NEW YORK — U.S. sales of specialty food and beverages rose 14.3% to $86 billion in 2012 — more than double the 6.8% increase recorded the previous year — according to the Specialty Food Association’s annual State of the Specialty Food Industry report. Cheese and cheese alternatives is the largest category with $3.6 billion in sales, followed by yogurt and kefir, which leapfrogged over other foods for the number two spot with $2.27 billion in 2012 sales. The ...

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