Bar sales show slower growth
After strong growth, the cereal/granola bar category is showing slower growth. A report on “Food Bars in the U.S.” by Packaged Facts estimated U.S. sales of cereal/granola bars at $3.1 billion in 2011, with flat sales for the overall category, despite some growth in premium granola bars. Experian Simmons data showed that 40% of adults use cereal/granola bar products overall, said David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged Facts.
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ReportersNotebook — Consumables, 2/27/12
SUPPLIER NEWS — Jelly Belly is expanding its Chocolate Dips line to include a new sweet flavor. The company said its strawberry flavor will be available in a 2.8-oz. bag. The family of Jelly Bean Chocolate Dips also includes coconut, mint, orange, raspberry and Very Cherry flavors.
In an effort to call out its lineup of heart-healthy cereals, Kellogg announced it will add a new front-of-pack label to nine brands. The company said the “Kellogg’s Heart Healthy Selection” logo will appear on such cereal varieties as Raisin Bran, All Bran, Smart Start and Kellogg’s FiberPlus to remind consumers they have a choice when it comes to eating for their heart.
Select 55 is rolling out the new Select 55 Little Lights line, which includes sleek 8-oz., 35-calorie cans available in 12-packs, as well as 7-oz., 32-calorie clear glass bottles available in six-packs.
“These new sizes for Select 55 provide more options for adults who want to enjoy a great beer with few calories,” said Ryan Moore, senior director at Select 55. “We first introduced Select 55 to provide beer drinkers a premium, lighter light beer option. As our drinkers have evolved, we saw an opportunity in the marketplace and developed ‘Little Lights’ to meet it. We think Select 55 drinkers will find them to be a great option for times when a smaller size is ideal.”
More men doing grocery shopping, Schnucks survey finds
ST. LOUIS — Six percent more men are doing the primary grocery shopping for their families versus five years ago, according to results of a new survey by Schnucks.
The St. Louis-based supermarket chain launched the survey through the Schnucks Listens research panel, basing it on responses of about half of the more than 13,000 panelists. The panel was launched in 2007 and includes grocery shoppers from across the region the chain covers. According to survey results, 43% of the men indicated their marital status had changed, while 32% of women indicated their spouses had retired.
"In this case, we set out to learn more about how habits are changing and why," Schnucks project manager of consumer research Mary Ver Mehren said. "Roughly 1,500 of our respondents were men, and although a large portion was older men, because of the size of the survey pool, we still have enough findings to know about the shopping habits of our younger men. The fact that we have so many men weighing in is another indication that times are changing."
Still, according to the Food Marketing Institute, women continue to do most grocery shopping.