A hot summer can make a deli executive feel quite comfortable -- as evidenced by the sizzling sales that supermarkets have been enjoying for their prepared food programs. Interviews conducted with retailers across the country showed that in many markets, persistent high temperatures have been driving shoppers to the take-out case as an alternative to a homecooked meal. Rotisserie and fried chicken programs, deli salads and sandwiches, and microwavable prepared entrees have been gaining ...

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