PICNIC PICKS

Summer's almost here, with months of picnics, barbecues and holidays that are key selling opportunities for disposable plates, cups and flatware.Their appeal to the convenience-seeker helps sustain sales of disposables year-round, but purchases spike during the summer, as well as Thanksgiving through Christmas.This summer, retailers' cross-merchandising schemes will focus on new products whose manufacturers

Summer's almost here, with months of picnics, barbecues and holidays that are key selling opportunities for disposable plates, cups and flatware.

Their appeal to the convenience-seeker helps sustain sales of disposables year-round, but purchases spike during the summer, as well as Thanksgiving through Christmas.

This summer, retailers' cross-merchandising schemes will focus on new products whose manufacturers say have more uses and are more dependable.

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