SALEM, Mo. -- As customers embrace convenience-driven, time-saving foods -- especially in the perishables departments -- retailers have responded by adding value in ways designed to spur both demand and profits. However, the meat case has not made as much progress with value-added foods as other departments. Some observers blame pricing; others say consumers harbor food-safety fears. Whatever the reason, the result is that the value-added meat category needs more customer-oriented selling ...

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