Private-label confections may account for just 1% of the total candy category, but they're becoming more noticeable on store shelves. said Doug Kling, chairman of Princeton, N.J.-based Resource Network, a firm that consults the candy industry. "It's the nonchocolate commodity items that have a chance," Kling said. Robert Oglesby, category manager and buyer at Love's Country Stores, Oklahoma City, concurs. He said bagged varieties of hard candies, gels and some chocolates are performing ...

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