A cursory glance at recent sales figures for natural cheese might lead some to believe that the $7 billion category has finally lost a step. After years of booming growth, dollar sales of the commercially produced cheeses tracked by SymphonyIRI Group finally slipped by more than 5% during the latest 52 weeks ending June 13.
But, that's only half of the story. Volume sales of natural cheese actually continued to grow during the past year by 4.2%. Slices and shredded cheeses saw the str