Dried-fruit sales in convenience stores have slowed from previous years, but continue to grow by double digits buoyed by healthy attributes and simple convenience. The category growth is led by dates, which are up 254% in unit sales, but represent a small percentage of the category. The largest subcategory--dried fruit chips--are up 40% during the 52 weeks ending Aug. 10, 2014, according to IRI.
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!