Snacks & Candy

Snack Sales: Where the Gains Are

Volume declines plague salty-snack segment
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CHICAGO —In 2019, most of the salty snack segments saw unit sales declines in c-stores, according to IRI. But there were a few growth areas: Tortilla/tostada chips, cheese snacks and pork rinds posted gains for another year. Potato chips, which at $1.8 billion in c-store sales is the largest salty snack subcategory, saw dollar sales rise 4% but units drop more than 3%.

C-store sales, 52 weeks ending Dec. 29, 2019

SegmentC-store sales ($ millions)PCYA*Unit sales (millions)PCYA*
Potato chips$1,828.74.0%932.0(3.3%)
Tortilla/tostada chips$1,202.79.9%550.92.9%
Other salted snacks (no nuts)$878.32.7%419.8(2.7%)
Cheese snacks$822.312.2%406.94.7%
Snack nuts$642.72.1%439.8(2.8%)
Corn snacks (no tortilla chips)$408.93.7%191.8(2.6%)
Sunflower/pumpkin seeds$301.52.4%208.0(2.4%)
Ready-to-eat popcorn/caramel corn$243.41.6%120.4(4.6%)
Pork rinds$229.43.6%130.01.1%

Source: IRI

*Percent change from a year ago

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