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June 15, 2008 Retail Sales Summary (Information Resources, Inc.)

June 15, 2008

Dollar sales of candy and gum products posted a strong four week period for the period ending June 15, 2008 according to Information Resources, Inc. This follows a very strong four week sales period ending May 18. These strong sales numbers have provided a jump start to the second half of 2009 in confectionery sales following a weak Easter sales period due to the early March date. Sales for the four week period grew a healthy 3.9.

The gum category continues as the growth engine for confectionery posting a 9.4 sales increase in the last 52 weeks. Sugarless gum sales are up 15.0% during this period. Non-seasonal Chocolate sales have continued their strong performance led by single bars and the greater than 3.5 oz box and bag category. On the non-chocolate side, licorice and chewy candy continue to grow at a six – seven percent pace.

June 15, 2008 Retail Sales Summary
$ Sales Percent Change vs. Year Ago (Food, Drug, and Mass excluding Wal-Mart)

Candy and Gum Sales 4 Week 12 Week 52 Week
Class of Trade % Change % Change % Change
FDM Excluding Wal-Mart +3.9% -14.9% +2.6%
Food +3.2% -8.6% +2.3%
Drug +5.7% -16.5% +2.4%
Mass Excluding Wal-Mart +3.2% -33.4% +4.0%




U.S. Confectionery 2008 Imports and Exports through April 2008

The global economic picture continues to offer very favorable conditions for exports of U.S. confectionery products. Through April 2008, confectionery exports have grown more than 20% over the same period in 2007. Chocolate exports have grown almost 25% and non-chocolate exports are growing at a 12% rate.

US Imports

  2008 $ Shipments (thru 04/08) % change vs. 2007
Total Shipments $559 Million +0.5%
Chocolate $193 Million +0.7%
Non-chocolate $318 Million -2.0%
Gum $48 Million +21.5%



US Imports

  2008 $ Shipments (thru 04/08) % change vs. 2007
Total Shipments $329 Million +20.1%
Chocolate $197 Million +24.7%
Non-chocolate $90 Million +12.4%
Gum $13 Million -8.4%