PERKING UP BUSINESS

Whole beans, new varieties and exotic flavors are brewing in the coffee aisle. The growth of coffee bars -- which have introduced consumers to lattes, frappes, cappuccinos, mochaccinos and other unusual drinks -- has boosted sales of whole beans and flavored blends, retailers told SN."Our unit sales for the coffee category are up over 5% from last year," said Chris Ahearn, corporate communications

Whole beans, new varieties and exotic flavors are brewing in the coffee aisle. The growth of coffee bars -- which have introduced consumers to lattes, frappes, cappuccinos, mochaccinos and other unusual drinks -- has boosted sales of whole beans and flavored blends, retailers told SN.

"Our unit sales for the coffee category are up over 5% from last year," said Chris Ahearn, corporate communications manager, Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C.

"To boost our sales even further, we are at

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