10/24/2011 - 11:26am

More than two-thirds of moms who participated in a recent Abbott Nutrition survey revealed they have a picky eater, and 9-out-of-10 of these moms indicated they are unsuccessful at getting their picky eater to eat healthy and nutritious foods every day.

10/24/2011 - 11:24am

The business of nutritional bars is booming, with 9-of-the-top-10 brands trending at a double-digit annual growth rate. And that one bar not growing in double digits is the No. 1-selling bar — General Mills’ Fiber One — by a margin of more than $60 million in annual sales.

10/24/2011 - 11:23am

Annual diet aid sales are down more than 15% across the category, and even as diet aid sales spike in the first few weeks of January with 2012 New Year’s resolutions, it doesn’t look like that sales decline will reverse itself in the short term.

10/20/2011 - 4:11pm

Candles become a key general merchandise category later in the year — 35% of candle sales in the United States occur during the fourth quarter.

10/20/2011 - 4:07pm

Seasonal candy powers the category. Last year, chocolate and nonchocolate seasonal sales were strong for Valentine’s Day and Easter.

10/19/2011 - 12:13pm

Drug stores continue to offer more fresh grocery items. “Fresh fruit and vegetables are top grocery categories. There’s high demand for the products, and the size of the market is huge. So it makes sense that the drug channel is going after that business,” said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst and VP of the NPD Group.

10/19/2011 - 12:11pm

Industry experts say growth in the photo department will come from personalized products.

10/19/2011 - 8:55am

Pfizer recently launched a line of single-ingredient supplements under a new ProNutrients brand that includes Omega-3, Probiotic and Fruit & Veggie.

10/19/2011 - 8:55am

The market for sports nutrition looks good. All categories grouped by Drug Store News in this space — nutrition and energy bars, energy shots and ready-to-drink protein shakes — currently are trending up significantly.