Supermarkets, where most shoppers get their charcoal, saw an uptick in charcoal sales in 2009, for both branded and private-label offerings, as grilling at home replaced eating out for many during the recession. Over the 12 months ending in mid-June, however, charcoal sales in food stores flattened out to around $407 million. Meanwhile, drug stores’ share of charcoal sales, already relatively meager, has continued to slip. Charcoal lends itself to many cross-merchandising opportunities for ...

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