Value-added items, including precut salad mixes, top the list of categories likely to help produce departments in 1996 to improve on 1995's strong sales, said retail executives. "We have come off a year with the greatest increase of produce sales. The challenge will be to beat it," said Dennis Andreessen, assistant director of produce purchasing at Hy-Vee Food Stores, Chariton, Iowa. "Last year was a very good year," agreed Bob McPhearson, director of produce at Minyard Food Stores, ...

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