“The segment is ever-growing,” Foca said. “It’s been the trend ever since there have been celebrity chefs on TV driving the chefs in the restaurants and retailers to provide the ingredients people coming into their stores are wanting.”
The economy hasn’t really harmed specialties demand, he said.
The people that are purchasing specialties are doing well, Foca said.
Specialties also remain a small business for Cefalu and Capital Seaboard, Cefalu said.
“Demand is consistent,” he said. “As we grow our customer base and it goes into different directions, we are finding specialties as something our customers may need. Demand ebbs and flows based on our customer base. There is growth in the area. It’s not dramatic but we are seeing demand.”