Bulk-candy sections are as profitable as ever, according to the National Confectioners Association, and savvy retailers are scooping up sales in bulk formats. According to a 1997 study done by NCA, MacLean, Va., bulk candy achieved an overall share of 11% of total candy/gum sales in supermarkets -- and some retailers reported a share of as high as 28%. The study has not yet been updated, because data collected in the past two years shows the same trend holding steady. "The data hasn't ...

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