PLAN AHEAD FOR BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTE TESTS

NEW YORK -- It's not too soon to start planning balsamic vinegar tastings for the Christmas holidays, since sales of the highest-priced, traditional types are strongest during that time, according to consultant Betty Pustarfi."Have a quarterly festival of olive oil and balsamico, and hold mini-seminars," she urged retailers attending a session at the Fancy Food Show here last week. Making the taste

NEW YORK -- It's not too soon to start planning balsamic vinegar tastings for the Christmas holidays, since sales of the highest-priced, traditional types are strongest during that time, according to consultant Betty Pustarfi.

"Have a quarterly festival of olive oil and balsamico, and hold mini-seminars," she urged retailers attending a session at the Fancy Food Show here last week. Making the taste test a comparative one will spur sales the most, she said. "Taste three or four at a t

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