For some retailers, the meat case is becoming a miniature branded meal case. While for the past several years there has been growth in prepared foods sold primarily through the deli department, new lines of refrigerated entrees are giving meat departments something else to merchandise. Although the long-term success of these newly created sections is unknown, at least a handful of retailers are giving it a try. Hughes Family Markets, Irwindale, Calif., now devotes 12 feet of shelf space, ...

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