KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The fragmented nature of today's meat industry is keeping retailers from accurately gauging the department's profitability and, therefore, prevents the category from becoming a profit center, according to an economics professor who took an outsider's view of the business and presented his findings at the 2000 Meat Marketing Conference here. Indeed, an informal study of the industry by Richard Levin, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina School of ...

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