Do meal assembly centers pose much of a threat to supermarket operators, or to the contrary, do they hold opportunity for supermarkets? To get to that answer, let's start at the beginning with another question: What are meal assembly centers? As was highlighted in a detailed news feature in last week's SN, the centers are much as their name suggests: freestanding stores where consumers go to assemble meals for later consumption at home. More specifically, they are non-cooking kitchens where ...

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