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Popcorn sales bursting with new organic, gourmet, pre-popped snacks
Popcorn sales bursting with new organic, gourmet, pre-popped snacks

Popcorn is smokin' hot. According to the Popcorn Board, Americans consume 16 billion quarts of popped popcorn annually. That's 51 quarts each in a year. And while most of the popcorn we buy is for home use — sales of unpopped popcorn have risen 300% since 1970 — about 30% is eaten in theaters, stadiums, schools and the like. The popcorn business is expected to explode to $1.1 billion per year, thanks to the newest wave of premium, organic popcorn: pre-popped and ready to eat. Our love for popcorn is well founded: It is a whole grain, which, by definition, contains the germ, the bran and the endosperm (maybe that's why popcorn can be sexy; more on that later),...

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