In convenience stores last year, salty snacks and candy and gum experienced some of the highest sales growth, a study by McLane Co. found. Price increases, new product development and improved merchandising all helped contribute to sales growth.
Russell Stover Candies will use i2 Technologies' Factory Planner and Inventory Optimization programs for its inventory management. The candy company hopes to optimize operational and supply-chain efficiencies.
Kellogg CEO David Mackay said consumers will remain frugal and eat at home more often even after the economy improves. He also said some people simply found that they enjoyed eating more meals at home.
Just Born is zeroing in on Ontario, Canada, with a new campaign for its Mike and Ike candies, which is based on one from the U.S. Radio spots, in-store marketing and events ask consumers to "Sample This" and qualify for instant-win prizes.
While baby boomers prefer comfort foods including casseroles, braised meats and ice cream, Gen Xers are partial to fast food and Gen Y eaters reach for more healthful choices. The report, "Generational Comfort Foods," also found a consensus across generations, with nearly half the respondents naming baked goods and sweets as their comfort foods of choice.