ATLANTA -- Kroger Co.'s division here jumped on the case-ready meat concept early on. It began testing a case-ready pork program three years ago and has since expanded it to all its 122 stores. "We did not go into this for a savings factor alone, but so that we would have case-ready product when the customer wanted it," said Brent Scott, vice president of operations. The product costs, he said, are "more expensive than pork in full loins, but you have to take into consideration wage ...

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