FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Growing consumer interest in home-meal replacement lines pushed supermarket sales in refrigerated entrees and side dishes over $1.468 billion in 1996, up almost 16% over 1995, according to a report by the Food Institute, based here. er 1995, the report said. The category is up 63.6% in dollars and 69.9% in items since 1994. Sales in the refrigerated entree/side dish category rose from $908.7 million in 1994, a 61.6% dollar and 38.4% item increase since then. The ...

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