HOUSTON -- The decision to outsource fresh-prepared items is often made based on the desire to present the best possible product to customers. At the same time, retailers save on labor, promote product consistency and create a point of differentiation from competitors. The key to success is to find items that fit the bill. Gerland's Food Fair stores have selectively embraced this strategy with great success, said Rodney Benefield, director of deli and bakery for the 16-unit independent ...

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