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Frozen-Pizza Sales Turn Around in C-Stores

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Frozen pizza sales in c-stores
Frozen-pizza sales improved in 2013, and are up 4.1% for the 52 weeks ending May 18, 2014.
Best-Selling Frozen Pizza Brands in Convenience Stores

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

Brand Dollar Sales PCYA* Unit Sales PCYA*
Di Giorno $30,593,190 -4.39% 4,466,488 -4.49%
Tombstone $9,820,989 17.30% 1,906,779 18.64%
Stouffers $7,049,738 7.46% 1,702,353 6.42%
Kettle River $6,884,002 -10.91% 941,093 -15.50%
Pizza Corner $6,422,309 -12.46% 925,903 -11.69%
Jack's $6,110,659 10.22% 1,536,579 8.62%
Red Baron $5,108,633 -0.06% 978,652 2.13%
Hunt Brothers $4,397,629 126.72% 442,477 124.02%
Totino's $4,289,224 -2.67% 1,913,799 -0.66%
Jack's Original $4,118,842 -6.56% 1,065,626 -7.21%
Heggies $3,267,140 41.57% 380,834 35.08%
Orvs $2,539,665 17.33% 657,824 12.25%
Butch's $2,330,281 -10.24% 406,128 -12.00%
Luigi's $2,261,296 20.07% 358,284 24.31%
Palermo's Classic $1,530,335 -1.26% 539,410 1.70%
Red Baron Singles $1,440,515 -25.33% 382,338 -19.24%
Freschetta $1,389,815 -8.29% 167,856 -9.26%
Tony's $1,259,122 12.34% 311,730 7.32%
Emil's $1,096,916 295.28% 179,172 290.61%
Stokkes $1,096,333 -1.27% 165,020 1.42%
Total $113,797,000 4.42% 22,000,730 4.08%

*Percent change from a year ago

Source: 
IRI
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Analgesics, Cough/Cold Remedy Shipments to C-Stores on the Rise

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Distributor Data: OTC Shipments

Calendar year 2013

Shipments in 2013 of OTC items from McLane rose in some segments—analgesics, cold/cough/allergy and baby food—but fell for stomach remedies, vitamin and energy supplements and shooters.

Segment Avg. shipments per store per week (in dollars) Avg. shipments per store per week (dollar growth) PCYA
Analgesics $13.85 $1.88 15.7%
Analgesics single/multidose $12.97 -$0.68 -5.0%
Total analgesics $26.82 $1.20 4.7%
Cough/cold/allergy $14.09 $1.18 9.1%
Lozenges $7.67 -$0.06 -0.8%
Cough/cold/allergy-single/multi dose $4.30 $0.61 16.6%
Total cough/cold/allergy $26.06 $1.73 7.1%
Stomach remedies $4.29 -$0.35 -7.6%
Stomach rolls $3.85 -$0.28 -6.9%
Stomach remedies-singles/multi dose $2.79 $0.28 11.1%
Total stomach remedies $10.94 -$0.36% -3.2%
Vitamin/energy/supplement shooters $57.26 -$4.27 -7.0%
Vitamins/supplements $6.91 -$1.46 -17.4%
Vitamins/supplments-singles/multi dose $0.22 -$0.03 -10.8%
Total vitamins/supplements $64.38 -$5.76 -8.2%
Baby food/formula $1.21 $0.10 9.1%
Baby care $1.02 $0.00 -0.4%
Total baby $2.23 $0.10 4.6%

Source: McLane Co.

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McLane Co.

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