Upscale items continue to be the growth segment in the category of oils and vinegars, retailers say, at least in some parts of the country. Sales in the balsamic-vinegar category increased 5% in 1999 to $31.5 million, according to panel data from ACNielsen, Schaumburg, Ill., while olive-oil sales increased only 0.7%, accounting for $335 million in sales. According to Dick Sullivan, president of the North American Olive Oil Association, Matawan, N.J., olive oil, which has a household ...
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