Novelty chocolates sweeten displays

05 October, 2007

Hancocks Cash & Carry has launcheda selection of Belgian chocolate novelties as part of its push to

provide retailers with profitable and unique Christmas ranges.

Chocolate bears, cars and handbags are all available in a mixed case, retailing at 2.49 each and offering a 41 per cent margin to retailers,

said purchasing director Richard Brittle.

Also in the range is a 25cm tall, 600g Belgian chocolate snowman with a price tag of 9.99.

"These fun novelties are

eye-catching and would help even the smallest retailer to develop a creative and interesting display . In the run-up to Christmas, consumers are generally looking for a wide variety of small gifts for all manner of people, and these unique products will really hit the mark," Brittle said.




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