There are myriad issues surrounding the concept of case-ready beef. Food safety, labor shortages, quality, product consistency and consumer acceptance are only a few of the boundaries that have framed the debate thus far. But make no mistake -- the discussion of case-ready product has grown to the point of critical mass, and the talk is becoming reality as some of the nation's largest retailers help to set the pace. "Case-ready has lived up to expectations and it is the way the industry is ...

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