Specialty grocers such as Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market and The Fresh Market have seen a slowdown in measurements such as same-store sales growth, as well as a slide in stock prices, as conventional grocers increase their own natural food offerings and the availability of new markets begins to tighten. The specialty foods industry continues to show long-term promise, experts say, but might struggle with growing pains and added competition in the short term.

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