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Specialty Foods Are Becoming More Mainstream Grocery Items

April 7, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
As grocery shoppers increasingly look for foods considered more natural, less processed or locally produced, retail sales of specialty food items have been rising steadily, reaching $51 billion last year. Stores have begun stocking shelves with new, smaller brands of high quality, limited supply or “exotic” foods. The category accounted for 13.7 percent of retail food sales in 2013, up from 12.7 percent in 2012. That makes specialty foods – imported cheese, high-quality coffee beans, etc. -- less of a niche market, because the trickle-down effect eventually pushes them into big retail stores, like Walmart.
Leslie Josephs, "Specialty Food Products Taking Up More Space in Grocery Carts", The Wall Street Journal, April 07, 2015, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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