CHICAGO — Supermarket prepared food sales have grown more than 6% annually over the past five years, a new research report by Technomic shows. The steady growth of prepared foods at retail, researchers at the market research firm concluded, may be spurred by retailers — as prepared food margins in general strengthened — looking at their prepared food programs as profit centers rather than just traffic drivers as they had in the past. Technomic spokesmen reiterated ...

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