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Bottled-Juice Sales Dip in C-Stores; Sparkling Juices a Bright Spot

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Bottled juice sales in convenience stores
Bottled-juice sales continue to dip in c-stores, down 1.26% for the 52 weeks ending Aug. 10, 2014 after dropping 1.7% in calendar year 2013. One bright spot, however, was sparkling juices, which grew 3.33%.
Best-Selling Sparkling Juices in Convenience Stores

C-store sales, 52 weeks ending Aug. 10, 2014

Brand Dollar sales PCYA* Unit sales PCYA*
Orangina $3,445,453 -0.55% 1,791,818 -0.63%
Martinelli's Gold Medal $643,909 12.11% 398,395 11.17%
Izze $181,249 -39.10% 101,155 -40.59%
San Pellegrino $144,868 222.27% 78,139 <1,000%
Crystal Geyser $39,344 -3.66% 29,222 -11.09%
Total $4,573,004 1.12% 2,490,740 3.33%

Source: IRI

* Percent change from a year ago