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News Summary: Demographics remake US taste buds

The Associated Press

SHIFTING SPICE: As immigrant and minority populations rewrite American demographics, the nation's collective menu is reflecting this flux.

NEW MENU: Tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic.

HISPANIC INFLUENCE: With Hispanics making up more than a quarter of the U.S. population today — and growing fast — experts say this change is dramatically flavoring the American culinary experience. Hispanic foods and beverages were an $8 billion market in the last year, according to consumer research firm Packaged Facts. By 2017, that number may reach $11 billion.