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.
|Apparent Consumption||2001 $||2001 $ Change||2001 lbs||2001 lbs Change|
|Chocolate Candy||$8.5||-1.5%||3.1||-5. 3%|