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 CHEREAL & INSTANT OATMEAL

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

8. BLOCK CHEESE & DELI CHEESE

9. BEER

10. 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
Primarily the likes of Oreo,

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

16. WINE

17. CUPCAKES & MUFFINS

18. BREAKFAST 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. After all, almost everyone eats bananas sometimes.

20. FRESH VEGETABLES (ESP. POTATOES, TOMATOES & CUCUMBERS) 
The other most important vegetables to sell are mainly onions, 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. YOGHURTS & MILKSHAKES

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. MACARONI & PASTA

43. DELI ROLLS

44. EGGO FROZEN WAFFLES & PANCAKES

45. BISCUITS

46. FROZEN FISH

47. FROZEN SEAFOOD

48. LEGUMES

49. RICE

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 & BEANS

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

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, BBQ & MUSTARD

74. CHEWING GUM

75. NOODLES
Like this spicy ramen available on Amazon.

76. DISPOSABLE PLATES

77. TISSUES & PAPER TOWELS

78. OLIVE OIL

79. SAUCES (SOY, TABASCO, FISH)

80. SHAMPOO

81. BABY FOOD

82. SKINCARE PRODUCTS (LIKE NIVEA CREAM)

83. TOOTHPASTE

84. SOAP

85. TOMATO PASTE, TOMATO SAUCE

86. COSMETICS

87. ICE CUBES

88. BAGGED SALADS

89. PACKAGED MAC & CHEESE

90. VINEGAR

91. BATTERIES

92. HAND SANITIZERS 

93. FLOWERS

94. SPICES, HERBS & SEASONINGS

95. NEWSPAPERS

96. SHOWER GELS

97. DEODORANTS

98. SUGAR & SALT

99. FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS 

100. TOOTHBRUSHES

GROCERY TOP SELLING ITEMS 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, 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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