The gum-and-mint industry, spearheaded by its intense flavors, is doing well and retailers are finding new ways to market these items to consumers at checkout stands and on store shelves. Information Resources Inc., Chicago, reported major sales increases in mints and gum for the total food, drug and mass merchant level during the 52-week period ended July 18, 1999. Extra Strength breath mints were up 7.3% in the total food, mass and drug channels and saw sales reach $309 million. Although ...

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