Not long ago, some retailers jumped onto what they hoped would be profitable trends for them. Today, those operators are a little surprised -- even downright elated -- that their foresight was 20/20. Convenience continues to drive sales of easy-to-use products in fresh foods. And the power of brands, while not new, has shown more muscle than was expected. The draw of small, affordable luxuries can't be underestimated either -- even in a gloomy economy, retailers told SN. A case in point ...

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