Foodservice: Frozen/Refrigerated Foods 2014

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Samantha Oller, Senior Editor/Fuels, CSP

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Where the Gains Are: Refrigerated

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

C-store milk sales fell again in 2013, with unit sales of skim and low-fat off more than 8% and whole milk down 4.6%, according to IRI. Elsewhere in the dairy case, segments such as natural cheese, butter and sour cream saw modest increases. Yogurt unit sales leveled off after a nearly 11% jump in 2012, according to IRI figures.

In refrigerated meals, breakfast entrees posted a more than 4% jump in unit sales, while hand-held entrees fell more than 5%.

Refrigerated Dairy        
Dairy segment C-store sales
($ millions)
PCYA Unit sales
(millions)
PCYA
Skim/low-fat milk $905.6 -5.9% 306.4 -8.4%
Whole milk $597.0 -2.2% 207.1 -4.6%
Flavored milk/eggnog/buttermilk $366.3 -0.5% 222.4 -3.5%
Natural cheese $126.3 3.4% 95.9 2.3%
Fresh eggs $77.6 1.3% 37.7 -1.3%
Creams/creamers $75.5 0.3% 30.5 -0.4%
Yogurt $62.9 1.5% 40.2 0.7%
Milkshakes/nondairy drinks $17.3 -14.5% 9.5 -16.5%
Butter/butter blends $15.0 3.8% 3.9 2.6%
Sour cream $9.9 5.8% 4.6 6.6%
Margarine/spreads $9.1 -8.7% 3.5 -8.9%
Cottage cheese $6.6 -9.8% 2.8 -13.1%
Cream cheese/cream cheese spread $5.7 3.2% 2.0 -1.5%
         
Refrigerated Entrées        
Hand-held non-breakfast entrées $714.3 -1.2% 220.7 -5.3%
Breakfast entrées $255.8 6.3% 113.0 4.2%
Lunches $111.1 -2.5% 36.3 -3.1%
Salad/coleslaw $63.9 57.1% 14.4 51.6%
Luncheon meats $29.1 -5.6% 11.1 -10.4%
Breakfast meats $26.2 6.7% 5.3 4.6%
Meat and refrigerated ham $25.4 -9.6% 14.1 -7.5%
Side dishes $20.7 -8.3% 7.9 -12.6%
Frankfurters $19.8 7.0% 9.7 15.4%

Source: IRI


Distributor Data: Refrigerated and Frozen Shipments

Calendar year 2013

McLane shipments of frozen food rose in 2013 in terms of average shipments per store per week, with pizza, dinners, ice cream/novelties and other frozen items posting gains.

Packaged Deli Products      
Segment Average shipments per store per week (in dollars) Average shipments per store per week (dollar growth) PCYA
Lunch packs $12.30 -$0.94 -7.1%
Luncheon meat $2.52 -$0.21 -7.6%
Other packaged deli products $5.71 $1.09 23.6%
Total packaged
deli products
$20.53 -$0.06 -0.3%
       
Dairy      
Packaged cheese $11.87 $0.02 0.2%
Eggs $6.40 $1.95 43.9%
Milk/milk product $5.15 -$5.10 -49.7%
Butter/margarine $1.43 -$0.22 -13.4%
Other dairy $7.72 $1.47 23.6%
Total dairy $32.59 -$1.87 -5.4%
       
Frozen Food      
Frozen pizza $14.64 $1.62 12.4%
Frozen dinners & entrées $6.59 $1.45 28.2%
Ice cream and novelties $2.90 $0.17 6.2%
Other frozen foods $33.43 $21.21 173.5%
Total frozen foods $57.56 $24.44 73.8%

Source: McLane Co.

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