Mainstream supermarkets lead the market for gourmet/specialty foods and beverages, accounting for 52% of total retail dollar sales in 2007. They also account for the majority of natural/organic sales, too. What do the two categories have in common? A lot, according to Packaged Facts, a market research firm, which found that gourmet foods and beverages tagged as natural rose from 174 in 2006 to 259 in 2007. Simultaneously, national and independent supermarkets are quickly reinventing ...

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