DARK FUTURE SEEN FOR CHOCOLATE SALES

PITTSBURGH - Demand for dark chocolate is so sweet that Giant Eagle here is cross-merchandising the candy in its wine department, a first for the chain.Giant Eagle is placing Hershey and Ghirardelli dark chocolates near its red wines to appeal to consumers who are aware of the health benefits - and food pairing opportunities - of chocolate and wine.While dark chocolate has always performed well at

PITTSBURGH - Demand for dark chocolate is so sweet that Giant Eagle here is cross-merchandising the candy in its wine department, a first for the chain.

Giant Eagle is placing Hershey and Ghirardelli dark chocolates near its red wines to appeal to consumers who are aware of the health benefits - and food pairing opportunities - of chocolate and wine.

While dark chocolate has always performed well at Giant Eagle, sales growth is now in the double digits, said Tim Tackett, Giant

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