BOXED CHOCOLATE SALES BRISK, SAYS NCA

VIENNA, Va. -- Sales of boxed chocolate in food stores were remarkably strong this past fall, according to the National Confectioners Association here, which attributed the increase to the American public spending more time with friends and family."There was a lot of visiting, and boxed chocolate makes a good gift," said Susan Fussell, manager of communications for the NCA. Her advice to food retailers:

VIENNA, Va. -- Sales of boxed chocolate in food stores were remarkably strong this past fall, according to the National Confectioners Association here, which attributed the increase to the American public spending more time with friends and family.

"There was a lot of visiting, and boxed chocolate makes a good gift," said Susan Fussell, manager of communications for the NCA. Her advice to food retailers: Think about increasing displays of gift boxed chocolate for Valentine's Day.

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