SWEET SPOT

Supermarket operators are trying for another sweet year in candy sales.According to the National Confectioners Association, Vienna, Va., sales of candy in the supermarket channel increased by 3% last year, outpacing growth of candy overall. The growth came from manufacturers providing new products and packaging, and retailers finding effective new merchandising strategies, observers said.Retailers

Supermarket operators are trying for another sweet year in candy sales.

According to the National Confectioners Association, Vienna, Va., sales of candy in the supermarket channel increased by 3% last year, outpacing growth of candy overall. The growth came from manufacturers providing new products and packaging, and retailers finding effective new merchandising strategies, observers said.

Retailers this year will again have plenty of new items to sell, as candymakers agg

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