It's no secret -- appealing fresh food departments can help small independents compete effectively against bigger supermarket chains. Small supermarkets have found it also pays to have signature products. Whether it's freshly picked sweet corn grown by a local farmer or jumbo shrimp steamed fresh in the deli, unique fresh foods can enhance a store's brand image and foster loyalty among customers. The grocery aisles of supermarkets often look alike, so having exceptional fresh departments ...

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