According to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm, supermarket sales for five selected products was down 1.24% for dollar sales while increasing 1.27% in unit sales for 52-week period ending Jan. 25. Dollar sales totaled $2.28 billion for the time period on unit sales of 1.38 billion. Canned tuna had the largest sales of $1.67 billion, down 1.66% while unit sales rose 1.21% to 1.08 billion for the time period. The supermarket sales category with the largest growth in both dollars sales and unit sales was canned salmon. A total of $226.5 million was sold for the year on unit sales of 82.6 million, up 6.54%.
Clams and clam juice both had decreases in dollar and unit sales. A total of 24.9 million units of clams were sold for $48.0 million, down 3.8% and 2.74% respectively. Clam juice decreased 3.65% in dollar sales ($10.5 million) and 3.71% in unit sales (4.7 million).
Larger orders are on the rise at restaurants, as customers aim to feed their whole family and have leftovers for future meals, reported The Wall Street Journal (May 30).read more
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