Leaf is hoping to tap into the growing market for childrens bubblegum products through the launch

Leaf is hoping to tap into the growing market for children's bubblegum products through the launch

Cloetta's Leaf arm has launched a range of chewing gum in the UK under its Chewits confectionery brand.

Chewie Gum is a hard bubble gum available in three variants: strawberry and banana, tropical and lemon. The gum range has an RRP of GBP0.39 (US$0.59).

Leaf said it is hoping to tap into the growing market for children's bubblegum products through the launch. According to figures from Nielsen for the year ended 8 September 2012, the UK gum sector grew 3.1%.

"The expansion potential within the Chewits range is huge and the obvious gap in the market for creative gum products for kids is an opportunity Leaf intends to tap into," said Leaf commercial director Stuart Lane. "Already providing many confectionery products for kids, and we plan to create more chew format extensions targeting different, unexplored categories."

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 February 2013

Leaf to take a bite out of the gum sector with new Chewie Gum

Leaf is set to help retailers unlock incremental sales within the confectionery category with the launch of its new product, ‘Chewie Gum’. Chewie Gum, which will be available in all trading channels, is a hard bubble gum sweet in three delicious variants – Strawberry & Banana, Tropical and Lemon.

The gum sector is currently in good growth, +3.1% YOY1 and there is further opportunity for innovation and investment in children’s bubblegum products, as there are only few branded products that have significant share. This opens a whole new arena to Chewits, a brand that is currently experiencing value growth of +20%, +7% ahead of the category.

Stuart Lane, Commercial Director at Leaf says: “With the hard bubblegum sector in such significant growth, despite the lack of investment, there is a real opportunity to drive incremental sales through innovation within this market. Chewits have a strong and loyal following from both adults and children, and consistently achieves high repeat sales when merchandised correctly. The sector will benefit from the reassurance of having a popular quality brand coming into the market and are confident that Chewie Gum will be a real hit with existing and new Chewits customers and become a must-stock for retailers.”

“The expansion potential within the Chewits range is huge and the obvious gap in the market for creative gum products for kids is an opportunity Leaf intends to tap into. Already providing many confectionery products for kids, and we plan to create more ‘chew’ format extensions targeting different, unexplored categories,” Lane concludes.

Chewie Gum is an extension to the existing Chewits range allowing shoppers to buy a new and exciting ‘taste adventure’ from a well-recognised brand within the confectionery sector. 89% of bubble gum is sold through the Impulse channel clearly demonstrating the opportunity it offers convenience, independent retailers and wholesalers specifically2

The gum is aimed at 8-11 years olds, with an RRP of 39p and comes in eye-catching individual ‘pocket’ flip top pack formats, enabling kids to eat Chewie Gum on the go and also encouraging children to share. It should be sited with pocket money sweets or alongside other hard bubble gums. The cases have a small compact footprint, enabling an effective use of shelf space.

1 Nielsen scantrack Chewing gum and bubble gum impulse sales 52 w/e 8.9.12

 

 

Original source: Leaf