Convenience store sales of baked sweet snacks reflected the tumult of the Hostess implosion in 2013, with unit figures for bakery snacks, doughnuts and muffins dropping. Cookies posted another strong year of sales growth, while the pastry, Danish and coffeecake segment also enjoyed strong gains in 2013, driven by strong growth for the top five brands.
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!