SMALL -- BUT DEMANDING ATTENTION

Private-label confections may account for just 1% of the total candy category, but they're becoming more noticeable on store shelves.said Doug Kling, chairman of Princeton, N.J.-based Resource Network, a firm that consults the candy industry. "It's the nonchocolate commodity items that have a chance," Kling said.Robert Oglesby, category manager and buyer at Love's Country Stores, Oklahoma City, concurs.He

Private-label confections may account for just 1% of the total candy category, but they're becoming more noticeable on store shelves.

said Doug Kling, chairman of Princeton, N.J.-based Resource Network, a firm that consults the candy industry. "It's the nonchocolate commodity items that have a chance," Kling said.

Robert Oglesby, category manager and buyer at Love's Country Stores, Oklahoma City, concurs.

He said bagged varieties of hard candies, gels and some choco

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