Meat departments have come a long way since SN began tracking them 50 years ago. Self-service sections, brand-name products, prepared items and case-ready meats -- these are standard features in supermarkets from coast to coast. It hasn't always been this way. Labor issues and consumer lifestyle changes helped bring about the evolution in meat merchandising. Product assortment today has never been greater. Back in the 1950s, meat department workers were used to the sight of swinging beef, ...

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