Fifty years ago when SN was born, supermarkets didn't have delis. They emerged from the meat department in the late '60s and early '70s. Even back then, customers latched onto the convenience of a fresh, ready-to-eat product, whether it was a roast chicken or a half-pound of olive loaf. Somewhere, a meat manager roasted a chicken -- probably to save it in its last days of salability -- and suppliers who were dealing with mom-and-pop delis began to sell their fare to supermarkets. Then, it ...

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