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Cracker Sales Slow in C-Stores

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Cracker sales trend in convenience stores
After a spike in 2012, c-store sales of crackers were flat in 2013 and showing a negative trend into 2014.
Top "Other Crackers" Brands in Convenience Stores

Strip away graham, matzoh, saltine and crackers with filling, and the "other crackers" subcategory is keeping the larger category afloat in convenience stores with nearly 22% growth during the 52 weeks ending May 18, 2014. The parent category of crackers dipped 1.82% in unit sales during the same period.

IRI Convenience AllScan data for 52 weeks ending May 18, 2014

Brand Dollar Sales PCYA* Unit Sales PCYA*
Sunshine Cheez It $64,454,530 6.33% 43,056,820 3.84%
Combos $19,049,400 493.93% 7,360,367 491.69%
Sunshine Cheez It Duoz $11,932,850 15.27% 5,224,236 14.91%
Nabisco Ritz $10,196,130 -11.17% 3,560,421 -12.07%
Kelloggs Special K $9,752,204 24.10% 7,184,704 25.68%
Pepperidge Farms Goldfish $9,438,610 6.92% 5,904,388 8.55%
Nabisco Wheat Thins $7,653,146 30.41% 3,584,397 57.90%
Stacy's $7,386,760 36.41% 3,200,297 51.00%
Snack Factory Pretzel Chips $4,772,459 50.91% 2,811,004 60.47%
Munchies $4,013,328 NA 4,273,756 NA
Lance Gold N Cheese $3,284,328 -9.88 3,320,654 -10.09%
Bimbo $3,242,170 29.64% 1,963,259 24.43%
Pepperidge Farms Flavor-Blasted Goldfish $1,822,198 2.32% 1,062,389 2.85%
Nabisco Triscuits $1,439,624 -2.46% 309,438 -3.06%
Keebler Club $1,383,957 -12.14% 489,491 -13.56%
Carr's $1,317,236 11.12% 277,634 11.66%
Louck's $1,152,031 10.16% 1,308,628 7.09%
Nabisco Chicken in a Biskit $688,160 19.64% 141,491 20.94%
Valued Naturals $447,555 10.54% 224,884 10.92%
Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Puffs $316,710 NA 181,432 NA
Total All Other Crackers $167,980,600 23.52% 96,888,460 21.58%
TOTAL Crackers $382,316,400 3.05% 367,843,000 -1.82%

*Percent change from a year ago

Source: 
IRI
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Pastry, Danish Sales Up Nearly 10% in 2013

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C-store sales, 52 weeks ending Dec. 29, 2013

With strong sales for all of the top 10 brands, pastry, Danish and coffeecakes grew dollar sales nearly 10% in 2013, according to IRI. The absence of Hostess allowed several brands and manufacturers to stretch out and pick up share.

Pastry, Danish and Coffeecakes by Brand        
Brand C-store sales
($ millions)
PCYA Unit
volume

(millions)
PCYA
Bon Appetit $181.9 24.8% 101.6 18.1%
Little Debbie $126.9 30.7% 177.8 22.4%
Mrs Freshley’s $44.5 44.7% 37.0 34.0%
Private label $36.1 44.4% 26.2 50.1%
Bimbo $32.8 13.6% 19.3 9.1%
Total (including brands not shown) $608.5 9.8% 492.8 8.6%

Source: IRI

Market Share by Brand    
Brand Dollar share Point change
Bon Appetit 29.9% 3.6
Little Debbie 20.9% 3.3
Mrs. Freshley’s 7.3% 1.8
Private label 5.9% 1.4
Bimbo 5.4% 0.2
Others 30.6% NA
Market Share by Manufacturer    
Manufacturer Dollar share Point change
Bon Appetit Danish Inc. 30.9% 3.8
McKee Foods Corp. 20.9% 3.4
Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc. 10.7% 0.3
Flowers Foods Specialty Group 8.0% 2.2
Private label 5.9% 1.4
Others 23.6% NA

Source: IRI

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IRI
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