It was a challenging year for fresh foods departments. Five big stories of the last year, selected from among many, were food safety, nutrition labeling, implementation of standardized codes for bulk produce, the increased interest in case-ready meat and the takeoff of rotisserie chicken in the deli. In general, this year there were pressures from without to not only interpret, but to implement, the new federally mandated nutrition labels, and to have in place safe-handling labels on meat. ...

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