasta, canned tomatoes and olive oil. If, on the other hand, a neighborhood has strong ties to immigration and the Japanese community, then the store will very likely sell more fresh fish, rice or pickled ginger. It is worth paying attention to which customers visit our store most often and adjust products to them. Another important factor is what other stores are nearby and which products will have the least competition from other nearby stores.
  • Much depends on the location and profile of the store. Slightly different products will be popular in convenient stores and others in medium and large supermarkets.

Read also: 50 TOP Small Shop Ideas That Make Good Money

 

And what products are selling best in grocery stores in your area? Share your observations with us in the comments below.

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