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Consumers spend about $73 for Halloween items, survey finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK More than two-thirds of consumers are planning to spend an average of $73 for Halloween, according to the October American Express Spending and Saving Tracker.

While 68% of consumers planned to spend about $73 on Halloween items, 65% of consumers surveyed said most of the spending would go to candy and decorations, followed by Halloween costumes (30%), activities (20%) and attending or hosting a Halloween party (14%).

The American Express survey also found that 1-in-4 consumers ranked Halloween as the No. 1 nongift-giving holiday they spend on, which may be a good sign for retailers this fall.

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Progresso introduces Lemon Pepper Panko

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS Progresso is introducing a product that can give any dish effortless flavor.

The newest addition to the Progresso line of panko breadcrumbs now includes Lemon Pepper Panko, which adds crispiness and flavor to any meal without the fuss.

Progresso’s line of panko breadcrumbs are available at grocery stores nationwide for $2.49 per 8-oz.package.

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Dove introduces chocolate swirl line, updates large bar packaging

BY Allison Cerra

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. Mars Chocolate North America is breathing new life into its Dove chocolate brand with new product innovations.

Dove is introducing two new sophisticated and delicious flavor combinations: raspberry and dark chocolate swirl, and white and milk chocolate swirl. Dove’s chocolate swirl line will be supported with a new marketing campaign, which includes print and TV advertisements, the company said.

Dove also has overhauled the packaging for its large bars that includes a redesigned mold and improved packaging and graphics. Dove large bars are available for $1.99 in such varieties as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate with almond, dark chocolate with almond and 71% cacao dark chocolate. The new raspberry and dark chocolate swirl and white and milk chocolate swirl varieties also will be available in the large bar size, as well as in lay-down bags for $4.49.

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