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Entries Tagged as 'confectionary'

Confectionery businesses dropping like flies

January 21st, 2015 · 3 Comments

Last week it was Earnest Hillier falling into administration. Today, it’s liquorice maker Betta Foods appointing an administrator. The ABC has the report. I wonder how much of this is brought on by supermarket pressure on supply terms. Or, is it bad buying as the businesses were only recently acquired. With some Hillier stock in newsagencies […]

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Another reason to not like Coles

November 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

I have noticed that Coles supermarkets are stocking more imported lines, especially in parts of the business where local products used to dominate. Most recently I have noticed biscuits from the UK that are less than half similar style and size biscuits made in Australis. Yesterday I noticed these chocolates – also from the UK […]

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Tags: confectionary · Newsagency management

Our card vandal is back

October 20th, 2014 · 7 Comments

We found these cards torn in our Spirit Humour stand on Saturday. Our prude shopper who judges what we sell by damaging our stock is back. What an arrogant yet weak act. Arrogant in that they clearly want a world reflecting only what they approve. Weak in that they don’t have the guts to speak […]

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Tags: confectionary · Ethics · Greeting Cards · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility · theft · Ugh!

A terrific healthy snack food display

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Check out the display of healthy snack food on show at a Newslink store in the Qantas terminal of Sydney airport. On this display they are offering a good range of snacks presented well and with terrific signage. This is an excellent pitch. Plenty of shoppers were browsing the range. It’s something other newsagents in transit […]

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Nothing like a school excursion

June 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

I used to love school excursions and fondly remember visiting the Newcastle steelworks and a Gippsland cheese factory in primary and high school respectively. Today, I got to go on an excursion to the Chocolate Gems factory in Brisbane. While sure it was wonderful taste-testing, the real pleasure came from learning about the products, how […]

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Tags: confectionary · Newsagency opportunities

Terrific Darrell Lea gift selection package

May 8th, 2014 · No Comments

I like this tin of Darrell Lea product that I saw at an airport outlet earlier this week. It’s easy to sell gift – especially for Mother’s Day. I don’t have Darrell Lea so I don’t know if this is widely available. It’s good to see new DL products. 2 likes

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Brilliant launch material for Tic Tac Tropical

April 21st, 2014 · No Comments

The double page spread in a convenience magazine is an excellent example to other publishers on how to launch a new line to newsagents and other retailers. They tell us their ad spend and where they will spend it. But it’s their steps for sales success that I like the most, especially how they show […]

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Tags: confectionary · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent suppliers

Odd selection of Easter chocolate in the US

April 12th, 2014 · 4 Comments

I have seen few Easter Eggs in Easter displays in retail in the US despite obesity being a far greater problem here than in Australia. Easter candy is more regular candy repackaged and some marshmallow things called Peeps – not delicious marshmallow. I have seen plenty of religious chocolate and while Easter is for many […]

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Taking a different approach with Easter chocolate

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments

We are not running with the usual eggs this Easter. Instead, we have sourced a range of funky chocolate items from local company Freckleberry. We tried their range at Christmas and it worked a treat. Customers loved having access to chocolate that is different. I think the same will be true with this Easter range. […]

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Excellent sweets display at Zoodle

April 5th, 2014 · No Comments

This photo shows the display of packaged sweets at the Zoodle store by WH Smith at Melbourne airport. I love the red and yellow striped canopy above the product as it draws attention to this rear-wall display. It visually anchors this department within the business. In fact, anchoring departments is done well in in this […]

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Tags: confectionary · Convenience retail

Should Curly Wurly bars be mandatory?

February 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Emily Hall, a UK journalist, told her 1,667 Twitter followers overnight that all newsagents should be forced to sell Curly Wurly chocolate bars. David Johns, an ITV broadcast journalist rewteeted Emily’s tweet to his 777 followers. I responded to Emily and this was copied to my 521 Twitter followers as well as Emily’s followers.  I […]

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Tags: confectionary · Social Media

Oops – stinky chocolate

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Saw this is a shop last week: Lindt chocolate placed with scented candles. I learnt from my own placement mistake many years ago to not place chocolate with scented products. I did mention something to the staff member at the counter but got the impression they did not care. 3 likes

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Thorntons chocolates in Australia?

February 16th, 2014 · No Comments

I must have missed the arrival in Australia of the Thorntons chocolate range. Thorntons is a strong UK brand with stand-alone stores – 296 shops and 186 franchises – and a good presence in a range of other retail businesses. The photo is a Thorntons product I noticed in a Coles supermarket, as part of […]

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The Grinch sells Christmas candy

December 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment

This pack of Christmas Grinch Medication is a sell out for us. In less than a week it’s gone. Customers buying it usually have someone in mind. It’s fun listening to their stories and the Grinch they will give the medication to. Fun products like this make Christmas in retail more enjoyable! 6 likes

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Tags: confectionary · Fun

Excellent Christmas Chocolate results

December 10th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Three days ago we put out a new range of Christmas-themed chocolate. Stars, trees, words – Merry, Xmas, Thanks, Wish – and some other tasty Christmas treats. Space constraints limited our display options but that has not stopped the range selling. Customers are loving the point of difference of this range. We love that! Now […]

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Hot Christmas chocolate gift

December 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Some major retailers have boxed chocolates under popular game brands: Scrabble, Monopoly and Twister.  I have seen them in several stores this week –  on the shop floor in a high traffic location. Maybe I missed the opportunity from one of our suppliers. I’d love to have had these available for Christmas – especially Scrabble […]

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Excellent Halloween display in Auckland

October 21st, 2013 · No Comments

I love the chocolate coffins I saw in the window of one chocolate show in downtown Auckland earlier this week. Their Halloween display was excellent. It was made up of a series of small displays like this chocolate coffin display. Talking to a team member in the shop they have become known for their themed […]

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Tags: confectionary · retail · visual merchandising

Working the counter beyond confectionery

August 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments

In one of my newsagencies confectionery is not strong enough to justify premium counter space so we have been trying more impulse purchase items. Our requirements are 50% GP or more, rapid turn and small footprint. These USB car chargers are ideal for our purpose – easily understood, good margin and good price point. We’re […]

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Tags: confectionary · Convenience retail · Counter offers

New Darrell Lea fixtures attractive

August 16th, 2013 · 7 Comments

I like the new merchandise units from Darrell Lea, they’re modern, space efficient and visually attractive … a good advance on the old-school units from the previous owners of the brand. While there are frustrations with how the brand is being handled, I’m happy to endorse the good moves being made for retailers. 3 likes

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Darrell Lea Dad’s Bags to be an Australia Post catalogue promotion

July 23rd, 2013 · 12 Comments

Last year when newsagents were encouraged to order Darrell Lea Dad’s Bags for sale in the lead up to Father’s Day this year they were told Australia Post would have the products including in corporate stores. What they were not told is that Australia Post would promote the Dad’s Bags on the front cover of […]

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Tags: confectionary · Ethics · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

One Direction lollypops demonstrate abuse of the newsagent magazine distribution model

May 13th, 2013 · 7 Comments

We are early returning the two boxes on One Direction lollypops and patches we received with our magazines last week. We should never have been sent these in the first place. Besides the lollypop / patch packs not being magazines, I have no interest in selling One Direction product for 25% GP. The other issue […]

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Tags: confectionary · magazine distribution · magazines

How did Easter eggs do for you?

March 30th, 2013 · 7 Comments

Easter eggs have not done great for us. We had an excellent range of eggs from Chocolatier and while they sold okay, we had to drop half of what we purchased to 50% late Thursday to move the stock. This is on the back of Easter card sales being up 20% YOY. Majors nearby were […]

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Happy Lab is an interesting model

March 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

If you get a chance to see a Happy Lab store it’s worth it as it shows how colour blocking and creative packaging can get people spending more on an everyday item than they otherwise might. It’s Smiggle for candy and chocolate lovers.  Take the easter chocolates in the photo. At Happy Lab the price […]

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Tags: Colour blocking · Competition · confectionary

Darrell Lea in discount confectionery

January 28th, 2013 · 9 Comments

The photo shows Darrell Lea chocolates in a Sweet As discount confectionery outlet on the weekend. I am not sure if this will be a regular offer at Sweet As. It could be that these are chocolates discontinued by the new owners of Darrell Lea. If I was a Darrell Lea outlet nearby I’d be […]

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Darrell Lea Australia Day range not selling?

January 23rd, 2013 · 5 Comments

Check out where I noticed the Darrell Lea Australia Day Rock Lea Road product at one Woolworths yesterday … yeah, the sale rack at the back of the shop. I though of this given the comments on my earlier post on this. This store had a big Australia Day display on fixtures elsewhere in-store. Maybe […]

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