Comfort and Joy – Create a Mood Boost with Old Fashioned Candy

They’ve trimmed the tree and decked the halls.  Next item on customers’ lists – enjoying longtime holiday candy favorites.  According to the National Confectioners Association (NCA), 90% of Americans plan to share or gift chocolate and candy this season.  This plan has paid off for retailers, with Nielsen reporting $1.08 billion in Christmas candy sales…

The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide

Give Your Customers a Recipe for Successful Gluten-Free Baking Whether it’s part of a New Year’s resolution, or a goal such as trying to get in beach body shape, many consumers turn to a gluten-free diet to help keep a healthy lifestyle. Currently there are 3.1 million Americans following a gluten-free diet for personal and…

Do Pies Take the Cake at Thanksgiving Dessert Tables?

We examine the top desserts of the holiday According the the American Pie Council, the tradition of serving pumpkin pie started at the second Thanksgiving in 1623. Will pumpkin pie keep its 396-year streak as one of the top desserts served on our Thanksgiving tables? We’re serving up the stats about the sweeter side of…

Top Cocktails to Keep Spirits High

It’s the time of year when we have entertaining on the brain. These days, spirits and cocktails are VIP guests at everyone’s gathering. According to The Wall Street Journal, spirits, wine, and cocktails are beating out beer as the most requested alcoholic beverages in the US. Before you partake of the party drinks, check out…

Herbal Tea Vs. ‘Real’ Tea

Are you a tea purist? Do you believe that herbal tea qualifies as a tea? Find out what the differences are and then decide.

The Art of Charcuterie

6 Simple Steps to Help Customers Entertain with Ease Charcuterie — aka cured meats, and cheeses, once seen as a high-end European-type meal is gaining popularity in the United States. A 2017 Nielsen survey found that the meat department and deli counter represent a $9 billion industry in the US, with $200 million of that…

Chew on These Stats

Chew on these stats! Americans love their chewing gum. Celebrate National Chewing Gum Day today and check out some cool facts before you run down to the corner store for a fresh supply of gum!

Fang-tastic ways to Keep Halloween Sweet and Safe

Top Allergen-free Treats to Take some of the Scare out of Halloween Halloween is one of the candy industry’s busiest holidays with consumers spending approximately 2.6 billion on candy in 2018, according to the trade publication Candy Industry. While a time of revelry and fun, it can be challenging for the 5.6 million children under…

Amp Up Sales with an Impulse Section Refresh

Back to school is coming soon and that means a change-up in your store’s stock.  It’s also a great time to revisit your merchandising strategy, including your impulse sections. Point of sale purchases and impulse purchases can help drive up sales, especially during the times when your store is busier than usual, like back to…

4 Rules for Nostalgia Marketing

Old school. Retro. Classic. No matter how you choose to label it, nostalgia is soul-soothing and sweet. Recent studies indicate that nostalgic feeling may translate into sales.