On the eve of a Penn State football game, I have been thinking about the monetary impact tailgating has on State College, PA (and other towns with a large football following). I believe that many retailers are missing out on profits by not merchandising for tailgating season.
A tailgating study conducted by the Weber grilling company reports that over the past 12 months, 1 in 8 Americans has tailgated 3.4 times. Tailgaters also reported their main tailgating purchases. "The ‘basics’ tailgaters rank their top four foods: hamburgers (70%), brats (45%), chicken (42%) and hot dogs (42%) to the tune of $106 per tailgate or $441 in groceries per year for this activity. Another group, the ‘gourmet’ tailgaters, prefer chicken (43%), ribs (39%), brats (37%) and steak (33%) to the tune of $165 per event or $1,001 per year."
Meat is not the only merchandise tailgaters need. Other items may include veggies for grilling, wine, beer, snacks, condiments, ice, sauces, desserts, drinks, serveware, etc. Why not set up a tailgate merchandise area in your retail space? Tailgaters will appreciate the convenience of a "one-stop-shop" and you may see your sales increase because of this. Use your creativity to design a space centered around your local team and advertise, advertise, advertise!
As an ag entrepreneur, have you done any merchandising for tailgating? Have you seen any increase in sales for certain products during football season?