A decade ago, hummus was a staple in the refrigerated aisles of natural food stores. Today, it has become a budding mainstream star in supermarkets throughout the country. During the latest 52 weeks ending June 13, dollar sales of hummus — which accounts for the bulk of the refrigerated, flavored spreads subcategory — rose more than 19% in the supermarket channel, reaching $327 million. Suppliers keep finding new ways to jazz up the simple blend of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and salt for ...

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