NEW YORK — Sales of specialty foods and beverages rose 2.7% in 2009, with much of the growth coming in the fourth quarter, show the findings of "The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2010." The most frequently purchased categories were cheese; condiments; frozen and refrigerated entrees, pizzas and convenience foods; chips, pretzels and snacks; and frozen and refrigerated meats, poultry and seafood, according to the report prepared by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade ...
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