As long as they have plenty of hungry office workers in the neighborhood, supermarkets will make money on catering programs. That was the consensus, anyway, among retailers interviewed by SN. In a spot check around the country, SN found many independent chains reporting strong returns on the catering programs they operate as part of the deli and food-service departments. "Catering is the most profitable part of the deli," said Richard Travaglione, vice president of perishables, at 11-unit ...

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