The list of challenges faced by the fresh-foods categories in 2003 was enough to put any retailer on the defensive: country-of-origin labeling, methylmercury in fish, low-carb demand, and the ever-present alternate concept trying to steal away consumers were just a few of the headaches. Yet, supermarkets exercised a remarkable ability to react quickly and take the offensive this year. At last count, there was a delay in COOL, signs in the seafood department, and plenty of value-added, ...

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