12-17-2014 Category Data Published in CSP Daily News
A year ago, Hostess Brands, then recently bought out of bankruptcy, was just launching what it called "the sweetest comeback ... ever." Turns out the boast may not have entirely been hyperbole. Four of the company's brands--Twinkies, Zingers, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs--have seen triple-digit growth in convenience stores since then, leading a rebound of the entire bakery snack category after four down to flat years of unit growth. The category grew 9.35% during the 52-week period ending Aug. 10, 2014, according to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm (@iriworldwide).
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!