A crescendo of interest in Mediterranean food has retailers stocking more items like couscous and falafel. This popularity of Mediterranean fare has grown apace in the last two years, according to Dave Thorp of Food Markets Northwest, Seattle. Patricia Jordan, gourmet/specialty food buyer at Andronico's Market, Albany, Calif., explained that her stores have sold Mediterranean products for a number of years, but that new lines have been recently added. "Ethnic foods have been very popular ...

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