Specialty Foods today announced that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the quarter ended June 30, 2000, increased 81.8 percent while sales declined 1.4 percent.EBITDA rose to $8.0 million in the second quarter of 2000 from $4.4 million in 1999. The company said the increase reflected the positive impact of cookie acquisitions and lower operating costs. The sales decline to $75.0 million this year from $76.1 million in 1999 was attributed primarily to the company's exit from non-core product lines.For the six months ended June 30, 2000, EBITDA increased 95.5 percent to $12.9 million from $6.6 million a year earlier. Sales in the 2000 period declined 0.6 percent to $144.6 million from $145.5 million in 1999. Reported results are from continuing operations and exclude Metz Baking, which was sold on March 20, 2000.Specialty Foods is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of retail baked goods. The company's continuing operations include the nation's third largest cookie business (Mother's Cake & Cookie Company and Archway Cookies) and Andre-Boudin Bakeries, San Francisco's leading producer of premium, traditional sourdough bread since 1849.