Judging from snack sales in the Center Store, sitting down with a bag of chips remains a favorite American pastime. Retailers continue to watch the category thrive, driven by product innovation in flavor and convenience, as well as our persistent affection for nibbling and munching. According to statistics from ACNielsen, Schaumburg, Ill., a majority of snacking segments, from potato chips to peanuts, exhibited strong sales numbers for the 52-week period ended Dec. 2, 2000, in supermarkets ...

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