Convenience store sales of bars rose nearly 9% in 2013, according to IRI, with nutritional/intrinsic health posting the biggest gains. Granola-bar sales, meanwhile, fell more than 11%, with units off more than 9%.
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.
C-store sales of salty snacks were a mixed bag in 2013. The largest segment, potato chips, saw units off 2.6%, and cheese and corn snacks both lost unit volume as well. On the upswing: tortilla/tostada chips, snack nuts, pretzels, trail mixes and ready-to-eat popcorn, among others.
While convenience store sales of shelf-stable juice and fruit drinks were largely soft in 2013, there were bright spots in lemonade—unit sales up 10.6%—and in coconut waters. In refrigerated, smoothies provided a lift, and in canned juice and fruit drinks, a new item—Mountain Dew Kickstart—propelled the segment forward.
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!