The past decade saw significant changes in modern retail meat departments. Case-ready programs became much more prevalent, private label came into its own and marketing claims proliferated. Commodity meats are still easy to find, of course, but where shoppers once faced the choice between U.S. Department of Agriculture Choice or Select, or between a branded product and an unbranded product, they can now pick from items that are organic, grass-fed, “all-natural,” humanely raised, free-range ...

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