2017 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ALMANAC
AND THE WINNER IS, LA LA LA… Unlike the Oscars, there is no mistaking the top selling categories in supermarkets. Here at Grocery Headquarters we leave nothing to chance. Our annual State of the Industry Almanac issue,
published in conjunction with Chicago-based market research firm
IRI, provides the top 10 brands and five best-selling vendors in an
array of categories. The categories cover all the bases—breakfast,
lunch, dinner and dessert—ranging from bacon to ice cream to sweet
and salty snacks. Sales figures are for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 22.
So who is this year’s Moonlight?
Once again, carbonated beverages took the prize, but just barely.
Sales for the much talked about category ($10.6 billion, 4. 5 million
units) were down 0.7 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively. As consumers turn away from sodas and the like, they are turning more
and more toward bottled water. Among the top 50 categories, bottled
water had the second biggest increase in sales, up 8 percent in dollars
(behind refrigerated side dishes, 9. 8 percent), and up 6. 5 percent in
units (behind refrigerated meats, 7. 7 percent). Overall bottled water
sales approached $6 billion, good for eighth on the list.
“Thirty years ago, the bottled water category pretty much did not
exist,” says one southeastern retailer. “Today, it is so hot and has so
much going on that we cannot find a place for all the products in the
segment. It is a very good problem to have, but it is still an issue. I
WRITTEN AND DEVELOPED BY THE GROCERY HEADQUARTERS EDITORIAL STAFF
The Grocery Headquarters annual State of the Industry
Almanac takes a comprehensive look at dozens of