CHICAGO -- Retailers are always on the lookout for ways to reduce labor in their hands-on perishables operations. In the produce department especially, trimming and culling individual items to maintain the fresh image requires a huge portion of an individual unit's labor hours. Case-ready items have helped relieve the labor dilemma. Prepackaged salads, precut vegetables and myriad other ready-to-eat produce offerings have come on line aimed at consumer convenience with fresh-meals marketing ...

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