What's the greatest fear of the specialty natural-food retailing sector? It's that conventional supermarkets will catch on to the fact that natural food -- products free of added chemicals, flavoring, sweeteners and so on -- is chalking up sales of nearly $10 billion. Sales, now chiefly concentrated in stores under the ownership of Whole Foods in Texas and Wild Oats in Colorado, have been increasing at an exponential rate in recent years. As the news feature starting on the front page ...

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