Commodity prices have plummeted since last summer, dragging dollar sales of many fresh food categories down with them. But, there appears to be a silver lining in the data reviewed here. Take the natural cheese category, for example. Unit sales have been flat or down since 2006, but the category keeps showing strong dollar sales growth, as shoppers reach for the slightly pricier pre-sliced, pre-shredded or pre-grated versions of their favorites. Similarly, probiotic claims were one factor ...

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