TAKE THE CAKE

The low-carb craze is a distant memory, and bakery departments had a great year in 2006 as shoppers shed their aversion to sweet treats and continued buying up fresh artisan breads. But the cravings may be a little different this time around. Like the party-goer who always asks for just a little slice of cake, industry observers say that consumers want their snacks and desserts to be more indulgent

The low-carb craze is a distant memory, and bakery departments had a great year in 2006 as shoppers shed their aversion to sweet treats and continued buying up fresh artisan breads. But the cravings may be a little different this time around. Like the party-goer who always asks for “just a little slice” of cake, industry observers say that consumers want their snacks and desserts to be more indulgent than ever, but expect retailers to help them control their portion sizes.

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