Data provided by IRI (formerly SymphonyIRI Group), Chicago, show that dollar sales in the yogurt category rose 6.1% to $6.6 billion, while units were down slightly by 0.06% to 4.9 billion in the 52 weeks ended Feb. 24, 2013. Doing their best to compete, both the cream cheese and sour cream categories saw unit increases. In the same time period, the cream cheese category’s dollar sales went down slightly by 0.1% to $1.4 billion, but units rose 0.2% to 674.7 million. Also showing promise, the sour cream category saw units rise 0.4% to 588 million, though its dollar sales dropped 0.8% to $1 billion. Struggling to keep up with the pack, the cottage cheese category saw dollar sales drop 2.7% to $1 billion, and units were also down 1.2% to 425 million.
The cream cheese/cream cheese spread category consists of the following segments: