Perdue Farms' acquisition of DeLuca Inc. could have far-ranging positive ramifications on the entire meals category, according to retailers. As reported in SN on June 22, Perdue Farms, Salisbury, Md., agreed to purchase DeLuca Inc., Middlebury, Conn., manufacturer of the Ed & Joan DeLuca branded fresh meal components, which have a strong presence in supermarkets in New England and other selected markets. Supermarket executives said the marriage between the fresh poultry processor and ...

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