CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. is poised to give case-ready fresh meat its biggest real-world trial to date in the United States, with a pilot project that could enable the chain to virtually eliminate meat-cutting at the 154 stores in its Atlanta marketing area. As reported in last week's SN, the chain, based here, is working with Excel Corp., the Wichita, Kan.-based meat processor that will build a new plant near Atlanta to supply Kroger's units exclusively with their entire tray-wrap meat ...

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