12-05-2014 Category Data Published in CSP Daily News
Gum sales in convenience stores continued to slump through the first half of 2014, down 5.6% in unit sales, according to IRI data. Manufacturers are attempting to resuscitate the category with innovations such as Ice Breakers Cool Blasts, which starts as a gum before dissolving into a breath-mint-like blast; and Juicy Fruit’s new sugar-free soft-chew and bubble gum formats.
Plunge in oil prices sets the stage for record margins and boost in in-store sales. Also In This Issue: Profitability skyrockets for top performers! Other channels seek to redefine convenience! The economy enters a new stage. The growing health-and-wellness trend. Fuel demand; oil's slide; multicultural momentum; and data, data, data!