ATLANTA -- Mike Bettencourt of Stop & Shop Cos., Boston, has seen the promised land for meat departments. It's in the grocery aisle. Bettencourt, director of meat and seafood for the 128-store chain, was preaching data-based category management to an audience that included a lot of old-school meat men at the industry's jointly sponsored Meat Marketing Conference here last month. At some chains, of course, category management is working little miracles for dry grocery by turning the ...

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