Anne-Marie Roerink


Anne-Marie Roerink is principal and founder of 210 Analytics, which specializes in quantitative and qualitative market research. She may be reached at

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Candy Crush: Pandemic Drives Consumers’ Chocolate Cravings

Ordering for delivery or pickup from the local grocery store overtook pure e-commerce retailers as the most popular way to purchase confectionery online, resulting in a doubling of online confectionery sales during the 26-week period ending Sept. 6, 2020, vs. a year ago.

Fresh Food

Roller Coaster Ride for Retail Sales Continues

The latest research from IRI and IDDBA examines the sales performance of key perimeter categories.

Study discovers home-cooked dinners with meat have increased, as have shoppers knowledge of meat.

Fresh produce grew 11.6% over last year, surpassing growth in shelf-stable products.

The lower sales gain is still impressive as this year’s everyday growth outstripped last year’s Labor Day sales.

As back to school beckons, fresh produce sales are seeing a leveling off of about 10% above last year’s sales.

As more shoppers continue to prepare more meals at home, sales of dairy, deli and bakery settle into a new pattern.

An additional 2.9 billion pounds of fresh produce have been sold in 2020.

Dairy, deli and bakery sales remain higher due to pandemic shopping, but growth is slowing.

Produce sales saw 8.4% increase over last year for the week ending Aug. 2, but that was down 3% from the previous week.

Sales still up 15% over last year, but the week ending Aug. 2 saw the lowest year-over-year gains.

The category is still seeing the double-digit sales increases that have been the norm since the pandemic began.

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