Gourmet foods to thrive amid economic slowdown

01/16/2008 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Sophisticated flavors and exotic tastes have bolstered consumers' growing appreciation for gourmet foods, a market that posted $38.5 billion in sales in 2006, according to a specialty-food trade report. Experts don't think that concerns about economic decline will slow the market, because specialty foods are considered affordable luxuries. Even caterers and restaurants that want to provide unique offerings to customers are helping to increase demand.

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