Demand for specialty whole-bean bulk coffee is percolating. Although sales remain flat in mainstream supermarket channels, specialty food outlets are reporting aggressive category growth. Bethesda, Md.-based Balducci's, for instance, is experiencing double-digit sales gains, noted John Coleman, its wine, cheese, coffee and tea buyer. The 12-store specialty chain carries over 45 stockkeeping units of whole-bean bulk coffee, including locally roasted beans and 20 store-brand varieties. ...

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