Recently, some locally owned specialty gourmet stores have opened with olive oil and vinegar tasting bars complete with dozens of gleaming stainless-steel tanks called fusti containers.
Specialty foods, whether gourmet, organic or all natural are the rage these days.
Recent research has revealed the potential health benefits of chocolate to the public. More and more people are embracing chocolates, some are even incorporating higher-quality treats into their daily routines. As a result, the premium chocolate market grew at an annual rate of 10.5% during the period between 2001 and 2005 compared to a paltry 1.8% of the overall chocolate candy sales.2 Premium chocolate is far and away the most exciting category in the confectionery segment.