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According to research company Mintel, the "vibrant pack designs and lively marketing messages that characterise sugar confectionery" are in contrast to the market's sales performance. It seems all is not rosy. While price rises because of more expensive ingredients have pushed up total value sales, volume sales have fallen due to worries about healthy diets and competition from rival treats. As for those value sales, Nielsen figures show the total sugar confectionery market to be worth £1.1bn, with growth of 3.6% (MAT March 9, 2013). However, it would appear that sugar lines lack sweetness for some forecourt stores.

Cocoa nuts

The UK's love of chocolate means that sales have been largely unaffected by the country's economic situation. It seems cash-strapped consumers can always find money for their favourite choccy bar.

Checkout champs

A new report from Palmer & Harvey reveals that petrol stations sell nearly twice as much chewing gum as standalone convenience stores. It's not surprising really given the benefits of chewing gum such as giving you fresher breath and aiding concentration.

The eggs factor

There'll be something missing from some Cadbury Creme Eggs this Easter their 'x-factor', or rather their goo! But don't worry it's all for a good cause brand owner Kraft Foods is running a special Gooless Eggs promotion, exclusive to convenience outlets, including forecourt stores.

Focus on Confectionery: Sweet treats

Most forecourt retailers should probably leave the grocery superstores to battle over who sells the biggest tins of Quality Street, Roses and Celebrations at the lowest price, and instead focus on the self-eat novelties and impulse lines that they are so good at selling.

Focus on Confectionery: Scare tactics

Halloween is big business in the UK. According to retail intelligence firm Planet Retail, sales rose 12.5% last year to reach £315m. Retail analyst Lisa Byfield-Green says the occasion has continued to grow consistently since Planet Retail began tracking figures in 2001.

Focus on Confectionery: Bag some sales

Bags of Haribo sweets should probably come with a health warning nothing to do with sugar or calories but more to do with the fact that they'll attract a lot of attention. Open a bag of Haribos in a confined space and you'll soon be surrounded by people asking for the fried egg or whether they are the fizzy ones. According to Nielsen Scantrack data, the Haribo brand is currently enjoying 8.3% value market growth, ahead of the 2% enjoyed by the rest of the gums and jellies market.

Bubbling away

Kraft Foods is relaunching Cadbury Dairy Milk (CDM) Bubble as a bubbly-shaped bar and Cadbury Wispa has a new format; Nestlé is reshaping Aero chocolate bars into 'snappable bubbles'; while Mars is extending its Galaxy Bubbles range. Quite simply, chocolate manufacturers have gone bubble crazy.

Stick with it

It's a case of New Year, new flavours for chewing gum. Wrigley is adding evolution which is described as a sour-to-sweet citrus pear flavour to its 5 range. Extra is taking the fruity route with a new strawberry flavour while Perfetti Van Melle is adding skweez and ice crystal, among others, to its range. All these additions will no doubt add a bit of excitement to the category and catch the eye of impulse purchasers.

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