5: FOR THE BIRDS

All the concern about animal welfare is expressing itself in many a back yard these days. Supermarket sales of wild birdseed typically stocked in the produce department or pet aisle came in at around $108 million for the past two calendar years, according to ACNielsen. Seed purchases at food stores are not at the top of the consumer pecking order, but that could change as retailers stock higher-quality

All the concern about animal welfare is expressing itself in many a back yard these days. Supermarket sales of wild birdseed — typically stocked in the produce department or pet aisle — came in at around $108 million for the past two calendar years, according to ACNielsen. Seed purchases at food stores are not at the top of the consumer pecking order, but that could change as retailers stock higher-quality seed and commit to year-round promotions.

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