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Hummus Category Spreads Out at Retail

Propelled by its health profile and consumers’ growing interest in snacking, hummus gains more converts

Mashed chickpeas are all the rage. For the past several years, mainstream retailers have brought more hummus varieties into their coolers, and for good reason.

In 2012, the refrigerated spreads category had double-digit unit growth, with volume sales up 10.4% over the 52 weeks ending Dec. 2, according to Chicago-based SymphonyIRI. This growth comes after a unit sales increase of 10.8% in the 52 weeks ending Jan. 1, 2012.

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