NEW YORK — Demand for yogurt, energy bars, nut and seed butters and coffee drinks helped fuel a 6.9% increase in retail and foodservice sales of specialty foods and beverages last year, according to research from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. With $3.4 billion in retail sales, cheese brought in the most revenue of all specialties, followed by meats, poultry and seafood; chips, pretzels and snacks; coffee, coffee substitutes and cocoa; and bread and baked ...

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