Stop Blaming COVID For Supply Chain Issues

Stephen Dombroski, director of consumer markets, for QAD, explains how a mix of supplier diversity, just-in-time, safety stock, and economic order quantity will help food companies navigate potential global disruptions. Washington — While it’s undeniable that the COVID-19 pandemic has…

U.S. C-Store Average Basket Up 3.7% In 2023

Alexandria, VA — Convenience stores saw record sales in stores in 2023, according to data from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Total convenience industry sales in 2023 were $859.8 billion, of which $327.6 billion were from in-store sales….

5 Trends In Packaging

Washington — The packaging sector is in a constant state of evolution, influenced by shifting consumer preferences and technological innovations. This landscape is on the brink of substantial transformation in 2024, making it imperative for brands to stay ahead of…

Navigating Confectionery, Snack Packaging Trends

Packaging trends can reflect the priorities of brands. Rebecca Casey, of TC Transcontinental Packaging, provides insights into what packaging suppliers are working on for 2024. What is in store for the snacks and confectionery market in 2024? Looking at what…

Census Data Shows Retail Sales Bounced Back In February

Washington — Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows retail sales expanded in February after a strong but flat January. “Retail sales rebounded in a solid fashion in February, showing the consumer is still spending and pointing to underlying…

2024 Easter Spending Expected To Top $22 Billion

Washington — Consumer spending is expected to reach a $22.4 billion this Easter, according to the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The figure is the second highest in the survey’s history, after last year’s record-setting $24 billion…

Chocolate, Candy Sales Hit New High Of $48B In 2023

Aventura, FL — Total confectionery sales hit $48 billion in 2023, a number largely driven by inflation, according to the NCA’s 2024 State of Treating report, which also projects that U.S. confectionery sales will reach $61 billion by 2028. The…