The confectionery market has grown 4.3% in value to £3.6bn [TNS Fused Panel 52 w/e June 19, 2005].

Sales increases were driven by boxed chocolates and seasonal novelties, rather than countlines, sales of which fell 1.5% in the period.

Secretary of State for Education Ruth Kelly has announced plans to ban crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks from school vending machines by next September, which could further hit sales of countlines.

Mints, medicated confectionery and toffees also performed badly, dropping 5.3%, 7.2% and 4.4% respectively.

For more details, see The Grocer’s Focus on Confectionery, out on October 8.