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Summary of 2001 Sales and Consumption Data (Based on the Dept. of Commerce 311D)

April 15, 2002

The US Department of Commerce reports confectionery industry dollar sales increased 1.1% in 2001 in their annual MA311D report. Total apparent consumption (domestic manufacturers shipments plus imports less exports) dollar sales increased to $15.7 billion and estimated retail sales for confectionery products grew to $24.1 billion. Commerce reports that confectionery tonnage decreased 1.8% in 2001. Per capita consumption also saw an increase in dollars and a decrease in pounds. Gum and non-chocolate candy sales increased in both tonnage and dollars in 2001 while the chocolate candy category saw declines in dollars and tonnage. Some of this decline may be attributed to shifting inventories between manufacturers and retailers as retail sales continue to show growth.

(Dollar and pound figures shown in billions)

The gum category reflects the American consumers continued preference for the blister pack sugar-free gums as a breath freshener. Dollar sales increased a significant 15.1% in the gum category.

Apparent Consumption2001 $2001 $ Change2001 lbs2001 lbs Change
Total Confection$15.7 +1.1%7.0 -1.8%
Chocolate Candy$8.5-1.5%3.1-5. 3%
Non-chocolate Candy$4.9+1.4%3.2 +0.6%
Gum    $1.8  +15.1%0.5  +6.1%